Who should partner Van Dijk?

Who should partner Van Dijk?

With the record £75 million signing of Dutch international defender Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool have taken major steps towards addressing the defensive frailties that have plagued Jurgen Klopp’s side throughout his tenure. Whilst having a world record defender is great, Liverpool can’t expect Van Dijk to solve the team’s defensive problems alone. Almost every team in history that has had a solid defensive record has built their foundations upon a centre back pairing that remains almost ever-present throughout the season. …
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 …
Player Ratings from Burnley 1 Liverpool 2

Player Ratings from Burnley 1 Liverpool 2

Liverpool scored a last-gasp winner to take all three points at Turf Moor, with Ragnar Klavan’s header changing the story after it looked like another case of the Reds letting a lead slip – following Gudmundsson’s equaliser and Mané’s screamer. But how did the Liverpool players rate? Simon Mignolet – 6/10: Decent enough performance from Liverpool’s keeper. Question marks as ever over the goal but made some decent stops and didn’t make any glaring errors. Not sure his confidence will …
Observations as Liverpool saunter past Swansea

Observations as Liverpool saunter past Swansea

Liverpool were coming of a sequence of mixed results and were looking to set the record straight, and that is precisely what they did as they put five past Swansea. The key takeaways from the game are as follows... Liverpool needed this win Liverpool were coming off of two home draws and then the usual bit of snatching a draw from the jaws of victory at the Emirates Stadium. United had dropped points early in the afternoon, which made this …
Liverpool Surge To 5-0 Victory Against The Swans

Liverpool Surge To 5-0 Victory Against The Swans

Location: Anfield Liverpool: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Routledge, Fer, Mesa, Carroll, Ayew, McBurnie. Match Report James Milner's post-match comments rang true for Liverpool in the aftermath of their 3-3 draw with Arsenal last Friday, with the midfielder claiming that the side needed to 'be more boring' and close out games. It seemed like his teammates had certainly taken on-board such remarks for the opening first-forty five, with …
Liverpool's Young Guns - A Plethora Of Talent

Liverpool's Young Guns - A Plethora Of Talent

Liverpool have a plethora of young talent coming through their ranks at the moment, with Rhian Brewster the latest in an increasing line of youth World Cup winners at Anfield. The 17-year-old returns to Melwood this week having guided his country to glory with a winner medal to his name, joining three other Liverpool players in doing so –Sheyi Ojo, Ovie Ejaria and summer signing Dominic Solanke, all of whom featured for England’s Under-20s side. The very fact that the …
Breaking Free: Is Anyone Ready to Make the Grade at Liverpool?

Breaking Free: Is Anyone Ready to Make the Grade at Liverpool?

We’re a quarter of the way through another frustrating season following Liverpool FC. Some stalwarts of the first team are proving they are not of the standard needed for the team to kick on and others have spent the first three months recovering from injury. Circumstance and last season’s form have led to the rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Injuries have forced Jurgen Klopp to rely on Joe Gomez much more than expected in pre-season. Marco Grujic looks to have put …
Nathaniel Clyne: Liverpool Are Missing Their Steadying Influence

Nathaniel Clyne: Liverpool Are Missing Their Steadying Influence

Nathaniel Clyne is never going to be a player you try to emulate at school, at five-a-side or on Sunday league pitches. You’re never going to have his name on the back of your shirt. He is a footballer with very little flamboyance - a quiet character who gets on with his job and doesn’t make headlines on or off the field. Ignore these things, though, because Liverpool are really missing their understated, underrated right-back more and more by the …
Emre Can - A Player With Potential

Emre Can - A Player With Potential

Potential is a funny word. It’s a word that can often be used as a backhanded compliment or an excuse for poor performance – well he’s got potential. It can be a word that ignites the feeling of general excitement – he’s got potential. It can be a word to slot in when you’re genuinely not sure on your judgement of someone – he’s got potential. Now potential seems to be tied to a large extent with age, which is …
Daniel Sturridge: Past His Best But Badly Misunderstood

Daniel Sturridge: Past His Best But Badly Misunderstood

That 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Sunday was infuriating enough, but talkSPORT then decided to spout their usual bile. I say talkSPORT, but in this case it was an individual - Mr Deadline Day himself, Jim White, who presents a morning show on the station during the week. Taking to his twitter account on Monday, White asked the question:
"Talking Daniel Sturridge @talkSPORT right now! Is his attitude holding him back and is his time @LFC coming to an …
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