Alisson, Van Dijk & Keita: Liverpool’s New Game-Changing Spine

Alisson, Van Dijk & Keita: Liverpool’s New Game-Changing Spine

This time just over a year ago, imagine being told Liverpool would sign Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita in the 12 months that followed. It would have felt like the most beautiful of pipe dreams, even if Alisson wasn’t the world-renowned goalkeeper he speedily blossomed into at Roma. Great teams have great spines and Liverpool have lacked one for a rather harrowing amount of time. For too long we have had to watch the likes of Simon Mignolet, …
How Naby Keita could follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps at Liverpool

How Naby Keita could follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps at Liverpool

After 10 months and three days, Liverpool fans finally get the chance to see more and more of Naby Keita as he officially starts life as a Red. The combative Guinean international is today taking part in his first full day at Liverpool’s Melwood training facility along with the rest of the squad who are available to report to pre-season training. Fabinho, the second of two central midfield additions to the squad this summer, was alongside Keita in reporting for …
Liverpool's Triumphs, Trophies and Transfers

Liverpool's Triumphs, Trophies and Transfers

With Liverpool on the brink of European glory while being linked to half of Europe the obvious question is; how much of a boost can the Reds expect in the transfer window should they return home from Kiev with number six? Will the top talents be drawn by the possibility of playing for the European champions? Given Liverpool's pedigree, we don't have to guess, we can look at what's happened in the past. After an incredible win in Istanbul over …
Momentum - Assessing Liverpool's Domestic Progress

Momentum - Assessing Liverpool's Domestic Progress

Progress is one of the big buzzwords around Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the moment. The club has finished in the top four for the second season in a row, ensuring back to back Champions League campaigns for the first time since Rafa Benitez in 2009. Moreover, the club has backed that up by making use of their Champions League campaign, reaching the final for the first time since 2007 at the first time of asking under Klopp. But I’d argue …
The Ambition Of Liverpool's Champions League Campaign

The Ambition Of Liverpool's Champions League Campaign

In April 2009 Liverpool went to Stamford Bridge and looked for a miracle. Six days earlier the Reds led from an early goal by Fernando Torres, but it was not a strike which set the tone for the night as Guus Hiddink’s side battered us by three goals to one. The Dutchman coaxed an imperious performance from Michael Essien and, with Steven Gerrard appearing subdued as a consequence; Liverpool faced the task of overturning a two-goal lead in the second …
Goalkeepers at Liverpool, light at the end of the tunnel?

Goalkeepers at Liverpool, light at the end of the tunnel?

Speaking to Gags Tandon and Nina Kauser for this weeks episode of Media Matters for AI Pro, ex-professional goalkeeper David Preece talked about the importance of a goalkeeping coach and how they can affect the performances of a goalkeeper on the pitch.
"The relationship between the goalkeeper and their coach is very, very important. It’s much more of a personal relationship than the outfield players have with the coaches because you spend a lot more one-to-one time with them, …
Liverpool Should Fear Nobody In Search For European Cup No.6

Liverpool Should Fear Nobody In Search For European Cup No.6

Liverpool just stuffed the so-called ‘best team in Europe right now’. They didn’t fluke a win against them - in fact, the eventual 4-3 scoreline was very generous on a Man City side who actually performed quite well. It was a victory that showed exactly how far the Reds have come with Jurgen Klopp in charge, and there is a growing feeling that something special is on the horizon at Anfield. Although the Premier League title has once again evaded …
Overhauling Liverpool’s Historic Lack of Goals

Overhauling Liverpool’s Historic Lack of Goals

Over the years and certainly in the Premier League era, Liverpool fans have become accustomed to defence first football. The Liverpool of the Premier League have played football that is predominately tight, cautious, balanced and astute. There's nothing wrong with that defence first mentality, but how many league titles did it result in? None. Arguably Liverpool's most renowned managers since '00 are Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, as these two managed the club for a combined twelve years in the …
Player Ratings as Liverpool stutter at Newcastle

Player Ratings as Liverpool stutter at Newcastle

Liverpool endured another frustrating afternoon against Newcastle this time around. The Reds entered the game in poor form, having suffered a September slump that saw them thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City, draw at home to Burnley, lose 2-0 to Leicester in the Carabao Cup and only grab a point against a far inferior Spartak Moscow in the Champions League. Things looked to be heading up when Philippe Coutinho rifled in a stunning long-range strike to put the away side ahead …
Observations from Newcastle vs Liverpool Stalemate

Observations from Newcastle vs Liverpool Stalemate

Liverpool continued to struggle against well setup teams as they dropped yet another two points on the road against Rafa's Reds Magpies. Liverpool struggled to create anything against a solid, drilled defence and drifted away from the top four. Here are the key takeaways from today. End of the road for Sturridge? Bobby Firmino had struggled in the past couple of games, and hence it was not surprising that he got a breather with Sturridge re-instated into the starting lineup. …
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