Is centre-back still a problem position for Liverpool?

Is centre-back still a problem position for Liverpool?

Over the last few transfer windows, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have significantly strengthened in a number of positions: the front line, the midfield and the defence. The costly addition of Virgil van Dijk in January was a much-needed remedy for the Reds’ leaky defence, and the big Dutchman has undoubtedly improved things at the back for Liverpool with performances looking almost instantly improved since his arrival. Whether the sudden improvement is totally down to Van Dijk’s arrival is up for …
Overhauling Liverpool’s Historic Lack of Goals

Overhauling Liverpool’s Historic Lack of Goals

Over the years and certainly in the Premier League era, Liverpool fans have become accustomed to defence first football. The Liverpool of the Premier League have played football that is predominately tight, cautious, balanced and astute. There's nothing wrong with that defence first mentality, but how many league titles did it result in? None. Arguably Liverpool's most renowned managers since '00 are Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, as these two managed the club for a combined twelve years in the …
Have Liverpool Learned How To Close?

Have Liverpool Learned How To Close?

With an 83rd minute Suarez-esque strike that left Stoke’s centre-backs with heads in hands, Mo Salah broke through yet another barrier for Liverpool. This mark though might have gone unnoticed amongst the Egyptian’s long list of accolades. More than one-third of the way into the season, the Reds have tallied 28 goals, third most in the league, but only this latest among them came in the last 10 minutes of any match. In comparison, former Red, Raheem Sterling already has …
Five Defenders to Fix Liverpool's Defence - #4 Jose Maria Gimenez

Five Defenders to Fix Liverpool's Defence - #4 Jose Maria Gimenez

A pair of gilt-edged centre-halves at the base, ensuring a stable last line of defence. Liverpool has seemingly needed them for an eternity. No matter the populous' opinion of Joel Matip, who harbours some concerns for the long-term, Liverpool simply must sign a centre-half of the utmost quality if they have any hope of continuing to move in an upward trajectory under Jürgen Klopp. Considering Liverpool looks set to lose midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer, come the end of …
Can Liverpool Resolve Their Defensive Frailties?

Can Liverpool Resolve Their Defensive Frailties?

An issue that is apparent to every Liverpool fan, pundit and neutral is that they’re remarkably frail at the back. They ship goals and not just the odd couple either. In fact, this has been a concern for a while for most people, but Jurgen Klopp and the club are yet to properly address the defensive vulnerabilities that are seemingly so evident to everyone else. After conceding 42 over the course of last season and 12 so far this campaign, …
The Other Liverpool Way - A look at Liverpool's Goal Differential

The Other Liverpool Way - A look at Liverpool's Goal Differential

The halt in league games for the international break means a pause in the glories to glow about and the follies to frown about with regards to Liverpool Football Club’s on-field exploits. So while it was tempting to look up some old videos of the glory days or highlights of some awesome Liverpool goals, I have actually been preoccupied a fair bit thinking about defence. Yes, I know, somewhat of a boring subject if I may say so. (Just kidding.) …
The Best 2/3rds of a Liverpool Team in Years

The Best 2/3rds of a Liverpool Team in Years

“And it’s Liiiiiiiivvvv-errr-pool Liverpool FC We’re by far the greatest two thirds of a team The world has ever seen.” Well, they had me fooled. As the hours passed and Sky reporters told us about how they’d spoken to ‘sources close to the club’ while standing outside car parks, I honestly believed there would be a nine foot lad in the background, creeping in through the Melwood gates, holding an expensive looking pen. Come 10.30pm I was beginning to fear …
Daniel Sturridge - The Phantom Menace

Daniel Sturridge - The Phantom Menace

Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal: a pulsating match; end to end, with chances galore; a "great advert for the Premier League". All these English football cliches, and more, could've been, and were, used to reflect on Liverpool's latest home match, under the floodlights at Anfield on Wednesday evening. A crackling pre-game atmosphere was pitched up several notches when Roberto Firmino pounced on Cech's parry to slam the Reds into an early lead. Three goals followed in what was a thunderous first half, …
Who is Reds' Target Sam Byram? Interview With a Leeds Fan

Who is Reds' Target Sam Byram? Interview With a Leeds Fan

Leeds United full-back Sam Byram is the target of much interest from many Premier League clubs. The right-back has less than six months left on his current deal and the Premier League vultures are circling the 22 year old. Linked with moves to Liverpool, Everton and West Ham it seems the Essex born defender is destined to end up in England's top division sometime in 2016. I spoke with Leeds United season ticket holder Nick Warriner to get the lowdown on the full-back. …
Liverpool's Rearguard - Who Should Play Over The Busy Period?

Liverpool's Rearguard - Who Should Play Over The Busy Period?

Fourteen league matches into the season, fifteen goals conceded, the largely criticised defence has improved over the last few weeks, but we still see individual errors. But come January, Jon Flanagan and Mamadou Sakho should be fit enough to return to the playing field.  This article looks at the best defensive lineup Liverpool can put out on the football pitch when they both return. I do not have a crystal ball and rumours persist about Liverpool being in the market …
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