Observations as Liverpool edge ahead in first-leg against Hoffenheim

Observations as Liverpool edge ahead in first-leg against Hoffenheim

And breathe… It was a nervy night for us Liverpool fans as the first-leg of the Champions League qualifier got under way with a trip to Hoffenheim. Shaky straight off the bat, the German outfit looked capable of causing real problems for Klopp’s side, who’s defensive frailties are well documented. That was confounded by an 11th minute penalty which raised more than a few heart rates around Merseyside. However, The Reds rode the rapids and came out on top thanks …
Hoffenheim 1  Liverpool 2 - No need to panic, yet

Hoffenheim 1 Liverpool 2 - No need to panic, yet

Date: 15th August 2017 Venue: Rhein-Neckar Arena Competition: Champions League Qualifier Teams Hoffenheim lineup - Baumann, Vogt, Hubner, Bicakcic, Kaderabek, Rupp, Demirbay, Zubar, Gnabry, Kramaric, Wagner Subs: Kobel, Nordtveit, Toljan, Amiri, Uth, Szalai, Geiger Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané Subs: Karius, Origi, Milner, Klavan, Gomez, Grujic, Solanke The Build-Up Football’s not meant to be like this, is it? Or maybe our second game of the season (yes, SECOND GAME!) should be …
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Liverpool went one step closer to qualifying for the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in the first leg of their playoff contest. It was a gutsy performance from the Reds following their 3-3 draw against Watford on the opening weekend of the Premier League. Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner were enough to see them cross the line and they will go into the clash at Anfield next week with a crucial lead in the European …
How should Liverpool approach the domestic cups?

How should Liverpool approach the domestic cups?

Despite having the added demands of European football, the domestic cup competitions should be seen by Liverpool supporters and more importantly the manager as genuine chances of silverware this season. This is not to say big players shouldn't be rested in the league cup and FA cup, they will have to be. But with Liverpool's strength in depth in key areas such as defence, central midfield and up front these provide the Reds with a perfect opportunity to give their …
Candidates for Liverpool’s MOTM vs Watford

Candidates for Liverpool’s MOTM vs Watford

Liverpool were denied an opening day victory as Miguel Britos's late header shared the spoils for Watford at Vicarage Road. Much of the pre-match talk was dominated by the headlines of Philippe Coutinho, who had handed in a transfer request the Friday before the game. The general consensus was that the Reds had to put the stories regarding the Brazilian to one side as they looked to open their Premier League season with a win at Marco Silva's Watford. It …
Watford 3 Liverpool 3: A Tactical Breakdown

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: A Tactical Breakdown

Completely bewildering, yet almost oxymoronically, so very familiar; Liverpool's 3-3 draw was, for the most part, a frustrating game, with a blisteringly good period of play for Liverpool sandwiched between two periods that were hard to watch. To really understand how the game progressed, and key points within it, we shall look at the goals, specific players, and positioning across the game. First, though, we're going to need some of the stats from the game to flesh out the general …
Hoffenheim v Liverpool Preview - Klopp returns to his homeland to face CL debutants

Hoffenheim v Liverpool Preview - Klopp returns to his homeland to face CL debutants

The Details Venue: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena Referee: Bjorn Kuipers Date & Time: August 15th, 2017 @ 19:45 BST Form Hoffenheim, like Liverpool, only started their competitive season this past weekend. They faced lowly FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt in the DFP Pokal, claiming a solid 1-0 win away from home. They did, however, show some good form over the summer with good wins and plenty of goals against Standard Liege, Derby County and Bologna. [caption id="attachment_29125" align="aligncenter" width="273"] Julian Nagelsmann[/caption] Julian Nagelsmann is …
Observations as Liverpool throw away two points against Watford

Observations as Liverpool throw away two points against Watford

Given the thrills of the unpredictable, hair-raising Premier League that the media tells us we should embrace and love for it's uniqueness, that all seemed a little predictable. Liverpool were behind, level, behind, level, ahead and level in a topsy-turvy opening clash with Watford, one that finished 3-3. It was disappointing, but perhaps not a terrible point come the end of the season, especially if we get past Hoffenheim. Observations were there to be made, and here they are. PRAISE …
Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

Liverpool returned to normalcy against a lower half team by dropping points in the dying seconds of the game. Liverpool woke up from their slumber in the second half to take the lead after trailing twice during the game. This is how the Reds fared Simon Mignolet (4.5) - An error filled performance from the stopper in the season opener. His reluctance to claim the ball for Watford's opener was baffling. His distribution continues to be a source of worry. …
Selling Coutinho Hurts Liverpool's Rising Image

Selling Coutinho Hurts Liverpool's Rising Image

In January of 2013, when Liverpool announced the signing of a young Brazilian playmaker from Inter Milan, I read the article on my computer screen and said "Coutin-who?" I knew I'd heard the name, knew it had been associated with words like "flop" and "bust," and when I heard he had joined for around £8.5 million, I thought it was nearly ten mil in the bin. Oh my days was I wrong. The young Brazilian has since blossomed into one of …
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