An Ode To Andy Robertson: Liverpool's Consistent Scot

An Ode To Andy Robertson: Liverpool's Consistent Scot

For all the talk of the need for Liverpool to reinforce their defence with new signings, their most consistent players ply their trade in the area. Andy Robertson and Fabinho -- previously a defensive midfielder who is learning to play in the heart of defence on the fly -- have been the Reds standout performers so far in an attritional, compressed season. With the long term injuries to both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, the Champions' preferred centre-half pairing, …
Liverpool FC and The Season's Context

Liverpool FC and The Season's Context

Let's make no bones about it, Liverpool were poor in their last three Premier League games. In the draws against lowly West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, the Reds looked jaded and they failed to turn the lion's share of possession and territory into enough quality chances. The same applied to last Monday's defeat away to Southampton. Although it must be noted that scandalous refereeing decisions -- in particular from the hapless Andre Marriner -- contributed to the champions dropping …
Liverpool and Man United finally meet in fixture to match the hype

Liverpool and Man United finally meet in fixture to match the hype

When Liverpool play Man United, it always means a huge amount. It remains the No.1 fixture in England, bar none. The history between the cities, whether it be relating to music, fashion or the success of their football teams, makes it a heavyweight match-up that will forever feel special. Despite the build-up always being gargantuan and those pre-match nerves arriving regardless of where both sides are in the table, the hype is rarely justified. For starters, too many recent games …
Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

On Monday night the Champions travelled down to St Mary's to face a depleted Southampton side, who were without a number of key players, such as Alex McCarthy, Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams. The Saints lined up in a 4-4-2, in which they looked to press Liverpool's backline. Ralph Hassenhutl's team were also instructed to form a box around the deepest midfielder, Thiago, who would be pressed from all four players whenever he received the ball. As he passed the …
Why the Liverpool system failed against Southampton

Why the Liverpool system failed against Southampton

Jurgen Klopp switched it up against Southampton. It’s very rare to see him spring a surprise like that, but he has done it previously. I’m not entirely sure if this one was forced on him due to injuries and players needing a rest or whether he thought this tactic would work against the Saints.  We’ll never actually know whether it would’ve worked either. The hosts scored after two minutes and their usual gameplan went out the window. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side …
Nathaniel Phillips: Why Liverpool's Mr. Dependable Deserves a Long-Terms Role at the Club

Nathaniel Phillips: Why Liverpool's Mr. Dependable Deserves a Long-Terms Role at the Club

Nathaniel Phillips has all the attributes to become Liverpool's permanent, fourth-choice, centre back. Phillips, thanks to his scruffy beard and sweaty fringe, looks more like a hungover student than a Liverpool centre half. However, looks can be deceiving. His pragmatic style, limited capability and local connection to the club means that a role, as a long-standing deputy, should be on offer. The centre back has featured more than he would have expected this season, following the injuries to Virgil Van …
Trent continues to emulate Gerrard after slump in form at 22

Trent continues to emulate Gerrard after slump in form at 22

The date was November 12th, 2002, and Liverpool needed to win away to FC Basel to get through their Champions League group. Gerard Houllier's men found themselves 3-0 down before the half-hour mark had even arrived, with one player worse than anyone else on the pitch. That man's name? Steven Gerrard. He was wretched in Switzerland, spraying passes out of play and generally performing like someone devoid of all confidence and focus. A dreadful 45 minutes from Gerrard saw him …
Trent Alexander-Arnold's Use of the Ball

Trent Alexander-Arnold's Use of the Ball

Did you know that Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the ball away 38 times against Southampton? Of course you knew, that stat has been plastered over social media ever since the final whistle. Did you know that he also misplaced 28 passes against the Saints? That particular tweet swept across Football Twitter like wildfire.  While at first glance it may appear to be a lot, when you take everything into account, it really isn’t. Liverpool mixed things up against Ralph Hasenhüttl, opting …
Andreas Schlumberger Appointment Could Be Key To Liverpool Pursuit of Ozan Kabak

Andreas Schlumberger Appointment Could Be Key To Liverpool Pursuit of Ozan Kabak

Liverpool announced a January signing of sorts last week. The Reds, with a statement on their website, broke the news that they appointed Andreas Schlumberger as head of the newly created recovery and performance role. The German, who previously worked with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, will join the English champions from Schalke 04 with immediate effect. A raft of injuries at the club -- with the centre backs especially afflicted by bad injury luck with Virgil van Dijk and …
Liverpool's Centre-Back Crisis: Skipper the Solution?

Liverpool's Centre-Back Crisis: Skipper the Solution?

‘I don't know exactly how it is at other clubs, but we have to be really cautious and very serious. So I don't know what we can and what we can't do’.
Whether it’s smoke and mirrors or Jurgen Klopp keeping his powder dry, the likelihood of a centre-half being pulled out the hat appears lesser than many reds had hoped for. With Sven Botman links being dismissed by James Pearce and little more than rumours to work …
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