Picking apart Liverpool's lunchtime problem

Picking apart Liverpool's lunchtime problem

Liverpool's thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday left the Red side of Merseyside feeling sick to their stomachs. One, two, three four and five, City brought the rain - not the scattered showers - after Sadio Mane was sent for an early bath. For many, it ruined their weekend. Losing at Saturday lunch often see's Match of the Day cancelled, and the Saturday night pints are a drowning of sorrows rather than a celebration. And then you've …
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 3 Liverpool 3 - Attack v Defence

Liverpool 3 Liverpool 3 - Attack v Defence

Welcome to Groundhog Day. The 2017-18 season kicked off at 12.30pm on Saturday and by 12.38pm Liverpool’s defensive frailties were already on show. It was the familiar story. A corner, a near post ball, the flailing of limbs and yellow shirts whirling away in celebration. 1-0 Watford. I was yards away from that corner flag at the time and had the same view as the corner taker, Jose Holebas. I noticed that Watford had a player unmarked at the edge …
Watford 3 Liverpool 3: A Tactical Breakdown

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: A Tactical Breakdown

Completely bewildering, yet almost oxymoronically, so very familiar; Liverpool's 3-3 draw was, for the most part, a frustrating game, with a blisteringly good period of play for Liverpool sandwiched between two periods that were hard to watch. To really understand how the game progressed, and key points within it, we shall look at the goals, specific players, and positioning across the game. First, though, we're going to need some of the stats from the game to flesh out the general …
Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

Liverpool returned to normalcy against a lower half team by dropping points in the dying seconds of the game. Liverpool woke up from their slumber in the second half to take the lead after trailing twice during the game. This is how the Reds fared Simon Mignolet (4.5) - An error filled performance from the stopper in the season opener. His reluctance to claim the ball for Watford's opener was baffling. His distribution continues to be a source of worry. …
Watford v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Watford v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Finally, it is that time of the year, when Liverpool fans can finally shift their attention from Twitter to events on the pitch. The transfer window and the deals (lack of) can be the topic of discussion for another day. This Saturday, when Liverpool face Watford at Vicarage Road, the only thing on the agenda must be three points. Jurgen Klopp's Reds will be aiming for a fast start and a morale-booster ahead of the visit to Germany to face …
Watford v Liverpool Preview - Kicking it off at Vicarage Road

Watford v Liverpool Preview - Kicking it off at Vicarage Road

The Details Venue - Vicarage Road Referee - Anthony Taylor Date & Time - Saturday, August 12th @ 12:30pm BST The first weekend of the Premier League season is upon us, along with all of its wonderful unpredictability. Most Reds fans will have been well tuned into the pre-season friendlies. What we have seen no doubt has us excited for the season ahead, however, this Watford team has undergone a serious facelift from when we met them last. Walter Mazzarri, like …
Who starts at right-back for Liverpool against Watford?

Who starts at right-back for Liverpool against Watford?

With Nathaniel Clyne set to miss Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Watford next Saturday, having failed to feature prominently in pre-season due to hamstring and back injurie, Jurgen Klopp will have a decision to make at the back. The boss has already confirmed that Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan are in contention for a starting berth, with all three players having featured over the last few games ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. So then, who starts at right-back …
Why Lallana should still be lining up in Liverpool's midfield next season

Why Lallana should still be lining up in Liverpool's midfield next season

With the imminent signing of Mo Salah it looks increasingly certain that Philippe Coutinho will be moved back into midfield next season to add some much needed creativity from deeper areas. The Reds found it hard to break down teams who played with a low block last season, therefore, having someone like Coutinho on the ball more often in central areas, dictating the play can only have a positive impact on the team. However, due to this change many fans …
Can's Acrobatics Edge Liverpool Closer to Champions League Football

Can's Acrobatics Edge Liverpool Closer to Champions League Football

Liverpool edged closer to a crucial top four finish after a tight 1-0 against Watford at Vicarage Road. The Reds are now three points above Manchester City in fourth and more importantly four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth after both teams dropped points at the weekend. A game that lacked real quality throughout will be remembered for a moment of sheer brilliance from Emre Can. The German scored what has to be one of the goal of the …
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