Filling Fabinho's shoes - how will Liverpool cope?

Filling Fabinho's shoes - how will Liverpool cope?

It was arguably the most frustrating aspect of the irritating 1-1 draw with Napoli in the latest Champions League - Fabinho picking up a fairly serious ankle injury. The Brazilian midfield linchpin has been one of the standout performers for Liverpool since the mid-point of last season, and his influence on the side has grown so much so that he's arguably the first name on many fans' teamsheet. So seeing him hobble off after just 19 minutes against Napoli was …
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool 2-1 Brighton: Who Was Man of the Match?

I’m getting mighty tired of these nail-biters. One regular day of Barclays, that’s all I ask for. Right now, it doesn’t look as if it will happen. Despite that, with Leicester still to play, the Reds are a massive 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League with 14 games played. Despite the best efforts of Alisson and Martin Atkinson, we held on to clinch another 3 points. It was a real moment of madness from our Brazilian …
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton: Player Ratings as Reds go 11 points clear

Liverpool 2-1 Brighton: Player Ratings as Reds go 11 points clear

Someone needs to go tell these Liverpool players that it is possible to win games by a scoreline other than 2-1. It was, though, another massive win in the Premier League for the Reds, as Brighton were seen off at Anfield, thanks to Virgil van Dijk's first-half brace. Alisson Becker's red card and Lewis Dunk's goal made it a nervy final few minutes. Here's how each player fared Alisson Becker - 4/10 He made a couple of decent saves but …
Resolute Liverpool Stretch Lead At Apex Of Premier League Table

Resolute Liverpool Stretch Lead At Apex Of Premier League Table

A brace of headers from Virgil van Dijk saw Liverpool open an 11 point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win over Brighton at Anfield. The Reds went into the game knowing that a victory would open a sizeable 11 point margin over Manchester City, as former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey's late strike condemned Pep Guardiola's men to a 2-2 draw away to Newcastle United. Lead by their talisman centre half, who nodded in …
Liverpool 1-1 Napoli: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-1 Napoli: A Tactical Breakdown

Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli are a formidable force. Last season, they were an Alisson save away from knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League in the group stages. They were also one of the few teams to utterly outplay Liverpool over the course of last season, as they won 1-0 at the San Paolo stadium, a result that was rather kind to Liverpool. Both Liverpool and Napoli entered this game not quite at their best level, with Napoli enduring issues off …
Liverpool 1-1 Napoli: Observations as Reds made to wait for qualification

Liverpool 1-1 Napoli: Observations as Reds made to wait for qualification

In frustratingly typical fashion, Liverpool are doing it the hard way. The holders must navigate their way through what promises to be a nervy decider in Salzburg after a missed opportunity on home soil. The chance to rest players, with progression as group winners secured, in the midst of a gruelling succession of fixtures would have been a godsend for Jurgen Klopp. But it was a tame performance against Napoli, who increasingly have the feel of a bogey team, and …
Player ratings as Liverpool miss out against Napoli

Player ratings as Liverpool miss out against Napoli

Liverpool are left needing to do a job in Austria on Matchday Six after only managing a draw at home to Napoli on Wednesday evening. With Virgil van Dijk left on the floor, hurt in the centre of the pitch, Dejan Lovren was left to defend a two-on-one as Dries Mertens fired the Italian side ahead. Lovren was the one to pull the Reds level with a second-half header, that was all it to be though as Klopp's men failed …
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Why do teams even bother scoring against us anymore? They know they’re going to lose either way, just save yourselves the late heartbreak and leave our sheet clean. More drama for the Reds as they left it until the last few minutes yet again to take all 3 points. It was a very unconvincing performance, perhaps unsurprisingly after an international break on an historically tough ground, while also being without Mohamed Salah. I don’t think many of us can take …
Oxlade-Chamberlain vs. Palace: To Start or Not to Start?

Oxlade-Chamberlain vs. Palace: To Start or Not to Start?

What did you learn from the international break? Very little, right? The absence of domestic football left a gaping void, forcing us to actually do other things with our lives and perhaps even contemplate watching England play. If there's one thing that the last week or so has taught us, it's that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a formidable footballer and a gem of a character. The 26-year-old scored and assisted for England, against Montenegro and Kosovo respectively, further suggesting he will …
Liverpool's Lallana Experiment Sets Positive Precedent

Liverpool's Lallana Experiment Sets Positive Precedent

Jurgen Klopp raised a few eyebrows with his team selection for Liverpool's recent Premier League victory away to Aston Villa. With Fabinho walking a suspension tightrope ahead of this coming weekend's top of the table clash with Manchester  City, the Brazilian sat the game out. In his stead, most assumed that Jordan Henderson -- who played the number 6 role for two and a half season's under Klopp -- would slot in. However, in a move that surprised all Liverpool …
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