Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

There were quite rightly a few eyebrows raised during Liverpool's recent Champions League victory over Ajax when Klopp decided to rotate his entire front three. Mané, Salah and Firmino were replaced by Minamino, Jota and the lesser spotted Xherdan Shaqiri in the vital 1-0 win. Both Jota and Minamino turned in bright displays, with the former continuing to impress in his early Anfield career. Yet with Shaqiri, who is seen less and less frequently even in the match day squads, …
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Ajax 0-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool made a solid start to their 2020/21 Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena. It wasn’t the most convincing of wins, with the Reds requiring a strange own-goal from Nicolas Tagliafico to win them the game. Nevertheless, after a couple of scary moments at the back, Liverpool defended quite well and came away with a much-needed clean sheet.   In goal, he was at it again. Adrian made one good save to deny Quincy Promes …
Tactical Breakdown: Ajax 0-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Ajax 0-1 Liverpool

Despite both clubs' European pedigree, the last competitive game between these two sides was played back in the time of Bill Shankly. Much has changed since then. Nonetheless, football is still football, and tactics are the gameplans employed by managers to produce a particular outcome. These gameplans are often the product of the manager's philosophy, the players available to them and the opposition team, all of which characterised both manager's setups on Wednesday night. Liverpool set up in their usual …
Klopp praises Fabinho and Joe Gomez central defensive partnership after win at Ajax

Klopp praises Fabinho and Joe Gomez central defensive partnership after win at Ajax

Liverpool got their Champions League campaign off to a great start thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Ajax with Fabinho and Joe Gomez forming a solid partnership in central defence. Fabinho had a particularly good game at centre-half while Joe Gomez also showed a marked improvement in his level of performance. This could be the regular defensive pairing Jürgen Klopp opts for now with Virgil van Dijk gone for the rest of the season. Nicolás Tagliafico's own-goal in …
Will this be Liverpool's starting lineup against Ajax tonight?

Will this be Liverpool's starting lineup against Ajax tonight?

Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign tonight away to Ajax. Let's have a look at the likely starting lineup Jürgen Klopp may go with. By now, all Reds fans are aware that we are likely to be without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season. Currently, Liverpool are also missing Alisson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Both are progressing in their rehabilitation but are still a few weeks away from full fitness. Neither Thiago Alcântara nor Joël Matip travelled to …
Klopp's thoughts on Champions League draw as Reds land

Klopp's thoughts on Champions League draw as Reds land "real football" group

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp gave his thoughts on The Reds' "intense" Champions League group. On Thursday afternoon, the draw was made for the group stage of this season's premier European competition. Liverpool - one of the top-seeded teams - were drawn alongside Dutch giants Ajax, Serie A's most-improved team Atalanta and Danish club FC Midtjylland. Speaking after the event, Klopp admitted to being pleased about the travel requirements and looking forward to an "intense" group where all teams play "real …
Liverpool Could See Ideal Player In Blind

Liverpool Could See Ideal Player In Blind

As football has hit the corona-virus induced pause button, the whirling world of transfer rumours shows no sign of slowing down. And despite the Bundesliga CEO, Christian Seifert, warning that the summer transfer window could collapse with the financial perils of the sports hiatus financially hamstringing clubs capabilities to spend big in the market, the likes of Liverpool -- who announced record profits, £42M, for the last financial year -- still have the means to land their targets. Although the …
Eredivisie wonderkid is the perfect forward for Liverpool

Eredivisie wonderkid is the perfect forward for Liverpool

Ajax lit up the Champions League last season, dismantling the very best before crashing out dramatically in the semi-final. They managed to keep hold of the majority of that team, only losing Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt when many thought they'd be gutted. Yet despite this, they're already old news with all eyes firmly fixed on rivals PSV Eindhoven. Mark Van Bommel's side are joint-top of the Eredivisie alongside Ajax on 17 points after seven matches this term. …
Liverpool should return to sign La Liga starlet

Liverpool should return to sign La Liga starlet

In football, rejection often closes that particular chapter. Clubs won't continue to their pursuit if a player has made it clear they aren't keen on the move. Sometimes it's to do with pride. Other times it's because the world of football moves fast and teams can't wait around on the off chance a mind is changed. Liverpool, however, are one of the few teams who seem to leave the door slightly ajar if a move doesn't materialise first-time around. Countless …
Liverpool's Money Factory

Liverpool's Money Factory

Liverpool sold academy striker Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina after the Serie A side made an offer to sign the 18-year-old permanently. The Reds will reputedly pocket €2million upfront with a 20% sell-on fee for the former Manchester City underage player. Duncan wasn't the only player out the Anfield exit door on European Transfer Deadline Day. Ryan Kent joined Rangers -- who he spent last season on loan at -- for a fee in the region of £7,000,000. The English duo's …