Managing Expectations: Klopp and Moyes on Yesterday’s Result

Managing Expectations: Klopp and Moyes on Yesterday’s Result

Well, that wasn’t very pleasant now, was it? The spirit-flattening result, the loss of precious points, the inevitable Daniel Sturridge injury and the inspired opposition goalkeeper meant we had the perfect LFC Bullshit Bingo card. However, whilst a degree of irritation and perhaps even a modicum of irrational rage were both fair reactions, almost 24 hours later we can, perhaps, attempt a little more calm appraisal. At least, we could try until we read the post-match quotes from the managers …
Observations from Liverpool's disappointing draw against Sunderland

Observations from Liverpool's disappointing draw against Sunderland

Liverpool followed up their hard fought 1-0 victory against Manchester City with a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Reds took the lead twice but failed to hold on and gifted the home side two penalties. Sunderland did well defensively but it was Klopp's men who seemed to lack concentration, possibly because of tiredness having played two games in less than 48 hours, and really failed to deliver. Chelsea now go into their match against Tottenham …
Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Two games within 48 hours was always going to be a mighty ask, and at the end the exertions showed as Liverpool dropped two points on the road at Sunderland. This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6.5) - Had a busier first-half than he would have liked. Made a couple of big saves, especially a one-on-one against Defoe to ensure Liverpool still stayed level on the scoreboard. He could not have done much for either of the penalties. …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Sunderland: Patience is key

Observations from Liverpool's win against Sunderland: Patience is key

The Reds weren't rampant. The floodgates didn't open like many had expected them to prior to kick-off.. Klopp's men didn't dismantle yet another side at Anfield. Instead, it was tense and a little uncomfortable as Sunderland threatened to frustrate the home side. They held out for 75 minutes but in the end Liverpool came away with the all important three points to put them top of the Premier League for the time being. Usually I take a look at positives from …
Why are some treating Liverpool's draw like the end of the world?

Why are some treating Liverpool's draw like the end of the world?

A very close friend of mine from primary school days is a huge Arsenal fan, and while the Gunners’ rivalry with Liverpool is not exactly toxic, it hasn’t stopped us from bickering about football over the years. One thing I have often ridiculed him for is the sheer hysterical nature of Arsenal supporters. In their eyes, they are either on the verge of dominating English football or on their way to the darkest period in the club’s history. There’s never …