Job Done - Observations from Liverpool's 3-0 win against Exeter

Job Done - Observations from Liverpool's 3-0 win against Exeter

It could have been tricky. It wasn't. It could have been embarrassing. It wasn't. Liverpool got the job done against Exeter to set up a tie with West Ham at Anfield in the next round of the FA Cup. After Sunday's defeat to United, it was important for the Reds to register a win in front of the home fans and the young side Klopp put out, duly delivered. There were plenty of positives to be taken away from the …
Joe Allen - Does He Deserve More Playing Time?

Joe Allen - Does He Deserve More Playing Time?

In many ways, he was the face of the Brendan Rodgers era. A 15 million pound signing from Rodgers's former club in his very first transfer window in charge, Joe Allen was expected to be the man who took some of the burden off Stevie Gerrard, as Liverpool embarked on a new era. But after 110 appearances for the club, it is safe to say that Allen has, by no means, justified his price tag or the expectations that Rodgers …
Jekyll and Hyde Reds grab a draw against Arsenal

Jekyll and Hyde Reds grab a draw against Arsenal

Liverpool fans witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly in Wednesday night's 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Anfield. A Roberto Firmino and Emre Can inspired first-half saw the Reds take the lead twice before being pegged back by defensive errors. After Arsenal took the lead early in the second-half due to a well taken Oliver Giroud goal, it looked like the Gunners would dig in and see the game out for victory. But it was the unlikeliest of goalscorers, …
Rise of “Die Maschine”: Consistency, Leadership, and Emre Can

Rise of “Die Maschine”: Consistency, Leadership, and Emre Can

I remember it well. The final game of a legend, of a man that had exemplified what it meant to wear the Red on Red kit for a generation and embodied the spirit and mystique of Liverpool Football Club for a certain, young American fan discovering this wild world of English football for the first time. Stevie G was an anchor in a hectic world of managerial changes, misguided transfers and general club upheaval and now it was his time …
Liverpool: All I Want For Christmas Is...

Liverpool: All I Want For Christmas Is...

Had some feedback recently on AI that articles should be more positive, well after last weekend's exploits being positive is going to be very difficult, after what can only be described as a turgid, error ridden team performance by the team, where in my opinion nobody wearing red came out with any credit. Trying to put a positive slant on matters, I still believe if we can get Daniel Sturridge fit (and this is a big if) and get him …
In From The Fringes - Joe Allen

In From The Fringes - Joe Allen

"You'd think he was a Spanish player, a real European player. I would have paid many more millions for this kid,"- Brendan Rodgers on signing Joe Allen
Once described as the Welsh Xavi, Joe Allen is one of a few players to see their chances diminished since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp. Although Allen has failed to light the Kop on fire since his £15 million move from Swansea, he has proven himself to be a good hand when needed …
Liverpool's Midfield - The Heart of the Team, in Need of a Defibrillator!

Liverpool's Midfield - The Heart of the Team, in Need of a Defibrillator!

Editor's note: This article was written prior to Liverpool's win against Manchester City at Etihad on Saturday I've always believed that the competitive games are won and lost, by the battle in midfield. It's the area of a team so influential to the style, tempo, control and competitiveness of a team. A good midfield will win you games no doubt, but a truly great one wins titles and tournaments. Attacking players will always command the highest transfer fees in world …
Joe Allen: From Xavi to Iniesta

Joe Allen: From Xavi to Iniesta

Pirlo hair. Alonso beard. Welcome to the 5ft 6 enigma that is Joe Allen. Arriving at Liverpool FC three years ago, he was hailed as our catalyst for the tiki-taka, death-by-football programme. Now, he is viewed with – at best – indifference or – at worst – contempt. What happened? Over the last three seasons a culmination of injuries, squad rotations and changes in playing style left Allen both short of game-time and a clear idea of what was demanded …
Liverpool’s forgotten man in the middle - Joe Allen

Liverpool’s forgotten man in the middle - Joe Allen

Joe Allen was always going to face an uphill battle ever since Brendan Rodgers labelled him “the Welsh Xavi” on the now infamous ‘Being Liverpool’ mockumentary documentary. Motor-mouth Rodgers clearly didn’t help Allen with such fanciful comparisons, but it’s another quote from his international manager, Chris Coleman, which underlines his qualities. “Joe is a great player. He's so important to the way we want to play – stopping attacks, linking our defensive play, linking to forwards. "He's so intelligent, incredibly …
Do Liverpool Have Squad Depth in Midfield?

Do Liverpool Have Squad Depth in Midfield?

Much has been made this summer about Liverpool buying in bulk again. Many fans believe we now have the numbers to compete in the many competitions we'll be involved in this coming season. The question is however not 'if' Liverpool have the numbers but whether they've got the requisite quality? After all, numbers don't always indicate quality, do they? With that in mind myself and two others, Tom Dowan and John O'Sullivan, have decided to take a look at the …
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