Observations from the 2-2 draw with Exeter City

Observations from the 2-2 draw with Exeter City

The kids are alright. Tonight's draw was a commentators dream. The magic of the FA Cup. League 2 Exeter City earned themselves a replay at Anfield after coming away with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. The narrative will be that the plucky underdog managed to come away from this match against the Premier League giants with a draw, and in the history books that is exactly how it will look. But that is not the whole story. A shadow Liverpool …
The Europa League could salvage Liverpool's season

The Europa League could salvage Liverpool's season

It's not something you want to hear having spent over £300 million over the past few seasons but with the January window now open fans are discussing what areas of the team still need strengthening. There seems to be polls on Twitter on a daily basis and the alarming thing is a different area seems to win these polls every other day. These aren't knee jerk reactions to defeats either. These aren't short term solutions because of player injuries. These …
Lallana: A Force Awoken

Lallana: A Force Awoken

Since Klopp’s arrival, it's been a tale of ups and downs at Liverpool. Unconvincing performances in the Europa League were forgotten as qualification into the knock-out stages was secured and impressive thrashings of Southampton, Manchester City and Chelsea showcased Liverpool’s potential quality. However, disappointing results against Watford, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham in the Premier League, were signs that “Klopp mania” wasn't the fairy tale everyone thought it would be. Liverpool's Capital One Cup semi-final clash against Stoke City …
Benteke is Worse Than Feared - A Terrible Targetman Too

Benteke is Worse Than Feared - A Terrible Targetman Too

Popular opinion isn’t exactly on Christian Benteke’s side; an ESPN article gave him a 2/10 against West Ham, which doesn’t really require much context. A 2/10 is a polite version of 1/10. It means you have failed at every task you would be typically asked to do in your position, but the qualifier is that you have not done anything out-of-the-ordinary bad, like being racist, or getting sent off for kneeing an opponent in the back at a critical time …
Observations from Liverpool's win at Stoke

Observations from Liverpool's win at Stoke

In the grand scheme of things, it's half-time in the Capital One Cup semi-final. A depleted Liverpool side will now take a 1-0 lead to Anfield for the second leg in a fortnight, after a battling display against December's form side, Stoke City. On the whole it wasn't a pretty performance. The Reds started off brightly and had Stoke chasing shadows for the opening fifteen minutes, but injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren meant a reshuffle was required and …
January is Boom or Bust for Liverpool

January is Boom or Bust for Liverpool

Just one month ago I wrote on this parish about my excitement for the festive period. It wasn't just the thought of excessive drinking and mounds of mince pies that made me giddy, but the possibility of Liverpool building some momentum. The Reds had just come off the back of three successive victories and I was full of confidence. "We’ve overcome our tricky set of away fixtures and are just six points off the top," I wrote. "Drink it in." …
Klopp Left with Three Options as Benteke Pressure Mounts

Klopp Left with Three Options as Benteke Pressure Mounts

Another week, another mixed set of results, another chorus of grumbling from Liverpool fans over their £32.5m striker. Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Upton Park provided the latest round of evidence in the trial of Benteke, a cloudy affair in which almost everyone employed by the club, from scouts, to former managers, to current owners, to Brazilian playmakers has been at least partially indicted. It is a trial that began when rumours of Brendan Rodgers’ interest in a brand new target …
Liverpool's Biggest Hurdle in 2016 is Impatience

Liverpool's Biggest Hurdle in 2016 is Impatience

It’s easy to look at the United fans with their radically pre-emptive Mourinho scarves, and their Sharpie covered kitchen-towl signs, and to forget that Liverpool fans can be pretty stupid too. Jurgen Klopp alluded to one element of the idiocy, or at least childish impatience, in Reds fans, when he said of Liverpool’s inconsistent performances that “of course, there are explanations for this, but nobody wants to hear these explanations”. There are swathes of football followers who you can rely …
Liverpool FC's Daytrippers and Anfield's Atmosphere

Liverpool FC's Daytrippers and Anfield's Atmosphere

They say that the atmosphere is a thing of the past these days at Anfield. That the famous twelfth man is no more. That fans in the terraces can no longer be bothered to sing or cheer the team on when their backs are against the wall. That Anfield is a silent stadium and at times the only noise you hear is coming from the away end especially on European nights or when one of the so called minnows of …
What we learnt in Liverpool's futile performance at West Ham

What we learnt in Liverpool's futile performance at West Ham

It is not how we expected to start the new year. A frustrating Liverpool performance saw West Ham finish as 2-0 victors to complete a Premier League double this season. With the early kick-off, the Reds had the chance to move up to fifth but if results go against us we could be as low as tenth come the end of play today, and possibly eight points behind fourth spot. I wasn't feeling very confident going into this game. Had …
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