Liverpool's Joe Gomez conundrum

Liverpool's Joe Gomez conundrum

The centre-back situation  Last season, Liverpool had no centre-backs. Now, the Reds allegedly have too many.  According to a report, albeit not the most reliable ones, Joe Gomez isn’t happy with his situation at Anfield. The 24-year-old is yet to start in the Premier League this term and the majority of his minutes have arrived in weakened teams in Carabao Cup matches.  It wasn’t that long ago he was the first choice right-sided centre-back beside Virgil Van Dijk. Injuries and …
5 players Liverpool could sign to cover defensive injuries this January

5 players Liverpool could sign to cover defensive injuries this January

Liverpool have endured something of a mixed bag so far this season. Emerging as the winners of a seven-goal thriller against Leeds on the opening day, they began their campaign as defending Champions strongly, with victories over Chelsea and Arsenal following. Whilst a rare off day saw them on the wrong side of a 7-2 drubbing against Aston Villa, Liverpool are now hitting some form in the Premier League. Conversely, Liverpool’s hopes of back-to-back Premier League championships took a blow …
Five Centre-backs Jurgen Klopp Should Consider In January To Ease Defensive Woes

Five Centre-backs Jurgen Klopp Should Consider In January To Ease Defensive Woes

Liverpool could be forced to splash out in the January transfer window after suffering an injury crisis at the heart of their defence. Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are unlikely to play again this season, while the club did not replace Dejan Lovren after selling him to Zenit Saint Petersburg. That has left the injury-prone Joel Matip as the only healthy centre-back at the club, and Fabinho has had to drop back into defence to play alongside him. Jurgen …
Joel Matip Can Stay | On Consistency and Squad Depth in the Premier League

Joel Matip Can Stay | On Consistency and Squad Depth in the Premier League

During Wednesday’s 5-0 victory against Watford, there was a moment that could’ve easily changed the course of the match for Liverpool had Joel Matip not stepped in front of Troy Deeney at the last moment Simple, yet effective A Gerard Deulofeu low cross whipped in towards the penalty spot meant Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson needed a saviour, and the usual suspects for the task couldn’t have been available for it. Deulofeu received the ball inside Andy Robertson at left-back, which forced …
Alternatives to Virgil van Dijk - Part 1

Alternatives to Virgil van Dijk - Part 1

Introduction: From a recruitment point-of-view, a sporting director must always have a deeply scouted list of alternative transfer targets, to not only maintain the club’s footballing philosophy, but to ensure that high quality talent is secured at an excellent value for whatever roles and weaknesses the coaching staff want to improve. With the controversy over Liverpool’s pursuit for Virgil van Dijk, I have selected three alternative centre-backs for Liverpool’s recruitment team to consider, of which my primary target will be …
Sakho and Lovren: The Odd Couple

Sakho and Lovren: The Odd Couple

The appetite has been whetted, the summer consigned to the history books, the Premier League has assumed complete control of our consciousness - almost - alas, however; we sit in the midst of one of the most frustrating weekends of the year. Yes, international football has again stolen our weekend thunder, by rearing it's head and boring us half to death, just as we were being swept along, if not happily in all cases then certainly willingly, by the rushing …