Liverpool Are Learning Lessons Quickly

Liverpool Are Learning Lessons Quickly

Liverpool have started the new term in fine fashion. While others are still getting their feet under the table, the Reds are immediately gaining good grades with solid, if unspectacular, performances. Having been handed a less than satisfactory report card last season, Liverpool have learned from the mistakes made and are setting out to make amends. Nowhere were these lessons more evident than on Monday night at the Emirates. Last season, Liverpool tried to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal. In some …
Two Wins From Two – Where’s The Optimism?

Two Wins From Two – Where’s The Optimism?

We’re two games into the 2015-16 Premier League season and Liverpool have a 100% record, keeping two clean sheets in the process, yet there are still plenty who are intent on grumbling about something or other. “Crap that, wasn’t it,” I overheard one Liverpool fan say as they left Anfield on Monday night. There were quite a few others muttering similar opinions. Others even had the temerity to ring radio phone-ins and demand the manager be sacked. Don't even get …
Arsenal v Liverpool: a Gooner’s view

Arsenal v Liverpool: a Gooner’s view

As a prelude to the upcoming Arsenal v Liverpool match at The Emirates on August 24, I thought I'd try and give us Reds fans a slightly different perspective on what is a big game for both clubs by speaking to Arsenal fan, Stephen Lewis. I've known Steve for around ten years and can not only vouch for his knowledge and understanding of the game, but also his fairness in assessing players, teams and matches. So, we sat down for …
Would Winning Alone Suffice?

Would Winning Alone Suffice?

If one reads the title of this piece, it would not be too far fetched to assume that readers might think they have entered an Arsenal/Chelsea fans blog site by accident, as this is a topic which has been a bug bear for Arsenal fans during their trophy drought ridden years. The terms 'winning ugly', 'winning at all costs', 'beautiful football', 'passing the ball into the net' 'park the bus' etc. are jibes which are often involved in such discussions. …
A Tactical Analysis of Christian Benteke vs Stoke

A Tactical Analysis of Christian Benteke vs Stoke

Christian Benteke was the topic of much debate this summer amongst Liverpool fans, myself included. I wasn't sure if his style would suit how I pictured Liverpool playing, I had my concerns about his goalscoring record when you scratched beneath the surface of it and what worried me most was his lack of movement in games I'd seen him play for Belgium. He didn't seem to click with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens and …
Good Signings but Where is the Defensive Plan?

Good Signings but Where is the Defensive Plan?

Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez and the returning Divock Origi have all been added to the squad this summer in quick time. Great credit must go to the club for quickly bringing in their chosen targets. Whilst many will debate on whether these signings represent good business, the club have certainly backed Brendan Rodgers with his objectives. The names above cry out goals. Goals from headers, goals from sublime skill, goals from …
Are Liverpool in a Perpetual State of Transition?

Are Liverpool in a Perpetual State of Transition?

Evolution is inevitable. In football and in everyday life you change to adapt. So what's the difference between transition as a club and evolving? Why are some teams praised for adapting whilst others use being in transition as an excuse? Since Brendan Rodgers took the helm of Liverpool FC it feels like 'Liverpool are in transition' is one of the most overused sentences for fans and pundits alike. Many pin this on Brendan Rodgers, others like to associate the blame …
O'Driscoll - will it work?

O'Driscoll - will it work?

Fume. There is lots of it going round at the moment. The capture of Roberto Firmino reunited the fanbase and gave us all something to shout about and look forward to. Since the announcement, the ongoing pursuit of Christian Benteke has re-opened the cracks amongst fans which then firmly split open when it was announced that Sean O’Driscoll is set to be appointed the new assistant manager at Liverpool Football Club. Since the news broke, we have seen articles, tweets …
Not your money though is it? Liverpool Supporters & Transfers

Not your money though is it? Liverpool Supporters & Transfers

Tony 'Bad news' Barrett shattered the tranquillity that the Roberto Firmino signing had brought to Liverpool FC twitter by announcing on Thursday that Liverpool were still very much in for Christian Benteke and they were hoping to get the transfer fee for the Belgian down to the £25million mark. Cue the floods of Christian Benteke highlight montages appearing on twitter as many proclaimed he isn't just a big man but can use his feet well too. Don't mean to burst the …
Brendan Rodgers: Win (back) the Crowd

Brendan Rodgers: Win (back) the Crowd

I’m a big fan of applying movie quotes to aspects of everyday life. I have a Mean Girls reference for almost any situation. This seemed like as good a time as any to quote the 2000 classic Gladiator. “Win the crowd and you will win your freedom”. With Brendan Rodgers set to remain Liverpool manager for the foreseeable future, following an end-of-season post-mortem with Liverpool’s ownership, the Northern Irishman faces a real test to win back the crowd; to convince …
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