Is James Milner better than Gary McAllister?

Is James Milner better than Gary McAllister?

James Milner is a Liverpool legend.  A few months into his career at Anfield, it appeared as though he might’ve been more Joe Cole than he was Gary McAllister. For a period of time, it felt as though a Milner performance was a 6/10 and a yellow card was guaranteed. In his defence, though, this was during the final few months of Brendan Rodgers’ time on Merseyside and most, if not all, players failed to really impress.  But then he …
Former Red gives his opinion on Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho

Former Red gives his opinion on Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho

Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can claims his Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho is a "world-class" footballer. Sancho has attracted huge attention from the Premier League with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all reported to be interested in garnering the youngster's signature. Having only turned 20 last month, Sancho's star has risen at a phenomenal rate since his move to the Bundesliga in 2017. The former Manchester City youth player can play wide on either side of the midfield or attack. …
Why Losing Wijnaldum Wouldn't be a Disaster

Why Losing Wijnaldum Wouldn't be a Disaster

Georginio Wijnaldum is an incredibly versatile, incredibly intelligent, and above all else incredibly important midfielder in this Liverpool team. He never gets injured, he never puts in less than a 6/10, he does the job that Klopp asks him to do week in, week out and there’s a reason that he is almost always on the team sheet when fit. Wijnaldum has started 19 of Liverpool’s 20 league games this season and started 32 last season, on top of 11 …
Four Years of Jurgen Klopp Part II - The Future is Bobby

Four Years of Jurgen Klopp Part II - The Future is Bobby

As we celebrate the four year anniversary of Jürgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield this week, I’ll be reminiscing about some of the crucial games and moments that have stood out over that period. You can read the first part of this series here. Now it’s time for Part II: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool 21 November - 2015 Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino Subs: Toure, Benteke, Sturridge, Allen, Ibe, Bogdan, Randall Goal Scorers: …
A time for reflection as Klopp's success shows no signs of slowing down

A time for reflection as Klopp's success shows no signs of slowing down

During a time where Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff will be enjoying some well deserved time off following the Reds' 100 per cent start to the Premier League campaign, it represents a perfect opportunity for reflection. Reflection on how a certain German manager was able to transform a squad of nearly-men to kings of Europe. Reflection on how this oiled winning machine of a team were able to surpass and achieve a club record of 13 consecutive league wins and …
Why Liverpool should sign Emre Can

Why Liverpool should sign Emre Can

The professional way in which Emre Can left Liverpool may mean the door is ajar for him to return to Merseyside. There have been no links, no rumours, but with the Germany international not included in Juventus’ Champions League squad, the writing appears to be on the wall for his career there.  Maurizio Sarri reportedly tried to sell him in the final weeks of the window. Having failed to shift other midfielders, the former Chelsea man tried to lighten the …
Fabinho: Banishing Ghosts of Emre Can - And Then Some

Fabinho: Banishing Ghosts of Emre Can - And Then Some

When Emre Can was allowed to leave Liverpool to move to Juventus in 2018, many questioned whether Liverpool had made a mistake. The German midfielder allowed his contract to run down before inevitably joining Juventus on a free transfer, leaving many fans scratching their head as to the club's decision to let him go. However, fast forward a little over 12 months, and a man by the name of Fabinho has not only quashed the above scaremongering from Kopites, but …
How Klopp Has Made a Weapon of Versatility

How Klopp Has Made a Weapon of Versatility

“He is a brilliant player and I am happy that he can play…he has a defending brain and can do it in different positions, it’s good.”
Klopp said of Fabinho following his impressive performance at centre back against Brighton. It was a performance emblematic of Klopp’s plans coming to fruition. Indeed, if the Reds’ title challenge shows anything, it’s that long-term planning, with the right investment and right appointments, works. Philosophies, they work too. A sense of the …
Is it time to reconsider Jordan Henderson in a midfield two?

Is it time to reconsider Jordan Henderson in a midfield two?

The selection of Jordan Henderson in a midfield pivot has long been met with derision by Liverpool fans, but is it time to reconsider the skipper's capabilities in the position? Henderson was often the main midfield driver during his earlier years at the club, moving in from right midfield to partner Steven Gerrard in the title run of 2013/14, often described as 'doing the running for two' whilst Gerrard sat back and pinged balls around the pitch in his twilight …
Liverpool Need A Playmaker

Liverpool Need A Playmaker

On-ball (in possession) Off-ball (out of possession) Transition (between possession) These are the three phases of football. Liverpool are without a doubt one of, if not the best team in the world in transition, that is, the moment in which a team transfers from a defensive shape to an attacking one, or vice-versa. The speed at which Liverpool move from a defensive shape into an offensive one is overwhelming for most sides. Immediately, the players rush into space, ahead of the …
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