Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Not that you would know it from looking at the Premier League table, or Champions League group table for that matter, but Liverpool have been hamstrung by injuries to central defenders this season. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- two of Jurgen Klopp's key defensive lieutenants -- will miss most of, if not all, the season, and Joel Matip visits the treatment room so frequently that he is almost at the point of paying rent there. Fabinho hasn't …
Thiago could be Liverpool's star man in second half of the season

Thiago could be Liverpool's star man in second half of the season

Remember when Liverpool signed Thiago? No, me neither. It was just a lovely dream, wasn't it? Back in September, the Reds recruited the services of one of the best midfielders of his generation, in what felt like a significant piece of transfer business. Liverpool have mastered the art of buying top-level players and turning them into world-class ones, from Luis Suarez to Mohamed Salah, but they rarely buy people who are elite at that moment. In Thiago, however, Jurgen Klopp …
Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Liverpool's title success was built on 'finding a way to win', but their title defence has been hamstrung by their repeated failure to do so. It wasn't a vintage performance but it should have been enough to take the three points. The Reds have been left two reflect on the two glorious opportunities they squandered. Here is how they rated. Alisson Becker - 7/10 No qualms about the 'keeper's performance whatsoever. Distributed the ball tidily and sprung into action to …
Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table, despite a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St James' Park. A combination of bad finishing from the visitors -- an aspect of the game where Mohamed Salah was particularly guilty -- and the saves of Karl Darlow kept the hosts in the contest as the Reds failed to prize open their low block defence on enough occasions. Newcastle had opportunities themselves and Fabinho saved Nat Phillips blushes when he diverted a …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool's seven-goal clinic in finishing against Crystal Palace was a display not of Liverpool playing at their best, but rather the Reds taking their chances. Against newly appointed West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce's team, it was clear Liverpool would need to do the same. As expected, Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3. Salah, Mané and Firmino were supported by Jones, Wijnaldum and Henderson, with a back five of Alisson, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip and Alexander-Arnold behind them. Over the first …
Lame Liverpool Limp To Listless Draw With West Brom

Lame Liverpool Limp To Listless Draw With West Brom

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table by three points after their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Sadio Mane gave the Reds the lead in the first half, but Semi Ajayi equalized for Sam Allardyce's men in the second half with a glancing header from a corner. Overall, the defending champions -- who were sublime at times in the first half -- cannot complain too much about the result, given their toothless second-half display and inability …
Recent Wins Send Message That Mentality Monsters Are Here To Stay

Recent Wins Send Message That Mentality Monsters Are Here To Stay

This season was always going to be a tricky one, not just for Liverpool, but for every side in the Premier League. The lack of pre-season along with the intensity and frequency in which fixtures have come during this Covid-19 hit campaign have been a test for most, Klopp's side included. I've often thought in recent weeks as Liverpool have ground out results against the likes of Fulham, Brighton and Sheffield United that substance very much will come before style …
Curtis Jones Defensive Growth Perfect Fit For Jurgen Klopp midfield

Curtis Jones Defensive Growth Perfect Fit For Jurgen Klopp midfield

The emergence of Curtis Jones has been one of the biggest positives from Liverpool's season thus far. With a raft of injuries, the Reds have had to adapt and Jones has been one of the biggest benefactors of this otherwise unfortunate situation. With nine Premier League appearances under his belt, the 19-year-old has already played more than he did last season -- when he marked his debut campaign with six games in Red in the league -- and this is …
Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

After a seemingly huge victory against José Mourinho's Spurs side on Wednesday night, Liverpool travelled to quiet Selhurst Park on a cold Saturday morning, warmed by the comforting knowledge that a win would establish a six-point lead over Spurs, even if only for a few hours. The quick turnaround between fixtures saw Jürgen Klopp make a number of changes to his team. Joel Matip returned to the starting XI in place of Rhys Williams, whilst Naby Keïta came in for …
Who is Roger Ibañez and should Liverpool sign him?

Who is Roger Ibañez and should Liverpool sign him?

Roger Ibañez is the latest centre-back to be linked with a move to Liverpool. According to reports in Italy, the 22-year-old is available for around the £35million mark and Roma are open to cashing in on him, despite him not yet officially being a Giallorossi player.  The Brazilian signed for the capital club in January 2020 on loan from Atalanta and there’s an agreement in place to make it a permanent move for roughly £7million when the current campaign ends.  …
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