Liverpool 4 - 2 Hoffenheim: Job Done at Anfield

Liverpool 4 - 2 Hoffenheim: Job Done at Anfield

Match: Liverpool (2) v (1) Hoffenheim Date: August 23rd @ 19:45 BST Venue: Anfield Competition: Champions League Playoff 2nd Leg Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané Subs: Karius, Gomez, Solanke, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Sturridge Hoffenheim lineup - Baumann, Nordtveit, Vogt, Hubner, Kaderabek, Demirbay, Geiger, Zuber, Gnabry, Wagner, Kramaric Subs: Kobel, Bicakcic, Rupp, Polanski, Toljan, Uth, Szalai Ninety minutes from Champions League football. Ninety minutes from bringing those nights back home. Ninety minutes …
Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim: Player Ratings

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim: Player Ratings

Liverpool qualified for the Champions League with a huge 4-2 victory (6-3 agg) over Hoffenheim in the second leg of their playoff contest at Anfield. It was a dominating performance from the Reds in front of a packed out Anfield for their first European match at home since their 3-0 victory over Villarreal in the semi-final of the Europa League in May 2016. Goals from Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Emre Can were enough to see them cross the line …
Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Five young full-backs. Like a team within a team, they all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been absorbing most of the accolades and Moreno has been the whipping boy as usual. Robertson’s crosses against Palace drew audible ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd and Jon Flanagan regaining a squad position is great to see. But when the story of the 2017-18 season is written, it may be Joe Gomez that has the biggest impact in …
Liverpool v Hoffenheim 2nd Leg Preview - Finishing the Job

Liverpool v Hoffenheim 2nd Leg Preview - Finishing the Job

The Details Venue: Anfield Date & Time: August 23rd, 2017 @ 19:45 BST Form Hoffenheim got their Bundesliga campaign off to a winning start on Saturday, with a 1-0 home victory against Werder Bremen. Now they will be hoping to recuperate before their visit to Anfield as they aim to prolong their maiden visit to the top table of European football. Julian Nagelsmann will almost certainly have many, many more years to look forward to in the Champions League but …
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: A Tactical Breakdown

After a late Watford equaliser, Liverpool's Premier League campaign was yet to really get going. A tie with bogey-team Crystal Palace hardly eased nerves, especially as reports of Coutinho's continued unhappiness, and rumours of a knock to Sadio Mané had fans on edge. Nonetheless, the performance was distinctly different to the Champions League first-leg against Hoffenheim, and the Watford match too. Yet, what we also saw were some themes and consistencies, that we may see continue to pop up throughout …
Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace: Hard-fought win at Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace: Hard-fought win at Anfield

Match: Liverpool v Crystal Palace Date: August 19th, 2017 Venue: Anfield Competition: Premier League Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mané, Firmino, Sturridge Subs: Karius, Flanagan, Can, Origi, Lovren, Salah, Solanke Crystal Palace lineup - Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Tomkins, Ward, Milivojevic, Puncheon, van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Benteke Subs: Speroni, Kelly, Schlupp, Kaikai, McArthur, Cabaye, Lokilo So, here they come. Liverpool’s bogey team of recent years. Our first home game of the season and it’s against …
Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool huffed and they puffed but in the end, Sadio Mane's first Anfield goal of the season ensured that the Reds took their first Premier League win of the season. It wasn't pretty for large parts of the game, as a sluggish Liverpool threatened to be stifled out of the game by a disciplined Palace, but a stroke of good fortune meant that the ball fell in Mane's path for him to calmly slot past Wayne Hennessey. Here are the …
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: A Near Perfect Night?

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: A Near Perfect Night?

It was hardly going to be an easy night. Liverpool were away, in their first Champions League game under Klopp, to perhaps the toughest side available in the draw, Hoffenheim, who had not lost for over a year at home. Alongside this, there was the ongoing Coutinho situation, whilst two of Liverpool's best offensive players - Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana - remain sidelined, so too Nathaniel Clyne. Nevertheless, this was the amalgamation of all the hard work from the 2016-17 …
Moreno Madness - Klopp's Tactical Gamble

Moreno Madness - Klopp's Tactical Gamble

Liverpool look a defensively weaker team with Alberto Moreno in the setup. This isn’t necessarily a criticism of Moreno himself, nor is this article intended to be a critical piece of either Klopp or Moreno. A lot has been made of Moreno since his unexpected return to the side in pre-season, compounded by mixed performances against both Watford and Hoffenheim. Moreno is clearly a decent attacking full-back and has looked dangerous in both games at times without setting the world …
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 …
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