Liverpool's Defence: A Broken Record

Liverpool's Defence: A Broken Record

Things looked so promising when Liverpool smashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield in August. Oozing confidence and class, Jurgen Klopp’s side were better than their opponents in every department. They hunted the ball in packs, showing unrivalled energy and determination to dictate the tempo of the game and assert their dominance. It was absolutely glorious to watch. Since then, the wheels have well and truly fallen off what previously looked a rampant and highly impressive looking side. Hammered 5-0 by Manchester …
Klopp's options to fix the defence before January

Klopp's options to fix the defence before January

As Islam Slimani crashed in Leicester's second on Tuesday night, it sent Liverpool packing from the League Cup and all but confirmed that the Reds would remain winless for a fourth successive game. After having five put past them by Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp's side could only manage draws against Sevilla and Burnley before being out-foxed by... well, you get the pun. Just nine games into the new season, Liverpool have already conceded 16 goals. It hasn't worked so far, …
Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's draw against Burnley

Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's draw against Burnley

Liverpool's draw against Burnley was an intensely frustrating affair, bearing the hallmarks of Liverpool's troubles during the 2016/17 league campaign, and several preceding it. Liverpool dominated with the ball and had 35 efforts yet only created one 'big' chance, and Burnley were actually the closest to scoring, as Liverpool, again, switched off defensively for a set-piece. However, with seven changes from the previous game, and with both Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge starting, Liverpool played differently, and today; other than the …
What do we expect to see of Jon Flanagan?

What do we expect to see of Jon Flanagan?

Once hailed the ‘Scouse Cafu’ for his solid season in 2013/14, in which he played Left Back for the majority of the season, Jon Flanagan now finds himself Liverpool’s fourth choice Right Back.  He earned himself a call-up to England’s World Cup team for his terrific campaign, albeit he only made an appearance coming off the bench in a warm-up friendly against Ecuador. Just how has he found himself become so low in the pecking order? Through no fault of …
Trent Alexander-Arnold: A learning curve

Trent Alexander-Arnold: A learning curve

One of the feel good stories surrounding Liverpool FC recently has been the rise of young scouser Trent Alexander-Arnold. For years there was a constant stream of local lads making it into the first team and going on to become cult heroes or world class players, the academy down the years has produced the likes of Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and most notably Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Since the debut of our former captain; the well …
The Etihad Anomaly - time to move on from City

The Etihad Anomaly - time to move on from City

When Sadio Mane was given his marching orders at The Etihad on 37 minutes on Saturday, I, along with, I assume, many others, instantly felt a pang of inevitable defeat. Gary Neville agreed - the spectacle was over - the game was over - call me defeatist, but for me, I couldn't see any way back. Upon receiving the red, perhaps wrongly, for me, it was simply a matter of damage limitation. This wasn't a Rafa/ Houllier team of defensive compactness we were watching, …
Liverpool beat Arsenal by four, let the season begin!

Liverpool beat Arsenal by four, let the season begin!

Arsenal rolled over like a puppy as Liverpool produced a devastating attacking display to whack the Gunners by four on Sunday evening. Jürgen Klopp's side were improved at the back, impressive in midfield and imperious going forward. The pre-match decision to drop, rest, whatever, Simon Mignolet for Loris Karius was much talked about, but mattered little thanks to fantastic display's from those in front of the German. Joe Gomez again filled in capably for Trent Alexander-Arnold, filling in himself for …
Liverpool 4 - 0 Arsenal: The Reds' Unstoppable Attack

Liverpool 4 - 0 Arsenal: The Reds' Unstoppable Attack

Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an impressive 4-0 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp made two changes to the side which beat Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening and secured a place in the Champions League group stages. Simon Mignolet was mysteriously left out of the squad, while Loris Karius made his first start in goal since December 2016. Trent Alexander-Arnold was also left out of the side as Joe Gomez and …
Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Joe Gomez: Liverpool's Most Important Full-Back

Five young full-backs. Like a team within a team, they all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been absorbing most of the accolades and Moreno has been the whipping boy as usual. Robertson’s crosses against Palace drew audible ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd and Jon Flanagan regaining a squad position is great to see. But when the story of the 2017-18 season is written, it may be Joe Gomez that has the biggest impact in …
Trent Alexander-Arnold - Local Hero

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Local Hero

I know it shouldn’t be important, but it is. I know it should just be about the team, but this isn’t. I know that it shouldn’t matter who scores for Liverpool, but on this occasion it means the world. When Trent Alexander-Arnold wheeled away in celebration in Germany this week, and tried gamely to calm his mind after his magnificent achievement, he knew that any attempt at casualness and insouciance would be an act of folly. He had just done …
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