Ultimate test of Van Dijk-less Liverpool arrives at Man City

Ultimate test of Van Dijk-less Liverpool arrives at Man City

Can you think of a more high-profile, damaging injury to a Liverpool player than Virgil van Dijk's at Everton? I'm not sure there has ever been one that has had the potential to define an entire season like Van Dijk's, such is his colossal stature at the club. Having had him available throughout almost all of his nearly-three-year stay at Anfield, we now have the horrible prospect of not seeing him in a Liverpool shirt again for almost a year. …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Etihad bears witness to the first title-rivals clash of the season

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Etihad bears witness to the first title-rivals clash of the season

THE DETAILS Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee – Craig Pawson Date & Time – Sunday, November 8th @ 16:30 Current Odds – Manchester City 19/20, Draw 16/5, Liverpool 23/10 ________________________________________________________ Five points separate these sides as they prepare to do battle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening. Liverpool look well-primed to push for the Premier League title again and City will certainly rise among the placings as the weeks progress. Both sides will see this weekend's clash as the …
Diogo Jota Form Gives Liverpool New Attacking Element.

Diogo Jota Form Gives Liverpool New Attacking Element.

Jurgen Klopp rejiggered his usual front three for Liverpool's thumping 5-0 win away to Atalanta last Tuesday. And it worked a treat as hattrick hero Diogo Jota -- who came into the usual attacking trident in the place of Roberto Firmino -- Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all scored in the humbling of the Italians. Although Gian Piero Gasperini's tactics were accomodating, with the Serie A side man-marking the Reds' players in their high lined defense, the success of the …
Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool: Player ratings from a masterclass in Bergamo

Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool: Player ratings from a masterclass in Bergamo

Liverpool produced their best performance of the season so far and one of their finest under Jurgen Klopp in a rout of Atalanta. The Reds made a mockery of the Serie A side's fearsome reputation in the scintillating 5-0 victory, with Diogo Jota hitting a hat-trick to continue his staggering start. Here is how the Reds rated. Alisson Becker - 7/10 After a nervy start which saw a couple of tame efforts nearly squirm away, Alisson authoritatively maintained Liverpool's third …
Brilliant Liverpool Maul Atalanta In Italy

Brilliant Liverpool Maul Atalanta In Italy

Liverpool took a huge step towards qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with a thumping 5-0 win away to Atalanta. A hat-trick from Diogo Jota as well as a goal apiece from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah crowned a performance of attacking brilliance from the Reds. Had it not been for poor finishing and the form of Marco Sportiello in the host's goals, the English champions would have won by a bigger margin. From the offset, it …
Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips was picked as the man of the match award in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday last. The performance -- and individual plaudits -- represents somewhat of a redemption for the 23-year old centre-half. With 12 Championship clubs chasing the Bolton natives’ signature in the summer, Phillips -- who had been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield -- saw the writing on the wall for his Liverpool career. However, a move never materialized -- with Swansea …
Atalanta vs Liverpool Preview - High flying La Dea will provide huge test for Reds in Italy

Atalanta vs Liverpool Preview - High flying La Dea will provide huge test for Reds in Italy

THE DETAILS   Venue - Atalanta Stadium, Bergamo Referee - Ovidiu Hategan Date & Time - Tuesday, November 3rd 2020 @ 20:00 Current Odds - Atalanta 21/10, Draw 3/1. Liverpool 11/10 _____________________________________________________________________ It's another first for Liverpool this Tuesday as they play Atalanta in a competitive fixture, something that has never happened before. Expect goals aplenty in this one as both sides are likely to go all out for the three points on the night. This could be an end-to-end battle to …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

With minimal rest between games and an extremely unfortunate recent injury record, Liverpool are battling, hard, each week. Late on Saturday evening, West Ham United went to Anfield without their in-form striker Michail Antonio, but still with a clear, disruptive game plan in mind. David Moyes' West Ham were structured in a 5-4-1 system, with a deep low block designed for defenders to double up on Mo Salah and Sadio Mané, and minimise the spaces between defenders for those players …
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham: Who Was Man of the Match?

Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Ham United at Anfield. The Reds went a goal down early on but once again showed an incredible mentality to battle on and steal all three points. We weren’t at our best but the result is the most important thing, especially in this horrifically congested, soulless season. In goal, Alisson had very little to do and didn’t have much of a chance for the West …
Why an aerially dominant centre-back is so important for Liverpool

Why an aerially dominant centre-back is so important for Liverpool

Sheffield United caused Liverpool a lot of problems on Saturday night. As revealed on the Anfield Index Under Pressure podcast, Chris Wilder’s men had 29 touches in the penalty area, the fourth most by any team against the Reds since the start of the 2016/17 campaign. The visitors also managed 13 shots, just four fewer than the hosts. They got at the champions and it’s something we can expect to see from opposition teams moving forward.  Liverpool are by no …
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