Five Fingers Became a Fist of Liverpool Unity

Five Fingers Became a Fist of Liverpool Unity

Tuesday 9th December, the game finishes 1-1 at Anfield and Liverpool are knocked out of the Champions League after a pitiful display. Coutinho, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Lallana and Markovic all started the game on the bench. The knives were truly out for Brendan Rodgers. I have to admit, I was reaching out for the meat cleaver myself after witnessing poor performances game after game. A defeat at Old Trafford followed but something changed. It wasn’t just the formation changes and team …
Analysing the Perks of a False 9 Against Man City

Analysing the Perks of a False 9 Against Man City

A magnificent Liverpool team performance against Manchester City saw The Reds cement themselves as a genuine challenger for the top 4. Wonder goals from the ever irrepressible Phillipe Coutinho and the energetic Jordan Henderson rightly got the plaudits, but one player that impressed me immensely yesterday was Raheem Sterling. Leading the line for Liverpool, the talented Englishman played as a false 9 and had the Manchester City defence on strings throughout the game. £32 million summer signing Mangala and the …
2 Sides to Brendan: Has He Done Enough?

2 Sides to Brendan: Has He Done Enough?

Over Brendan Rodgers' time at Liverpool, his contrasting results have left many to wonder whether he has a future at the helm of the Reds. So, does he? …
Liverpool FC: Achievement Unlocked

Liverpool FC: Achievement Unlocked

We have all gone through games where we struggle at Level 47, or some other game where we are stuck at Level 82 and are awaiting a cheat code to crack the game. The pre-game emotions yesterday felt something like that. Chelsea at home against Burnley drop 2 points. Matic out for 3 games - FOR REAL? Mourinho refuses to complain about the referee post-game, hence gets a show on Sky, to criticise the decisions and Sky - Wahey! Manchester …
Simon Mignolet: Thou Shall Not Pass

Simon Mignolet: Thou Shall Not Pass

On a popular football management game - the one inventively titled Football Manager - the attribute for a goalkeeper’s distribution with feet is called “kicking”, not “passing”. This crude definition of one of the footballing aspects of a goalkeepers' game, indicates that there’s still some way to go before they’re considered the eleventh outfield player. Brendan Rodgers is one of a growing number of coaches who would like their man between the sticks to contribute more when the team has …
The Liverpool Triumvirate | Overview of Sakho, Can, Skrtel et al

The Liverpool Triumvirate | Overview of Sakho, Can, Skrtel et al

With the exception of relegation battlers, you would be hard-pressed to find a defence in the league that has come under the same level of scrutiny as Liverpool. Whether it’s Neville or Carragher on a Monday night, or the ingenious Alan Shearer perceptively offering some of his innovative, ever-insightful though perpetually crap “analysis” on a Saturday night – we have heard it all since the beginning of Rodgers' tenure at the club. The undeniable yet fundamental elephant in the room …
Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense: Part One

Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense: Part One

Liverpool, and the rest of the English footballing community, have just endured one of the most boring transfer windows ever. Nothing really happened, nobody was even slightly interested in the usual tabloid talk involving player rumours and silly price tags and Liverpool signed nobody - discounting the recalling of Jordon Ibe from his loan with Derby County. Despite this lack of activity, it was obvious for most supporters that there were issues with the squad. A new goalkeeper could have …
The Importance of Sturridge's Return

The Importance of Sturridge's Return

Daniel Sturridge, perhaps Liverpool's best striker, has returned to regular first team training after being injured for almost five months with thigh and calf problems. Since Sturridge's injury Liverpool have been faced with an agonisingly painful shortage of goals and with his return, the fans are expecting that factor to be eliminated. Sturridge was set to be on the bench in the Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea, but that was not to be. He was deemed unfit to start …
Fire the Lazar

Fire the Lazar

"Fire the laser" - Doctor Evil, 1999.
Not many teams are able to call on a laser to do the damage for them but Liverpool currently have a Lazar of sorts that's starting to showcase why the club forked out almost £20 million in the summer of 2014. When rumours spread of a bid for the talented Serbian, I ,for one, thought it was just that, a rumour. This was some serious talent and he was supposedly promised …
Liverpool's Transfer Policy: Does it Need Changing?

Liverpool's Transfer Policy: Does it Need Changing?

Football, as we are constantly being told, is a game that hovers on the ever-wobbly thread of a single decision. It is not, as we are also constantly being told, a game that is made by a single manager, but rather the circumstances which surround a decision made by a single manager. Yet it is these single, individual decisions which can form the basis – or indeed cast a swift change of fortune – when considering the entire season as …
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