Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Gambling, by its very nature, doesn't always come off. There can be no debate that Liverpool -- after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg -- gambled when they didn't sign a centre half last summer. Instead, the Reds pushed the boat out to sign Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern and planned on using Fabinho as their fourth choice centre half. Now, with long term injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez that strategy looks shortsighted, …
Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Diogo Jota's hat-trick and Liverpool's overall performance were the main talking points from the Reds' 5-0 hammering of Atalanta last Tuesday. But it shouldn't be lost in the narrative that the English champions featured four homegrown, academy produced players over the course of the 90 minutes in Bergamo. Rhys Williams slotted in comfortably at centre half next to Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones -- alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson -- was part of the midfield three and Trent Alexander started …
Understated Robertson continues superb start to the season

Understated Robertson continues superb start to the season

In years and decades to come, Liverpool supporters will look back at this phenomenal team and pick out the poster boys from it, lavishing them with love and praise. Whereas some great teams only have two or three iconic figures to bore future generations to death about, there are endless contenders in this Liverpool side. Virgil van Dijk is a defensive colossus who completely transformed the team when he arrived, with the unrivalled Alisson not too far behind in that …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
Player ratings as Liverpool succumb to Villa Park embarrassment

Player ratings as Liverpool succumb to Villa Park embarrassment

Where to start with that one? Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool. That's *SEVEN* goals for the team that escaped relegation last season due to a goal line technology error, against the Champions of England. Not sure if this puts my #ProperRed status at risk, but I laughed through that. A lot. Listen, losing big games is horrible. Losing games you deserve to win, games against rivals, close games. All rubbish stuff. Getting spanked by Aston Villa, courtesy of a hat-trick of …
Liverpool, the High Line and Perception

Liverpool, the High Line and Perception

Like it or not, perception is often more important than reality, at least in the world of football. For example, scoring a goal can see a player’s match rating jump from a 6/10 to an 8/10 and a misplaced pass that results in a big chance basically undoes all the prior good work. Liverpool are currently dealing with an unfounded narrative. The champions may have a 100% record in the Premier League but there’s a feeling they’ve been fortunate in …
Thiago and Trent Can Be Liverpool's Pillars of Creativity

Thiago and Trent Can Be Liverpool's Pillars of Creativity

The signing of Thiago Alcantara has sent a jolt of excitement throughout the Liverpool fanbase. And justifiably so, given the £20,000,000 Spaniard is indisputably among the finest midfield players in the world. Making his debut against Chelsea, the newly minted Reds number 6 broke the Premier League passes record in a single half of football with 75 after replacing Jordan Henderson at half-time in the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The preeminent passing prominence on show offered the Liverpool faithful …
Curtis Jones primed for starring role at Liverpool in 2020/21

Curtis Jones primed for starring role at Liverpool in 2020/21

It is a rare thing to see a young Scouser make the grade at Liverpool, backing up their early promise and becoming a hero to millions around the world. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most recent homegrown talent to become a star at Anfield, but it has been slim pickings for many years. For every Alexander-Arnold, there are many who aren't good enough, whether it be Jon Flanagan, Jay Spearing or Jordan Rossiter, not to mention the endless individuals who aren't …
Is Trent Alexander-Arnold a generational talent?

Is Trent Alexander-Arnold a generational talent?

Remember a few years back when Trent Alexander-Arnold had that one bad game against Manchester United? It’s the reason rival fans say the Liverpool right-back isn’t a good defender. Marcus Rashford netted twice and, if we’re being completely honest, Alexander-Arnold was flat-footed for the opener.  By no means was it entirely his fault but rivals fans needed something to latch onto and this was it. Since that day, he’s been labelled as a defensive risk. People choose to ignore his …
Kostas Tsimikas In Perfect Developmental Environment

Kostas Tsimikas In Perfect Developmental Environment

Liverpool addressed their depth issue at left-back when they completed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos on M0nday. The 24-year-old Greek international moves to Anfield for a fee in the region of £11,000,000 and will act as the understudy Andrew Robertson. Given the emphasis placed on the Reds' full-backs to create, their role is energy consuming -- more so than other areas in the team -- and having an adequate back up to Robertson -- as well as Trent …
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