Reds can hold heads high after Kiev defeat

Reds can hold heads high after Kiev defeat

So the final that we all looked forward to with bated breath didn't quite turn out as hoped. But there was no shame in losing to Madrid in the manner we did. Even in defeat, the signs were there that this team is already hitting new levels. After a brave start to the game where we looked to take the game to Madrid in a controlled and composed manner, Madrid struck the first blow. In his usual cynical manner, Sergio …
Tactical Preview: How do Liverpool beat Real Madrid?

Tactical Preview: How do Liverpool beat Real Madrid?

Over the course of the season I've been breaking down a number of Liverpool's matches in both the Premier League and Champions League, however, this week I was asked to do something rather different instead, and scout Real Madrid for the AEye Scouted pod, hosted by Dave Hendrick. Below are the key findings of my 12 game scouting exercise - essentially my notes - and a blueprint of sorts for as to how Liverpool might be able to beat Real …
Real Madrid v Liverpool - CL Final Preview: Bring Home Number Six!!

Real Madrid v Liverpool - CL Final Preview: Bring Home Number Six!!

The Details   Venue - NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv Date & Time - Saturday, May 26th 2018 @ 19:45 BST Referee - Milorad Mazic (SRB) Current Odds - Real Madrid 6/5, Draw 11/4, Liverpool 21/10 Overview These games don't come along every season, folks. Okay, maybe they have been for Real Madrid in recent years. But for other clubs, English clubs, in particular, they have to grasp onto the occasion and milk it for all it's worth. So, as supporters, we need to …
Shooting From The Hip: Trailblazing to Kiev

Shooting From The Hip: Trailblazing to Kiev

A team with an esteemed European history, Kiev will be Liverpool’s first final in 11 years and their eighth overall, drawing them level with Barcelona – behind only AC Milan, Bayern Munich and this year’s opponents, Real Madrid. Yet, there’s been something unique about this campaign. It’s not often you see a team utterly blitz the Champions League. Jürgen Klopp’s gung-ho philosophy has seen Liverpool score a multitude of goals this season, both domestically and in Europe with a fiery …
Kiev Just The Start For Klopp's Exciting Reds

Kiev Just The Start For Klopp's Exciting Reds

For many, in fact a whole generation of Liverpool fans only slightly younger than me, the Champions League Final in Kiev could well be their biggest night of supporting Liverpool Football Club. Istanbul and the glory that it provided was 13 solid years ago, and whilst the Reds came close to winning the Premier League in 13/14 (arguably a bigger achievement than winning in Kiev this year), that never came down to a single night of football, the way that …
Organising Chaos Against Real Madrid

Organising Chaos Against Real Madrid

I shared a thread on Twitter recently about my thoughts on how Liverpool can beat Real Madrid, and it received such positive feedback that I’ve decided to expand on it here. The thread is linked below for those that want to check it out: https://twitter.com/DistanceCovered/status/996345845749637120 Now, as I’ve mentioned in the thread, the key factor when determining whether Liverpool are likely to win against any opponent is whether the opposing team is vulnerable in transition or not. Liverpool are gradually …
I'm a wreck....but just maybe! | Countdown to Kiev

I'm a wreck....but just maybe! | Countdown to Kiev

I'm a wreck. Tossing and turning at night. Nervous. Worried. It's not because this is my first article in god knows how long. It's not because I'm worried that Jack Butland may be joining Jurgen's red army. It's all down to the big one. Saturday evening against Real Madrid... European royalty no doubt. I'm convincing myself it'll be all fine. No one has lived with us so far, how can Madrid? I worry about their experience, their needle and dark arts. I …
Could Kiev Be A Shot In The Arm For Confident Reds?

Could Kiev Be A Shot In The Arm For Confident Reds?

Confidence is a funny thing. Just look at Dominic Solanke for example. Having struggled in front of goal all season, he took his goal against Brighton on the final day of the season like a world class striker, having played himself into a bit of form with some excellent play in the preceding 51 minutes. Similarly, look at how Christian Benteke has been struggling relentlessly at Crystal Palace. Benteke is clearly not a bad striker, having scored 66 Premier League …
Win!

Win!

Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life, I love you more Allow me to explain if you will. You’ll need coffee. Tissues optional. Heart necessary. Fortitude compulsory. If 2011 was the season that started me, this season could so simply have been the one that finished me. Back then, so many years ago, I became a father for the first time. …
Momentum - Assessing Liverpool's Domestic Progress

Momentum - Assessing Liverpool's Domestic Progress

Progress is one of the big buzzwords around Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the moment. The club has finished in the top four for the second season in a row, ensuring back to back Champions League campaigns for the first time since Rafa Benitez in 2009. Moreover, the club has backed that up by making use of their Champions League campaign, reaching the final for the first time since 2007 at the first time of asking under Klopp. But I’d argue …
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