Will Klopp Trust Liverpool's Youngsters to Deliver Next Season?

Will Klopp Trust Liverpool's Youngsters to Deliver Next Season?

Having watched Klopp very closely over the past year and a half, it has become clear that there is one trait that he values above anything else and that's trust. A player can have all the ability in the world but if the German doesn't trust him to fit into his system and to play the way he wants them to then you simply won't have much of a future at Anfield. Klopp is so particular about both his defensive …
Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Transfers in football often seem reasonably straightforward. Building a squad is easy - you just isolate areas in your squad where you need another player, either because you’re a player short or because your strongest player in that area is a weak link in the squad. Then... you buy a suitable player. But over the last few years, building a genuine squad has proved problematic for Liverpool. Partly because they’ve bought poorly, partly because there was a lot of deadwood …
Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

ONE. MORE. WIN. REDS. Excellent performance, great team selection from Klopp. Liverpool could have fourth wrapped up before Middlesbrough, but that's unlikely. We can still get third, but let's not get carried away just yet. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Early save from Fernandes set the tone for another good day, wasn't tested too much but helped himself in that regard with another number of good punches from crosses and corners. Nathaniel Clyne - 6 - Beaten early on a …
What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

Once again, I’ve found myself schooled in football fandom over the last nine months. Some lessons I’ve been educated in for the first time, others I’ve shamefully realised should have been taken on board many years ago. That shame stemmed from the age-old occurrence of once again counting my chickens before the eggs were even laid. I got carried away, sucked in by the gathering speed of that train called ‘Momentum’. Yes, at Christmas I allowed myself to believe that …
Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Just as it looked like we were pulling clear in the race for top four, Crystal Palace rear their ugly heads again. It was so inevitable, wasn't it? Well, maybe not if you've got some optimism, something I'm certainly lacking after that performance. Can Sadio Mane have my leg? I didn't observe him, but here's what was on offer at Anfield... Top four gets that bit trickier Oh dear. If Manchester United win the derby and their games in hand, …
Winning Substitutions Emphasises Need to Invest in the Summer

Winning Substitutions Emphasises Need to Invest in the Summer

Liverpool were hit with a number of crucial injuries ahead of their clash against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and it almost proved costly. Jurgen Klopp needed to call upon his Brazilian duo Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to grab a tight victory at the Britannia Stadium, as the absence of Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana in the squad meant there were rare Premier League starts for Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Coutinho and Firmino weren't deemed fit …
Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Observations from Liverpool's fight back to beat Stoke

Liverpool's starting eleven was indicative of a side battling several injuries to key players, with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold replacing Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in the side. The Brazilian pair have both been struggling of late with fitness and illness issues respectively. It was always going to be a tough game for the Reds but the lineup hardly filled fans with optimism going into a must-win game in the battle for a top four spot. That fear was …
Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

A game of two halves if ever there was one. Good on Klopp and Liverpool that they decided there is a game to be played in the second half. On the balance of intent, one could say that Liverpool deserved to win the game. First away win for Liverpool in 2017. How important will this win be if we make Top 4? This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (8) - An outstanding performance from Mignolet. Was confident on …
Liverpool 2 Burnley 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Burnley 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool have tended to oscillate between the joyful highs and the gut-wrenching lows. Today was somewhere down the middle and it was a great sight to see. Liverpool did not just win, but they found a way to win when they were way below the normal standard. Three points have never felt sweeter. Considering the direct nature of the game, I will be going direct on the match ratings piece. Simon Mignolet (6) - Could not do much for the …
Leicester 3 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Leicester 3 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Same old. Same old. If you're fighting relegation in the Premier League, call Liverpool. Three points are on offer for one and all. The Reds put in a dire performance at the King Power Stadium as the struggling champions ran out deserving 3-1 winners to reignite their campaign. Liverpool was poor - unimaginative, lacklustre and as has been the norm recently, lacking in defensive organisation. With that 16 day break, the Reds were expected to be rejuvenated and buzzing on …
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