Winning Mentality Comes To The Fore At Fulham

Winning Mentality Comes To The Fore At Fulham

Is it possible to love and hate a football team at the same time? It was easy to feel that way on Sunday, as Liverpool did their best to throw away valuable points at Fulham, in what would have been their most disappointing result of the season. Confidence was flowing as the Reds arrived in west London, with the 3-1 win at Bayern Munich showcasing their brilliance under Jurgen Klopp. A trip to a 19th-place struggling outfit in the spring …
The Ghost of Football Optimism

The Ghost of Football Optimism

Anfield Index listeners and readers will know that I assemble some of the more negative verbiage in the Liverpool universe, even in a season where the club are making a run at their first title in the Premier League era. Like most supporters, the transfer windows always leave me wanting more while the moves by the manager often confound my admittedly limited American, brain. My perspective changed though after a recent trip to England, the real England; past Ramsbottom and …
Lallana discusses tackle Klopp referred to as a 'fantastic counter-pressing block'

Lallana discusses tackle Klopp referred to as a 'fantastic counter-pressing block'

Adam Lallana explained the method behind his brilliant sliding challenge on Phil Bardsley which created the goal to put Liverpool in front on Sunday. There's nothing Jurgen Klopp loves more than effective counter-pressing in the opposition's defensive third of the pitch. Klopp referred to Lallana's challenge as a "game-changer" and a "fantastic counter-pressing block". Lallana pounced on some indecision between Burnley's Jeff Hendrick and Phil Bardsley to block the clearance, deflecting the ball into Mohamed Salah's path in the box. …
Liverpool's double brace bests Burnley

Liverpool's double brace bests Burnley

As the early kickoff time neared, Reds supporters were concerned about two things, that dastardly wind our manager keeps going on about and the refs who seem by their recent actions to be party to Manchester City's slush fund bonanza. We'll come on to those refs in a bit, but when the line-up card came out, that was all that Liverpool fans could talk about. Adam Lallana. Adam Lallana? Adam Lallana! The player who perplexed us all with his late …
Naby Keita: The key to a good performance against Burnley

Naby Keita: The key to a good performance against Burnley

Let's cast our minds back to a cold, dark Wednesday night at Turf Moor in December. Jürgen Klopp took his Liverpool team to take on Sean Dyche's Burnley and selected Naby Keita in central midfield for the second consecutive match after an injury lay-off had seen him reduced to watching his team mates from the side-lines. Keita had enjoyed a solid start to the season for the Reds, but injuries disrupted things for him, but he came in against Burnley …
Predicted Liverpool lineup after Klopp's Burnley press conference

Predicted Liverpool lineup after Klopp's Burnley press conference

Jurgen Klopp gave Liverpool fans an injury update today ahead of Burnley's visit to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. As expected, judging from Klopp's quotes, Dejan Lovren can only hope for a place on the bench, at most, while the aim with Joe Gomez seems to be a return after the international break, maybe for the matchday squad against Spurs. When asked for a general update regarding first-team squad members, Klopp disclosed:
“Dejan [Lovren] trained yesterday completely …
Liverpool v Burnley Preview - Reds can't allow another draw at home to Burnley

Liverpool v Burnley Preview - Reds can't allow another draw at home to Burnley

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Andre Marriner Date & Time - Sunday, March 10th @ 12:00 Current Odds - Liverpool 7/50, Draw 13/2, Burnley 16/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have drawn five of their last seven games in all competitions. While the defence is still doing its job, goals have been hard to come by at the other end (unless we play Bournemouth or Watford). Jurgen Klopp's Redmen have still only lost one league game all season. However, if they continue …
Liverpool need a win on Sunday - will this be Klopp's starting eleven?

Liverpool need a win on Sunday - will this be Klopp's starting eleven?

Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield for a hugely important Premier League encounter this Sunday. We take a look at the starting eleven Jurgen Klopp is likely to go with for this game. With The Reds having slipped to a point behind Manchester City in the title race, every one of the remaining nine league games has taken on absolutely huge significance now. Thankfully, Liverpool have nobody suspended for this weekend and the injury-list is now down to just three names - …
Under-appreciated Trent Becoming A Key Player For Klopp

Under-appreciated Trent Becoming A Key Player For Klopp

A lot has been made of the fact that Joe Gomez has been out injured for Liverpool this season – and the impact that that has on Liverpool’s defence. But comparatively, not as much has been made of the impact of losing Trent Alexander-Arnold for a period of time – with Trent missing six of Liverpool’s last eleven games through two injuries and making his return as a sub against Bournemouth. So how much impact does Trent have on the …
How well is Jurgen Klopp rotating his Liverpool squad?

How well is Jurgen Klopp rotating his Liverpool squad?

No Salah, no Firmino and no Mane. The seven changes Jurgen Klopp made to his starting eleven at Turf Moor raised a considerable number of eyebrows last Wednesday, not least from myself. But subsequently, having collected six points from two potentially tough away fixtures against Burnley and Bournemouth, as part of a gruelling festive schedule are we right to think our boss is rotating the squad to perfection. For many years this is the one factor which has prevented very …
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