How should Liverpool approach the domestic cups?

How should Liverpool approach the domestic cups?

Despite having the added demands of European football, the domestic cup competitions should be seen by Liverpool supporters and more importantly the manager as genuine chances of silverware this season. This is not to say big players shouldn't be rested in the league cup and FA cup, they will have to be. But with Liverpool's strength in depth in key areas such as defence, central midfield and up front these provide the Reds with a perfect opportunity to give their …
Dublin Delight for Klopp's Confident Reds

Dublin Delight for Klopp's Confident Reds

Liverpool 3 - 1 Athletic Bilbao August 5th, 2017 Aviva Stadium, Dublin Last pre-season friendly Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Grujic, Salah, Firmino, Origi Subs: Karius, Ward, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Klavan, Mane, Robertson, Solanke, Flanagan, Kent, Ejaria, Woodburn The last few days have been dominated with rumours about the future of our little magician, Philippe Coutinho. This morning, it was confirmed that Coutinho had not travelled to Dublin with the squad for today’s friendly. The official …
Is Dominic Solanke's pre-season form a worry for Divock Origi?

Is Dominic Solanke's pre-season form a worry for Divock Origi?

2016/17 was a tough season for Divock Origi. There were ups, such as that brilliant solo goal against Bournemouth from a tight angle but there were also downs, with the striker averaging just 0.9 take-ons and a shot accuracy of 48%. That makes for a poor comparison to 2015/16 in which Origi enjoyed a fine campaign, netting in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final. He proved to be a useful tool on the counter-attack, while contributing …
Make-Or-Break Season For Divock Origi

Make-Or-Break Season For Divock Origi

Footballers go in and out of fashion all the time, and any slight lull can see them in danger of being cast aside to the scrap heap in no time. It wasn’t long ago at all that Divock Origi was almost walking on water at Liverpool, earning acclaim from every corner of Anfield and looking like a striker of gigantic promise. That was in the second-half of 2015/16, when a string of dominant performances leading the line helped the Reds …
Down But Not Out: Liverpool defeated in Audi Cup final on penalties

Down But Not Out: Liverpool defeated in Audi Cup final on penalties

Liverpool 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid (Atletico win 5-4 on penalties) Liverpool were denied their second pre-season trophy after suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat against Atletico Madrid in the final of the Audi Cup at the Allianz Arena. Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the side which defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in the semi-final, with Phil Coutinho, Mo Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno all absent from the squad. It was a surprise to see Sadio Mane start after playing …
Why Liverpool Still Need Another Winger

Why Liverpool Still Need Another Winger

Liverpool have already added one natural wide player to their squad – the exceptionally fast and talented Mo Salah, who appears to be the sort of world class game-changing signing that FSG and Klopp have promised us this summer. However, despite bringing in a winger, there remains a solid argument that Liverpool remain a winger short – a feeling that will only have been emphasised with the news that both Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent are going out on loan. …
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 …
Will This Be Liverpool's Best Attack Since The 1980s?

Will This Be Liverpool's Best Attack Since The 1980s?

The opening 45 minutes of Saturday’s Premier League Asia Trophy final win over Leicester City were unbelievable. There was a frightening pace to the game, especially compared to the usual slow speed of a pre-season friendly, and Liverpool looked irrepressible for the most part. Jurgen Klopp’s attack-minded lineup saw the quintet of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi all start, and some of the football was exceptional. The creativity, confidence and interchanging that the attacking …
Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1 - Match Report

Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1 - Match Report

Liverpool v Leicester City July 22nd, 2017 Hong Kong Stadium Premier League Asia Trophy Final Liverpool lineup - Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Origi Subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Henderson, Sturridge, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Solanke, Flanagan, Kent, Woodburn Hong Kong Stadium was the venue for today’s pre-season ‘tournament’ decider. Klopp started with a very attacking side - from the lineup, it looked like Wijnaldum would be the designated holding midfielder, with Lallana and Coutinho just ahead of him. …
The Jürgen Effect

The Jürgen Effect

Downing to Mané Poulsen to Keïta Carroll to Salah Above, are just three examples of how the type and profile of Liverpool FC's transfer targets have shifted under Jürgen Klopp in comparison to Hodgson and Dalglish, at the start of FSG's tenure. After several unsuccessful transfer windows which saw high spending, but minimal real gains in terms of quality and improvements to the team, Liverpool FC's current transfer policy appears to be heading in a very different direction to that …
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