Opinion: United's Misery Echoes Our Own Dark Days Pre-Klopp

Opinion: United's Misery Echoes Our Own Dark Days Pre-Klopp

After tuning in and watching from my sofa as Liverpool were on the wrong side of a 3-0 thumping at Anfield, I remember the feeling crashing over me: "We're not a big club anymore." The date was 29 August 2015, and it was the first time that thought had ever crossed my mind. Here we were, humiliated at home by a mid-table West Ham side that had never beaten us at Anfield in the Premier League; some 16 months removed …
Fulham 2 - 2 Liverpool: The Post Mortem

Fulham 2 - 2 Liverpool: The Post Mortem

Jurgen Klopp is world class in every sense. His personality, his coaching style, his ability to evolve, his adoration of the wonderful support, and his affection towards his players. It is this last part which can often cause the odd mishap in his spectacular Liverpool reign. His loyalty to certain players is applauded by many, and there is obviously great pride in how he treats his players. Players that have felt the warm embrace of the big German would run …
Fulham 2-2 Liverpool - Observations from a disappointing opener for the Reds

Fulham 2-2 Liverpool - Observations from a disappointing opener for the Reds

Liverpool eked out a point at Craven Cottage against Fulham, with a performance that barely merited it, to open the new Premier League season. The Reds were far away from the level they need to be at, for a side with ambitions such as theirs, and sent out an immediate note of concern to Jurgen Klopp on the opening day. Aleksandar Mitrovic opened the scoring, rising above Trent Alexander-Arnold at the back-post, in a first-half where Fulham overwhelmed Klopp's side. …
How Liverpool Have Evolved In A Year

How Liverpool Have Evolved In A Year

In the days leading to last seasons opening games, every single pundit had either Chelsea or Manchester City winning the Premier League. The general feeling was that the return of Cristiano Ronaldo would also propel Manchester United into contention, and Liverpool would be eased down the table. In hindsight, the uneducated views of nearly all the experts who disregarded Liverpool now seem very foolish. Liverpool had just experienced their most injury-ravished season in history, and had relied on the defensive …
Fulham v Liverpool - Time For The Reds To Overwhelm

Fulham v Liverpool - Time For The Reds To Overwhelm

As much as we all enjoyed the Manchester City win, the community shield stands as a glorified friendly that has little impact on the season. If Liverpool had lost that game, I would have dismissed all agendas towards its significance. But in victory, I happily welcome the plus points that may come in winning another trophy. Confidence was clearly brimming, and a good performance now stands them in good stead for the Premier Leagues opening weekend. Manchester City are clearly …
The Silly Season is (nearly) over...

The Silly Season is (nearly) over...

Silly season(n) 1: a period (such as late summer) when the mass media often focus on trivial or frivolous matters for lack of major news stories 2: a period marked by frivolous, outlandish, or illogical activity or behaviour. There’s been a lot of silliness. It’s roughly two months since the Champions League final. A disappointing end on the pitch to what was nearly the greatest season of all time. A near tragedy off the pitch. We didn’t quite get over the line …
Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester City - Match Report

Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester City - Match Report

Liverpool started this game with a desire to hunt anyone wearing blue, and the tempo was set from the first whistle. Salah was keen to drag Cancelo into wide and deep water, and the fullback didn’t know when to push on. An early chance was due to a great switch and great running from Mo, and he seemed destined to score today. The side netting stopped that early chance, but set all alarm bells ringing. Mo’s willingness to start wide …
Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester City - The Community Shield Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester City - The Community Shield Player Ratings

Adrian - 7.5 Came in as a back up to the back up, and had a good performance, all things considered. This is the clubs training ground keeper, and his shot stopping throughout the game was solid. Maybe could have done better for the goal, but still a good outing for the popular Spaniard. Another trophy in a one off spectacle. Trent Alexander-Arnold - 8.0 He looks determined, prepared and ready to inflict maximum damage on the league. A great …
Darwin - Return Of The Number 9

Darwin - Return Of The Number 9

I wrote just prior to the RB Leipzig friendly how patience was required for all new players. I was keen to state how pre season is nothing more than the warm up to the season, and how we had to trust the process of integrating new arrivals. The match score (and more to the point, the scorers against RBL), surely ratify some of those thoughts, and it hasn’t take long for the negative comments to swing round to pure jubilation. …
Be Patient, The Best Is Yet To Come

Be Patient, The Best Is Yet To Come

When Andy Robertson signed from Hull City, it took nearly half a season for him to work his way into the first team of Liverpool. Albie Moreno was outperforming his expected levels, and the fact that Virgil Van Dijk was marshalling him, meant he was thriving at left back. Robbo was seen as a cheap option (compared to the inflated Ben Chilwell), and his signing didn’t move the needle much. His cost was basically recouped in its entirety, as Hull …
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