Liverpool's Pressing Need for a Midfield Controller

Liverpool's Pressing Need for a Midfield Controller

Liverpool’s aura of invincibility was always going to be pierced at some point. Retrospectively, it was almost inevitable that Jose Mourinho and the “anti-football” rhetoric that surrounds his Manchester United side would be the pin that burst Jürgen Klopp’s bubble. Following a dismal exit in the FA Cup at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, the Reds went on a run of five wins and two draws. In that time, they scored 18 times, conceding three. It’s a fair claim …
Don't Believe The Hype - Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

Don't Believe The Hype - Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

Won a big game, have we? And thus Liverpool become Liverpool. While the Manchester City game was an undoubted highlight of the season, with Jurgen Klopp’s red men swamping all over the champions elect, it also marked the point where things went wrong. Firstly there was the Swansea game where Liverpool were second to every ball and then the delay-ridden debacle at Anfield on Saturday night when they slumped to lowly West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup. Albion and …
Observations as Liverpool Crash Out of FA Cup

Observations as Liverpool Crash Out of FA Cup

Liverpool slumped to their second successive defeat on Saturday night, crashing out of the FA Cup fourth round for the third season in a row. Ending all chances of capturing a trophy this year, The Reds produced a very abject performance as West Brom secured their second win since August - one of which came against Exeter City. Bobby Firmino gave the home team a good start after Jonny Evans was caught dwelling in possession. Mohamed Salah raced through on …
Van Dijk & Keita | Posing A New Threat From Deep

Van Dijk & Keita | Posing A New Threat From Deep

I started writing a tactical piece a few months ago which was set to be titled ‘How to Stop Liverpool’. This was around the time that Liverpool suffered two bad results at Anfield in the space of a week by drawing with both West Brom and Everton despite dominating the ball in both matches. The reason I looked to write that piece was because it seemed so easy to nullify Liverpool when watching each game - by simply allowing Liverpool’s …
Learning From Mistakes - Why Klopp's Rotation Has Been Vindicated

Learning From Mistakes - Why Klopp's Rotation Has Been Vindicated

An emphatic statement saw Liverpool return to the top four at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, and with it came some satisfaction for Jürgen Klopp, in the face of criticism for a maligned “rotation policy”. The sentimentality that clouded fans’ perception of the 1-1 draw against Everton and the subsequent misfiring at Anfield a few days later against West Bromwich Albion lead many to bemoan Klopp’s decision to “over-rotate” – disregarding the importance of games in some sort of sheer …
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Preview - Key Battles

After peppering the neighbours in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield for no reward on Sunday, Liverpool get ready to welcome another nomad Premier League manager to Anfield, as Alan Pardew brings his West Brom side to face a Reds side itching to get back to winning ways. Jurgen Klopp knows that this is the period of the season when dreams are made or shattered, and a team like the Baggies should ideally not pose too many questions to a side of …
Fantasy Premier League Insight – Season So Far (Part 2)

Fantasy Premier League Insight – Season So Far (Part 2)

Season so far (Part 2) Welcome back to the season so far in the Fantasy Premier League! In this part, we'll look at the rest of the league... GW1 GW2 GW3 GW4 GW5 GW6 GW7 Manchester City W D W W W W W   Manchester City have proven why they are backed to win the Premier League this season. Excluding the draw with Everton and the narrow win against Bournemouth, City have been flawless with 22 goals in their 7 …
West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Set-Piece Onslaught Awaits Reds

West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Set-Piece Onslaught Awaits Reds

Liverpool will take another huge step in securing their place in next season's Champions League if they can overcome the tough challenge of West Bromwich Albion, as they make the trip to the Hawthorns on Sunday. Aerial onslaught from a typically motivated Tony Pulis side awaits, but Liverpool will be extremely well positioned if they can come out with three points. THE DETAILS Match: West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Sunyay 16th April Time: 13:30 BST FORM - Reds inching ever closer, …
Observations From Liverpool's Win Against West Brom

Observations From Liverpool's Win Against West Brom

Joint top of the Premier League. It's been a while since Liverpool fans been able to say that but, for 24 hours at least, you're able to say it. A mesmerising display in the first-half was enough to put the Reds top of the table. Yes, the second-half plateaued a little but the damage was done in the opening 45 minutes. There were plenty of positives to be taken from the match and here are just a few: Liverpool put the …
Player Ratings: Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

This was the fixture which many fans believe changed the momentum for Liverpool under Klopp last season. Liverpool 'celebrated' a late equaliser last time around, but today a point would not have been celebrated. It was heartening that Liverpool put in a dominant performance and deserved the full three points. This is how the Reds fared: Loris Karius (7.5)  Loris Karius began brightly, looking assured both with his kicking and catching. He made an excellent diagonal pass to Milner early …
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