Scouting Christian Pulisic: Dortmund's Teenage Sensation

Scouting Christian Pulisic: Dortmund's Teenage Sensation

At 1-1, Dortmund’s recent failures stared them in the face. Julian Nagelsmann – the manager they’ve been pursuing as a means of ailing all their woes suffered under previous incumbents – was about to grind out a great result at the Signal Iduna Park. Hoffenheim had taken a first-half lead but the lack of attacking impetus had come back to bite them in the rear-end as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nailed an equaliser in the sixty-third minute. Then stepped up the American …
5 Players to Replace Phil Coutinho

5 Players to Replace Phil Coutinho

Thomas Lemar The man who this writer once described as being the creative force behind Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar is the man being touted as the replacement for Phillipe Coutinho. There’s a good reason Monaco’s price tag is yet to waver from the €90 million mark – that is the reflection of his importance to Leonardo Jardim’s side. Though a winger by position, Lemar’s dribbling ability and creative incision are belied by a willingness to do the hard yards, and …
Leon Goretzka: A Midfield Maestro

Leon Goretzka: A Midfield Maestro

Leon Goretzka is a familiar name to Liverpool fans now, having risen to footballing prominence during Germany's Confederations Cup campaign. But with new reports emerging of a potential transfer in January, to a Premier League club, Goretzka was one of the main points of discussion on the Euro Incision podcast, in which Bundesliga expert Jonathan Harding gave a quick profile of the coveted 22 year-old German international. You can find the Euro Incision Podcast as part of AnfieldIndex.com's subscriber content on …
Five Defenders to Fix Liverpool's Defence - #4 Jose Maria Gimenez

Five Defenders to Fix Liverpool's Defence - #4 Jose Maria Gimenez

A pair of gilt-edged centre-halves at the base, ensuring a stable last line of defence. Liverpool has seemingly needed them for an eternity. No matter the populous' opinion of Joel Matip, who harbours some concerns for the long-term, Liverpool simply must sign a centre-half of the utmost quality if they have any hope of continuing to move in an upward trajectory under Jürgen Klopp. Considering Liverpool looks set to lose midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer, come the end of …
Goretzka's Pro-Active Approach Makes Him An Ideal Signing For Liverpool

Goretzka's Pro-Active Approach Makes Him An Ideal Signing For Liverpool

There’s been a lot of rumours floating about in recent weeks and few seem to be making as much noise as Leon Goretzka to Liverpool. With 12 months remaining on his contract, the Schalke midfielder is being scouted left, right and centre as attentions slowly begin to turn to the January window. Despite securing the services of Naby Keita for the 2018 season, Jurgen Klopp’s side could do with midfield reinforcements in January, with a lack of ingenuity and creativity …
5 Defenders to Fix Liverpool's Defence - #5 Milan Skriniar

5 Defenders to Fix Liverpool's Defence - #5 Milan Skriniar

Everyone knows the rhetoric. Jürgen Klopp may be resolute in his public support for his four centre-halves, but the summer pursuit of Virgil van Dijk speaks volumes about the need for a commanding, composed centre-half to fix Liverpool’s shaky defensive problems. Come January, those problems will likely be addressed with the pursuit of a centre-half – given how often Liverpool’s manager is having to face scrutiny in the press regarding his side’s frail rear guard. Or perhaps he'll wait until …
Liverpool's Transfer Window: A Missed Opportunity

Liverpool's Transfer Window: A Missed Opportunity

What a curious transfer window; after snapping up Robertson, attempting to convince Virgil Van Dijk to join, and registering an interest in Naby Keïta, the Liverpool transfer front went silent. Then, suddenly after trouncing Arsenal, Michael Edwards and his team sprung into life, wrapping up a seemingly dead deal in securing the services of Naby Keïta for the coming season, on a bargain transfer, before moving onto Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shortly afterward. With a day to go, expectations of Lemar and …
Why the last piece of LFC's puzzle is a ball carrying midfielder

Why the last piece of LFC's puzzle is a ball carrying midfielder

Liverpool have kicked off the 2017/18 season in some style, taking seven points from a possible nine in the Premier League whilst cruising through their Champions League qualifier with surprising ease. Moreover, off the pitch, the rejection of Catalan advances on Phillipe Coutinho in conjunction with big money bids for Thomas Lemar and Naby Keita (the latter, of course, being successful) seems to indicate a refreshing, positive attitude from Liverpool's heirarchy that bodes well for the future. Liverpool, it seems, …
Welcome to Liverpool (In 2018), Naby Keita!

Welcome to Liverpool (In 2018), Naby Keita!

We've got him, he's ours. I feel like a child who has just wandered downstairs on Christmas Day, and so should you. Naby Keita is a Liverpool player. A Red. A Scouser. Admittedly, many people - myself included - hadn't heard of him this time last year. But, if a week is a long time in politics, then a year is a long time in football. Indeed, politics has played some role in the transfer, with the rare way in …
Scouting Thomas Lemar - Monaco's Creative Key

Scouting Thomas Lemar - Monaco's Creative Key

A lot goes into making a top striker succeed. Behind every great striker, there’s a creative hub. A plethora of reasons that the goals go in, a variety of different passes and angles in which a defence is stretched and manipulated so that the finisher can do what he does best – finish. Thomas Lemar made Kylian Mbappe. The man currently the subject of a ludicrous transfer to Paris St. Germain and the talk of European football – a mercurial …
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