Klopp’s Miracle: Turning Water into Wine, & Making Money at the Same Time

Klopp’s Miracle: Turning Water into Wine, & Making Money at the Same Time

Jurgen Klopp has improved Liverpool all over the pitch, quite literally, since arriving in October 2015. But unlike some of his managerial rivals, he’s done so without spending money in the transfer market. ‘Net Spend’ is a much scoffed at phrase in modern football, but to transform Liverpool into the gegenpressing, offensive monster we often see now, from the weary, possession-obsessed ‘animal’ it was at the end of Brendan Rodgers’ reign – while making £34m – is nothing short of …
Second Coming For Dejan?

Second Coming For Dejan?

Van Dijk’s record-breaking transfer to Liverpool last month was expected to bring some stability to an all-too unreliable defence, providing the perfect partner for Joel Matip in a towering defensive duo. Yet, things haven’t quite panned out that way, with high-profile mistakes costing Klopp a chance to gain some silverware this season via the FA Cup, proving that while the Dutchman’s arrival monumentally improves this side, one man can’t solve everything. Matip was previously regarded as the club’s best centre-back, …
How Ragnar Klavan has become Liverpool’s new cult hero

How Ragnar Klavan has become Liverpool’s new cult hero

Who else thinks Ragnar Klavan’s last-minute winner at Burnley has made it into their favourite 10 Reds goals of all time? That may be both short-termist and an overreaction, but there was something special about it. It was a goal that leaves you on top of the world for hours afterwards, feeling invincible. I could have knocked out Mike Tyson between approximately 4:50pm and 10pm, or cruised to victory over Mo Farah in the 10,000 metres. There were probably a …
Have we underestimated Liverpool's squad depth?

Have we underestimated Liverpool's squad depth?

Over the last month or so we have seen Jurgen Klopp increasingly trust his squad which has seen him rotate a number of his first choice eleven in and out of the side. With the added demands of European football, it was clear Klopp was going to have to utilise his squad players a lot more this season but it should also highlight to us all how the German is building a team which is capable of challenging on all …
Key Stats from Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

Key Stats from Liverpool 2-1 Burnley

Liverpool pulled out a hard-fought, incredibly sticky 2-1 win over Burnley following Ragnar Klavan’s last minute header. But what were the key stats from the Reds’ massive win? Creative Juices Clogging? On paper Liverpool’s xG of 1.63 looks solid enough, especially for a big away game against defensively strong Burnley. But 0.93 of that came from Ragnar Klavan’s header at the death, which in turn came from a set piece and resulted in the winning goal. Or in other words, …
Observations as Liverpool Edge Past Burnley in a Last Minute Thriller

Observations as Liverpool Edge Past Burnley in a Last Minute Thriller

Liverpool and Burnley woke up from their first-half slumber to produce a thrilling second half, and it was The Reds who walked away with all of the points scoring as late a goal as any thrillseeking supporter could hope for. The key observations from the game below: That First Half Watching Paint Dry. Reading yesterday's newspaper. Washing an already ironed shirt. The first half. List the most pointless things one can recollect. Liverpool made seven changes, with a new look …
Injury-time winner sees Reds secure first win of 2018 - Burnley 1-2 LFC

Injury-time winner sees Reds secure first win of 2018 - Burnley 1-2 LFC

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Arfield, Hendrick, Barnes Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Gomez; Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Lallana, Mané, Solanke Report Liverpool got 2018 off to a winning start at Turf Moor, recording a 1-2 victory after a moment of the highest order from Sadio Mané and some late, late drama from Ragnar Klavan. With both sides playing for the second time in three days, the first-half lacked the usual intensity of a Premier League clash. …
Liverpool Must Learn To Hold Onto The Lead

Liverpool Must Learn To Hold Onto The Lead

Since the debacle at Wembley back in October, Liverpool's form has been impressive. (Editors Note: This article was written before Liverpool's 4-0 win over Bournemouth) Emphatic wins over the likes of Huddersfield Town, West Ham, Southampton, Stoke and Brighton have put the Reds back on course to keep in touch with the top 3 - and Klopp's side do appear to have banished their previous struggles against deep-sitting sides lower down the table. This ultimately led to dropped points against …
Five Defenders to Fix Liverpool - #3 Issa Diop

Five Defenders to Fix Liverpool - #3 Issa Diop

If there are any football fans out there who haven’t yet become aware of Liverpool’s need for an improvement in the heart of the defence, then they are likely living in a willful ignorance of the kind that Liverpool fans can only dream of. Instead, for those clad in Red, a recurring “head in hands” moment becomes more and more grating with repetition – a knack to concede silly goals pervades a side that’s finally clicking into gear and attacking …
Salah Showing Why We Can't Settle for Second Best

Salah Showing Why We Can't Settle for Second Best

Another game another Salah masterclass, the Egyptian has been the signing of the season by far and his two goals against the Saints puts him at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts ahead of the likes of Aguero, Morata and Kane. There was a wave of apprehension surrounding the £35 million deal; his form in Italy was eye catching but he had failed to set the Premier League alight the first time around. Klopp was clearly a …
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