Key Stats as Liverpool Grind It Out Against Saints

Key Stats as Liverpool Grind It Out Against Saints

Liverpool kept the title race well and truly alive with another late winning goal, courtesy of the genius of Mo Salah. The 3-1 win over a strong Southampton side on the south coast takes Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, so what were the key stats from an incredible night at St Mary’s? Bobby Firmino Is Back Just a couple of weeks ago, I was questioning whether Bobby Firmino could deliver big time in the run-in, and …
Klopp Knows Better Than You

Klopp Knows Better Than You

The manager knows better than you. That is often read as a conversation ender when it should be the beginning. Liverpool have a detail-oriented, world class manager who makes decisions that do not fit with popular opinion among casual fans, nor do they comport with the analysis of those who spend ungodly amounts of time collecting statistical minutia on our beloved Reds. The discussion often feels like, “what is Klopp thinking?” in a purely negative sense, especially an hour before …
No More Conservative Midfields for Liverpool

No More Conservative Midfields for Liverpool

This title race is killing you, admit it. All the times Liverpool were buried in sixth, meagre and irrelevant seem like the golden days of old compared to the ninety-minute-long heart attack Liverpool fans are forced to endure on a weekly – sometimes bi-weekly – basis. Bring Hodgson back, for God’s sake. Seeing as that’s unlikely, and seeing as Liverpool are firmly stuck in a title race in which they have to make up the ground, the nerves have manifested …
Rotation, Rotation, Rotation - Give It A Rest

Rotation, Rotation, Rotation - Give It A Rest

A change is as good as rest is how the saying goes, but with a maximum of eleven games to go and only four-midweek matches, is it time for Klopp to give it a rest with his rotation game? The run-in could favour Liverpool, with City having Chelsea, Spurs and Man Utd still to go, while our biggest game is surely against Chelsea at home. Therefore it's surely time for Klopp to pick his best XI in every game — …
Alisson Becker has room for improvement

Alisson Becker has room for improvement

After year upon year of painful and debilitating mediocrity between the sticks, Liverpool have felt the benefit of a top-drawer pair of hands this season. Alisson Becker has justified his (at the time) world-record price-tag but that does not mean he should be considered immune from criticism. Let's start by acknowledging just how good he is. The statistics illustrate this nicely. Alisson has 17 clean sheets in the Premier League, two clear of his nearest rival Ederson, he has conceded …
Lucky Lucky Liverpool?

Lucky Lucky Liverpool?

Lucky, lucky Liverpool eh? Comments about all the circumstances in which luck has favoured the Reds this season are out in force after their late goal against Spurs, courtesy of Hugo Lloris punching the ball onto the back of Toby Alderweireld, and there are a lot of frustrated opposition fans, as well as journalists, keen to jump on the Reds’ lucky streak. First things first, we were lucky against Spurs. No two ways about it. On balance, the second half …
Liverpool vs Southampton Preview - Potential Key Battles

Liverpool vs Southampton Preview - Potential Key Battles

Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City with a last-gasp winner against Spurs, and in doing so secured a win in arguably their most difficult remaining league game. However, next up is a different kind of test against a Southampton side scrapping for points any way they can, and the Reds don’t have a great record at St Mary’s, winning just one of their last four, although that win was last season. So what are the key battles ahead of …
A Lesson In Defending From Virgil van Dijk

A Lesson In Defending From Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool’s 2013/14 title challenge was defined by moments. The  moment Jordan Henderson saw red against Manchester City. The  moment Steven Gerrard lost his footing and Demba Ba emerged through on goal. The  moment Iago Aspas produced an abhorrent corner to set up a Chelsea counter. All painful, pivotal nails in the coffin for Brendan Rodger’s side. Sunday’s 2-1 win against Tottenham carried similar weight. Manchester City will know their destiny remains in their own hands, with maximum points from their …
Unpacking Liverpool and City's Title Run-In

Unpacking Liverpool and City's Title Run-In

It doesn't matter how they go in at this stage of the season, it just matters that they do. Toby Alderweireld's own goal in the 90th minute gave Liverpool a potentially pivotal three points on Sunday, ensuring they returned to the top of the Premier League with six games left to play. The Reds, who have played one more game than title rivals Manchester City, were far from their vintage selves and looked for all the world as though they …
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Who was Man of the Match as Reds stayed alive in title race?

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Who was Man of the Match as Reds stayed alive in title race?

And, breathe! How did Liverpool win that one? Why did Liverpool win that one? Ah no, we're not going to go there. By hook or by crook, Liverpool won! They beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield to keep themselves firmly lodged in the Premier League title race, and putting the ball in the Manchester City court, ahead of their game against Cardiff City in midweek. How they did it, no one knows. The start was superb, it was controlled, it …
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