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. …
10 out of 15 points, why is it so important to me?

10 out of 15 points, why is it so important to me?

For anyone who follows my Twitter account, (@mrmarksimpson) or coming across me on the EPL podcast, you will have heard me banging on about how important it is for Liverpool to break the season down into 5-game blocks, aiming for 10 points every block. A lot of the time, replies I get are, “Why? What’s the point?” Well, I think it is time to put it down in writing and explain the methodology behind this. Firstly, the math: 10 points …
Reds Off To An Excellent Start

Reds Off To An Excellent Start

Three wins, a draw, and a loss from the first five opening games in our Premier League campaign has drawn plenty of negative conclusions from a good chunk of Liverpool fans. We kicked the season off with a flying start at the Emirates, where we scored four on Arsenal's own turf, something that’s not been done for more than half a decade. We followed it up with a rather disappointing performance against newly promoted side Burnley at Turf Moor, which …
The Net Spend Conundrum

The Net Spend Conundrum

Twitter is a breeding ground for lazy people looking to become popular. It's a place where fiction becomes fact. A few weeks ago, after the loss in the Europa League final, there was a tweet doing the rounds. It got over 500 retweets despite the fact it was factually incorrect. It was a tweet by a Manchester City fan which stated over the last decade Liverpool had spent something like £650 million on transfer fees and won only a solitary …
Is It Time To Talk Top Four, Again?

Is It Time To Talk Top Four, Again?

Boom. Boss, tha. Sehr Gut. Etc. That was alright, wasn’t it? A 4-0 win over the Ev, after a 4-3 win against Dortmund. It’s all glossed over a lovely Sunday afternoon kick around against Stoke, as we stuck yet another four goals past the Potters – a team Liverpool have struggled against ever since Tony Pulis and his rugby players made their way into the Premier League. We’re on a real roll at the moment, which kind of suits our …
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