Liverpool Tactics for United: Out-Manoeuvring Mourinho

Liverpool Tactics for United: Out-Manoeuvring Mourinho

With the nervous energy ticking over as we approach Saturday's game, what follows are some musings on the United game. We drew with United twice last season and struggled to create chances against them, such is Mourinho's mastery at controlling and limiting space against top quality opposition. We continue to struggle against the parked bus, and the fact that United are stronger than us following the transfer window means, in our current form, getting anything out of Saturday's game will …
Fantasy Premier League Insight – Season So Far (Part 2)

Fantasy Premier League Insight – Season So Far (Part 2)

Season so far (Part 2) Welcome back to the season so far in the Fantasy Premier League! In this part, we'll look at the rest of the league... GW1 GW2 GW3 GW4 GW5 GW6 GW7 Manchester City W D W W W W W   Manchester City have proven why they are backed to win the Premier League this season. Excluding the draw with Everton and the narrow win against Bournemouth, City have been flawless with 22 goals in their 7 …
Liverpool FC - It's Time to Spend

Liverpool FC - It's Time to Spend

A popular and insightful article in the Financial Times revealed that English teams struggle in the Champions League due to the competitive nature of the Premier League. Teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all spend on average, 25pc or more of time during a game leading by two goals or more; almost 10pc more than Manchester City, the side deemed the most 'dominant' during Premier League games. This particular article drew two main conclusions, one being that …
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 …
Predicting The Final Top Six: Where Will Liverpool Finish?

Predicting The Final Top Six: Where Will Liverpool Finish?

Chelsea may be cruising towards the Premier League title in a frustratingly ruthless fashion, but there is still a huge amount to fight for at the top of the table. Granted, securing a top-four finish should never be seen as a giant achievement for a club of Liverpool’s stature, but being in next season’s Champions League is of huge importance. Rarely has the battle to qualify for Europe’s most lucrative and rewarding club competition been so exciting and unpredictable, with …
Jurgen Klopp Must Prioritise Man Utd Over the Southampton Clash

Jurgen Klopp Must Prioritise Man Utd Over the Southampton Clash

Liverpool’s relentless schedule shows no sign of slowing up, and we now approach another season-defining spell in the Reds’ season. Having conquered the festive period in impressive fashion - I’m willing to fight anyone who moans about 13 points from a possible 15, just because Liverpool drew with Sunderland - it’s now time for Jurgen Klopp to tackle two different competitions in four days. First up is the League Cup semi-final first-leg against Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday, followed …
Liverpool Now Have Little Room For Error In Title Race

Liverpool Now Have Little Room For Error In Title Race

Jurgen Klopp has made a point of stressing that Premier League titles are not won or lost in December. So much of what the German says hits the nail on the head more than most managers in world football, but he is only half right here. The 49-year-old is spot on about the league being impossible to clinch around the Christmas period, barring some kind of freak season, in which a team pulls 20 points clear. That has never happened …
Liverpool v Manchester United: Pragmatism or Poor Performance?

Liverpool v Manchester United: Pragmatism or Poor Performance?

Oh, Lord this is going to be tricky. Before I start on this complex and somewhat tricky standpoint, I’d like to issue the following caveats. Firstly, I don’t like anything to do with Manchester United. I’m one of those people who finds themselves wiping their hands on their jeans if I accidentally brush one of their shirts in a sports shop. Ridiculous at my age, but there we are. Secondly, I don’t like Jose Mourinho. If I were to bump …
Liverpool and Man United - A Centuries' Old Rivalry

Liverpool and Man United - A Centuries' Old Rivalry

In the mid-1990s I was in a band. Don’t bother Googling my name along with the words ‘hits by’ or ‘world tour’. We played two gigs and broke up when the bass player went to play jazz in a London hotel, but back then we were going to build empires with our jangly guitared take on urban life. I moved from Liverpool to London in 1988 and my bandmates were mostly from my Polytechnic, which is what average universities were …
How do Liverpool compare to previous 2nd place finishes?

How do Liverpool compare to previous 2nd place finishes?

Liverpool’s form has picked up, the team seem to be gelling, and there’s a lot of belief among the Anfield faithful that something very special could be upon us and our beloved Reds. This I expect. What I didn’t expect, however, was for neutrals and bookies to be quite so on board as well. Last I checked, we ranked at 5/1 for the title, second only to Manchester City and at around half the odds of Arsenal and Man Utd. …
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