Why Liverpool should sign Dele Alli

Why Liverpool should sign Dele Alli

In all honesty, Dele Alli should already be a Liverpool player and had Steven Gerrard been a little more punctual then he would be. Before Alli had even held talks with Tottenham, the Reds made their move to land him. Brendan Rodgers had talks with MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and a package was being worked out to secure the services of the teenage star. As Alli revealed during an appearance on Football Focus a couple of years back, the …
Klopp's Still Got an Ace Up his Sleeve

Klopp's Still Got an Ace Up his Sleeve

It’s cliché to say it. It really is. “Player (x) returning from injury, he’s practically a new signing!” It’s tired, it’s worn out, it’s ostensibly untrue and it’s essentially trying to justify, rightly or wrongly, inactivity. Yet, it sort of does feel like Naby Keita is a whole new signing. Not in the conventional sense, because Liverpool fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Naby Keita for a long, long time. Since he was first announced – a season …
Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days. Forget the 100 per cent start to the new league season, this is the period where the bulk of Jurgen Klopp's squad will be put through the wringer. The European champions will barely have an opportunity to breathe once the team are reunited following the international break and the return to club football. Questions were raised over the manager's decision to not dip into the transfer market for fresh ammunition, and this will be the period …
Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

The 4-1 dismantling of Norwich City or the Super Cup triumph over Chelsea should be the highlight of the two weeks old 2019/20 campaign but the biggest positive so far arrived in the 2-1 victory against Southampton.  No, it wasn’t Sadio Mane continuing his destructive 2019 with a goal and an assist. It wasn’t Roberto Firmino opening his account for the campaign just days after coming off the bench to change the game against Frank Lampard’s side in Istanbul.  It …
Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain loved being back in action at St Mary's

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain loved being back in action at St Mary's

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted to make his first Premier League start in 14 months against Southampton on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp selected Oxlade-Chamberlain as part of his midfield trio, alongside Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner. This was after The Reds had endured a tough week of travelling to and from Turkey as well as the 120 minutes of UEFA Super Cup action in between those plane journeys. Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the game, Oxlade-Chamberlain commented on all the small …
Shaqiri To Add Midfield Attacking Thrust

Shaqiri To Add Midfield Attacking Thrust

The team Jurgen Klopp named to face Lyon in Geneva on Wednesday evening was interesting for a number of reasons. Not only were Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker given also starts much quicker than anticipated following their return to pre-season from their extended, post-international tournament breaks, but the midfield selection and composition was also a talking point. Klopp elected to select Adam Lallana as the deepest midfielder, a role he has been learning on the fly this summer, …
Match Report: City Triumph in Wembley Shootout over Liverpool

Match Report: City Triumph in Wembley Shootout over Liverpool

A Gabriel Jesus penalty condemned Liverpool to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City at Wembley. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Joel Matip saw normal time finish 1-1 in an entertaining game, but one in which Liverpool could justifiably think that Lady Luck evaded them. In the second half, in particular, Liverpool -- with Mohamed Salah to the fore --  peppered Manchester City's goal with shots, but a combination of the goal frame, Kyle Walker acrobatics and Claudio Bravo …
Pre Season Selections Give Hints To Pecking Order

Pre Season Selections Give Hints To Pecking Order

Liverpool continued their lacklustre pre-season with a 3-0 defeat to Napoli at the home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield, yesterday. The performance, as had been the case in the previous three games on the summer tour of the United States -- against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP -- was poor, as the Reds looked disjointed in both attack and defence. The European Champions depart for Evian, France for a training camp this Monday, and manager Jurgen Klopp has promised that …
Outside The Box Option Can Provide Wing Depth

Outside The Box Option Can Provide Wing Depth

Liverpool fell to yet another pre-season defeat on Sunday as they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium. The performance was anaemic and sloppy and the Reds made a team who are two weeks behind them in preparations for the new season look far sharper and fluent. An interesting element of the line-up Jurgen Klopp started the game with was his use of Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the wide players -- sandwiching Divock …
Expectations vs Reality: What does the season hold for Liverpool?

Expectations vs Reality: What does the season hold for Liverpool?

To say that last season was one that exceeded expectations would be unfair, but to look back at the levels of performance and consistency Liverpool achieved is remarkable. It felt like a title challenge was just around the corner under Klopp, but to do so well, amassing 97 points and losing just once and still missing out, was a huge achievement in itself. The levels of consistency that Liverpool showed were remarkable, and their efforts were rightly rewarded with silverware …
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