Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's next global star?

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's next global star?

Liverpool vs Manchester United is a game that notoriously has a huge amount of viewers, but Saturday's instalment will be a clash feasted upon by a whole new nation. Mohamed Salah, jokingly titled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the 'King of Egypt' some months ago, is the first real Egyptian star to feature for either of the teams and will make his debut in the fixture this weekend. Salah makes it to the game off the back of further increasing his …
Losing Close-To-World-Class Coutinho Would Be Unbearable

Losing Close-To-World-Class Coutinho Would Be Unbearable

With the great players, you can see the moment at which they are about to become genuinely world-class. With Steven Gerrard, it was 2004/05, when he matured from being one of Europe’s best young midfielders to one of the finest players on the entire planet. Luis Suarez did it in 2013/14 - it should never forgotten how brilliant he was the previous year, too - when his levels of genius were on a par with any player we have ever …
Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

What defines world-class? Every football supporter has a different way of seeing it. To some, it is only those truly elite players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Neymar, while others could name 100 who fit into that bracket. For me, it is someone in and around the top 10 players in the world in their respective position - someone who produces the goods almost every week and rarely hits a genuinely poor spell in form. Manuel Neuer, …
Klopp is the best manager to create attacking teams

Klopp is the best manager to create attacking teams

“Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four”. High praise indeed. When you consider it came from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, that’s a monumentally positive review. The serially successful Spaniard was a treble winner in his first season with Barcelona. His Catalan side once averaged 3 goals per game in a league season. He oversaw the development of one of football’s all time attacking greats, and, around Lionel Messi, helped …
The Sakho and Lovren Bias

The Sakho and Lovren Bias

It's ingrained in every single one of us from birth. It's second nature. It's inbuilt. Bias. No matter how fair we all try to be we look at things with rose tinted glasses from time to time and it can't be helped. If you see a nice pair of trainers in a colour you dislike they're automatically horrible colours. If I see anything in Everton blue I'm easily dissuaded from buying it. Sometimes there's no genuine reason behind it, you …
One-Paced Liverpool's Need for Speed

One-Paced Liverpool's Need for Speed

When great attacking sides are mentioned, one quality above all springs to mind - pace. Barcelona’s front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez are synonymous with bursting runs past labouring defenders, while Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard lit up the Premier League last season as they left hapless opponents in their wake. So when the Liverpool lineup for the West Bromwich Albion game was announced, I was more than a little concerned by our front three. Christian Benteke, …
Klopp, Atmosphere and Fans Leaving Early

Klopp, Atmosphere and Fans Leaving Early

"The goal was on 82 minutes - 12 minutes to go - and I saw many people leaving the stadium. I felt pretty alone in that moment. Between 82 and 94 minutes, you can make 8 goals if you want and we have to work for it." Jurgen Klopp has only been here for a month and he's already felt it necessary to mention the elephant in the room: the atmosphere at Anfield. It's a big game of Cluedo when …

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