Is it time for out-of-form Firmino to be dropped?

Is it time for out-of-form Firmino to be dropped?

Some footballers can go through slumps in form and still look something close to their best, but others are the polar opposite, turning into pale imitations of themselves. Unfortunately, Roberto Firmino belongs in the latter category. The Brazilian has been a sensational performer for Liverpool over the past five years, overcoming Brendan Rodgers' bizarre use of him to become one of the world's leading attackers. When Firmino has been on-song, he has been the epitome of everything great about this …
Naby Keita 2.0 Could Offer Liverpool Long-Term Wijnaldum Replacement

Naby Keita 2.0 Could Offer Liverpool Long-Term Wijnaldum Replacement

Naby Keita has been a starter in all the Premier League games, added to his appearances at the tail end of last season -- the biggest run of consecutive starts in the Guinean's spell at the club with five league starts on the bounce. The injuries which scuppered the 25-year-olds attempts to build consistency at Anfield now appear to be a thing of the past and the former Red Bull Leipzig midfielder is enjoying his best form since moving to …
Tactical Breakdown: Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

Liverpool headed to Villa Park without three of their star players: Mané and Thiago were ruled out due to testing positive for COVID-19, whilst Alisson, who had made a number of fine saves in the previous match against Arsenal had sustained a significant injury during training. This meant that Liverpool would start with Jota in place of Mané, a midfield of Keïta, Wijnaldum and Fabinho, and Adrian in goal. The tactical plan was almost certainly business as usual, with Liverpool …
Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool: What went wrong?

There was no better encapsulation of my feelings towards last night's performance than the Anfield Wrap's half-time Instagram post - 'Fuck off Liverpool'. At that point, there were still three more Villa goals to come, delivering the kind of result that might leave you queasy and anxious for much of the inexplicably-timed international break. Even in the apocalyptic context of 2020, this does not mark the end of the world. It is three dropped points, albeit in a fashion so humiliating …
Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Every top team wants versatile players. In fact, they need flexible players to give them the option of changing things within a match without having to make changes. Liverpool, as an example, have deployed Sadio Mane on the left, on the right and at times centrally. Mohamed Salah has played right-wing and as a centre-forward. Gini Wijnaldum has played, well, he’s played everywhere. But some players should be exempt from this. However, there’s an argument to be made that specialist …
Player ratings as Liverpool succumb to Villa Park embarrassment

Player ratings as Liverpool succumb to Villa Park embarrassment

Where to start with that one? Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool. That's *SEVEN* goals for the team that escaped relegation last season due to a goal line technology error, against the Champions of England. Not sure if this puts my #ProperRed status at risk, but I laughed through that. A lot. Listen, losing big games is horrible. Losing games you deserve to win, games against rivals, close games. All rubbish stuff. Getting spanked by Aston Villa, courtesy of a hat-trick of …
Hot Shot Jota Gave Glimpse Into Bright Future

Hot Shot Jota Gave Glimpse Into Bright Future

Diogo Jota marked his Liverpool Premier League debut with a goal in the Reds' 3-1 defeat at Arsenal. Latching onto a David Luiz header, the Portuguese international deftly controlled the ball before dispatching a half volley accurately into the low corner past Bernd Leno. https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1310716961869963264?s=20 The former Wolves attacker came close twice earlier, hitting the side netting after receiving a Mohamed Salah pass and the Egyptian wasn't as selfless on another occasion when he took the ball off Jota's toe …
Is it too much to ask for a domestic cup run?

Is it too much to ask for a domestic cup run?

Liverpool's defeat on penalties to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup brought to an end another run in domestic cup competitions for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp. In what was a harsh reflection on the side, Divock Origi and Harry Wilson saw their penalties saved by Bernd Leno as Arsenal progressed to the quarter-finals. The result was not a fair reflection on the game, with Liverpool by far the better side - but they failed to take their chances and were …
Limp Liverpool Crash Out Of League Cup After Shootout Agony

Limp Liverpool Crash Out Of League Cup After Shootout Agony

Liverpool exited the League Cup at the fifth round stage after a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal at Anfield. A drab and forgetful 90 minutes ended scoreless and the Gunners -- through Joe Willock -- won the shootout after Divock Origi and Harry Wilson missed their spot-kicks. Jurgen Klopp elected to make a raft of changes from the Reds' Premier League victory over the same opponents on Monday night, but Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk -- surprisingly -- …
Two New Signings, Two Statement Victories - September 2020, The Month That Was

Two New Signings, Two Statement Victories - September 2020, The Month That Was

THIAGO ... THIAGO ALCANTARA!!! The summer's most anticipated, or drawn out, depending on your point of view, transfer has been complete. News broke late of an evening that Liverpool had agreed a fee for Spanish midfield wizard Thiago Alcantara, and while we had long expected Thiago Thursday we instead got Thiago Friday. And fucking hell, it was fun. But before we start drooling over him again, let's go back to the start of the month. Liverpool got themselves ready for …
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