Olli Emmerson

What must Liverpool do to win the Premier League?

What must Liverpool do to win the Premier League?

If you've read past the title, you might be expecting an article on transfers. They're the flavour of the month and many, myself included, would argue that Liverpool need to do a couple more deals to really push Manchester City this season. However, I'm not going to look at that today, I'm going to look at what Liverpool really need to do to win the league. How many do we need to score? Should we be pushing in Europe? Can …
Why Liverpool Should Court Courtois in a Chelsea Fire-Sale

Why Liverpool Should Court Courtois in a Chelsea Fire-Sale

Chelsea fans have had quite a storm blowing their way over the last few months, haven't they? A manager in disarray over his future after coming nowhere near to defending his league title and an owner refused a visa to the country that his club operates in. An FA Cup win managed to push the storm back a bit, but Thursday's announcement that they're postponing their stadium development due to an 'unfavourable investment climate' seems to have thrown the Blues …
Player Ratings as Kiev proves one step too far for Liverpool

Player Ratings as Kiev proves one step too far for Liverpool

We'll always have the memories of this campaign, even if we haven't got the trophy. The travels, the songs, the goals. There will be greater words filled with more sorrow and dejection than that written in the days and weeks to come, but they're my sentiments to you Reds this evening. Here are the ratings from Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool. Nobody will feel worse than Karius Loris Karius (3): You've got to feel for the lad, regardless of your personal thoughts …
Player Ratings As Liverpool Head To Kiev On A High

Player Ratings As Liverpool Head To Kiev On A High

That'll do nicely for a final day. Liverpool 4-0 Brighton, Salah breaking records whilst Solanke and Robertson finally bag. There was even space for Dejan Lovren to lamp one into the corner with his head. Chelsea's loss combined with Spurs' win meant that it didn't matter anyway regarding league position, but it was the perfect way to send the Reds to Kiev. Andy Andy Andy Robertson! Loris Karius (6): Made about one save in the first half but came out …
Player Ratings as Liverpool are beaten at the Bridge

Player Ratings as Liverpool are beaten at the Bridge

Depressing that, wasn't it? I know we've got a certain other competition on our minds but the last few league performances have been dreary at best. Chelsea win 1-0 and we've got another Middlesbrough (H) job on our hands next weekend against Brighton. We should get it done but it'd be lovely if we didn't need to. Ratings, sorry if I'm harsh. Is Clyne worth the hassle? Loris Karius (6): Couldn't do anything for the goal, was fine apart from that. …
Observations as Liverpool book their trip to Kiev

Observations as Liverpool book their trip to Kiev

KIEV BABY! Get in you beauty, up the Champions League final Reds. We didn't really do it the hard way if you think about it, there was no comeback needed for us and even when Roma scored to bring the gap back to one there was no time. Of course, watching the game I was fully convinced that Liverpool did it in the hardest way possible. Here are some other things I saw! Sadio Olympico Whoever's gone and renamed that …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Stoke Stalemate

Liverpool Player Ratings From Stoke Stalemate

A performance that makes you wonder why you bothered getting up for it in the first place. Yes, Liverpool have got bigger fish to fry at the moment, but in a season that's been defined by European nights it seems a little odd that we're not more worried about making sure we're in the Champions League next season. Onto the ratings where I was tempted to give them all 'N/A' which would today stand for 'Not Arsed'. A clean sheet, …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Hawthorns Holiday

Liverpool Player Ratings From Hawthorns Holiday

Liverpool refused to get out of second gear as they shared the points with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. With AS Roma and the Champions League firmly on their minds, the Reds threw away a two-goal lead to the pretty much-relegated side, but when there's little to play for and the referee is giving free-kicks against you when your player is punched, who's fussed? Hereeeeeee's your ratings. Nice to see you, Albie Loris Karius (6): Was quite meh on the …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Cherries Crushing

Liverpool Player Ratings From Cherries Crushing

Three points closer to more night's like that one against Manchester City, is how I'm viewing it. An afternoon that will be quickly forgotten but one that Liverpool need more of, as they beat Bournemouth 3-0. A day for the goal charts as Firmino gets his 25th of the season, overshadowed somewhat by Salah's 40th. Not a bad time to be a Red. Standout figure at the back Loris Karius (6): Had literally nothing to do first half apart from …
Sustainable Progression Clear to See as Liverpool March on in Europe

Sustainable Progression Clear to See as Liverpool March on in Europe

After the resounding, comprehensive display that was Liverpool's scorching 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City, it seems unfair to spend my time talking about 'sustainability' and 'mature growth', but I'm going to anyway. You'll hear and read many impressive things in the coming days, weeks, months and perhaps even years about the tie, but what it showed me was that Liverpool's natural progression under Jurgen Klopp is under no signs of slowing down. The Reds have seen too often in …
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