Liverpool Against the Top Six - What Changed?

Liverpool Against the Top Six - What Changed?

Before the start of the season, Liverpool was on a 13 game unbeaten streak against the top 6, dating back to January 2016. In our first match against a direct rival, we dismantled Arsenal at Anfield, winning 4-0. In the eight top 6 meetings that followed the Reds only managed to win once, a bad run capped off by the frustrating game on Saturday. So what changed? Comparing to 2016/2017 *BCC - Big chances created; BCS - big chances scored; …
Liverpool FC: The Rivals

Liverpool FC: The Rivals

It’s a crying shame what’s happened to West Ham United. Seriously. How a decent club has fallen. True, they’ve always been a side liable to go down every five or so years, but they’ve never been a club to betray their footballing principles. They may have the odd knobhead and the occasional embarrassing celebrity fan, but so have we. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for them. It spoke volumes that the streets of Cardiff following the 2006 FA …
Liverpool Tactics for United: Out-Manoeuvring Mourinho

Liverpool Tactics for United: Out-Manoeuvring Mourinho

With the nervous energy ticking over as we approach Saturday's game, what follows are some musings on the United game. We drew with United twice last season and struggled to create chances against them, such is Mourinho's mastery at controlling and limiting space against top quality opposition. We continue to struggle against the parked bus, and the fact that United are stronger than us following the transfer window means, in our current form, getting anything out of Saturday's game will …
Liverpool v Manchester United Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Manchester United Preview - Key Battles

The international break is over, and Liverpool have bad form and the loss of Sadio Mane to overcome. Just another international break that has brought strife to the Reds, then. And if that wasn't enough, the Reds welcome a red-hot Manchester United to Anfield on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp finally looks to find a formula that could break a wretched run of results in September. United have won all of their games this season, bar one, a 2-2 draw against …
Liverpool v Man Utd: The Ugliest and Greatest Rivalry

Liverpool v Man Utd: The Ugliest and Greatest Rivalry

For me this all started in May 1977. I know this is going back a fair bit but bear with me. It was a Saturday afternoon and the League Champions had to conquer the impertinence of Man Utd to secure a League and Cup double. This wouldn’t prove to be a problem. United had finished sixth that season – a full 10 points behind the Reds (two points for a win in those days, of course) and had been at …
Are We Fully Appreciating Klopp's Record Against Rivals?

Are We Fully Appreciating Klopp's Record Against Rivals?

What has been the main narrative at Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp took charge back in October 2015? They can't beat the lesser sides. This has undoubtedly been a major issue, and one of the main reasons why a title challenge evaporated in such alarming fashion last season. In fact, it has been an achilles heel for the Reds for so many years, give or take the odd rogue campaign here and there when they sussed it, with both individuals and …
Liverpool and Arsenal | Giants Heading In Different Directions

Liverpool and Arsenal | Giants Heading In Different Directions

There are times when Liverpool just plain annoy me. There are times when I look back at all the personal and financial sacrifices I’ve made over the years in their name and wondered just why I bothered. When Liverpool were played off the park in the first half against Blackpool in 2010 I sat in my seat and thought about leaving the ground early for the first and only time in my life. That was an especial low point. Just …
Jurgen Klopp And The Cult Of The Manager

Jurgen Klopp And The Cult Of The Manager

"I am 'The Normal One'. I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I was a very average player. I don't compare myself with these genius managers from the past." Five years ago the cream of world football managers were sat in Spain and Germany. Guardiola and Mourinho were the two biggest names in the game and occupied the greatest and most successful of dugouts. Around the same time – and I mean this with respect – Liverpool and …
Rating Liverpool Players' Consistency in 2016-17 - PART TWO

Rating Liverpool Players' Consistency in 2016-17 - PART TWO

There has been plenty of talk of Liverpool's inconsistencies throughout the 2016-17 campaign. After a hugely impressive start to the season, it's been another disappointing year and what had the potential to be a successful campaign, has turned into an unpredictable final few months. Liverpool have the best success record against teams in the top six and they picked up a number of commanding victories against their rivals at the beginning of the season. Wins against Arsenal and Everton on …
Playing United Still Leaves Me in Bits

Playing United Still Leaves Me in Bits

I hate playing United, me. I love beating them, that bit is fantastic and gives me a sense of satisfaction that is difficult to explain. The losing part pretty much goes without saying, especially with our old mucker Jose in charge of them now, but I just hate playing them. Maybe it's down to my blood pressure resembling a thermometer in the Nevada dessert at midday before the game even kicks off - the word tense doesn't come close. I …
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