Why defeat to United is only a footnote in Klopp's Liverpool story

Why defeat to United is only a footnote in Klopp's Liverpool story

Old Trafford hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Liverpool over the years. This weekend's result ensured that remained the case. United did what United do and took their chances and then held on for dear life. Our rivals were aided and abetted by a criminally incompetent refereeing performance. How Craig Pawson can call himself a professional referee is beyond me. More pain at United Defeat to United hurts more than perhaps any other team. When Klopp's Liverpool side plays …
Liverpool FC: The Rivals

Liverpool FC: The Rivals

It’s a crying shame what’s happened to West Ham United. Seriously. How a decent club has fallen. True, they’ve always been a side liable to go down every five or so years, but they’ve never been a club to betray their footballing principles. They may have the odd knobhead and the occasional embarrassing celebrity fan, but so have we. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for them. It spoke volumes that the streets of Cardiff following the 2006 FA …
Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Following on from my three-part series "The Klopp Project" which took a longer-term view on things (select the links for part 1, part 2 and part 3), I thought I would assess where Jurgen Klopp is in the present moment. Klopp the innovative tactician in Germany has been well documented. But what about Klopp the tactician at Liverpool? In assessing his time at LFC, we have to throw the conventional rules out the window. Klopp's system does not rely on …
Beating United Is Everything For A Southern Liverpool Fan

Beating United Is Everything For A Southern Liverpool Fan

I’ll warn you, this is a bit of a sob story and I am absolutely looking for sympathy. As a “southern softie”, what more do you expect? When it comes to being a Liverpool supporter from the south of England, I can assure you that the hour or so after losing to Man United is one of the most hideous as a Red. I’m sure it’s pretty grim for you too, wherever you are in the world, but I’m feeling …
The Klopp Project (Part 3): Challenging for the title

The Klopp Project (Part 3): Challenging for the title

In my previous pieces, you can also read part 1 and part 2, I discussed the challenges facing Jurgen Klopp, or indeed any Liverpool manager, in landing the league title. Namely, the issue of finances and the sensible "restrictions" FSG pose on spending money; also, the issues that Klopp's tactical approach has had in overcoming the proverbial parked bus. This series is a look at what it takes to win a title so I will look at various options available …
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 …
Wary Klopp Remains Defiant

Wary Klopp Remains Defiant

When writhing through the thick fug of a migraine, it can be hard to tell with absolute certainty what is real and what one might be imagining. On Friday, complications arising from some scheduled prodding and poking under the bonnet of your columnist's noggin, resulted in 3 days of pain-induced confusion and reality-bending altered perception. It was basically unintentional MK Ultra. There was an incident involving an orange that appeared to be vibrating on a bedside locker and several episodes …
The definitive Fantasy Premier League guide to Liverpool

The definitive Fantasy Premier League guide to Liverpool

The most omnipresent of all the biases that affect fantasy football managers is their support for their own club. The temptation to load up your team with the maximum number of players from your club, or to optimistically, naively, hope for upturns in form is an affliction that only the most stubbornly ambitious managers overcome. With that being said, this should be the definitive guide for any Liverpool fans – and indeed players of the game from other clubs – looking to load up …
Liverpool Supporters - From Doubters, to Non Believers

Liverpool Supporters - From Doubters, to Non Believers

I understand, you're scarred. A fanbase living in perpetual fear, of the failings from previous managers and previous owners. Unable to let go of all the nearly moments, of all the false dawns. You're sick of word transition, of buying potential. Tired of watching rivals attract some of the finest players in Europe; while your club conducts the longest transfer saga's in human history. All the while knowing your club will still raid Southampton for what feels like a 17th …
Liverpool - A Home Away from Home

Liverpool - A Home Away from Home

For The Love of the Club In September 1999 I made my first trip to the city of Liverpool.  We were playing United at Anfield and I just had to get there.  I was 19, and accompanied by two of my best mates.  Dinny, was a fellow Reds fan, but Eddie was a United supporter.  He still wanted to come for the weekend and enjoy the sights while maybe sampling what some of the local bars had to offer. The …
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