Matip, Wijnaldum & Mane Proving Klopp Should Be Trusted This Summer

Matip, Wijnaldum & Mane Proving Klopp Should Be Trusted This Summer

Many past Liverpool managers have experienced utterly disastrous summer transfer windows. Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers all spectacularly failed to build on near title-winning seasons in 2001/02, 2008/09 and 2013/14, respectively, with dross such as El Hadji Diouf, Salif Diao, Philipp Degen, Alberto Aquilani, Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen bought in. Even Kenny Dalglish, for all his understandable God-like status at Anfield, decided to sign Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll. When the end of Jurgen Klopp’s …
A Liverpool Schooling

A Liverpool Schooling

No writing on Liverpool Football Club today should begin without a tribute to the club legend that was Ronnie Moran, who passed away peacefully this morning. As part of Liverpool's coaching staff in the truly glorious days of the club, Moran won 11 league titles, 4 European Cups, 4 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Cups and a Super Cup, to add to the 2 Division 1 titles, a Division 2 title and an FA Cup he also won …
Liverpool's Champions League Fate Is In Their Own Hands

Liverpool's Champions League Fate Is In Their Own Hands

Liverpool continued their unbeaten record against the top six sides on Sunday in a thrilling and frantic 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad. James Milner opened the scoring from the spot to give the perfect response to the surprisingly hostile reception he received at his former club, before Sergio Aguero equalised from a low cross into the box by Kevin de Bruyne. The Reds had a golden chance to take all the spoils when Roberto Firmino squared for …
No Communication Breakdown At Anfield

No Communication Breakdown At Anfield

Late to the party, as ever, it was only last night that this columnist had the joy of seeing Denis Villeneuve's Arrival. Obviously, the beauty of the cinematography and profundity of the film's themes were the things that continued to resonate on this morning's drive to work, but yesterday, as I watched Amy Adams' linguist try to decipher the complex language and symbology of the visiting heptapods, I was struck by how disappointing it is to see former interpreter, Jose Mourinho, still …
Liverpool and Manchester City: Similarities and Momentum

Liverpool and Manchester City: Similarities and Momentum

This is the story of two sides. One is full of quality throughout their starting XI. It’s brimming with pace and verve on the occasions when everything works, yet with a soft underbelly and a stuttering approach to the game when things run the other way. They’re more than capable of going on a run to fire them up the league, but are somehow riveted with doubts and mental weakness when the going gets tough. Understandable, given that their manager …
A Big Summer Ahead for Klopp

A Big Summer Ahead for Klopp

Since the turn of the year, Liverpool have been inconsistent at best; the Reds have played well in getting results against the big teams (beating Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, and taking points off Chelsea and Manchester United), but have struggled against the lower-ranked sides (losing to Swansea City and Hull, failing to beat Sunderland, and even last weekend’s win over Burnley wasn’t pretty). This is Klopp’s biggest problem, as it was Rodgers before him, and Dalglish’s before that. It could …
Nathaniel Clyne: A Competent Defender Who Lacks A Cutting Edge

Nathaniel Clyne: A Competent Defender Who Lacks A Cutting Edge

With Liverpool's season riddled with inconsistencies, it's only normal for some of the personnel to come under fire. Nathaniel Clyne is the latest in a long line of players who have had their futures questioned of late, but is it justified? Joining from Southampton for a fee of £12.5million, the England international has become a regular feature in Jurgen Klopp's side, registering a total of 52 appearances last season. Not only that, the right-back was producing at a consistent level …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview: Top Four Battle Turns to Manchester

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview: Top Four Battle Turns to Manchester

Liverpool face a shaken Manchester City side on Sunday in a huge clash that could play a big role in deciding which teams finish in the Premier League's top four come May. THE DETAILS Match: Manchester City vs Liverpool Venue: Etihad Stadium Date: Sunday 19th March Referee: Michael Oliver Time: 16:40 BST FORM After failing to win a Premier League game this year until February, Liverpool appear to have stumbled towards some form, having won three of their last four …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool have back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time in 2017. If ever the Reds needed a boost in confidence ahead of a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium, the games against Arsenal and Burnley have provided just that. Pep Guardiola's side will be still nursing their wounds from Wednesday's humbling Champions League exit in Monaco. The Spaniard will no doubt be under pressure, as his first season in the English league increasingly threatens to go haywire. City are not …
New Ways To Win For Liverpool

New Ways To Win For Liverpool

There isn’t much to be said for getting old. As the years roll by certain truisms land and hit you in the solar plexus. For example, it is looking increasingly unlikely that I'll ever play centre mid for Liverpool. Oh, don’t give me that ‘if you just go to the gym a bit more and stop eating cheese’ nicety, it's just not happening. Liverpool have yet to give a debut to a 48 year old. It's time to let the dream …
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