Exit This Way: Spending Over, Awaiting Departures

Exit This Way: Spending Over, Awaiting Departures

Christian Benteke's arrival brings total newcomers to seven and expenditure to £69.8 million. It makes for a crowded dressing room, but with August almost upon us and spending completed, Liverpool desperately need a clean-out. They're often messy. Just as contracts give clubs great platforms when selling, players can equally sit back and run down lucrative contracts on the bench. Some deluded, (cough Fabio Borini), others intelligently greedy (cough Glen Johnson) or some just serially absent (no cough needed), whatever the …
Brendan Continues Dribble To Media Even As Another Manager Outwits Him

Brendan Continues Dribble To Media Even As Another Manager Outwits Him

‘But the players have fought and given everything that they possibly can. Hopefully in the summer we can add that quality that the group clearly needs and look to take the opportunity next year." These were Brendan Rodgers’ words after the loss to Crystal Palace on the occasion of Gerrard’s last Anfield match. For the umpteenth time he was not questioned on how his team was outrun and outfought by a lower table team. Nothing about how he and his …
The Jordan Henderson Dilemma

The Jordan Henderson Dilemma

Jordan Henderson's Liverpool career is a real Cinderella story. From being offered as a makeweight in the Clint Dempsey deal to becoming the captain in waiting within a matter of three seasons. It just goes to show how things change in football so quickly. Add to the fact he's now got an impressive beard coming along nicely and an appearance in the Nivea Ad I fully expect Disney to be on the phone to him soon asking for the rights …
Jordan Henderson - The unsung hero

Jordan Henderson - The unsung hero

When you think of the greatest Liverpool midfielders, Jordan Henderson’s name doesn’t roll off your tongue. ‘Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, Jordan Henderson…’ it just doesn’t sound quite right. However, the England international wears the armband on a regular basis for the Reds now and to be a captain of Liverpool Football Club; you have to have certain qualities. ‘Hendo’ became a popular youngster during his time at Sunderland and attracted the attention of the leading Premiership clubs with …
Liverpool's 3-4-3 – Just how ‘radical’ is it?

Liverpool's 3-4-3 – Just how ‘radical’ is it?

Liverpool’s ‘new’ 3-4-2-1 formation has been widely acclaimed by pundits, fans and the media alike. Brendan Rodgers has been, rightly, praised for his brave decision to make such a ‘radical’ change at such an important stage in Liverpool’s season. There have been a number of articles focusing on the new formation; recently the excellent @SamMcGuire90 theorised that Liverpool’s upturn in form was due to the player’s employed in keys position’s in the system rather than the system itself. The theory …
The Case for the Liverpool Defence Part 2: ‘Midfield and Beyond’

The Case for the Liverpool Defence Part 2: ‘Midfield and Beyond’

In Part I, I looked at the individual members of the back ‘5’ (including the GK), and the most likely rotational or still to return individuals, each with their own pluses and minuses. In Part II, I want to look at the midfield options and striker responsibilities relative to defence, the overall strategy and tactics employed (the two are not the same) and how the gears of overall defence do – and often don’t – mesh. Liverpool essentially have six …
In-Depth Analysis: What’s Wrong with Liverpool FC this Season?

In-Depth Analysis: What’s Wrong with Liverpool FC this Season?

What a difference a summer break makes. Brendan Rodgers had Liverpool playing some of the best attacking football the Premier League had ever seen during the latter stages of last season, but now the Northern Irishman is facing question marks over his credentials and player signing policy. Seemingly, Liverpool have morphed into an ugly duckling version of themselves. A version of themselves that cannot break down supposedly weaker teams, a version of themselves that relies on individuals rather than the …
A Pause For Thought | What Liverpool FC and the Supporters Need To Do

A Pause For Thought | What Liverpool FC and the Supporters Need To Do

Unwelcome though international breaks usually are for many Liverpool supporters, this time may be different. While it may be argued that  the momentum of a much welcome win against West Brom may be lost as a result of the break, this will be more than offset by the benefits of recuperation time and hopefully a return to fitness of, in particular, Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen, together with Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho. Another benefit is that this hiatus allows …
Liverpool FC: A Case For The Defence?

Liverpool FC: A Case For The Defence?

Why Always Him? The Gerrard Compromise

Why Always Him? The Gerrard Compromise

Sooner or later it always comes back to Steven; at least that’s how it’s seemed for Liverpool’s talismanic captain throughout the last decade. Whilst owners, managers and talented colleagues from all corners of the globe have come and gone, Gerrard has remained. An unrelenting red spirit, albeit an inevitably waning force. At 34yrs old Gerrard has enjoyed a superb club career for Liverpool, frequently lifting those around him with a drive and determination to succeed at any cost. Throughout the …
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