Liverpool v Bournemouth - A Changing Of The Guard

Liverpool v Bournemouth - A Changing Of The Guard

Jordan Henderson and James Milner need to be dropped, with clear limitations brought into their roles on the pitch. Neither can compete at the Premier League level anymore, and thus youth should be preferred whenever possible. It is not a targeted attack or misdirected opinion to state fact, and continuing poor performances do not lie. If circumstances dictate one of Milly or Hendo must start, then the other should only ever come into the game to replace the other. To …
Do Liverpool need an attacker?

Do Liverpool need an attacker?

All of the focus has been on whether or not Liverpool need midfield reinforcements over recent weeks. The attack has been somewhat neglected.  It is one of those areas for the Reds that, on paper, looks well stocked. In reality, though, it is a little light. At surface level, Jurgen Klopp has five senior attackers at his disposal in Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Darwn Nunez. He also possesses Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott could play …
Manchester United vs Liverpool - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Manchester United vs Liverpool - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Three games, two draws and a defeat, seven points dropped. The start to this season has gone from "less than ideal" to farcical. The Premier League fixture generator was very nice to Liverpool to begin the season. Let's not pretend otherwise. This was a straightforward start to the season for a team with title winning ambitions. Newly promoted Fulham, struggling to get players in the door. A Crystal Palace team who, while talented, had a mess of a pre-season due …
Liverpool FC & The Damning State Of Play

Liverpool FC & The Damning State Of Play

Being almost unsurprised by the defeat at Manchester United, kind of sums of where Liverpool FC are right now. Since the departure of Gini, they have simply let the standards of the midfield drop dramatically, and watching Monday's game only signified that the Reds are in need of new blood. The signing of Thiago two years ago is the only first team ready player signed since then, and is a damning reality that has really started to bite. Naby Keita …
Manchester United 2 - 1 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Manchester United 2 - 1 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Manchester United 2 - 1 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 5.0 Had an early scare, with the post coming to his aid. Could do little for the opening goal as United pulled the Reds backline apart. A great fingertip stop from Eriksen’s free kick stopped the home side doubling their lead. The second goal was a great strike, and though it would be harsh to judge him on the goals, he seemed hesitant and not his usual …
Manchester United v Liverpool - The Reds Must Find Their Ruthless Side

Manchester United v Liverpool - The Reds Must Find Their Ruthless Side

I’ve just watched Manchester City draw away to Newcastle, after seeing Leeds take a beleaguered  Chelsea apart. This period of the Premier League appears to more and more unpredictable, as certain teams come to terms with the shortened pre season and alterations in their teams. After the reds failed to beat Crystal Palace last Monday, I was starting to grow concerned, but I also stated that if this were to be our inevitable blip, maybe it isn’t all that bad …
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Two games, two draws, four points dropped. Liverpool's start to the 22/23 Premier League season has been less than ideal on and off the pitch. Performances have been well below what is required, the squad is short of quality in midfield and the injuries are mounting up. Liverpool have failed to win their first two Premier League games, with disappointing draws against newly-promoted Fulham and Crystal Palace. Hyperbole abounds, with some people already writing off the title this season and …
Opinon: United's Transfer Woes a Cautionary Tale (Downfall, Part 2)

Opinon: United's Transfer Woes a Cautionary Tale (Downfall, Part 2)

Last week I penned a column about how Manchester United's current crisis reflects our own dark days before Jurgen Klopp took the helm. I outlined the struggle that comes with recognizing a "big club" isn't quite so big anymore. This week, for part two of this "Downfall" series on Manchester United, I'd like to look at how Liverpool used intelligent transfers to propel the club to the pinnacle of football, how United's transfer policies have contributed to their current crisis, …
Manchester United v Liverpool - Klopp Needs To Up His Own Game

Manchester United v Liverpool - Klopp Needs To Up His Own Game

If you had the chance to listen to the latest edition of ‘Rate, Don’t Hate’ podcast on the Anfield Index, you’ll know that I’m all for some form of shake-up within this current Liverpool team. As it stands, the injury crisis is alarming, and will make certain decisions a necessity when the times comes to picking the eleven for next Monday evening. What we do know is that Darwin will be joining that injury list for the next few weeks, …
Liverpool’s transfer strategy: Castles in the Sky and making the perfect the enemy of the good?

Liverpool’s transfer strategy: Castles in the Sky and making the perfect the enemy of the good?

One of the pioneers of radio and radar Robert Watson-Watt (a genius played by Eddie Izzard in the film Castles in the Sky) talked about a cult of the imperfect. He said “give them the third best to go on with; the second best comes too late, the best never comes.” For some reason this got me thinking about Liverpool’s approach to player acquisition. It is now looking like Liverpool will go into this season without a signing in midfield. …
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