Rating Liverpool's Summer Signings, Halfway Through 1st Season

Rating Liverpool's Summer Signings, Halfway Through 1st Season

The 2014 summer transfer window was certainly an eventful one. If Luis Suarez was not biting an Italian in Brazil, Mario Balotelli was being welcomed into Melwood by ice buckets of all sorts. Whilst the former opted to exit the club due to aggravating back problems due to continuously carrying the club in the 2013-14 season, the latter joined the Anfield club in a 15 million pound move that shocked the footballing world. Six months on, and we find ourselves pondering the 'ifs' …
Is 'Box' the New 'Triangle' for Liverpool? - Part 1

Is 'Box' the New 'Triangle' for Liverpool? - Part 1

In the recent weeks we have seen Liverpool implement the 3-4-2-1 formation across competitions and the formation has proved to be successful. So what has made Brendan Rodgers use the 3-4-2-1 in the last few weeks? What options has it provided us pre-game and in-game? Are there weaknesses or more appropriately ways for the opposition to get around the 3-4-2-1 employed by Rodgers? This set of two articles will try to examine few of the questions mentioned above. When Rodgers joined …
Brendan Rodgers: On Thin Ice

Brendan Rodgers: On Thin Ice

The weekend saw Liverpool's run of abject form continue, as they slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat, further extending their winless run in the Premier League. Not since an injury time own goal spared the Reds' blushes at Loftus Road on 19th October, have Liverpool recorded three points. In fact, a last gasp home win over Swansea, in the Capital One Cup, continues to be the Anfield side's only victory in the last seven - a run which has witnessed …
The Curious Case of Mario Balotelli

The Curious Case of Mario Balotelli

 “If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers. It’s the way I like to play, but Brendan asked me to play as the first striker.”
These are the words of Mr. Mario himself, back in October. Balotelli has been heavily criticised in recent months by practically everyone in football. Everyone has an opinion on Balotelli and one dominant theory is that he is just not suited to the lone striker role. He himself says …
The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

Last week, on the 'Jumpers for Goalposts' pod in one of our more serious moments, we took a look at the travails of the Liverpool defence...notice please, I specifically say 'defence', not 'back four', 'central pairing' or other, more targeted breakdown. There is a reason for this, and one that surprisingly perhaps, when having so many recent defenders among their number, the various Sky, BT, BBC and other media commentators rarely seem to address - in my old fashioned view, …
Sakho and Lovren: The Odd Couple

Sakho and Lovren: The Odd Couple

The appetite has been whetted, the summer consigned to the history books, the Premier League has assumed complete control of our consciousness - almost - alas, however; we sit in the midst of one of the most frustrating weekends of the year. Yes, international football has again stolen our weekend thunder, by rearing it's head and boring us half to death, just as we were being swept along, if not happily in all cases then certainly willingly, by the rushing …
The Flow is Back! Pass and Move, It's The Liverpool Groove

The Flow is Back! Pass and Move, It's The Liverpool Groove

It's taken a couple of games to get back into the momentum of the season. We saw some aspects of what we built up last season in the first couple of games, but only against Spurs did we see the real Liverpool. Everyone seemed to have a good feeling about Sunday, which wasn't surprising considering we now lead 12-0 on aggregate in the last three meetings. Brendan Rodgers definitely seems to have their number. The past three meetings have showcased …
Proactive vs Reactive | Liverpool's divided back four?

Proactive vs Reactive | Liverpool's divided back four?

Monday was disappointing wasn’t it? After impressing for the majority of the first half, Liverpool went in at half time 1-0 down but with justification to remain positive that we could come back into it in the second 45. However, as we all know, it wasn’t to be and after 95 minutes we had been beaten 3-1 by last years champions. Their strength and quality in depth shone through and we were given a harsh reminder of the level required …
Liverpool vs Southampton Preview plus Moreno v Bertrand Stats Comparison

Liverpool vs Southampton Preview plus Moreno v Bertrand Stats Comparison

The wait is almost over, come 1:20pm on Sunday Steven Gerrard will line up in the tunnel to lead Liverpool out on to the pitch for another season of Premier League Football. Southampton, the visitors on the opening day, have endured a tough pre-season with their manager and several key players leaving the club, with three of them heading to Anfield. Pre-Season Liverpool had a largely successful pre-season on the tour of America, reaching the final of the ICC tournament …
Liverpool's Transfer Window Shopping

Liverpool's Transfer Window Shopping

Less than a working week to go before the new season gets underway, and Liverpool have played their last two pre-season friendlies, in preparation for the big push. Games against Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and Sean Dyche's Burnley, provided Brendan Rodgers's team with their final two tests, in a summer which has taken the Reds to Ireland and the USA, via Preston, before returning to Anfield. Two victories (4-0 against Dortmund at Anfield last Sunday, and 2-1 against Burnley behind …
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