Why LFC need Naby Keïta more than Van Dijk

Why LFC need Naby Keïta more than Van Dijk

Liverpool FC, since the departure of Rafael Benitez, has struggled defensively. Indeed, the last time the team conceded less than 40 goals in a league season was in the 2009/10 season, in which Liverpool conceded 35 goals. Since then, Liverpool have conceded 44 (2010/11), 40 (2011/12), 43 (2012/13), 50 (2013/14), 48 (2014/15), 50 (2015/16) and 42 (2016/17). In that period, Liverpool has had Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Kelly, Coates, Toure, Lovren, Matip, Klavan and others who have all played at centre-back. …
Liverpool FC sweep Sydney FC in Australia friendly

Liverpool FC sweep Sydney FC in Australia friendly

Pre-Match Preamble
"We have three pundits in the team...but we are here to play football." - Jurgen Klopp
Cheery as ever, that was the message from Liverpool's manager before the game. After navigating through the exciting turbulence of a top 4 chase, Liverpool Football Club faced the turbulence of the two-legged journey from Heathrow to Sydney. With a celebratory stopover in South East Asia, you would have to wonder which of the two Klopp and his men really prefer after …
How do Liverpool compare to previous 2nd place finishes?

How do Liverpool compare to previous 2nd place finishes?

Liverpool’s form has picked up, the team seem to be gelling, and there’s a lot of belief among the Anfield faithful that something very special could be upon us and our beloved Reds. This I expect. What I didn’t expect, however, was for neutrals and bookies to be quite so on board as well. Last I checked, we ranked at 5/1 for the title, second only to Manchester City and at around half the odds of Arsenal and Man Utd. …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Burton

Observations from Liverpool's win against Burton

Jurgen Klopp named an almost first-choice Liverpool XI for the trip to Burton. After the defeat to Burnley it was a chance for the Reds to boost their confidence, build up fitness, familiarise themselves with Klopp's demands and score a few goals ahead of the big game away to Spurs this weekend. It was almost perfect. A comfortable 5-0 win, plenty of encouraging signs all around as Liverpool got back on track but knocks to Roberto Firmino and Emre Can …
Liverpool's Defence: The Lost Art Of Keeping A Clean Sheet

Liverpool's Defence: The Lost Art Of Keeping A Clean Sheet

…And Liverpool’s right centre back conundrum. Ever since the halcyon days of Jamie Carragher’s partnerships with Sami Hyypia and Daniel Agger Liverpool fans haven’t witnessed a truly balance centre half pairing at Anfield. We’ve seen Skrtel, Kolo and a selection of left sided centre halves trying to fill the void at right centre back. The club’s transfer committee and last two managers have bought in a growing list of specialist left sided centre backs. Sakho, no doubt the club’s best …
Daniel Agger - The Great Dane

Daniel Agger - The Great Dane

When the news broke last week that Daniel Agger was going to retire aged just 31, I was devastated. Here stands a player, who was a personal hero of mine, so cruelly robbed of what could have been the finest of careers, due to the failings of his body. It's a narrative of the nearly moments, of wondering what quite could have been, for one of the most talented defensive players the club has signed this century. Whenever anyone discusses …
Liverpool 2008/09 - So Close...

Liverpool 2008/09 - So Close...

How Things Are Different eras connect with different people.  Based upon what was going on in your life at the time - where you lived, who you were dating, where your career was at - you may have so many memories about a period that is simply trivial to others. To this day, if I hear a track from Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie...” album it takes me right back.  It was the first time I fell in love with music, …
No Value for money? The January transfer myth

No Value for money? The January transfer myth

Unicorns. Myth. Loch Ness Monster. Myth. Bigfoot. Myth. My girlfriend saying she'll only go in one shop. Myth. No value in the January transfer window. Myth. All are spoken about as though they're fact when in reality they're no more than myths. Of course you can find the odd bit of evidence to support these claims, "Sam remember that time over Christmas 2012 when I went into the first shop and bought that coat", "Remember when we signed Andy Carroll …
Square Pegs in Round Holes for Klopp?

Square Pegs in Round Holes for Klopp?

One of the biggest issues that Klopp faces this season is how to fit in all of his best players into the team; his philosophy requires width, pace, penetration and a strong four-man defence, he also likes to employ a 4-2-3-1 formation that allows for quick counter-attacks with width, and offers rigidity and solidity when defending. However, four of his best players - Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge & Benteke - cannot all fit into this 4-2-3-1 system without compromising some of …
Where has Liverpool's fight gone?

Where has Liverpool's fight gone?

May, 2005, 49 minutes past 11 was the first time in my life I cried at a game of football on television. Being 7 years old, it was the first time I was of conscious mind when my beloved Liverpool got their hands on some silverware, and better yet, the 5th European Cup. Doesn’t get much better for your first time! More to my point, I also remember how cold I was in my grandmother’s sitting room, sipping on a …
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