Private Jets, Insomnia And Donuts - A Normal Week At Anfield

Private Jets, Insomnia And Donuts - A Normal Week At Anfield

Here is the latest in a sequence of ways in which writing a daily football column knocks your perspective into a cocked hat. Number 73: Comparing your reality to that of Roberto Firmino. Having missed a day from both my jobs for what the Twitter kids call "reasons," your columnist was left incapacitated enough that he was unable to drive his own beloved mode of transportation to work this morning. It seems as though my employers were anxious to avoid being …
Nathaniel Clyne: A Competent Defender Who Lacks A Cutting Edge

Nathaniel Clyne: A Competent Defender Who Lacks A Cutting Edge

With Liverpool's season riddled with inconsistencies, it's only normal for some of the personnel to come under fire. Nathaniel Clyne is the latest in a long line of players who have had their futures questioned of late, but is it justified? Joining from Southampton for a fee of £12.5million, the England international has become a regular feature in Jurgen Klopp's side, registering a total of 52 appearances last season. Not only that, the right-back was producing at a consistent level …
Liverpool's Under-Fire Full-Backs Must Deliver Against Man City's Flying Wingers

Liverpool's Under-Fire Full-Backs Must Deliver Against Man City's Flying Wingers

Few players are less fashionable in the modern game than Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner. In an era when Football Manager, FIFA and statistics-based websites such as Squawka and WhoScored allow any football fans to proclaim themselves experts on any player across Europe, who really cares about two functional English full-backs? The snobbery against British players can become a little tiresome at times - just imagine how much more praise Adam Lallana would receive if he was Spanish - but …
Why criticism of Nathaniel Clyne is justified

Why criticism of Nathaniel Clyne is justified

Liverpool's performances of late have been nothing short of uninspiring and a number of players have come under criticism in recent weeks. The usual names of Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and Simon Mignolet have been ringing out on social media but in 2017, Nathaniel Clyne has joined the group of players receiving criticism. A lot of it has been justified too. The right-back joined the Reds for just £12.5 million in 2015 which at the time, was a …
Alexander-Arnold Looking Very Much At Home

Alexander-Arnold Looking Very Much At Home

James Baldwin once wrote that "perhaps home is not a place but an irrevocable condition." People, by nature, attach a massive significance to the concept of where we belong. We struggle all our lives with trying to reconcile the spectrum of emotions that our native place can evoke in us. Indifference, hatred, fierce pride - we feel them all if we live long enough. If you're a foreign fan of Liverpool FC, you'll have encountered both the warmth of the …
Spurs-Slaying Reds Are On The Road To Recovery

Spurs-Slaying Reds Are On The Road To Recovery

Up until Saturday, 2017 had been awful as a Liverpool supporter. Our pre-Christmas spring in the step was long gone, everything felt like a chore, and like Popeye without his spinach, you were left desperately hoping the Reds would give us a much-needed adrenalin shot. Why did we ever doubt them, though? There has been so much negativity surrounding the club this year , some of it warranted and some of it embarrassingly hyperbolic, but Saturday's fantastic 2-0 win over …
Can Clyne And The Reds Get Back On Track?

Can Clyne And The Reds Get Back On Track?

If you've ever struggled to break a pattern of behaviour, then you'll know how difficult the psychological aspect of that battle is. There's a whole pageant that seems to play out around the drawing of lines in the sand. Just one more chocolate bar and THEN the salad diet will commence, just a final bottle of beer and THEN productive sobriety will follow, just one more tweet and THEN some interaction with actual humans in the room. Of course, the …
Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defeat to Hull City meant Liverpool's disastrous start to 2017 continued. Jurgen Klopp's men have won just one of their 10 matches since the turn of the year and this run has seen relegation battlers Hull and Swansea pick up maximum points against them as well as having their FA Cup run brought to a premature end at the hands of Wolves, at Anfield. Fingers are being pointed and scapegoats are being identified. Emre Can isn't good enough to start. Dejan …
Will Coutinho And Liverpool Bounce Back?

Will Coutinho And Liverpool Bounce Back?

For some reason, most of Latest News' downtime of late has been spent immersed in dystopian fiction. Not the frothy likes of The Hunger Games, mind you. No, the precious spare moments that come our way have been spent listening to well-spoken gents narrating George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Given the state of the world at present, this choice of reading matter seems deliberately grim but sometimes, when times are tough, you just have to double-down and …
Lack of attacking structure sees Liverpool stumble against Swansea

Lack of attacking structure sees Liverpool stumble against Swansea

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