Replacing Gini Wijnaldum: Youri Tielemans

Replacing Gini Wijnaldum: Youri Tielemans

Liverpool will need to bring in a midfielder when the season ends. Gini Wijnaldum’s future is still up in the air, Jordan Henderson has picked up a few knocks recently and isn’t getting any younger. Naby Keita can’t go ten games without an injury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has similar bad luck. Thiago, due to Covid and an injury sustained against Everton, has yet to make a real impact. Fabinho is being used at centre-back to cover for the injured Virgil …
Maturing Curtis Jones comes of age at Liverpool

Maturing Curtis Jones comes of age at Liverpool

Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Leicester was another sign that the Reds are again the team to beat in the Premier League this season. Regardless of how highly you rate Brendan Rodgers and his Foxes side, they turned up to Anfield as a genuine threat to Liverpool's long unbeaten home run, especially with Jurgen Klopp tackling an injury crisis. The champions were imperious from the minute the game kicked off to the moment Chris Kavanagh blew the final whistle, however, with …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

With injuries aplenty following the international break and a deluge of fixtures awaiting Jürgen Klopp's red men, an acceptable result seemed more important than a strong performance. With Salah, Alexander-Arnold and Thiago all unavailable, the champions were without their three best creative players, leaving the creative burden upon a midfield and forward line that has had little time to develop the sort of relationships required to pick apart a defence. Likewise, Leicester was without Ndidi - their most important midfield …
Replacing Gini Wijnaldum: Denis Zakaria

Replacing Gini Wijnaldum: Denis Zakaria

Liverpool will need to bring in a midfielder when the season ends. Gini Wijnaldum’s future is still up in the air, Jordan Henderson has picked up a few knocks recently and isn’t getting any younger. Naby Keita can’t go ten games without an injury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has similar bad luck. Thiago, due to Covid and an injury sustained against Everton, has yet to make a real impact. Fabinho is being used at centre-back to cover for the injured Virgil …
How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

There is a popular cliche in football that if you are standing still, you are going backwards. It alludes to the fact that time never stands still; and that football, like other sports, is cyclical.  In industry, continuous improvement principles are applied: just because something is working well, it doesn’t mean it will always remain the case or cannot be improved upon. It is under constant review, with adaptations or changes implemented where necessary, be they process, structural or mechanical.  …
Goalkeeper Alisson with Huge Hand In Liverpool Defensive Solidity

Goalkeeper Alisson with Huge Hand In Liverpool Defensive Solidity

The composition of Liverpool's back four keeps changing. An injury to Virgil van Dijk, the team's defensive talisman, has set in motion a series of unfortunate events -- akin to a Stephen King horror novel -- that has led to more of the Reds' defenders picking up injuries in an unprecedented bout of misfortune. Joe Gomez -- who had stepped up to the mantle of the team's defensive leader well -- also suffered a serious knee tendon injury in training …
Will Rodgers prevent Liverpool setting all-time unbeaten home record?

Will Rodgers prevent Liverpool setting all-time unbeaten home record?

April 23rd, 2017. Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace. Feels like a lifetime ago, doesn't it? At that point, Jurgen Klopp was still only in his first full season as Reds manager and his side hadn't yet played in the Champions League under him. This was still a year before the agony of Kiev, let alone the glorious triumph in Madrid and the Premier League title that followed, and Mo Salah, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson weren't yet Liverpool players, …
Versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain Could Offer Liverpool Right-Back Solution

Versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain Could Offer Liverpool Right-Back Solution

Jurgen Klopp loves versatile players. Whether it is James Milner, who can cover midfield or either full-back slot, or Fabinho, who is comfortable at both centre half and defensive midfield, the German places great stock in players who can cover multiple positions. With a bigger list of injuries than an army hospital, Liverpool will need to rotate aplenty in the upcoming period of games and turn and to players to fill in in areas that they aren't overly familiar with. …
What's changed since Van Dijk's injury?

What's changed since Van Dijk's injury?

When it was confirmed that Virgil van Dijk’s injury was a serious one, the fear was that the season would be a struggle for Liverpool. Since his arrival from Southampton, he’s practically been ever-present for the Reds. With him as centre-back, Jurgen Klopp’s side have reached two Champions League finals and racked up an incredible 196 points across two Premier League campaigns. Oh yeah, they also ended a 30-year drought to once again be champions of England.  However, the team …
Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Gambling, by its very nature, doesn't always come off. There can be no debate that Liverpool -- after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg -- gambled when they didn't sign a centre half last summer. Instead, the Reds pushed the boat out to sign Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern and planned on using Fabinho as their fourth choice centre half. Now, with long term injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez that strategy looks shortsighted, …
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