Aaditya Narayan

Born an Indian. Somehow, a lot of Scouse has gotten in me.

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United: Player Ratings from a perfect beginning at Anfield

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United: Player Ratings from a perfect beginning at Anfield

Liverpool got their new Premier League season off to the perfect start, as West Ham were put to the sword in a 4-0 victory. First-half goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mané set the Reds on their way in a strong first-half performance. Mané added to his tally after the break, before Daniel Sturridge got himself on the scoresheet, just 20 seconds after coming on the pitch. Here's how each player fared on the day. Alisson Becker - 6/10 He …
Liverpool v West Ham United Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v West Ham United Preview - Key Battles

The World Cup is over. The transfer window has, to use a particular cliché, slammed shut. Now it’s time for the actual thing – the real football. For nine months across the length and breadth of England (and a little bit of Wales), 20 teams to fight it out for one prize. Before a ball has been kicked in the season, Liverpool are seen as closer to that prize than they have been for quite a long time. But that …
Liverpool 3-1 Torino - Player Ratings from the last pre-season friendly

Liverpool 3-1 Torino - Player Ratings from the last pre-season friendly

Liverpool beat Torino 3-1 at Anfield in the last game of their pre-season calendar, as Jurgen Klopp's men found it a little harder than it was against another Italian side at Dublin in the weekend. Fabinho missed an early penalty, but first-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum put the Reds in command before Andrea Belotti's header put the Italian side back in the game. Daniel Sturridge then scored late in the second half to seal the win for …
Dejan Lovren: Immense Self-Belief or Just Unnecessary Hubris?

Dejan Lovren: Immense Self-Belief or Just Unnecessary Hubris?

"From my point of view, people said I had a difficult season but I don't agree. "I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League. Now with my national team, we are in the final. "I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense."
The mouth that Liverpool fans so dread has opened again. Only this time, it is a Croatian fan’s worry, not …
The Champions League Final Preview - Key Battles

The Champions League Final Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool are back. In a UEFA Champions League final. Against the undisputed Kings of Europe at this point. Kyiv is going to be a sea of red on Saturday night as the Reds face Zinedine Zidane’s all-conquering Real Madrid side. Los Blancos are gunning for an unprecedented 13th UEFA Champions League title, and their third in a row. They have rode their luck a little in the last two rounds in the midst of a thoroughly underwhelming La Liga season. …
A Champions League Final - 8000km Away From Liverpool

A Champions League Final - 8000km Away From Liverpool

25th May, 2005 - I was a little kid watching my Indian neighbour get intensely excited about a game of football. The neighbour was thrilled that his team was going to be playing in the biggest club football game of the year. The little kid that I was, it gave me pleasure in trying to annoy him by supporting his team’s opponents on the night. His team was AC Milan, as they strode out on that fateful night in Istanbul. …
Observations as Reds secure Top 4 with an Anfield thrashing

Observations as Reds secure Top 4 with an Anfield thrashing

Liverpool booked a place in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for next season, with an easy 4-0 win over Brighton at Anfield. Mo Salah and Dejan Lovren put the Reds in command at half-time, before Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson scored their first goals for the club, to put the gloss on a commanding performance on the final day of the season. Here are a few talking points from the game. Mo Salah breaks the record The …
Liverpool v Brighton Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Brighton Preview - Key Battles

It is the last game of the season, and Liverpool have their Top 4 destiny in their own hands. However, it is something that the Reds should have signed off and sealed a few weeks ago. In the middle of the exertions in continental competition, Jurgen Klopp's men have only picked up 6 points in the last 5 Premier League games - a record which needs setting right at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. David Wagner's Huddersfield did Liverpool a huge …
The Bobby Dazzler Gets Just Rewards for a Stellar Season

The Bobby Dazzler Gets Just Rewards for a Stellar Season

So, a video wherein a contract was signed without looking, and said person proceeded to leave the room whistling ‘Allez Allez Allez’. Liverpool’s announcement of Roberto Firmino extending his contract for five more years was about as Roberto Firmino as it could get. Firmino isn’t about being normal. Be it his role on the pitch, his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s systems, the no-look finishes, the Kung-Fu kicks and the dances in celebrations, it’s almost like Roberto Firmino is there to …
Liverpool v AS Roma Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v AS Roma Preview - Key Battles

Let's get the cliche out of the way first - These are the nights that we live for!  A Champions League semifinal night is coming to Anfield for the first time in ten years, and even Roma would be daft to expect anything other than a raucous, relentless night in the stands. Liverpool slipped up at the weekend though, as shoddy defending cost them two points, as the Reds let a two-goal slip, with shoddy defending at the end of the …
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