Should Liverpool loan out Curtis Jones next season?

Should Liverpool loan out Curtis Jones next season?

Curtis Jones was named in the starting XI for Liverpool’s match against Leicester City. He then didn’t make the cut for the squad in the following three games. It may seem ruthless and a little harsh from Jurgen Klopp, but when everyone is fit, the competition for a place in the matchday squad is like never before.  Someone has to miss out.  Jones is versatile but he isn’t as versatile as James Milner or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for example. Because of …
Konate or Matip: Who should start next to Van Dijk for Liverpool?

Konate or Matip: Who should start next to Van Dijk for Liverpool?

We as Liverpool fans are not used to having proper squad depth. It might explain why we’re always so eager to pit players against one another and declare one the winner.  We did it with Kostas Tsimikas and Andrew Robertson earlier on in the season. Instead of marvelling at the fact we had left-back cover for a player many consider to be the best in the world in their position, there seemed to be an eagerness to declare Tsimikas was …
Under Pressure - Classical Tactical Battle & Superb Salah

Under Pressure - Classical Tactical Battle & Superb Salah

It was another double header for the Under Pressure boys: the two-nil victory away at Inter Milan in the San Siro in the knockout stage of the Champions League, as well as the 3-1 win at home to Norwich in the Premier League. While the Reds ended up winning in Italy in the first leg, it was the pressing that was a huge part of the match, with both sides vying for the chance to dominate, but no-one ever quite …
Post-Match RAW: Controlled Victory At The San Siro

Post-Match RAW: Controlled Victory At The San Siro

It is always going to be difficult travelling to Italy in a knockout Champions League, even more soo when you facing the reigning Serie A holders Inter Milan, a side who rarely lose at home in Europe. They may not be as strong as they were last season under Conte after selling their best two players, but regardless, this was certain to be a test for Klopp's team. On Post-Match RAW, Trevor, Dave and Karl (joined by Guy for the …
The Value Of Squad Depth

The Value Of Squad Depth

I recall watching so many Rafa Benitez games when he was the Liverpool manager. The side would often times be very good, with enough elite players to make them a force within the Premier League and Europe. Despite the obvious Istanbul delight, that period is often tinged with what if’s and regrets, as to what could have been if Rafa had been given more. Narrow margin games (even narrow margin seasons), often came down to a lack of depth halting …
Molby on the Spot: Optimistic Future, Gale Force Winds & Henderson's Worrying Form

Molby on the Spot: Optimistic Future, Gale Force Winds & Henderson's Worrying Form

Jan Molby was back with a podcast - hosted by Trev Downey - that included two matches, two wins and plenty to talk about. Topics included the mystifying nature of Diogo Jota, and how to label him as a player; the difficulty of playing conditions versus Burnley; Henderson's worrying drop in form; and the likelihood of settling the Champions League tie with Inter Milan in the first leg. After praise for Jota, and the victories performance over Leicester City at …
Key Stats as Liverpool's European royals earn an important win at the San Siro

Key Stats as Liverpool's European royals earn an important win at the San Siro

The Reds put in a good performance to take a deserved 2-0 lead into the second leg of their clash with the Italian champions thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. But what were the Key Stats as they move in pursuit of European glory… An exciting debut https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/status/1494023036110000135 The most notable part of a strong Liverpool line-up was the Champions League debut of Harvey Elliott. Elliott has been exciting fans with his selections before and after his …
Observations on Inter Milan-Liverpool

Observations on Inter Milan-Liverpool

Liverpool experienced some turbulent times in the early part of the season due to unfortunate injuries and missed opportunities in the league that put them in a tough spot looking up at City in first place, but the Champions League was quite the bright spot in the Reds’ season to date. Jurgen’s boys took the continent by storm with a perfect 6 wins out of 6 group stage matches that put an end to the Reds’ road woes in Europe …
Trent & The Thiago Effect

Trent & The Thiago Effect

The familiar stats regarding Trent Alexander-Arnold’s assists, appear now in each and every game. His rise to world class status has been truly sensational, and even the most deluded fans (or Gareth Southgate) cannot ignore his exceptional impact on the game any longer. After displacing Nathaniel Clyne some years ago, the slightly built fullback was allowed time to both evolve and make mistakes. As with any trajectory to greatness, issues must always arise so that they can be overcome. This …
Liverpool’s Chances In The Champions League

Liverpool’s Chances In The Champions League

You don’t have to go back many years to find when Liverpool last had success in Europe. After finishing as runners up in the Champions League in 2017/18, they came back with a vengeance the following season to lift the trophy and be declared the kings of Europe. Three seasons later, they’re through to the last sixteen, but what are their chances of tasting glory again? In the current climate, where teams are still recovering from the global situation, lifting …
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