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 …
Jordan Henderson - Struggling under the weight of expectation

Jordan Henderson - Struggling under the weight of expectation

As Jürgen Klopp makes the final necessary changes to shape and mould his Liverpool squad, ahead of the up and coming season; speculation still remains over the long term future and captaincy of Jordan Henderson amongst supporters. It's a crucial season for everyone connected with the club, but especially Jordan, coming off the back of a frustrating, injury stricken campaign. He'll be hoping to find some form and consistency, whilst establishing and holding onto a place in Jürgen's starting 11. …
DoF Fantasy Series Part 5: How I’d spend £100m at Liverpool

DoF Fantasy Series Part 5: How I’d spend £100m at Liverpool

Liverpool’s ridiculously named “transfer committee” has been a hot topic in recent years. Some think they epitomise everything that’s wrong with the club’s transfer strategy, but maybe their detractors are yet to realise that the spine of Klopp’s new-look side is made up of “committee” signings. Emre Can, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, and Mamadou Sakho were all first choice under the German once the squad had settled following a spate of injuries. Can and Firmino were the club’s best players …
Bottlers Inc. - The Liverpool Backbone

Bottlers Inc. - The Liverpool Backbone

The Famous “Spine” Every successful team needs one.   In the ‘80s Liverpool had Grobbelaar, Hansen, Whelan and Rush.  United’s dominance of the ‘90s was largely down to their leaders through the middle - Schmeichel, Bruce, Keane and Cantona.   Wenger’s Invincibles had Lehmann, Campbell, Viera and Henry and Chelsea's successes during the last 12 years or so had the solid foundation of Cech, Terry, Lampard and Drogba.   The common traits of most, or all, of these players are …
Liverpool 2008/09 - So Close...

Liverpool 2008/09 - So Close...

How Things Are Different eras connect with different people.  Based upon what was going on in your life at the time - where you lived, who you were dating, where your career was at - you may have so many memories about a period that is simply trivial to others. To this day, if I hear a track from Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie...” album it takes me right back.  It was the first time I fell in love with music, …
Adding Mettle & Metal to Klopp's Rote Maschine

Adding Mettle & Metal to Klopp's Rote Maschine

Some parts of Jurgen Klopp’s Rote Maschine are still on the production line, but during the past few weeks there have been signs that some of the components are finally coming together. Devils in the Detail Following a run of games which saw Liverpool regularly playing twice a week, the week break between the two Europa League ties against Augsburg, and now Manchester United, gives the manager a rare chance to work with his players in more detail. Rather than …
The League Cup Final - After the Dust has Settled

The League Cup Final - After the Dust has Settled

There’s little more painful in sport than the Cup Final defeat. As Liverpool fans we’ve seen both sides of the coin. Jubilation and despair. Unfortunately, on Sunday at Wembley, it was despair. Penalties, we don’t lose them do we? And after Fernandinho hit the post with his first I foolishly thought we had our name on the cup. Sadly it wasn’t to be and we’re now left to dissect the day and ask where it went wrong, what positives we …
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