How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

That crushing inevitability is the worst feeling. Perhaps Liverpool fans are simply making their way through the stages of grief, and are trying to bargain with themselves the potential loss of Emre Can will be less grievous than reality will dictate. But fear not, for here in the land of perpetual posturing and theoretical deals, Anfield Index will be sorting out Liverpool’s need for control in midfield – alongside a shiny new Naby Keita, who’ll be entering the club right …
Liverpool's Transfer Committees, Sporting Directors and the need to Step Up

Liverpool's Transfer Committees, Sporting Directors and the need to Step Up

Since FSG have come into the club, transfers have been a mixed bag. There have been some resounding successes in the likes of Sturridge, Coutinho, Mane and Salah. There have also been some real flops like Lovren, Lambert, Balotelli and others. Michael Edwards has had to play a big role in all of this. Edwards arrived as Head of Performance and Analysis and, more recently, worked with Brendan Rodgers as part of the now infamous Transfer Committee. This was one …
Is Mohamed Salah's start to the season being underplayed?

Is Mohamed Salah's start to the season being underplayed?

When Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah for £36.9m on 22nd June 2017 it wasn’t to the kind of fanfare one would expect for a club record signing. Sure, many Liverpool supporters were made up with the transfer, but it didn’t feel huge in its magnitude. It didn’t reverberate around the league. Certainly when you consider what was to follow. By the end of the transfer window, Mo Salah would prove to be only the 10th most expensive signing of the summer. …
Naby Keïta - The Hottest Prospect in Europe

Naby Keïta - The Hottest Prospect in Europe

On the most recent edition of the AI Pro Euro Incision Podcast, Jonathan Harding discussed Naby Keïta, a player who most Liverpool fans cannot wait to see in the end jersey. Last season was a real coming of age for Keïta, as he set himself out as one of the best young prospects in world football - a diminutive figure on the field, but in terms of influence, a giant, blessed with a beautifully rounded offensive game. Harding drew attention …
Goretzka's Pro-Active Approach Makes Him An Ideal Signing For Liverpool

Goretzka's Pro-Active Approach Makes Him An Ideal Signing For Liverpool

There’s been a lot of rumours floating about in recent weeks and few seem to be making as much noise as Leon Goretzka to Liverpool. With 12 months remaining on his contract, the Schalke midfielder is being scouted left, right and centre as attentions slowly begin to turn to the January window. Despite securing the services of Naby Keita for the 2018 season, Jurgen Klopp’s side could do with midfield reinforcements in January, with a lack of ingenuity and creativity …
The Klopp Project (Part 3): Challenging for the title

The Klopp Project (Part 3): Challenging for the title

In my previous pieces, you can also read part 1 and part 2, I discussed the challenges facing Jurgen Klopp, or indeed any Liverpool manager, in landing the league title. Namely, the issue of finances and the sensible "restrictions" FSG pose on spending money; also, the issues that Klopp's tactical approach has had in overcoming the proverbial parked bus. This series is a look at what it takes to win a title so I will look at various options available …
The Klopp Project (Part 2): Talking Tactics

The Klopp Project (Part 2): Talking Tactics

In part 1, I discussed the challenges facing any Liverpool manager in winning the league title. Given the challenges involved, I think all that can be realistically expected at this stage is consistently finishing in the top 4 and a concerted push to the later stages of the champions league. A league or champions league win has to be considered a bonus although they should remain the manager's aspiration. The difficulty of either trophy is such that to expect victory …
The Klopp Project (Part 1): Great Expectations

The Klopp Project (Part 1): Great Expectations

So. Liverpool Football Club. This great club of ours. Steeped in history and tradition, but in many ways still a sleeping giant on the biggest stage. A club that hasn't won the top domestic prize for 27 years, a club whose fans have developed a perhaps unhealthy obsession with winning league title number 19 and the club's first league title in the Premier League era. The question everyone wants to know is how long do we have to wait? Of …
Why FSG and Klopp Must Go...

Why FSG and Klopp Must Go...

Sorry, I didn't quite have space to write my full title: Why FSG and Klopp Must Go On as Before. Now that I have your attention, I'm going to take you back a short while. On the morning of August 31st, 'Liverpool Twitter' was a happy place: Liverpool were still in for Lemar and Van Dijk. Yet, predictably, the FSG Out group were circling, ready to pounce, looking for a slip-up, to prove their own misguided hypotheses right, in their …
A Guide to Jurgen Klopp's Midfield Set Up

A Guide to Jurgen Klopp's Midfield Set Up

Thanks to the internet, football fans from all over the world are able to voice their opinions on any, and every, topic relevant to their chosen football club. The growth of social media sites, in particular, provides all fans with voices which, although generally considered a positive, can lead to debacles such as the tracking of those planes and cars shuttling potential transfer targets. Overall, however, the input fans now enjoy as a result of the evolution of social media …
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