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. …
Newcastle United 1 - 1 Liverpool: Rafa rumbles Reds

Newcastle United 1 - 1 Liverpool: Rafa rumbles Reds

The Details Date: 1/10/2017 Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle Background Finally, Liverpool had the opportunity to put September behind them. One win in all competitions during the last month made for deflating viewing for Liverpool fans. However, the performances were there. The Reds were controlling most games but just struggling to make that dominance count. Would October see a change in that trend? Let's hope so. Today, we saw the final game before the international break. Liverpool travelled northeast for …
Newcastle United v Liverpool Preview - Another Reds & Rafa Reunion

Newcastle United v Liverpool Preview - Another Reds & Rafa Reunion

The Details Venue - St. James’ Park, Newcastle Referee - Craig Pawson Date & Time - Sunday, October 1st 2017 @ 16:30 BST Current Odds - Newcastle 4/1, Draw 14/5, Liverpool 4/6 Form Newcastle are in a very respectable ninth position after six games. The defeat at Brighton last Sunday brought a halt to their three-game winning streak. They've scored six and conceded a miserly five goals in those six games. Liverpool, on the other hand, have scored twelve and …
Why LFC need Naby Keïta more than Van Dijk

Why LFC need Naby Keïta more than Van Dijk

Liverpool FC, since the departure of Rafael Benitez, has struggled defensively. Indeed, the last time the team conceded less than 40 goals in a league season was in the 2009/10 season, in which Liverpool conceded 35 goals. Since then, Liverpool have conceded 44 (2010/11), 40 (2011/12), 43 (2012/13), 50 (2013/14), 48 (2014/15), 50 (2015/16) and 42 (2016/17). In that period, Liverpool has had Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Kelly, Coates, Toure, Lovren, Matip, Klavan and others who have all played at centre-back. …
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