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 …
Brilliant Brewster Destined for the Top at Liverpool

Brilliant Brewster Destined for the Top at Liverpool

Some sportsmen and sportswomen just have it, whatever 'it' is . From the moment you lay eyes on them you can see a sprinkling of stardust - an element of genius that separates them from their peers. Tiger Woods had it when he burst onto the scene, so did Roger Federer and Serena Williams, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Closer to home, it was clear within minutes of first seeing Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen that Liverpool had something special …
Bruno Fernandes could be Liverpool’s very own Bernardo Silva

Bruno Fernandes could be Liverpool’s very own Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva has crafted a reputation for himself as the opposition player every fan seems to want in their team. It’s understandable as to why this is the case. The Portuguese magician is a defensive forward. Everything Roberto Firmino is praised for, the City man does too. He’s managed to combine work rate, flair and a robustness not usually associated with players of his style into what could be described as Pep Guardiola’s perfect player.  What he does for City …
Top Of The Pile Liverpool Must Start Again

Top Of The Pile Liverpool Must Start Again

Liverpool are Champions of Europe. I still enjoy saying that. But even if it feels as though the dust has barely settled on a terrific and historic 18/19 campaign, the quest to match last season or even have a better one, in 19/20 has already begun. Even though it’s still a month until the Premier League begins in earnest, pre-season is already underway. The hard work has to start again, and nothing means anything. When the new season starts, everyone …
Tempering Title Talk At Anfield

Tempering Title Talk At Anfield

Tear your eyes away from the relentless, but a brilliant, stream of Champions League content flying out of Liverpool FC's social media and you'll quickly realise the football season is rapidly approaching. With it, and the recently renewed title of European Champion comes the weight of expectation. But where should expectations lie? Media outlets and fans have already sounded out further European and domestic success as a prerequisite. Liverpool were indeed a single game away from an unprecedented double of …
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