Liverpool’s Business With Southampton: A Success?

Liverpool’s Business With Southampton: A Success?

This weekend see a surprise rivalry take place at Anfield - one that has only really caught fire in the last three years. Liverpool and Southampton do battle, in what has become commonly known as the “We’re Sick Of You Taking Our Players Derby". Saints have, perhaps understandably, been irked by the Reds consistently snatching their star men away from them in recent times, and there seems to an added effort on their part whenever the two sides meet. You …
Nathaniel Clyne: Liverpool Are Missing Their Steadying Influence

Nathaniel Clyne: Liverpool Are Missing Their Steadying Influence

Nathaniel Clyne is never going to be a player you try to emulate at school, at five-a-side or on Sunday league pitches. You’re never going to have his name on the back of your shirt. He is a footballer with very little flamboyance - a quiet character who gets on with his job and doesn’t make headlines on or off the field. Ignore these things, though, because Liverpool are really missing their understated, underrated right-back more and more by the …
An Imperfect Marriage Between The System & The Players At Liverpool FC

An Imperfect Marriage Between The System & The Players At Liverpool FC

Klopp’s Liverpool are currently experiencing a turbulent time in terms of results, and fans are understandably becoming frustrated with the same defensive issues reoccurring regularly to deny Liverpool deserved wins. However, even though these issues appear to occur so repetitively, it still seems difficult for many to pinpoint the precise problem and identify exactly who’s to blame in each situation, and this is largely due to the elaborate nature of the system that Klopp currently has in place. Liverpool currently …
Liverpool beat Arsenal by four, let the season begin!

Liverpool beat Arsenal by four, let the season begin!

Arsenal rolled over like a puppy as Liverpool produced a devastating attacking display to whack the Gunners by four on Sunday evening. Jürgen Klopp's side were improved at the back, impressive in midfield and imperious going forward. The pre-match decision to drop, rest, whatever, Simon Mignolet for Loris Karius was much talked about, but mattered little thanks to fantastic display's from those in front of the German. Joe Gomez again filled in capably for Trent Alexander-Arnold, filling in himself for …
Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool are back in the Champions League proper. The draw for the group stages could have been far worse than it has ended up being, but for now, that doesn't matter. What matters is Sunday evening at Anfield, for the first high-profile Premier League game of the season. When Arsenal came to Anfield last season - in early March - they were in turmoil. They had just been beaten 5-1 at the Allianz Arena, and it looked like that could …
Who starts at right-back for Liverpool against Watford?

Who starts at right-back for Liverpool against Watford?

With Nathaniel Clyne set to miss Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Watford next Saturday, having failed to feature prominently in pre-season due to hamstring and back injurie, Jurgen Klopp will have a decision to make at the back. The boss has already confirmed that Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan are in contention for a starting berth, with all three players having featured over the last few games ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. So then, who starts at right-back …
Why Fans Need to Stop Overhyping Trent Alexander-Arnold

Why Fans Need to Stop Overhyping Trent Alexander-Arnold

First things first, I really, really like Trent Alexander-Arnold. When you write an article designed to temper people’s enthusiasm, it’s generally best to lead with a disclaimer, so there it is, I really like Trent Alexander-Arnold. I think he’s an extremely talented young right-back and I think that there’s every chance he has a big future with Liverpool, as I’ve said before. However, let’s not get carried away. And there are a lot of people getting very carried away. The …
Are Liverpool better equipped to

Are Liverpool better equipped to "beat the dross" next season?

"Beat the dross, win the league." A well-known mantra from AI's own Simon Brundish describes the ability of title-winning teams to brush aside, on paper, so-called inferior teams. It may seem a simple concept, but it is born from a simple fact: there are more "inferior" teams to play over the course of a season than "elite" teams. Indeed, Alex Ferguson's title-winning United teams were not immune to losing big games to their title rivals. What set them apart was …
Assessing Liverpool’s Attack For The Upcoming Season

Assessing Liverpool’s Attack For The Upcoming Season

In many respects, Liverpool were well equipped in the attacking department last season. Philippe Coutinho on the left wing, Sadio Mane on the right and Roberto Firmino through the middle, The Reds caused teams havoc on the counter-attacking. Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge provided Jurgen Klopp with some rotational options, particularly in the closing stages of the season in which Sturridge came back from the injury table to help secure a top-four finish and return to the Champions League. However, …
Are We Underrating Liverpool's Full-Back Options?

Are We Underrating Liverpool's Full-Back Options?

It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s full-backs divide opinion. The performances of James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne came under increasing scrutiny last season, with the duo’s level dipping dramatically at the turn of the year and never returning. Both receive plenty of negative press in an era when full-backs are as renowned for their flamboyant attacking play as they are their diligent defensive work - the names of Milner and Clyne are not likely to make it onto the back …
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