Assessing Klopp's Tactical Options for Watford

Assessing Klopp's Tactical Options for Watford

After yet another home loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend, that's the Eagles' third win in as many visits to Anfield, and the Reds' chances of top 4 are hanging in the balance. As a result, Liverpool's trip to Vicarage Road on Monday night becomes all the more important. Despite winning the previous two away games at Stoke and West Brom, this Liverpool side has looked far from their fluid best and are still struggling to find the solution …
Watford vs Liverpool Preview: May Day of destiny awaits

Watford vs Liverpool Preview: May Day of destiny awaits

Liverpool could find themselves looking up from fifth place by the time they travel down to Watford on Monday, with the temperature only getting higher in this unique battle for a top four spot. THE DETAILS Match: Watford vs Liverpool Venue: Vicarage Road Referee: Craig Pawson Date: Monday 1st May Time: 20:00 BST FORM It turned out to be simply too good to be true for Liverpool, with the momentum gained by crucial away wins over Stoke City and West Brom …
Lovren and Sakho - A Tale of Two Defenders

Lovren and Sakho - A Tale of Two Defenders

Well that wasn’t fun. There’s a term used in footballing circles known as ‘doing a Spurs.’ This involves playing magnificent football, getting closer to closer to shiny things only to bottle it and fall on their faces when it comes down to it. Take last season. They should be runners-up to Leicester City but lost their way and ended up being pipped by their greatest rivals. Ah, that reminds me. Arsenal. There’s also a thing called ‘doing an Arsenal.’ This …
Individual Inconsistency Continues To Haunt Liverpool

Individual Inconsistency Continues To Haunt Liverpool

Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder if Liverpool actually enjoy doing things the hard way. Sunday’s insipid 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace was one of the poorest showings of the season, at a time when such a flat display was inexcusable. Jurgen Klopp had a bad day at the office, making his substitutions too late and seemingly failing to get his players revved up for the occasion. Far too many Reds were nowhere to be seen on the …
Old Habits Die Hard At The Back For Liverpool

Old Habits Die Hard At The Back For Liverpool

Two gritty wins away to Stoke and West Brom marked two giant leaps forward for Liverpool in their bid for Champions League football. Keeping out two teams that are renowned for being prolific from set-pieces, it seemed a major corner had been turned. However, it was old habits that died hard at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, with Liverpool falling back into their pattern of conceding very avoidable set-piece goals. Klopp's side showed a lack of authority and organisation, allowing Christian Benteke to head home …
Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Just as it looked like we were pulling clear in the race for top four, Crystal Palace rear their ugly heads again. It was so inevitable, wasn't it? Well, maybe not if you've got some optimism, something I'm certainly lacking after that performance. Can Sadio Mane have my leg? I didn't observe him, but here's what was on offer at Anfield... Top four gets that bit trickier Oh dear. If Manchester United win the derby and their games in hand, …
Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

It was a case of two steps forward and one step back for Liverpool, who's Champions League hopes took an almighty blow as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his old club. After a lacklustre opening to the game, Philippe Coutinho put the hosts in front with a stunning long-range free kick to seal his 10th goal of the season. It should have been 2-0 when Roberto Firmino squared the ball to an unmarked Emre Can but the German failed …
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Key Battles

Four wins and two draws from the set six Premier League games have meant that Liverpool have ensured the top 4 place is in their own hands, but that counts for nothing, if the Reds do not take as many points as possible from their remaining games. Among the teams battling for the Champions League places, Liverpool definitely have the most favorable run-in, but the problem is, football is never played on paper. The challenge for the Reds begins with …
Recent performances are not enough for Simon Mignolet

Recent performances are not enough for Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet found himself taking the plaudits for the second week running as Liverpool ground out a 1-0 win over West Brom, in which Mignolet made a tremendous save with ten minutes to go to keep Liverpool in front. This comes directly off the back of a match-winning performance last weekend, in which Mignolet denied Saido Berahino and Charlie Adam from close range to seal the points for his team. So the question is, do these performances change Mignolet’s standing …
Gritty, Gutsy Reds Refusing To Falter In Quest For Top Four

Gritty, Gutsy Reds Refusing To Falter In Quest For Top Four

Stoke and West Brom were always going to be two tough games. With both sides renowned for their defensive attributes, coupled with Liverpool's inability to create space against teams who sit deep, Premier League rivals would have been licking their lips at the possibility of Klopp's side stumbling at the final hurdle. They'll have been left blissfully disappointed then, with Liverpool taking another giant step towards a return to the Champions League on Sunday. 1-0 down at Stoke with a more …
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