Taking Risks Key to Liverpool's Success This Season

Taking Risks Key to Liverpool's Success This Season

Liverpool’s start to their 2016/17 Premier League campaign has, with pinpoint accuracy, summed up what fans have come to expect from Jurgen Klopp’s reds – inconsistency. A breath-taking attacking performance that was enough to see off top four rivals Arsenal was followed by a toothless display away at Burley and, unfortunately, it is from the latter fixture that most lessons can be learnt. Liverpool’s defeat at Turf Moor highlighted the importance of a back-up strategy. Against Arsenal, Klopp’s favoured gegen-pressing …
Can the Attack Fire Liverpool into the Top 4?

Can the Attack Fire Liverpool into the Top 4?

The Liverpool Echo, more specifically James Pearce, recently published an article informing Liverpool fans that Jurgen Klopp no longer had an interest in Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze and he was happy with his attacking options moving forward into the new season. Given the Reds were looking to bring in Monaco's Kylian Mbappe and Rennes' Ousmane Dembele it does strike me as odd that after only one attacking signing coming in so far this Summer in Sadio Mane, and with Jordon …
DoF Fantasy Series Part 4: Premier League Restricted

DoF Fantasy Series Part 4: Premier League Restricted

We’ve all been screaming, sighing, boiling, enraged, agonized, infuriated, and outraged at the thought of buying Premier League proven players rather than vying for the rising talents of Europe, and rightly so, because there’s not such thing as Premier League proven players when statistically there’s been no difference between the performance of a player that arrives from a different country as to players who’ve had experience in English football. But to be the devil’s advocate, I’m going to try and …
Emre Can, a risk worth taking?

Emre Can, a risk worth taking?

Less than a month ago, Liverpool had beaten Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in one of the most spectacular games in recent memory. Subsequently, Liverpool became favourites to win the Europa League and secure a Champions League spot, under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp. The following two league victories, against Bournemouth and Everton, led many to believe that Liverpool would coast their way through the remaining league games and Europa League semi-final matches without the injured Emre Can; but horrorshow displays against …
Fan Media vs Mainstream Media - The Shaky Head Journalist

Fan Media vs Mainstream Media - The Shaky Head Journalist

It's not often you get chance to compare football  with wrestling without it being a stretch but now feels appropriate. The mid 90's saw the emergence of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), a wrestling company intent on taking on the already established World Wrestling Federation (WWF now known as WWE). Ted Turner, founder of CNN, had an idea. He didn't want to share the market with WWF, he wanted to own the market. Eric Bischoff went about making it a reality. …
Ibe-lieve in Jordon!

Ibe-lieve in Jordon!

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath
 Liverpool’s victory against Bournemouth in the Capital one cup was the turning point for one of England's brightest stars Jordon Ibe. Not every turning point requires two assists and a hat trick. Some turning points can be subtle differences in the decisions a player makes when he’s feeling confident. The first ten minutes of the …
The Importance of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool

The Importance of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool

It’s often said that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That statement will certainly ring true with Brendan Rodgers, who is likely to be without his captain Jordan Henderson for a while after the midfielder travelled stateside to seek assistance with a heel injury. Liverpool’s captain has already missed three games and following recent results his stock has arguably never been higher. Liverpool took maximum points from the two games that Henderson started this season. In his …
The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same for Liverpool FC

The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same for Liverpool FC

Seven points from three games represented an excellent start to the new season for Liverpool Football Club and, its embattled manager, Brendan Rodgers. A battling if blunt display against Stoke, followed by an unconvincing showing against Bournemouth had delivered 6 points from 6, before the Reds turned in an impressive display away at the Emirates. Things were looking decent-ish, at least in terms of results, and the performances seemed to be improving. Step forward West Ham at Anfield! Saturday's absolute …
Four New Things At Liverpool's Anfield Opener

Four New Things At Liverpool's Anfield Opener

New Stand Anfield’s new main stand looms behind the current one, as fans exchange stories about how it will be moved into place, where it came from and what it will be called. Like the mythical beast in that episode of Father Ted, much of the evening’s talk concerned the new structure, and the fact that the owner and chairman were present at the stadium only increased the speculation. “You can’t move it if the wind is over 60mph.” “It’s made …
How Liverpool Shaped Up In Possession Against Bournemouth

How Liverpool Shaped Up In Possession Against Bournemouth

Against Stoke, we concentrated on how Liverpool played in possession. Here again, for different reasons, we will do the same, focusing less on the execution of Liverpool's attacking game plan and more on the implementation of their shape when on the offensive. Line up Rodgers opted for the same team that had started against Stoke. At this early stage of the season, where performances are often not at their most fluent and coherent, it's generally important to keep some type of …
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