Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 4-0 Wolves

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 4-0 Wolves

It's December, and that means I can get my Nuno Espirito Santa joke out once more. But the greatest present at Anfield on Sunday night was the presence of fans in the stadium. The Premier League champions, shorn of home support since March, finally had the adulation they deserved. Despite only 2000 fans being allowed back into Anfield, this was more than enough of a crowd to spur Jürgen Klopp's men into producing a display worthy of a crowd, and …
Who is Gleison Bremer and why are Liverpool interested?

Who is Gleison Bremer and why are Liverpool interested?

Liverpool might resist the temptation to go shopping in January. A centre-back tops the wishlist for most supporters with neither Joe Gomez or Virgil van Dijk expected to be seen again this season. But the club don’t always do what you expect. For example, they didn’t make a move for another defender after failing to land Van Dijk during the summer of 2017. Instead, they waited for the winter window and then stumped up £75million to land their number one …
Jurgen Klopp and Five Substitutions

Jurgen Klopp and Five Substitutions

You know when you’re ordering a takeaway and you add on some last-minute spare ribs or something? They’re a nice little option, but it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t eat them. However, if someone said you can’t order them as you don’t eat them all, you’d be annoyed, I reckon. Well, I would anyway.  Anyway, that is how I think Jurgen Klopp views the five substitute situation. Just because he wants the option doesn’t mean he …
Curtis Jones A Liverpool Star In The Making

Curtis Jones A Liverpool Star In The Making

Jurgen Klopp's plans have been hampered by injuries this season. At the time of writing, Liverpool have ten first-team players missing with injuries. The midfield -- where Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, and James Milner are all injury absences -- has been particularly afflicted by set-backs. But with misfortune for some comes opportunities for others. Curtis Jones, who only made six appearances in all competitions last season, has taken his chance in the team with both …
Liverpool 4-0 Wolves: Player Ratings from commanding Reds win as fans return to Anfield

Liverpool 4-0 Wolves: Player Ratings from commanding Reds win as fans return to Anfield

Liverpool beat Wolves 4-0 in the Premier League, as fans made their return to Anfield, for the first time in nine months. The 2000 that were inside the Reds' fortress saw a dominant display. The Reds got some help for the first goal, as Conor Coady miscontrolled a long ball from Jordan Henderson, for Mohamed Salah to pounce and belt a finish past Rui Patricio. Henderson got himself an assist for the second Liverpool goal on the night, after he …
Trent Alexander Arnold Return To Reignite Liverpool Attacking Verve

Trent Alexander Arnold Return To Reignite Liverpool Attacking Verve

Trent Alexander Arnold and Naby Keita this week returned to full team training after missing a number of recent games with injury issues. Manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-game press conference that the Liverpool pair will both be in contention for the Reds' Premier League home clash against Wolves on Sunday evening at Anfield. Both players return represents a huge boost for an injury-depleted squad, and -- in the case of Alexander Arnold -- bring back an attacking incision …
Colossal Wijnaldum an early contender for Liverpool's Player of the Year

Colossal Wijnaldum an early contender for Liverpool's Player of the Year

Liverpool are suffering an injury crisis like never before, with the footballing Gods seemingly furious about them winning the Premier League title at long last. Just when the Reds look primed to seal back-to-back crowns, a mixture of fitness woes and inexplicable VAR decisions are doing their best to halt their progress. Jurgen Klopp has almost an entire starting XI out injured currently, with matches coming thick and fast and young quintet Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams, Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams …
Liverpool Academy Efficiency Highlighted in Ajax Win

Liverpool Academy Efficiency Highlighted in Ajax Win

With justification, Ajax are considered one of the best talent producing clubs in world football. Footballing luminaries such as Johan Cruijff, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and Wesley Sneijder, among many others, have cut their footballing teeth in the Amsterdam club's academy system. But in Liverpool's 1-0 Champions League victory over Ajax last Tuesday, it was the Merseyside club's homegrown players who stood up and tilted the game in the favour of the Anfield team. Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones and …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

After last week's home defeat to Atalanta - Liverpool's twelfth loss at Anfield in the European Cup/Champions League - Group D was suddenly fraught with unexpected possibilities. Jürgen Klopp's men, amidst a biblical injury crisis, needed to settle their European affairs as soon as possible, but given the nature of recent performances and the strength of Ajax, victory was by no means a foregone conclusion. The Reds set up in a 4-3-3, with Salah and Mané flanking Jota, in place …
Why Klopp opted for Kelleher over Adrian

Why Klopp opted for Kelleher over Adrian

A few weeks back now, Jamie Carragher analysed what has happened to Liverpool’s defensive line since Virgil van Dijk’s injury on Monday Night Football. There was a belief that without the Dutchman, the Reds would retreat a little. There have been subtle tweaks but these haven’t been anywhere near as drastic as many had expected.  In his feature, Carragher talked about the backline’s preemptive positioning. Without the recovery pace of Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Liverpool have stopped trying to …
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