The Effects of Newcastle’s Takeover

The Effects of Newcastle’s Takeover

History points to certain English teams as bonafide football royalty. Over the last three decades (of the Premier League), Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have been the major players, later been joined on the top table by Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in recent years. New money started to infiltrate English football shortly after the turn of the century, and it’s now a common theme for clubs across Europe to be swallowed up by deep pocketed investment groups, or persons. …
Bring Me Ivan Toney

Bring Me Ivan Toney

Now and again an opposing side can cause such a stir it has the manager (on the receiving end) look deeply into said team, and more importantly their players. I wrote about the RB Salzburg tie from a few years back and how the intelligence, elegance and work rate of a certain Takumi Minamino, prompted Liverpool to make move for the gifted attacker. Whereas this deal hasn’t worked out from a first team point of view, the low fee paid …
Following in Klopp’s Footsteps

Following in Klopp’s Footsteps

I wrote some words a few weeks back about how Liverpool could replace Jürgen Klopp, and I mentioned the likes of Marco Rose, Julian Nagelsmann and even Mauricio Pochettino as possible appointments. There was one name that I considered, but dismissed due to his current employment status. However upon brief reflection (and due to his current employer being prone to swapping out managers), I am going to look how how the fit could enable continued success beyond the era of …
Alisson Becker - The World's Greatest

Alisson Becker - The World's Greatest

Since Pepe Reina best days as Liverpool’s stopper, the goalkeeping situation at Anfield has been inconsistent at best. The signing of Simon Mignolet (as Reina’s replacement), wasn’t entirely dissimilar to Arsenal’s recent acquisition of Aaron Ramsdale. Very busy keepers will always have highlight moments due to the pressure their team is put under, and these moments of perceived talent can often hide the true worth of a goalkeeper. Mignolet was a good shot stopper (much like Jordan Pickford for instance), …
Daniel Agger - Another Great Dane

Daniel Agger - Another Great Dane

This past week or so, I’ve seen the form of Joël Matip both questioned and praised. His performances this season have been largely tremendous, with the singular poor outing against Brentford (and an inspired, future red, Ivan Toney). The whole Liverpool side were somewhat shell shocked that day, and every player will occasionally have an off day, so any real criticism is very harsh. The consequence of his usual great form will always see him compared to other defensive players, …
What is Takumi Minamino's best role for Liverpool?

What is Takumi Minamino's best role for Liverpool?

Takumi Minamino, like so many Liverpool players, is a bit of an enigma.  He caught the eye for Red Bull Salzburg in their 4-3 loss at Anfield, with even some players reportedly singling him out for praise afterwards. When it was revealed he had a £7.25million release clause, a move for the Japan international felt like a no-brainer.  It appeared as though he was the perfect fit for the Reds’ frontline. Some even called him Firminamino due to his knack …
Is this the best version of Mohamed Salah?

Is this the best version of Mohamed Salah?

Mohamed Salah might be playing the best football of his career right now.  The 29-year-old has eight goals and two assists in eight outings this term. There’s an air of inevitability about him in general. It doesn’t feel as though if he’s going to score, it is more of a matter of when he’s going to score. No matter what happens, it just feels as though he’s going to find the back of the net.  The penalty miss against AC …
How To Approach Manchester City

How To Approach Manchester City

This Champions League week is now at an end, and the approaching weekend games offer huge excitement for one of its match day 7 fixtures. Manchester City pay a visit to Anfield this week, in what will be a titanic match-up between the top two sides in England of recent times. How Liverpool will cope after drubbing Porto in the week is a question with varying answers. City lost a huge FFP linked tie to fellow big spenders Paris Saint …
Roger Hunt - Forever Remembered

Roger Hunt - Forever Remembered

I’ve chosen to write articles here and there about Liverpool legends from my own youth. It’s often a light hearted look at past brilliance, with a nostalgic and enjoyable tale of a player, once cheered on by the ever changing face of the Kop. As the years roll by, certain heroes that explode from a young age, can be gone in the blink of an eye. Our memories allow moments and players to live on within the Liverpool hearts and …
The Liverpool Players In Their Final Days

The Liverpool Players In Their Final Days

The final few embers of the Brendan Rodgers regime still remain, with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Divock Origi now rotation pieces of varying quality, within Jürgen Klopp’s squad. As part of any management era, there is always incoming failures that have a shelf life. Under the Brendan stewardship, the hits were few, and the misses often spectacular. This past summer saw a few more players moved on, in what is commonly a summer of attempting to release …
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