David Comerford

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: Man of the Match

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: Man of the Match

After showing some fantastic ambition in the transfer market, Liverpool have at last assembled the tools for a fully-fledged title fight. Optimism levels at Anfield are at their highest in recent history, but in their season opener against West Ham, the Reds did not look like they were bearing the burden of expectation. Instead, they lived up to the hype. On paper, Sadio Mane was the star of the show. Last year belonged to Mohamed Salah, but today the man …
Liverpool 5-0 Napoli: Player Ratings as Liverpool humble Napoli

Liverpool 5-0 Napoli: Player Ratings as Liverpool humble Napoli

Liverpool laid down a marker with the new season on the immediate horizon as they thrashed Napoli 5-0 at the Aviva Stadium. James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno were all on target for the rampant Reds in their penultimate pre-season friendly. Jurgen Klopp's side flew out of the blocks and built a lead which was never threatened, dictating the tempo throughout. Here's a look at how the 21 players fielded by Klopp fared in Dublin. …
Daniel Sturridge: Back from the Brink?

Daniel Sturridge: Back from the Brink?

At the end of the 2017/18 season, Daniel Sturridge's departure seemed an inevitability. The club had considered selling him the summer before and during the first half of the campaign, they lost faith in his abilities, resulting in a January loan to West Bromwich Albion which sounded the death knell for his Liverpool career. The club had set a fairly modest price tag, in this wacky market at least, of £15million, and but for Sturridge's lofty wage demands, he might …
Liverpool's Fringe Players - to Keep or Not to Keep?

Liverpool's Fringe Players - to Keep or Not to Keep?

For managers, major international tournaments mean disruption, with big players late to return after fulfilling their international commitments. But for fringe players, disruption means opportunity. Many of Liverpool’s stars, including each member of their revered front three, remain in Russia or are enjoying some well-earned time-off after an early exit. Jurgen Klopp has been forced, as a result, to dip into his reserve pool, granting a number players who have not figured in his first-team plans of late, be they …
Klopp Runs Rule Over Karius as GK Search Cools

Klopp Runs Rule Over Karius as GK Search Cools

The World Cup in Russia is far from over but Liverpool’s pre-season is officially underway. Jurgen Klopp is without his full complement at Melwood, but this week the process of guiding his new additions and delegating a squad role to each player will begin. It will, of course, be key to integrate incomers Naby Keita and Fabinho, but Klopp’s most important task this pre-season concerns his incumbent no. 1: he must make a rational and well-informed decision on the much-maligned …
Jordan Henderson's Progress And How It Might Be Halted

Jordan Henderson's Progress And How It Might Be Halted

After a commanding performance for his country, Jordan Henderson is finally beginning to get the level of recognition he deserves. Lining up as the midfield linchpin for his country, Henderson has been presented with an excellent opportunity to impress a significantly broader audience and dispel lasting, and indeed frustrating, misconceptions about his game. For many who don’t watch Liverpool on a weekly basis, Henderson is synonymous with mediocrity, inefficacy and, above all, his sideways passes. Those individuals tend to assume …
Liverpool's Encouraging Transfer Market Motions

Liverpool's Encouraging Transfer Market Motions

The summer transfer window remains in its infancy but already there is cause for excitement as Liverpool look to wrap up their summer business in alarmingly swift fashion. Jürgen Klopp wants his squad complete by the time it convenes for pre-season training at the beginning of July and if the club's present efforts to address their outstanding weaknesses prove successful, that squad might just be closed to the finished article. No window is insignificant by any means but this one …
Nearly (First) Mission Accomplished for Jurgen Klopp

Nearly (First) Mission Accomplished for Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s self-ascribed objective of transforming Liverpool’s fan-base from “doubters to believers” has proven one of the most oft-repeated quotes in a regime marked by memorable soundbites. It was never going to be an easy task, and even as he led his side to consecutive top-four finishes (no mean feat given the unprecedented strength of the so-called ‘big six’) and developed a scintillating brand of attacking football, the doubters continued to question his every move, falling conspicuously silent during a …
Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: Man of the Match

Liverpool 4-0 Brighton: Man of the Match

It was close to a perfect afternoon for Champions League final-bound Liverpool on Sunday as they emphatically sealed a top-four spot with a 4-0 demolition of Brighton. A string of sloppy domestic displays meant the top-four race was still just about alive at kick-off, but the defensively-assured and offensively-magnificent Reds soon put their qualification beyond any doubt. Whilst Mohamed Salah put the gloss on a record-breaking campaign by securing the golden boot and Dominic Solanke responded to mounting criticism with …
Observations as weary Reds lose at Stamford Bridge

Observations as weary Reds lose at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool's extraordinary Champions League run has been truly unforgettable, but their recent Premier League exploits have been anything but. After a turbulent Wednesday night at the Stadio Olimpico, the emotionally and physically fatigued Reds subjected their supporters to a different kind of torment over the course of a turgid 90 minutes against top-four rivals Chelsea. Olivier Giroud's first-half header, the result of questionable defending, proved to be the decisive moment, with the visitors unable to penetrate a deep-lying, compact backline …
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