Believe, Doubters - Klopp Is Driving LFC Onwards

Believe, Doubters - Klopp Is Driving LFC Onwards

At Anfield yesterday, after a creditable objective had been achieved by Liverpool, as cute children in replica kits tottered wide-eyed after their fathers, and as an intoxicating relief had flooded the famous old stadium, Lucas Leiva said some words into a microphone, whilst clutching a small memorial in the shape of the number 21 he has worn for a decade. The famously amiable Brazilian was struggling to master his emotions. His wife had long-since given up the fight, sobbing as …
Klopp's Champions League Reds Head for Europe's Top Table

Klopp's Champions League Reds Head for Europe's Top Table

Liverpool earned the chance to play Champions League football next season after putting thee goals past Middlesbrough. After a tense season of almost mounting a title challenge and almost reaching the League Cup final, the relief around Anfield was palpable when the team finally achieved one of its goals. The celebrations after Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener in first half injury time were joyous and intense, but were followed by a collective exhale of breath around the old stadium at half-time. Those …
Scouting Julian Brandt - Leverkusen's Blazing Starlet

Scouting Julian Brandt - Leverkusen's Blazing Starlet

It’s been a rather torrid season for Bayer Leverkusen. Through it all, there was a blonde-haired 21 year-old plying his tricky, flashy trade in the attack, creating where Leverkusen struggled to finish. Now, Julian Brandt is a prime target ripe for the taking. He’s attracted interest from clubs with notable reputations: Liverpool and Bayern Munich – a signal of his ability if ever there was one. A report that he’d already agreed to a deal with Bayern was quelled by …
Liverpool v Middlesbrough - The Final Push!

Liverpool v Middlesbrough - The Final Push!

Well, here we are. Game 38. All or nothing (and the Europa League is nothing as far as I’m concerned. It’s a fine, a tax on not being good enough for the Big Lads Cup). It all comes down to this. Firstly, I’m fairly sure that that 3-4 game at the Emirates which started this whole shebang was at most three months ago. Where the hell has this year gone? At this stage, we still don’t know what this season …
Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

For a player like Mesut Özil, despite all the technical ability he possesses such as his elite ball control and dribbling ability, his vision and precise execution of passes – among many others – his career, at least whilst wearing a kit in Arsenal colours, will always be marred by fans labelling him as the player who “goes missing”, especially in big games. This still turns out to be the case even though there are other variables and factors such …
The 4-4-2 Diamond is Perfect for Liverpool

The 4-4-2 Diamond is Perfect for Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London stadium for the first time in a game which had a cup final feel about it, win and the Reds would be three points away from Champions League football, lose and Liverpool would be reliant on either Man City or Arsenal dropping points. Fans were understandably extremely cautious after a number of inconsistent results and poor performances over the last month. However, with Lallana and Sturridge returning to the starting line up and the prospect …
Philippe Coutinho: Central Midfielder?

Philippe Coutinho: Central Midfielder?

Philippe Coutinho turned in an absolute masterclass on Sunday afternoon, scoring twice, assisting Daniel Sturridge for the opening goal, creating five other chances for his team-mates and generally wreaking havoc on the West Ham back-line. And he did so from a deeper position in central midfield, whereas generally all season Coutinho has played on the left hand side of Liverpool’s front three. Naturally, his revelatory performance in that position has caused people to suggest that he should play there more …
Magic Coutinho Impresses Origi

Magic Coutinho Impresses Origi

As I sit down to write this, there are actual people of intelligence preparing to watch David Moyes' Sunderland take on Arsenal in the hope that the Mackems will eke out some kind of result. This is the kind of entirely avoidable madness that leads to dark bouts of depression. To compound the lunacy, the same people will probably have one eye on Everton's attempts against the Gunners on the final day. If anything, expecting an Evertonian gift is the …
Daniel Sturridge - Hammer Time!

Daniel Sturridge - Hammer Time!

I must not write about Sturridge again. I must not write about Sturridge again. I must not write about… Well, if that was to be Daniel Sturridge’s penultimate game for Liverpool it was either a demonstration of what we’re going to miss or a sigh of relief that we no longer have to deal with his maddening unreliability. That depends on your stance. The 27-year old has missed the equivalent of entire seasons since he’s been here and spends more …
Progress At Liverpool FC Regardless Of Final Fixture

Progress At Liverpool FC Regardless Of Final Fixture

Let's get something absolutely clear from the off, friends - whether Liverpool beat Middlesborough and secure a Champions League play-off or not, there has been obvious, demonstrable progress under Jürgen Klopp this season. This really shouldn't need saying, but the fickle and pugnacious nature of many of our fans makes it important to nail your colours to the mast on any areas of potential conflict. Heaven forbid that one might not be comically extreme on every position. It seems to be de rigeur …
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