Lethal Lucas Strikes Again

Lethal Lucas Strikes Again

Most of the Liverpool fans I know for certain to be actual corporeal beings don't have a lot of time for Lucas Leiva as a footballer. In stark contrast, those with whom I only have virtual interactions seem to almost uniformly love the amiable Brazilian. As is often the way in the odd life through which Latest News lurches, the people who live in the computer are often more simpatico. They may not be real but this collection of novelty …
Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

It’s true what they say you know. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my concerns surrounding Jordan Henderson operating in the number 6 role for Liverpool but it’s clear as day he’s been missed in recent matches. In games against Sunderland, Plymouth (admittedly with a shadow starting XI) and Southampton the midfield have looked lethargic, pedestrian and predictable. The complete opposite of what we’ve come to expect from a Jurgen Klopp …
Lucas Leaver?

Lucas Leaver?

Earlier today, I wrote for the Latest News section about the divisive figure that is Alberto Moreno but the Spaniard is a mere amateur at dangerously dividing the fan base in comparison with the focus of this evening's scribbles - Lucas Leiva. The affable Brazilian will always have his fans because he is patently a fellow of tremendous character and has done the club redoubtable service over a decade. However, there have been many fans who simply never took to the …
Liverpool fan reaction versus player reaction

Liverpool fan reaction versus player reaction

Whilst I understand fans being upset at the nature of Liverpool's capitulation to Bournemouth last weekend (trust me, I was pissed off too), I feel the level of fume by some was somewhat disproportionate. Some people were losing their minds. Yes, it was bad, hence my use of the word capitulation and yes, fans have every right to be upset by the defeat and the nature of it. My issue is how carried away some people got and how quickly …
Do Liverpool Really Need to Strengthen Their Defence in January?

Do Liverpool Really Need to Strengthen Their Defence in January?

After the capitulation at Bournemouth, questions marks once again hang over the Liverpool defence. Will that area of the team once again be the reason the Reds can't sustain a title challenge? Is it a personnel problem or just a systematic issue that needs time to be ironed out? Was it simply just one of those games of football and you just have to accept it sometimes happens? There are a lot of questions and very few answers for now. Many …
Liverpool - A Squad in Crisis?

Liverpool - A Squad in Crisis?

A mere few weeks ago Liverpool were well and truly flying, yet a flurry of injuries, including one to Phillipe Coutinho, suddenly dampened the mood around Anfield, and the recent humiliating defeat to Bournemouth only sought to worsen the atmosphere surrounding Liverpool FC. But with the January transfer window approaching, and with Mané soon to depart for the African Cup of Nations, Liverpool, for a club that appeared blessed with attacking talent, suddenly seem desperately short. Yet, a League Cup …
Liverpool IMPECT: Hammering the Hornets - Packing Stats

Liverpool IMPECT: Hammering the Hornets - Packing Stats

Liverpool are absolutely flying. Beyond all expectations thought of months earlier, the Reds have fired themselves to the top of the table as we hit the early November international break. Liverpool have won a stunning 9 out of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions, and following the 6-1 dismantling of Watford, Jurgen Klopp's men find themselves unbeaten since Burnley back in mid August. The attack is firing on all cylinders, the defence are conceding few chances and conceding goals …
Another Crocked Liverbird: Liverpool's Knee-Hilistic Past

Another Crocked Liverbird: Liverpool's Knee-Hilistic Past

Some weeks make you wish God had come up with something other than knees - weeks when you can't wear shorts for fear of seeing your own knees in a mirror and losing all sense of what it means to 'be'. It has been a year since the beginning of one such week, when as a result of two Liverpool employees falling over in unconnected incidents, the phrase ‘anterior cruciate ligament’ achieved unprecedented frequency of use. At the time, Danny Ings …
The Case For The Defence

The Case For The Defence

Who remembers the City game last season? Not the League Cup final or the 4-1 massacre at the Etihad but the home game. If you’re struggling it was the game where Jon Flanagan kicked Raheem Sterling in the air in the opening minutes and his captain hissed ‘Yes’ at him while exhibiting a Tim Henman fist pump. No? James Milner scored against his old club and celebrated because he’d just scored a goal for Liverpool and thought it worthier than …
Lucas Leiva and the Anfield Cull

Lucas Leiva and the Anfield Cull

We all knew when Klopp arrived at Liverpool Football Club, we had unanimous agreement that a massive clearout of players was in order. There was the likes of Jose Enrique and Martin Skrtel that needed to be moved on from the club. Today, even without any European competition this season, the manager has found his Liverpool squad too crowded for a team that would play fifty-odd games this season, at most. As things stand, there are already a number of …
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