Everton Draw Exposes Liverpool's Lack of Attacking Depth

Everton Draw Exposes Liverpool's Lack of Attacking Depth

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to point out that Dom Solanke and Danny Ings are not feasible replacements for Bobby Firmino and Mo Salah. And certainly, this observation has been met with choruses of sarcastic comments, both from within the Liverpool fandom and from wider football circles. But it’s nevertheless worth looking at, especially in comparison to Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final opponents. Whilst Liverpool rested Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Salah, Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain against Everton, Man City allowed Walker, Laporte, De …
I Took A Nap - Key Stats from LFC 0-0 Everton

I Took A Nap - Key Stats from LFC 0-0 Everton

Liverpool made changes and were extremely lethargic as Everton held them to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park. But what were the key stats from what was an incredibly boring affair? Snore Draw This was a game in which nobody really created a lot, with 0-0 probably the right scoreline. In terms of expected goals, Liverpool edged it 0.97 to 0.77, with both teams missing their one respective big chance. This was only the second time this season in a …
Everton 0 - 0 Liverpool: Derby Day Stalemate at Goodison

Everton 0 - 0 Liverpool: Derby Day Stalemate at Goodison

The Details Date: 7/4/2018 Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool Background Due to Liverpool's progression in this season's Champions League, today's derby took a little step down in the list of priorities for Klopp and his team. The Reds made five changes with a view to protecting the full-strength eleven for Tuesday night's game at the Etihad. That's not to say, however, that Liverpool did not still put a strong team out, a team that should be able to challenge for all three points …
Player Ratings as Liverpool's Undefeated Derby Streak Continues

Player Ratings as Liverpool's Undefeated Derby Streak Continues

"Need someone to do the post-match player ratings" was the request from AI's supremo Gags Tandon. "Great!", I thought; after wallopping City, Liverpool look like they can trounce any team in the world right now, and this will be my chance to dish 10 ratings all round for perhaps the greatest derby mauling of all time. How wrong I was. As I watched the game, I saw sparks and flickers of something, as Liverpool had the ball, but ultimately, Everton …
Key Stats from Liverpool 3-0 City - What a Night!

Key Stats from Liverpool 3-0 City - What a Night!

Liverpool pulled off one of their best results in years with a phenomenal 3-0 win over soon to be Premier League Champions Man City. But what were the key stats from an incredible night? Defensive Solidity When We Need It Most We’ll come to the attacking side of Liverpool’s game in a moment, but their stoic, impenetrable defence may not have won them the game, but it’s probably won them the tie. Man City were restricted to eleven shots, six …
Liverpool 3-0 City: We're All Believers Now

Liverpool 3-0 City: We're All Believers Now

Watching Liverpool put on a tactical masterclass against Pep Guardiola from a darkened discotheque in Barranquilla, Colombia where I'm visiting family, was something I’ll never forget. I celebrated goals over iced-beer with a bunch of local Liverpool supporters who don’t let distance or language stop them from supporting a club that has more “alma,” soul, than any other European club. People are taking days off of work to see the Reds play on the other side of the world, and …
Rampant Reds seal 3-0 first leg win at a raucous Anfield

Rampant Reds seal 3-0 first leg win at a raucous Anfield

Starting XIs: Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino Manchester City: Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus Champions League quarterfinal nights were back at Anfield, and it started on a rather sombre note for the Reds as a bunch of nincompoops decided that throwing a few projectiles …
Player Ratings as Liverpool crush the Cityzens

Player Ratings as Liverpool crush the Cityzens

That was unbelievable. Far and away Liverpool’s best display under Klopp. We’ve attacked better, yet scored three. There hasn’t been a better defensive display under the German. One foot into the semi-finals, surely? Score one at their place and they have to score five. Not rocket science is it, lads? Anyway, here’s me on player ratings trying not to give everyone a 10. Trent Alexander-Arnold, build him a statue Loris Karius (7): One of the easiest night’s of his life …
Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool: Craig Pawson Inspires Utd Win As Controversy Rules All

Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool: Craig Pawson Inspires Utd Win As Controversy Rules All

Games between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford tend to follow a certain narrative with a free-flowing attacking unit coming up against a double-decker bus. Then there's the referee who's never too far from the headlines. This game was no different, providing the perfect illustration of a Mourinho-Klopp showdown in an affair dominated by controversy. The first-half displayed the not-so-impressive side of Liverpool; Dejan Lovren did Dejan Lovren things after spouting his mouth pre-match about forming a formidable partnership …
Player Ratings as United take 3 points at Old Trafford

Player Ratings as United take 3 points at Old Trafford

Liverpool were so 'un-Liverpool' like in attack, and so 'Liverpool' in their defence as they slumped to defeat at Old Trafford. The second half was a better performance and the ref was a nutcase, but that does not take away a shambolic defensive performance in first half. Loris Karius (5) - Left high and dry for both his goals. Made an excellent late tackle high up the pitch as Liverpool looked to salvage a point. Trent Alexander Arnold (2) - Horrid game …
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