What should Liverpool do with Naby Keita?

What should Liverpool do with Naby Keita?

When Liverpool beat FC Barcelona, FC Bayern and a host of Europe’s elite to secure the signature of Naby Keita it was heralded as a coup. The Guinean captain was a whirlwind in the middle third for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and appeared to be the definition of a box-to-box midfielder. He scored goals. He made assists. He racked up tackles and interceptions at an alarming rate (4.81 during his final season in Germany), and his dribbling figures were …
Liverpool will be crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool will be crowned Premier League champions

Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. For the past week, in footballing circles, talk has centred around whether or not the 2019/20 campaign would be finished. Common sense would suggest a season not yet underway couldn’t take precedence over one that is very near completion. But there’s not much common sense in football.  Rival fans, desperate to ensure Liverpool aren’t crowned champions, have latched onto the idea that this season should be expunged from the history …
Coronavirus: A selfish-but-logical Liverpool perspective

Coronavirus: A selfish-but-logical Liverpool perspective

Liverpool were never going to win the Premier League in mundane fashion - it simply isn't their style. Even when the Reds are 25 points clear at the top of the table, when it's a matter of time until title glory is sealed, something gets in the way. The threat of World War III has loomed ominously, as have reports of an asteroid heading towards earth, but the coronavirus has emerged as the standout issue standing in between Liverpool and …
Liverpool vs Atletico tactical analysis: Liverpool unlucky or a Simeone masterclass?

Liverpool vs Atletico tactical analysis: Liverpool unlucky or a Simeone masterclass?

Despite dominating the ball and creating the lion’s share of the chances, Liverpool succumbed to a 3-2 defeat in front of their home fans as Diego Simeone’s Atleti survived the bombardment to score three goals in added time. Simeone’s side showed the catenaccio and Bilardisme mentality that has made them one of the most respected teams in Europe. Nonetheless, Liverpool were able to open up cracks in Simeone's disciplined set-up to create chances that could have won the game. Liverpool's performance …
Old problems keep coming back to haunt Liverpool

Old problems keep coming back to haunt Liverpool

It was a night that not many Liverpool fans will want to think about for too much longer. It was a humbling and rare defeat at the hands of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid that perhaps prematurely ended the Red's defence of their much adored European Cup. While the performance in the first leg in Spain left a lot to be desired in terms of pace and attacking threat, Klopp's men certainly dialled this up to 11 at Anfield and almost …
Let's Talk About 1990

Let's Talk About 1990

Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years is within touching distance. Jürgen Klopp has masterminded an incredible season that has broken records along the way, with a team that is likely to go down in Liverpool folklore.  But how did things look back in 1990? Well, here’s a taster as we step back in time to look at what was happening the last time the Reds were league champions. World Events Some of the biggest news stories included Nelson Mandela …
Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid: Player ratings as Reds fall in Europe

Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid: Player ratings as Reds fall in Europe

It has taken until Jurgen Klopp's fourth European campaign, but Liverpool have finally been beaten in a two-legged tie. Roberto Firmino looked to have completed an arduous comeback when he struck in the early stages of extra time, but Adrian proceeded to hand the visitors a vital away goal, and the dejected Reds would ship two more to fall to defeat on the night and surrender their title. Let's take a look at how the players rated. Adrian - 1/10 …
Luckless Liverpool Lament Lacklustre Keeping

Luckless Liverpool Lament Lacklustre Keeping

Champions Liverpool bowed out of the Champions after a 3-2 after extra defeat to Atletico Madrid at Anfield. Georginio Wijnaldum's goal in normal time saw the Reds win 1-0 in normal time but, despite Firmino's goal doubling their lead in extra time, two howlers from stand in keeper Adrian allowed replacements Marcos Llorente(2) and Alvaro Morata score to send the blessed Spaniards through, who had their goalkeeper Jan Oblak to thank. A rip roaring start from the Reds was considered …
Tactical Preview: Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid

Tactical Preview: Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano heralded the end of Liverpool’s phenomenal winning streak. The performance itself was more concerning than the defeat though, with Liverpool merely creating eight chances (four of which were shots from outside of the box), one Big Chance, but not managing to get a single one of those on target. Liverpool’s 0.6 xG was one of the lowest generated in recent memory. The Atletico Madrid defensive shape was immovable and robust but rarely …
Why Liverpool Should Avoid Cantwell Punt

Why Liverpool Should Avoid Cantwell Punt

Liverpool love a good punt on a player from a relegated side. In three of the last four summer's, the Reds have salvaged some gems from the wreckage of sides destined for the Championship. First, Georginio Wijnaldum and Andrew Robertson -- two players who arrived with relatively inexpensive price-tags and who have now established themselves as key players -- arrived from Newcastle and Hull respectively in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Then in the summer of 2018, Xherdan Shaqiri …
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