Liverpool’s Search For The Second Shaqiri

Liverpool’s Search For The Second Shaqiri

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool opted to trigger the £13.5m relegation release clause in Xherdan Shaqiri’s Stoke City contract in July 2018. The Swiss winger had long been linked with Liverpool, from his Basel days throughout his stints at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, so the Reds’ interest in the player may not have been surprising. The question posed by many, however, was whether Shaqiri, the man, would have the correct character and attitude to play second fiddle to Liverpool’s …
Rhian Brewster's breakthrough awaits

Rhian Brewster's breakthrough awaits

Rhian Brewster has yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool, but he is poised to assume an important role in a Champions League-winning squad. On his return to Melwood on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp stressed that the young forward was a key part of his plans for the upcoming campaign. It is an arrival which has been teased for years, but at last it is imminent. One of the reasons Klopp chose not to recruit another striking option last summer, …
Preparing to go again: Klopp's Mentality is Crucial

Preparing to go again: Klopp's Mentality is Crucial

The Reds have been back at Melwood for a few days but it still seems crazy to think about the new season. It only seems like two minutes ago that Reds were bouncing around in Madrid, and then back in Liverpool. But this is it. A new season. Last season’s success answered so many questions that people had of this Liverpool team – and Klopp himself. He finally won a final, but now his challenge is different. He has the …
Liverpool Must Not Underestimate The Importance Of Investment This Summer

Liverpool Must Not Underestimate The Importance Of Investment This Summer

It's been a fairly interesting pre-season so far. Premier League champions Manchester City have also been heavily linked with Spanish international Rodri, a 23-year-old central midfielder currently learning his trade at Atletico Madrid. Another of Liverpool's rivals, Manchester United, completed the signing of right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka from Crystal Palace - who has drawn many comparisons to the Reds' own full-back Alexander Arnold. The Red Devils have also been linked with Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, who could be another to …
Why another loan makes sense for Marko Grujic

Why another loan makes sense for Marko Grujic

When you’re in the 22-24-year age bracket as a footballer, you come to a crossroads. No longer a youth player able to bide your time and develop at a steady pace, there’s a growing awareness that the clock is ticking - you either cut it or you don’t. Where consecutive loan spells would usually spell trouble for such players - see Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson, both of whom face uncertain futures at Anfield with a reduced hope of ultimately …
Adam Lallana reaches do-or-die moment at Liverpool

Adam Lallana reaches do-or-die moment at Liverpool

Adam Lallana is one of those Liverpool players you dare not criticise. He has a legion of followers who have admired him from the moment he traded Southampton for Liverpool and any negativity in his direction is treated with ire. In many ways, he is the reverse Dejan Lovren, who for all his numerous faults as a centre-back, only has to misplace one pass before his detractors unfairly appear with pitchforks in hand. It's now five years since Lallana arrived …
Liverpool Players At The Forefront of Brazilian Success

Liverpool Players At The Forefront of Brazilian Success

Brazil sailed through to the Copa America final with a 2-0 victory over their eternal rivals, Argentina, on Tuesday night, thanks in no small part to Liverpool players. It is a testament to Liverpool’s growth in recent years that they have players playing in key roles for a footballing powerhouse like Brazil. Goals from Manchester’s City’s Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino further extended Lionel Messi’s wait for international silverware with Argentina. The diminutive Barcelona number ten tried his hardest …
Why a lack of signings is a positive sign of the times

Why a lack of signings is a positive sign of the times

As we turn over another page in our calendars and find ourselves in July, it's hard to believe just quite the position Liverpool are in. If you'd have told any Red when they were flipping the yearly planners over to July 2018 that, in 12 months time, Liverpool would be the reigning champions of Europe after missing out on the Premier League title by a solitary point, I'm sure the vast majority would have sold their soul to make that …
Tempering Title Talk At Anfield

Tempering Title Talk At Anfield

Tear your eyes away from the relentless, but a brilliant, stream of Champions League content flying out of Liverpool FC's social media and you'll quickly realise the football season is rapidly approaching. With it, and the recently renewed title of European Champion comes the weight of expectation. But where should expectations lie? Media outlets and fans have already sounded out further European and domestic success as a prerequisite. Liverpool were indeed a single game away from an unprecedented double of …
Don't You Forget About Mo

Don't You Forget About Mo

A question that often gets asked of Liverpool fans is, "Who do you feel is the most underrated player in the squad?". You see the same sort of names provided, more often than not: Gini Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, even Andy Robertson before his excellent 2018/19 season. A player who I feel deserves the tag of most under-appreciated within the Reds' roster, though, is Mohamed Salah. Some of you probably think I'm mad to suggest Mo: 2017/18 PFA Player of the …
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