Red Rant: We Don't Need No VVD

Red Rant: We Don't Need No VVD

I’m all for the unsubstantiated transfer rumour. Football itself and certainly Twitter wouldn’t be the same without them. The incremental steps, when Liverpool is rumoured to be monitoring a player, continuing to monitor, then comes the inquiring, then considering a bid, then surprise competition comes in from a rival club, and on and on… it’s all part of the romance, right? But for clubs at the level of Liverpool the rule has to be that the romance period can only …
Jurgen Klopp's

Jurgen Klopp's "defensive" tactical tweak

Coming off the back of that defensive implosion at Wembley, something had to change. Personnel, defensive set-up, a mixture of both, just something. Throughout the week there was talk of Klopp making sweeping changes to his back line, Karius in goal, Gomez at CB and Trent back in at right-back were all credible suggestions but all fairly unlikely. Despite an enforced late change with the injured Dejan Lovren being replaced by Ragnar Klavan it looked as though the Reds would …
Time For Joe Gomez To Step In At Centre-Back?

Time For Joe Gomez To Step In At Centre-Back?

Dejan Lovren’s worryingly poor performance against Tottenham at the weekend could very well have opened the door for Joe Gomez to stake a claim at centre-back. Conceding 15 goals on the road tells the story in itself really, with three goals shipped against Watford, five against City and four at Spurs. To add insult to injury, a lot of said goals could’ve easily been prevented but for glaring mistakes by individuals. Lovren was the culprit in Liverpool’s 4-1 mauling at …
The Game of Errors - Spurs 4-1 Liverpool

The Game of Errors - Spurs 4-1 Liverpool

I could scarcely believe my eyes, indeed, I was predisposed to turn off the television and hide. Yet even then, I couldn't bear to even cover my eyes, and instead watched in shock as Liverpool fell apart inside 20 minutes. Twenty minutes later though, and Liverpool were a few mere minutes away from somehow getting through to half-time a single goal down, despite Spurs' early dominance, then came the killer blow; the goal that ended the match before the second-half …
Match Preview: Tottenham v Liverpool

Match Preview: Tottenham v Liverpool

Tottenham host Liverpool at Wembey on Sunday aiming to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League. You can stream Tottenham v Liverpool live via Sky Sports from 3:30 on Sunday. Get 15% off on the Sky Sports Day Pass now. Spurs will head into the game full of confidence after their 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Real Madrid. They are currently five points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after eight games. Full-back Ben …
An Oasis of Goals in a Tough Campaign - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7

An Oasis of Goals in a Tough Campaign - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7

Following the demolition of Maribor a litany of caveats attempted to bring the stratospheric Reds back to earth. They’re a ‘glorified pub team,’ are ‘easily the worst side Liverpool will play this season’ and ‘well, if you they can’t beat them …’ It would difficult to argue with some of those words. Maribor were poor and how they failed a gazumping by Sevilla and Spartak is beyond me. Their unerring ability to fall for the same trick every time was …
Are We Fully Appreciating Klopp's Record Against Rivals?

Are We Fully Appreciating Klopp's Record Against Rivals?

What has been the main narrative at Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp took charge back in October 2015? They can't beat the lesser sides. This has undoubtedly been a major issue, and one of the main reasons why a title challenge evaporated in such alarming fashion last season. In fact, it has been an achilles heel for the Reds for so many years, give or take the odd rogue campaign here and there when they sussed it, with both individuals and …
Will Salah Join The Improving Reds?

Will Salah Join The Improving Reds?

Watching the latest, entirely hapless, efforts of Theresa May to seem like a normal human person by attempting to participate in that most regrettable of group activities, a Mexican wave, your columnist was struck by how apt a metaphor it was for the ineptitude shown by Liverpool FC in their transfer strategy so far this summer. Like the embattled Tory leader, they took an ill-advised chance, went heedlessly out on a limb, and ended up entirely humiliated in front of …
Liverpool Must Avoid Repeat Of 2002/03 Finale

Liverpool Must Avoid Repeat Of 2002/03 Finale

Liverpool have been famed for some fairly spectacular disappointments over the years, especially since the Premier League era got underway. The end of the 2002/03 season was one of the Reds’ most disastrous conclusions to a campaign, and it actually altered English football forever in the process. With two matches remaining, Liverpool remained right in the mix for a top-four finish, sitting level on points with fourth-place Chelsea - a team improving under Claudio Ranieri, but a far cry from …
Klopp And Klavan Trying To Find Sense In Defeat

Klopp And Klavan Trying To Find Sense In Defeat

I recently asked my daughter to clarify exactly what the kids mean when they say something is 'meta.' Now, you can stop your smug sniggering -  it's not like I had no idea. I may remember Kenny Dalglish gracing the number 7 for the Redmen, I may have had my first legal pint in 1991 and I may even speak like a relic of the olde worlde at times but I'm not entirely démodé. Yeah, I've probably ruined that already …
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