Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as Reds prove too good for Gunners

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as Reds prove too good for Gunners

Jurgen Klopp got the better of Mikel Arteta at the third time of asking as Liverpool continued their perfect start with a 3-1 win against Arsenal. Sadio Mané, Andrew Robertson and home debutant Diogo Jota were on target for the defending champions, securing victory after Alexandre Lacazette was presented with the opener in all-too-familiar fashion. This is how the Reds rated. Alisson Becker - 7 Supporters were sweating on the Brazilian's fitness in the build-up, and he demonstrated his worth …
Tactical Breakdown: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

An uncharacteristically error-strewn opening game left Liverpool much to atone for. Against Chelsea, the side played with fanatic verve and doctrinal discipline, banishing the demons that had led to questions over Liverpool's commitment and ability to retain the title. This was, by a distance, the best Liverpool have played since March, six long months ago. Tactically, the instruction from the manager, Jürgen Klopp, was crystal clear: press high, and press hard. On paper, Liverpool's 4-3-3 was balanced against Chelsea's 4-3-3, …
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: Key stats from an imposing victory

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: Key stats from an imposing victory

Liverpool capped off a glorious weekend with a commanding triumph against potential title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, maintaining their 100% start to the season. Here are some of the standout facts and figures from a key early win against Frank Lampard's 10 men. Outstanding Fabinho unruffled at centre-half Back in February 2019, Virgil van Dijk's suspension and Joe Gomez's injury forced Fabinho to slot-in as a centre-half when Bayern Munich visited Anfield. He was up against Robert Lewandowski and, …
Observations as Liverpool take another three points from Stamford Bridge

Observations as Liverpool take another three points from Stamford Bridge

It was Sadio Mane's turn to get amongst the goals as Liverpool made it two wins from two in the Premier League by virtue of a 2-0 victory away to Chelsea on Sunday evening. With a cagey first half winding down to a goalless close, Andreas Christensen delivered what would be a fateful blow to his own team by hauling down Mane as the Senegal international was looking to burst past the much maligned Kepa for a tap-in. Receiving a …
Chelsea 0 - 2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match ?

Chelsea 0 - 2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match ?

Liverpool travelled to 'potential' title contenders Chelsea in their opening away game in the league and came out deserved winners in a professional, controlled performance. Liverpool made one forced change in defence with Fabinho being forced to line up in defence along side Trent Arnold, Van Dijk and Robertson due to injuries to Gomez and Matip. There were pre match talk about the drop in Alisson's form and how his performance levels were dropping to Mignolet's levels. Part of that prediction …
Mané Brace Sees Liverpool Burn The Bridge

Mané Brace Sees Liverpool Burn The Bridge

A brace from Sadio Mané saw Liverpool continue their winning start to their title defence with a 2-0 win over 10 man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Reds, who handed a debut to Thiago off the bench, were comfortable throughout -- despite conceding a penalty which Alisson saved -- and Andreas Christensen's red card, for an utterly stupid foul on Mané, paved their path to a win. From the get-go it was clear that the hosts game plan was to …
It's make-or-break time for Naby Keïta

It's make-or-break time for Naby Keïta

As Liverpool gear up for the start of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign next weekend, Naby Keïta knows that now is the time to stake his claim for a regular starting spot in The Reds' midfield. The Guinea international who wears Steven Gerrard's famous number 8 jersey has endured a stop-start couple of seasons since his arrival from the Bundesliga in 2018. Liverpool paid £54 million for Keïta who had attracted the attention of several of Europe's top clubs - …
Why Thiago Could Be Liverpool's Robin van Persie

Why Thiago Could Be Liverpool's Robin van Persie

After losing the 2011-2012 Premier League title on goal difference to Manchester City, Manchester United looked to improve their firepower by signing Arsenal forward Robin van Persie. The acquisition of the Dutchman -- who arrived at Old Trafford for a fee of £22,500,000 -- proved to be inspired with the Red Devils romping home to the title the next season, scoring the most goals and finishing eleven points over their Manchester neighbours. Van Persie, who was 29 upon his arrival …
Could 4222 Shape Be Liverpool's Next Tactical Step?

Could 4222 Shape Be Liverpool's Next Tactical Step?

As much as Arsenal fans on the internet will tell you otherwise, the Community Shield is a glorified friendly and its importance should be framed as such. There were, however, some interesting takeaways for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw -- and subsequent penalty shootout defeat, again -- with the Gunners at Wembley. Namely the switch in shape from the Reds' usual 433 alignment to a 4222 shape or, as its also known, the box midfield. https://twitter.com/JDNalton/status/1299753022894018561?s=20 In every pre-season since …
What Liverpool Need In Their Next CB

What Liverpool Need In Their Next CB

After the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg, Liverpool have been linked with several defenders to replace the Croat in their squad. Aissa Mandi, Ben White and Ozan Kabak have all been suggested as potential targets for the Anfield club with the expectation that the Reds will fill the Lovren, back up centre half void in the transfer market and not by promoting youth and letting Nat Phillips, Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp Van Den Berg cut their teeth. …
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