All Hail The Origi Derby

All Hail The Origi Derby

Moments of prescience are rare in football. Surely there can have been no one in Anfield capable of predicting such a ludicrous outcome in a Merseyside derby, but I believe I was closer than most. With the clock ticking down, the blue smoke gathering in the Anfield Road stand and the Fates about to point their cruel finger at Jordan Pickford, a thought passed through my head. ‘Is this the day when someone makes a name for themselves? Is this …
Man of the Match: Fabinho leaves his mark in first Merseyside Derby

Man of the Match: Fabinho leaves his mark in first Merseyside Derby

An afternoon that threatened to end in frustration turned into one of jubilation when Liverpool's forgotten man Divock Origi turned home the winner following a howler from Jordan Pickford. While it's hugely tempting to give the Belgian man of the match purely for sending Anfield into another Merseyside frenzy as Sadio Mane's 94th-minute derby winner had done last season, I've tempered my rollercoaster of emotions and turned elsewhere. It's not been the fastest of starts for Fabinho since his summer …
Key Stats From Divock Origi's Comeback Tour

Key Stats From Divock Origi's Comeback Tour

Liverpool’s forgotten man Divock Origi was the hero as Liverpool secured a late, dramatic, and frantic 1-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. But what were the key stats from a huge result at Anfield? Can You Smell What Divock Is Cooking? Divock Origi has scored 13 Premier League goals for Liverpool over the course of his four seasons at the club – which from 2115 minutes …
Observations as Liverpool Find A Way Past The Ev

Observations as Liverpool Find A Way Past The Ev

Liverpool scored a bizarre, 96th-minute winner to see off Everton in a Merseyside Derby that brought the drama in spades. It was an absolutely incredible finish to a game that was not lacking in quality, with both teams missing chances and providing tempo and energy, and it was somewhat fitting that it was Divock Origi who came off the bench to score the winner. Here are the observations. Liverpool Get What They Paid For Personally, I’ve felt Alisson’s start to …
Why Klopp needs to put the leash back on James Milner

Why Klopp needs to put the leash back on James Milner

James Milner's long and impressive career has had many strings attached to its bow, the latest coming as part of an ever-growing Liverpool team. Whilst many have fairly questioned the decision to bring him in on such large wages in 2015, he's done more than enough to prove his worth to the squad - albeit not perhaps at the level you'd expect of someone on £150,000 per week. Milner has played left-back, centre-midfield, wide midfield and right-back during his time …
Patience - Naby Keita Will Be Worth The Wait

Patience - Naby Keita Will Be Worth The Wait

Twice in two pre-match interviews, Jürgen Klopp spoke about Naby Keita and reinforced the idea that he sees Keita as a long-term project, and a player who has a fantastic future at Liverpool. The positive side of that is, of course, Klopp remains invested in Keita as a player – which is to be expected given how long he spent chasing the player and how much money was spent on him. The negative side of that is of course that …
Rafa Benitez Still Channeling Spirit of Istanbul

Rafa Benitez Still Channeling Spirit of Istanbul

Three game weeks ago, Newcastle were on just 3 points from 10 games, 19th place in the Premier League, yet to win a league game, and only avoiding being rock bottom because of the absolutely dire form of fellow strugglers Huddersfield, who they were only above on goal difference. And yet, even with their own fans furious and finally starting to shift their wrath away from Mike Ashley and towards their manager, a lot of external football supporters were more …
PSG 2-1 Liverpool: What went wrong?

PSG 2-1 Liverpool: What went wrong?

It may be Liverpool's fourth season under Jurgen Klopp, but still the Reds insist upon doing it the hard way. A gut-wrenching defeat at PSG means their European ambitions hinge on the meeting with Napoli in a fortnight's time. Fail to deliver in that one, and Klopp's side face the horror of Europa League football. The German has seemingly traded flair for pragmatism this season, but the first-half display was more jittery than it was level-headed. James Milner's penalty offered …
Key Stats As Reds Bomb In Paris

Key Stats As Reds Bomb In Paris

Liverpool’s Champions League hopes took yet another battering, this time in Paris, where Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of PSG. But what were the key stats from another humbling night for the Reds, which sees their Champions League campaign hanging by a thread? No Anfield? Big Problems. Liverpool completed a hat-trick of shambolic away performances and results, making it three away defeats out of three in Europe this season, and five defeats in a row away from …
Midfield musings, a new identity and tactical potential for Liverpool

Midfield musings, a new identity and tactical potential for Liverpool

With Liverpool cruising to a 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday evening, Jurgen Klopp maintained the 2 point deficit to Man City. Another clean sheet and a highly satisfying win, albeit with a dogged rather than spectacular performance. There's a certain symmetry to our away results against Watford since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers. From the pitiful 3-0 reverse in his first season, to a thrilling 3-3 draw last season which pointed to our underlying defensive deficiencies. To then …
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