Harvey Elliott Future Proofing Liverpool's Midfield

Harvey Elliott Future Proofing Liverpool's Midfield

Liverpool's young players have won much acclaim this season. Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams, and Rhys Williams have all played a big part in the Reds' campaign -- probably owing to the injury crisis that has engulfed the first team and the opportunities it has given them to play -- so far and have done themselves proud with some strong performances. Another Liverpool youngster -- albeit one who is out on loan -- is excelling this season is Blackburn …
Curtis Jones A Liverpool Star In The Making

Curtis Jones A Liverpool Star In The Making

Jurgen Klopp's plans have been hampered by injuries this season. At the time of writing, Liverpool have ten first-team players missing with injuries. The midfield -- where Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, and James Milner are all injury absences -- has been particularly afflicted by set-backs. But with misfortune for some comes opportunities for others. Curtis Jones, who only made six appearances in all competitions last season, has taken his chance in the team with both …
Liverpool Academy Efficiency Highlighted in Ajax Win

Liverpool Academy Efficiency Highlighted in Ajax Win

With justification, Ajax are considered one of the best talent producing clubs in world football. Footballing luminaries such as Johan Cruijff, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp and Wesley Sneijder, among many others, have cut their footballing teeth in the Amsterdam club's academy system. But in Liverpool's 1-0 Champions League victory over Ajax last Tuesday, it was the Merseyside club's homegrown players who stood up and tilted the game in the favour of the Anfield team. Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones and …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

After last week's home defeat to Atalanta - Liverpool's twelfth loss at Anfield in the European Cup/Champions League - Group D was suddenly fraught with unexpected possibilities. Jürgen Klopp's men, amidst a biblical injury crisis, needed to settle their European affairs as soon as possible, but given the nature of recent performances and the strength of Ajax, victory was by no means a foregone conclusion. The Reds set up in a 4-3-3, with Salah and Mané flanking Jota, in place …
Henderson sings praises of team's young stars after impressive performances against Ajax

Henderson sings praises of team's young stars after impressive performances against Ajax

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was full of praise for the team's young stars after Tuesday night's Champions League win over Ajax at Anfield. With Alisson Becker sustaining an injury, Jürgen Klopp made the brave decision to go with 22-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher in goals for The Reds instead of the more experienced Adrián. In defence, Neco Williams, 19, started at right-back despite having a tough time in his previous few games. Curtis Jones, also just 19, played in midfield alongside Henderson …
Liverpool Seal Qualification After Ajax Win

Liverpool Seal Qualification After Ajax Win

Liverpool qualified for the last sixteen of the Champions League after a 1-0 win over Ajax at Anfield. Curtis Jones scored the only goal of a scrappy game as the rotated and depleted Reds dug deep to seal the victory. The three points -- plus Midtjylland drawing away to Atalanta -- means the 2019 Champions will win group D, regardless of their result in Denmark next week. Injuries have bedevilled Jurgen Klopp this season, and the team was once afflicted …
Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Diogo Jota's hat-trick and Liverpool's overall performance were the main talking points from the Reds' 5-0 hammering of Atalanta last Tuesday. But it shouldn't be lost in the narrative that the English champions featured four homegrown, academy produced players over the course of the 90 minutes in Bergamo. Rhys Williams slotted in comfortably at centre half next to Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones -- alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson -- was part of the midfield three and Trent Alexander started …
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Ajax 0-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool made a solid start to their 2020/21 Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena. It wasn’t the most convincing of wins, with the Reds requiring a strange own-goal from Nicolas Tagliafico to win them the game. Nevertheless, after a couple of scary moments at the back, Liverpool defended quite well and came away with a much-needed clean sheet.   In goal, he was at it again. Adrian made one good save to deny Quincy Promes …
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds battle to three Group D points

Ajax 0-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds battle to three Group D points

Liverpool ended their run of three games without a win by doggedly beating Ajax. Nicolas Tagliafico's clumsy own-goal was ultimately the difference, though Davy Klaassen hit the post and Liverpool spurned opportunities of their own in the closing stages. Here's how the Reds rated in Amsterdam... Adrian - 7 It was far from a confident start - the mix-up with Gomez and the flashbacks to the howler at Southampton - and the finish was nervy as well, a flapped punch …
Thiago Could Have Lessons For Liverpool's Jones

Thiago Could Have Lessons For Liverpool's Jones

For an incalculable number of reasons, the signing of Thiago Alcantara is a huge boost for Liverpool. On the pitch, off the pitch, for dressing room morale and from a marketability viewpoint, the 29-year-old Spaniard could -- and should -- prove an extremely valuable acquisition for the Reds. But perhaps the biggest impact that the former FC Bayern midfield linchpin could have is on the young players in the English Champions' squad, especially the likes of Curtis Jones. Steven Gerrard, …
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