Up the European Record Breaking Reds

Up the European Record Breaking Reds

What can we possibly even say about that? There aren’t enough superlatives to accurately describe what Liverpool did on Wednesday night. First appearance in the Champions League knockout stage in 9 long years? This was a performance and result that those who witnessed will still be talking about in 9 years’ time. Porto are certainly nobodies fool. They are unbeaten domestically and had only conceded 25 goals prior to The Reds' arrival at the Estadio do Dragao, and have scored …
Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool are one of the few clubs still undefeated within the Champions League, but few expected the utterly dominant display, away to Porto, which effectively ended the tie. How then did Liverpool approach the game? For while the scoreline suggests a brutal decimation of Porto, it was not quite that simple. The match was predominantly played within the middle of the pitch, with action zones, average positions and the touch maps reflecting that. Indeed, Liverpool may have had a majority …
Observations as Liverpool Pound Five Past Porto!

Observations as Liverpool Pound Five Past Porto!

Five times! Words that Liverpool fans wish to change to six times this season and they're a step closer to realising the dream as the Merseysiders pounded Porto's goal FIVE TIMES! Liverpool's victories have been attributed all season to their fab four, erm three, but this win was about the entire team. Jurgen Klopp's selections are doubted weekly, but he was vindicated with his choice in the midfield and defence tonight. Here are a few of my observations on the game. …
Liverpool Player Ratings As They Batter Porto 5-0

Liverpool Player Ratings As They Batter Porto 5-0

THE REDS. THE ABSOLUTE REDS. These Reds, our Reds, your Reds, my Reds. What a night. Liverpool return to the Champions League knockout stages after 9 years with the style and swagger of a side who had won the whole thing for nine straight years. Breaking records, breaking Portuguese hearts and breaking the net, it was a night to savour. Here's how the players rated. Goal for Porto? Nah, you're alright. Loris Karius (7): Giving him seven and not six seems …
Liverpool 2-2 Spurs: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 2-2 Spurs: A Tactical Breakdown

It was a thrilling game, in which the points were shared, but one in which the away side will be by far the happier of the two sides. Liverpool dominated the entirety of the first-half, scoring early, cutting through Spurs with ease and squandering glorious chance after chance. Liverpool's gameplan, to press aggressively and surrender the ball was good, and with Spurs using a 4-2-3-1, it became perfect. The spaces were there for Liverpool to exploit, and on a number of …
What James Milner brings to Liverpool's midfield against a low block defence

What James Milner brings to Liverpool's midfield against a low block defence

After two terrible defeats in the space of six days and the Reds failing to add to their squad in the January transfer window, Liverpool fans were understandably extremely concerned about how the rest of the season would pan out. One of the most pressing issues was the team's lack of creativity in midfield, without the magician, Phil Coutinho, how were the Reds going to break down teams who play with a low block? Gini Wijnaldum has rarely been effective …
Key Stats from Liverpool 2-2 Spurs

Key Stats from Liverpool 2-2 Spurs

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham at Anfield in the craziest and most controversial circumstances. But what were the key stats from the game? Sumptuous Salah https://twitter.com/btsportscore/status/960191455951314944?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3 There really is no other place to start. Mo Salah is not only the quickest to reach 20 league goals for Liverpool in the PL era but among the fastest ever. George Allan is the quickest, and that was in the 19th Century, over 100 years ago. Salah’s is the …
Liverpool Player Ratings As They Drop Points To Spurs

Liverpool Player Ratings As They Drop Points To Spurs

Struggling to wrap my head around that one, in the aftermath. How much context will the draw have in our season? Probably not that much. Who gains momentum from this one, probably neither. Both teams will feel they should have won. John Moss won't be getting a jokey referee rating from me because there aren't enough expletives in the world to sum up the shambles that was the officiating. The players can get some ratings though, here they are. Better …
Liverpool's Old Guard Barely Hanging On

Liverpool's Old Guard Barely Hanging On

For Liverpool supporters, transfers can never come fast enough. We always want to push that revolving door a little faster until we find a combination of players that starts filling up the trophy cabinet again. However, glance at the squad from 2013/14 season, just four years ago and you’ll notice that only a few faces remain. The crocked club captain; Jordan Henderson. The want-away striker; Daniel Sturridge. The freshly sentenced right back; Jon Flanagan. And the benched ‘keeper; Simon Mignolet. …
Liverpool FC: A lack of winners

Liverpool FC: A lack of winners

In February 2007 I met the woman who would go on to become my wife. Very quickly she was introduced to my obsession with football, and Liverpool Football Club in particular. Thankfully for me, she got onboard with this obsession almost from the off and has gone on to become a Liverpool supporter in her own right. During our time together she’s been a regular matchday companion for me at Anfield and even gone to the match without me on …
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