Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Playing the Liverpool way. It’s a fairly common trope, perhaps an oxymoron when every football club seems to have a “way” these days – there’s even a “Norwich way”, apparently. For Liverpool fans, however, identity is everything. Football is bound together by its unique fan culture, the interconnectedness of the football landscape means stories are perpetuated, and Liverpool’s story is one of decorated trophy cabinets and an envied atmosphere. Perhaps Anfield’s atmosphere hasn’t lived up to its hype recently. But …
A Back Four Ready to Compete? - Liverpool FC Squad Analysis

A Back Four Ready to Compete? - Liverpool FC Squad Analysis

Liverpool kicked off the season with a delightful 4-0 win on Sunday, conceding only two shots on target and rarely looking in trouble. The back four was among the youngest seen in recent memory during a Premier League game and played together like a group of players ready to kick on this year. Virgil van Dijk anchored a defence with an average age under 23 years old, continuing to prove himself the most gifted leader the defence has seen since …
5 Centre-Backs Liverpool Could Target in January

5 Centre-Backs Liverpool Could Target in January

A sour taste may be left in the mouth of Reds fans after the proposed deal for Nabil Fekir fell through despite what has been the best transfer window in recent history at Anfield. However, with four outstanding additions bolstering Jurgen Klopp’s side to compete on all fronts, it appears that Michael Edwards and co are not quite done yet in their grand plan to take Liverpool to the top. Attention now moves to the winter window and beyond for …
Naby Keita is Showing Exactly Why Klopp Waited so Patiently for Him

Naby Keita is Showing Exactly Why Klopp Waited so Patiently for Him

Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge back in October 2015 saw Adam Bogdan, Kolo Toure, Connor Randall, Joao Texeira, Joe Allen, Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe feature on the bench - none of whom are still at the club. In contrast, the bench against West Ham on the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season contained Fabinho, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri and Sturridge - five players capable of changing the outcome of the contest. Key to such a strenuous rebuild …
Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Football commentators like to give partnerships names. Shearer and Sutton were known as ‘SaS’ in the days when Blackburn were tearing up the League while Liverpool had their own ‘RAF’ when Rush and Fowler ruled the Anfield roost. Spurs had their ‘Famous Five’ too, back in the time that Ossie Ardiles was all about scoring and conceding tons at the same time. I mention this as I’ve heard talk of our own front three referred to as ‘The Trident’ which …
AI Writer's Predictions for 2018/19 campaign

AI Writer's Predictions for 2018/19 campaign

With Liverpool kicking off the new campaign in some style against West Ham, some of the AI writers have come together to give their predictions for the season. Leanne Prescott Where will Liverpool finish? Champions. You've got to head into the new season with optimism after the business Liverpool have done. That being said, if City deliver another 100+ point season then it will be near impossible to displace them. Still, it'll be one hell of a fight. Top-four prediction? Liverpool, City, …
Brilliant (but not enough) signings leave LFC riding on luck in title charge

Brilliant (but not enough) signings leave LFC riding on luck in title charge

Liverpool’s aggressive and early dealings left many, not least usually sceptical fans impressed. For so long “monitoring of targets” and “staying in conversations for top players” defined the club’s dealings in the transfer market. The swiftness and efficiency that characterised the summer was therefore received with a welter of joy and shock. In Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Shaqiri, the club’s decisiveness in dealing with some key weaknesses in the squad was been self-evident. However, with Liverpool, there is always …
Why this is a defining season for Jürgen Klopp

Why this is a defining season for Jürgen Klopp

On the dawn of Liverpool's 2018/19 Premier League campaign, excitement could not be more palpable. A solid season last year with some exquisite performances saw Reds fans treated to some fine displays which led them all the way to the Champions League final and to a second consecutive fourth-place finish in the league. Last season's final in Kiev was Klopp's third major final since he took charge of Liverpool back in October 2015, but his side are yet to win …
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 …
Football Religion - Liverpool FC

Football Religion - Liverpool FC

‘Good afternoon,’ the tall bespectacled man beamed, his thinning sandy hair shifted in the breeze. ‘Please take a seat for today’s paean.’ His hands indicated left or right, seating arrangements of little concern, the emphasis is on being present – the only thing of importance here. A congregation, worldwide, lusting for today’s eulogy. Around the country – and the world – there are many such temples, a spectrum of different shapes and sizes. Yet there is a difference here, minor, …
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