Do Liverpool Still Need to Replace Phil Coutinho?

Do Liverpool Still Need to Replace Phil Coutinho?

Euphoria, that’s the feeling washing over most of the Liverpool supporter-sphere at the moment. Their front three are reaching meteoric heights, and their devastating influence on games has become a staple of both the Premier League and Champions League. Teams now fear Liverpool, not simply because of the goalscoring prowess, but also the knowledge that it is now harder to breach what used to be a shaky back-line. Liverpool bought the most expensive defender in world football to help fix …
Five Potential Liverpool Targets from Outside the Top Six

Five Potential Liverpool Targets from Outside the Top Six

Liverpool’s race for Champions League football next season took a reassuring step as Spurs trounced Chelsea in their own yard on the weekend, giving the Reds breathing room in pursuit of that coveted top four spot. Ahead of a clash with Manchester City, too, one could very easily reflect on how far Klopp’s men have come since the days of former managers. Gone are the times of Rickie Lambert, of Aly Cissokho and Andy Carroll. A once-maligned transfer strategy has …
Liverpool's Pressing Need for a Midfield Controller

Liverpool's Pressing Need for a Midfield Controller

Liverpool’s aura of invincibility was always going to be pierced at some point. Retrospectively, it was almost inevitable that Jose Mourinho and the “anti-football” rhetoric that surrounds his Manchester United side would be the pin that burst Jürgen Klopp’s bubble. Following a dismal exit in the FA Cup at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, the Reds went on a run of five wins and two draws. In that time, they scored 18 times, conceding three. It’s a fair claim …
Liverpool’s One-Dimensional Midfield Highlights The Need For Naby

Liverpool’s One-Dimensional Midfield Highlights The Need For Naby

Last Thursday, Naby Keita was starring for RB Leipzig as they defeated Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in the Europa League. The Guinean laid-on a delightful assist for Timo Werner, gliding through the midfield before finding the forward in inch-perfect fashion, on a night that also saw him win all five of his tackles, complete five take-ons and enjoys a 93 percent passing accuracy. It was a midfield masterclass, during a season in which Keita has actually been criticised for downing …
Jorginho vs Ndidi - Which do Liverpool Need More?

Jorginho vs Ndidi - Which do Liverpool Need More?

With Emre Can’s departure to the exotic shores of Turin imminent, Liverpool have recently been casting an eye towards a new midfielder. The Times’ Paul Joyce recently revealed that Napoli’s Jorginho is a target for Jürgen Klopp to fill his need for a #6 – a deep midfielder to sit at the base of a three or next to Naby Keita in a two. So too has Wilfrid Ndidi been linked with a move to Klopp’s red revolution, leading many …
Liverpool’s Best Midfield: What Is It?

Liverpool’s Best Midfield: What Is It?

Picture the scene: Liverpool are preparing for the Champions League final in May, after a stunning march to the showcase event at Kiev's Olympic Stadium. Having seen off Porto in the last-16, probably despite somehow losing 4-0 at Anfield in the second-leg, they then dispatched of Chelsea and Man United, with last-minute winners in both ties. Sounds pretty special, doesn’t it? As Jurgen Klopp prepares his players for the biggest match in club football, he will be left with an …
Coutinho-less Liverpool Face A Real Fight to Finish Fourth

Coutinho-less Liverpool Face A Real Fight to Finish Fourth

Before starting, I feel the need to make one point: I firmly believe knee-jerk reactions are one of the worst things a football fan can be prone to having. It is a common theme in my articles, in fact, that such reactions, and those making them (usually on social media), should be categorically ignored. The following article is, I admit, a more negative view on Liverpool's remaining campaign than some might wish to read. It is though also a result …
How far Liverpool have come under Klopp

How far Liverpool have come under Klopp

With Barcelona having lost 1-0 on Wednesday night, Liverpool are now currently on the longest unbeaten run in Europe's top five leagues. Since losing 4-1 to Spurs in October, Liverpool took stock, restructured tactically, and have not just been resurgent, but prepotent. In the 18 games following that defeat to Spurs, Liverpool have gone on to score 3 or more goals in 12 of those (66pc of games). But this is not just the story of Liverpool finally getting 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 …
Strengthening of the Spine: Klopp's long-term project coming to fruition

Strengthening of the Spine: Klopp's long-term project coming to fruition

Jurgen Klopp’s first game vs Spurs (Oct 2015): Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Lucas, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Origi. Bench: Toure, Allen, Ibe, Bogdan, Randall, Sinclair, Teixeira Jurgen Klopp’s latest game vs Burnley (Jan 2018): Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Gomez; Can, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain; Lallana, Mane, Solanke. Bench: Karius, Matip, Robertson, Milner, Woodburn, Ings, Firmino. What a difference two years make. Recording their first win of 2018, Liverpool secured an injury-time winner in the most dramatic fashion to win 2-1. Bear …
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