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 …
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. …
Don't Believe The Hype - Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

Don't Believe The Hype - Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

Won a big game, have we? And thus Liverpool become Liverpool. While the Manchester City game was an undoubted highlight of the season, with Jurgen Klopp’s red men swamping all over the champions elect, it also marked the point where things went wrong. Firstly there was the Swansea game where Liverpool were second to every ball and then the delay-ridden debacle at Anfield on Saturday night when they slumped to lowly West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup. Albion and …
Liverpool Player Ratings As They're Bossed By The Baggies

Liverpool Player Ratings As They're Bossed By The Baggies

Honestly, reckon the FA Cup is overrated anyway. I'm more of a Barclays Asia Trophy kinda guy. Liverpool 2-3 West Brom. They actually had the ball in the net five times, did the Baggies. The beauty of VAR and all that, Liverpool still managed to mess it up. Onto the ratings... Simon Mignolet (5): Where’s Danny Ward? Have you ever seen a goalkeeper mess up for two goals that were conclusively ruled out by VAR? Now you have! He was …
Swansea City v Liverpool Preview - Can Reds continue to rise in Wales?

Swansea City v Liverpool Preview - Can Reds continue to rise in Wales?

The Details Venue - Liberty Stadium, Swansea Referee - Neil Swarbrick Date & Time - Monday, January 22nd @ 20:00 GMT Current Odds - Swansea 17/2, Draw 17/4, Liverpool 3/10 Form Swansea Form Since Carlos Carvalhal's arrival, Swansea have slowly gone about making themselves more difficult to beat. A more congested midfield line is how Carvalhal has tried to shore things up at the back. They played a 532 in the 2-0 home defeat to Spurs, so it is hard to know what shape …
Key Stats from Liverpool 4-3 Man City

Key Stats from Liverpool 4-3 Man City

Liverpool saw off Manchester City in an absolutely staggering 4-3 win that might well rank as one of their best performances under Jürgen Klopp. But what were the key stats from this incredible game of football? Finishing Levels: Insane This was a game of absolutely brilliant goals. All four of Liverpool’s goals were outrageously good finishes, and the xG merely reinforced that. Liverpool’s total expected goals for the entire game was only 1.02 – and the total xG for their …
Why the 3-4-2-1 makes the most sense for Klopp's Post-Coutinho Liverpool

Why the 3-4-2-1 makes the most sense for Klopp's Post-Coutinho Liverpool

Like Alonso, Torres, Mascherano, Sterling and Suarez before him, Philippe Coutinho has been lured away by one of the bigger fish in world football. As a result, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are left with the task maintaining what is widely considered to be an upward trajectory without their most influential player. It is fortunate, at least, that the departure of the Brazilian comes just as Adam Lallana looks ready to rejoin the midfield - Liverpool's number 20 is one of …
Liverpool v Leicester City Preview - The First of Two Tough Games in a Row for Klopp's Men

Liverpool v Leicester City Preview - The First of Two Tough Games in a Row for Klopp's Men

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Neil Swarbrick Date & Time - Saturday, December 30th @ 15:00 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 2/7, Draw 9/2, Leicester 17/2 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool got back to winning ways against Swansea on Boxing Day. A comfortable first-half performance was improved upon after the break when the Reds extended their one-goal lead to run out 5-0 victors in the end. Looking at the xG stats below, we can see that the Reds should have won all …
Liverpool's 'Rotating' Problem

Liverpool's 'Rotating' Problem

A lot of clubs have a rotation problem, balancing the heavy requirements of the winter schedule can be daunting, but Liverpool... they're different. For once Liverpool have a deep enough squad that rotation is not an issue at all, but the Reds do have a rotating problem. The focus of supporter ire changes from match to match depending on the latest performance. Like a game of roulette played in the seventh level of hell, Liverpool players take turns sending their …
Liverpool v Swansea Preview - Swansea to bear brunt of Emirates' frustrations

Liverpool v Swansea Preview - Swansea to bear brunt of Emirates' frustrations

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Kevin Friend Date & Time - Tuesday, December 26th @ 17:30 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 1/7, Draw 13/2, Swansea 16/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have had a bit of a stop-start month this December. Impressive wins at home to Spartak and away to Bournemouth have been overshadowed by two poor home draws against West Brom and Everton. Although, it has to be said that luck just was not on their side in those games. The …
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