Brendan the Brave or The Cowardly Lion?

Brendan the Brave or The Cowardly Lion?

Liverpool fans finally enjoyed a weekend of football after Glen Johnson’s late winner against Stoke at Anfield. It was a much needed three points and relieved some of the pressure mounting on Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has faced criticism from all directions including many fans who have questioned his tactics and team selections. Over the past few weeks fans have taken to social media to label Rodgers a coward and to show some balls. So what does Rodgers need to do …
Brendan Rodgers - Wounded and Cornered?

Brendan Rodgers - Wounded and Cornered?

I like big buts and I also lie. There is no point ignoring it anymore, it has to be said: Brendan Rodgers is putting his own spin on the Sir Mix-A-Lot song.
“The ability to attract top players is great. It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club, a really good symbol of where the club is at. We have made huge strides in the last couple of years. Dejan Lovren was a really good player for …
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 …
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 …
Stop The Press: Liverpool's Pressing Decline Due to Fatigue or Personnel?

Stop The Press: Liverpool's Pressing Decline Due to Fatigue or Personnel?

It's been a disappointing week in the Premier League for the supporters of Liverpool FC as the team lost back to back games to Aston Villa and West Ham United. What was even more frustrating was the manner of the defeats, devoid of the attacking verve shown against Tottenham and bereft of the pressing style of play we've grown accustomed to in 2014. In this article I’m going to briefly look at the pressing action numbers from the first five …
Liverpool FC - New Signings Watch: First Impressions

Liverpool FC - New Signings Watch: First Impressions

Everyone will take great comfort in knowing that we've built upon our team this transfer window, strengthening, and deepening the squad - and all at a cheaper price than what Manchester United have spent. Even with all the hype, it takes most new signings a while to show their true potential. However, first impressions always count. We've seen the majority of members from our Summer spending spree; so what have we thought so far, and what can we expect? Personally, …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

It is important to preface this analysis by saying the Bundesliga season doesn’t start until the week after the Premier League, so Borussia Dortmund were seven days behind in their physical preparation. However, at times, Rodgers’ Liverpool made them look like they had never played football before, with the exquisite movement, technical ability and break-neck speed of the attacking play. Line-Ups: Liverpool:  Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, …
Liverpool's Transfer Window So Far | How The New Boys Could Line Up

Liverpool's Transfer Window So Far | How The New Boys Could Line Up

Callum Huckle reviews the transfer window so far and looks at how the new boys could line up for Liverpool next season. Done Deals    Rickie Lambert arrived, a little out of the blue, from Southampton while we’re were supposedly courting Adam Lallana from the same club - but for £4.5 million this could prove to be a decidedly shrewd piece of business and it always breeds confidence when transfers are wrapped up quickly and early. It’s pretty easy to take …
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