The Return of Roy - Crystal Palace v Liverpool

The Return of Roy - Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Come the summer of 2010 I’d had enough of Liverpool Football Club. Before you reach for your fiery torch and summon a lynch mob to my house I must offer up a defence. We’ve all had feelings like this from time to time. There is no one alive who thinks that the custodians of L4 are 100% right at all time and they, like anyone, are capable of instigating an over-powering sense of frustration, but in 2010 it was more …
Losing Phil Coutinho is Inevitable

Losing Phil Coutinho is Inevitable

“Liverpool will never progress if they keep selling their best players”. 
We’ve all heard this argument before. And on many levels, it has merit. How could you possibly hope to improve if you are forever losing your best player? How can you be strong when you are continually weakening your team? And what a weakening it would be, because to lose Phil Coutinho is to lose arguably the most gifted player in the Premier League. Sure, there will …
Liverpool's New-Found Squad Depth Paying Dividends

Liverpool's New-Found Squad Depth Paying Dividends

Since Liverpool stopped ruling English football in 1990, there are many reasons why a return to the summit of the game has continued to evade them. There have been dreadful signings, bemusing managerial appointments, unprofessional squads and rivals spending vast chunks of money, among many others factors. One of the Reds' greatest Achilles heels has been a lack of squad depth - something that has held back many of their best teams over the last quarter of a century. The …
Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Following on from my three-part series "The Klopp Project" which took a longer-term view on things (select the links for part 1, part 2 and part 3), I thought I would assess where Jurgen Klopp is in the present moment. Klopp the innovative tactician in Germany has been well documented. But what about Klopp the tactician at Liverpool? In assessing his time at LFC, we have to throw the conventional rules out the window. Klopp's system does not rely on …
Is Naby Keita the Phil Coutinho Replacement?

Is Naby Keita the Phil Coutinho Replacement?

Will this transfer window end? First Liverpool were getting van Dijk, then they were apologising for getting van Dijk, then they were getting Keita, then they weren’t getting Keita at any price. Salah seemed to take a millennium, Liverpool effectively traded a bang-average Kevin Stewart for a potential-laden Andy Robertson, and the future of Phillipe Coutinho seemed comfortable, given the lack of real disruption. And then, it didn’t seem all that comfortable. So, should Liverpool give into Phillipe Coutinho’s demands …
Coutinho, Van Dijk, Keita and hypocrisy

Coutinho, Van Dijk, Keita and hypocrisy

Are Leipzig a bigger club than Liverpool? How can they reject a 70 million euro bid from one of the most decorated clubs in the world? Cue the next bit of Liverpool ranting on Twitter. Are Leipzig Barcelona a bigger club than Liverpool? Why should Liverpool accept a 70 million euro bid from one of the most decorated clubs in the world? What does that reek of? There is only one word, hypocrisy. Over the past couple of weeks, Liverpool fans …
The Importance of Keeping Coutinho

The Importance of Keeping Coutinho

In recent years, Liverpool have acted too much like a small club in the transfer market. The club has developed a reputation for signing high potential players to eventually sell-on for higher fees once those players reach close to their maximum output. Since 2009, Liverpool have lost Xabi Alonso, Mascherano, Sterling, Torres and Luis Suarez for a total of around £235m after signing those players for around £72.2m. This may be considered by some to be good business, as Liverpool …
The Cult of Lucas Leiva

The Cult of Lucas Leiva

Liverpool fans are an emotional and nostalgic bunch. We feel the need to eulogise our players to the point where there always needs to be someone at the club who can be considered a legend. With Lucas Leiva the longest standing player at the club and the only member of the first team who was around the last time we won a trophy except for our captain (and God knows our fan-base will refuse to acknowledge Hendo as a good …
Four Attacking Points for a Top Four Finish For Liverpool

Four Attacking Points for a Top Four Finish For Liverpool

It’s early days in the six year tenure of Jürgen Klopp and there’s a general state of mixed emotions within the Liverpool fanbase - a mix of quiet confidence and an itch for reaching another level of talent in the team. With the current skill-set of the Liverpool squad that Klopp has created up til now, there is great validation to flooding the midfield with dynamic, attack-minded players that can understand and execute on his vertical, counter-pressing style of play. …
The Dismantling of Barcelona shows Liverpool should be Feared

The Dismantling of Barcelona shows Liverpool should be Feared

I know I said not to read into pre-season results much but I’m a liar. Words did no justice to the performance Liverpool put in on Saturday against Barcelona and I resorted to just making the odd animalistic noise to show my approval. I’m not ashamed by it. Shame implies I was embarrassed by my hypocritical ways. I wasn’t. The 4-0 humbling of the La Liga champions was the culmination of a successful pre-season for Jurgen Klopp’s handsome Reds. For …
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