Observations from Liverpool's loss at home to Swansea

Observations from Liverpool's loss at home to Swansea

Swansea, bottom of the Premier League at kick-off, rocked up at Anfield, where we have been unbeaten at all season, and took all three points. Those aren't the words I expected to be writing a few hours ago, and especially not after seeing the line-up. Philippe Coutinho returned and Roberto Firmino was restored to a role he had flourished in earlier this season. The destructive duo were up against a team who had conceded 49 goals already. It was supposed …
Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings

An abject performance from Liverpool saw them lose at home for the first time in 25 games. The players should have a proper look at themselves on the back of this defeat. This is how badly the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (5) - Mignolet had an enjoyable first-half as Swansea were content to sit back. The second-half was a different story as the Belgian had no answers to any of the three goals. Tough to rate a keeper when the …
Observations from Liverpool's win at Plymouth

Observations from Liverpool's win at Plymouth

Liverpool made hard work of it but they're through to the FA Cup fourth round. A Lucas Leiva header - yes, the Brazilian scored, pick yourself up off the floor - was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Plymouth but it was by no means comfortable. The home side had chances to score and clipped the outside of the post with a great effort in the second-half. You should never be negative when you've won, because that's the important …
Daniel Sturridge: Give the Man a Break!

Daniel Sturridge: Give the Man a Break!

In a recent interview, Daniel Sturridge claimed that he believed he was Liverpool's best striker. Yet in the comments section below the online article, a debate raged over Sturridge again, with familiar words and phrases banded around. A select few are below: Arrogant Selfish Injury prone Poor attitude Incompatible Once again, Daniel Sturridge is criticised and hounded for doing next to nothing. It's about time we give this player a break. Daniel Sturridge, since arriving to the club has, in my …
Liverpool Fans and Their Great Expectations

Liverpool Fans and Their Great Expectations

Southampton 1-0 Liverpool. A truly dreadful display, that could have seen the end of Liverpool's EFL Cup ambitions if not for an impressive performance by Karius, and woeful finishing on Southampton's part. To take my mind off the defeat, I decided to watch a film, and Christopher Nolan's magnum opus was on television, The Dark Knight. Rather surprisingly I found an intriguing parallel that Heath Ledger's The Joker raised, when in conversation with Harvey Dent,
"...nobody panics, because it's all part of the …
Is it time to see Sturridge and Origi up front together?

Is it time to see Sturridge and Origi up front together?

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge have both proven to be huge assets for Liverpool but they rarely play alongside each other because Jurgen Klopp prefers to play with a lone centre-forward. The striker is supported by two forwards as part of an attacking three and their role changes due to the dynamism required. The player in the middle must be willing to rotate and move around among the front three to create space for the creative attacking players to move …
Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview: Old Rivalry, New Perspective

Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview: Old Rivalry, New Perspective

Liverpool make a short trip up the M6 on Sunday to face Manchester United in one of the biggest fixtures in the English football calendar. With United having experienced something of a fall from grace in recent years, the game takes on a slightly rarer meaning with the Red Devils, majorly in-form, chasing the Reds, with Jürgen Klopp's side looking to put further distance between themselves and the team their fans love to hate. THE DETAILS Match: Manchester United vs …
Stick or Twist? | Liverpool's January Window

Stick or Twist? | Liverpool's January Window

There have been huge developments at the club over the last year or so, sparked by the arrival of Jurgen Klopp. In the midst of his first full season in charge, the Reds are the closest challengers to current Premier League leaders Chelsea, taking a total of 44 points from 20 games and are just five points behind Conte’s side. Despite claims that there is little value in the January window, Liverpool have proven in recent times that gems can be found …
Klopp on Karius, Sturridge and Coutinho

Klopp on Karius, Sturridge and Coutinho

Last night I watched Dinosaur 13, the heart wrenching tale of the world's most impressive Tyrannosaurus Rex discovery. Sue, that's what they called her, was subsequently impounded by the FBI for dubious reasons and remained in storage for years, much to the chagrin of the hapless paleontologists who'd quite literally unearthed her. Now it may be that my brain is even more damaged than I had believed, but this struck me as the perfect metaphor for how many of us …
Observations from Liverpool's disappointing draw against Sunderland

Observations from Liverpool's disappointing draw against Sunderland

Liverpool followed up their hard fought 1-0 victory against Manchester City with a disappointing 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Reds took the lead twice but failed to hold on and gifted the home side two penalties. Sunderland did well defensively but it was Klopp's men who seemed to lack concentration, possibly because of tiredness having played two games in less than 48 hours, and really failed to deliver. Chelsea now go into their match against Tottenham …
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