Observations as Liverpool spark out Spartak

Observations as Liverpool spark out Spartak

Absolutely joyful football from Jurgen's last 16 Reds as Liverpool bounce into the knockout stages of the Champions League, top of the group and on top of the world after another devastating win. 17 goals in 7 days. Mustard. From Coutinho's slick penalty early on to Mo Salah capping his night off with a goal, it was a perfect night that Klopp will have gone to bed dreaming of on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, will a Champions League trophy be …
Red Reset: FA Cup Key to Liverpool Expectations

Red Reset: FA Cup Key to Liverpool Expectations

With six wins and two draws by a combined score of 25-6, Liverpool supporters can safely close the chapter on a poor run of form that ran through late September and October. Fervent Firmino fans have joined satisfied Salah supporters in whipping out all of the stats and rubbing it in the face of anyone that ever doubted the two Liverpool forwards who did sputter at times early on. What is true is that Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah have …
Key Stats from Brighton 1-5 Liverpool

Key Stats from Brighton 1-5 Liverpool

Liverpool vs Brighton – The Key Stats The Reds won 5-1 on the South Coast to move 4th in the Premier League, but which stats (or sets of stats), stood out for me? Coutinho Samba Whilst Coutinho’s two main stats in this game speak for themselves – one goal and three assists – his underlying stats are exceptional too. Three chances created is very good anyway, but the fact that that culminated in an xA of 0.93 is fantastic; comfortably …
Liverpool's Fifty Million Managers

Liverpool's Fifty Million Managers

Has Jurgen Klopp finally started to get the hang of rotation? Or is this another false dawn? Against Chelsea, both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were rested, as Klopp made some big changes from the side that drew with Sevilla. Then against Stoke, Klopp left Phil Coutinho and Mo Salah out of the starting line-up. There has also been rotation in midfield, as Henderson, Wijnaldum and Milner were rotated whilst Emre Can suffered a niggling injury. With Can returning, both …
Salah Showing Why We Can't Settle for Second Best

Salah Showing Why We Can't Settle for Second Best

Another game another Salah masterclass, the Egyptian has been the signing of the season by far and his two goals against the Saints puts him at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts ahead of the likes of Aguero, Morata and Kane. There was a wave of apprehension surrounding the £35 million deal; his form in Italy was eye catching but he had failed to set the Premier League alight the first time around. Klopp was clearly a …
Should Klopp persist with the 4-2-2-2 formation?

Should Klopp persist with the 4-2-2-2 formation?

In recent months and weeks, many Liverpool fans have become increasingly frustrated with the Reds predictable 4-3-3 formation. Opposition teams seem to have worked out that if they sit back in a low block and wait for counter-attacking opportunities to arise then they will get their chances and it's worked for many of them this season. Although I am a big fan of the 4-3-3 system, the Reds have lacked any real creativity from midfield and defensively when asked questions, …
Double DM's - Klopp deep 'sixes' his system

Double DM's - Klopp deep 'sixes' his system

"It looked like an offensive lineup, but it was a defensive lineup. Two sixes, two clear sixes!" - Jurgen Klopp
A surprise lineup pleased Liverpool fans as soon as it came out, even if we weren't exactly sure why. The inclusion of Mané was the big shock of the afternoon since even the manager had said he might be ready for 20 minutes. His dynamism and speed take the Reds to another level, but with Bobby Firmino, Oxlade …
Nathaniel Clyne: Liverpool Are Missing Their Steadying Influence

Nathaniel Clyne: Liverpool Are Missing Their Steadying Influence

Nathaniel Clyne is never going to be a player you try to emulate at school, at five-a-side or on Sunday league pitches. You’re never going to have his name on the back of your shirt. He is a footballer with very little flamboyance - a quiet character who gets on with his job and doesn’t make headlines on or off the field. Ignore these things, though, because Liverpool are really missing their understated, underrated right-back more and more by the …
Time For Under Pressure Klopp To Earn His Reputation

Time For Under Pressure Klopp To Earn His Reputation

Liverpool’s lacklustre start to the season has threatened to escalate into a serious issue. The Reds have won just three of their opening nine league games, and just one of their opening three Champions League fixtures. The situation remains far from disastrous, they’re still in pole position to top their group in the UCL and securing Champions League football for next season remains very much on the cards in the league, but two heavy defeats to rivals Spurs and Man …
Liverpool vs Manchester United: Coutinho must shine in Mane’s absence

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Coutinho must shine in Mane’s absence

Watch Liverpool take on Manchester United today with NOW TV - AnfieldIndex readers get a special 15% discount! Liverpool against Manchester United is one of English football’s biggest rivalries, with these age-old enemies set to resume battle at Anfield this afternoon. For the Reds, it will be an early season acid test to see if Jurgen Klopp’s men can keep pace with one of the Premier League’s form teams, while injuries to key men will make the task tougher. Sadio …
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