The remarkable rise of Liverpool's pre-Klopp Fab Five

The remarkable rise of Liverpool's pre-Klopp Fab Five

Jurgen Klopp is approaching five years as Liverpool manager, which is a frightening sentence to type. Where on earth did the time go? At this point in 2015, Brendan Rodgers was in his final pre-season at Anfield and the Reds were looking to bounce back from the humiliation of a 6-1 defeat away to Stoke. Little did we know at the time, FSG were flirting with Jurgen Klopp during his post-Borussia Dortmund breather, with Rodgers' time all but up. In …
Why Liverpool had to sell Danny Ings

Why Liverpool had to sell Danny Ings

Danny Ings is doing exceptionally well for Southampton this season and because of this people want to rewrite history. He scored 22 goals for the season and just missed out on the golden boot. The 28-year-old has scored or assisted in 57% of the matches he’s featured in. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say his goals have helped Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side stay in the Premier League. They could finish as high as 11th, a remarkable achievement for a team …
In Defence Of Bobby Firmino

In Defence Of Bobby Firmino

Admittedly, Roberto Firmino ought to score more goals. But you know who else falls into that category? Every footballer who has ever laced a pair of boots up. Much has been made of the Brazilian's recent domestic goal drought at Anfield -- which, at the time of writing, extends to 18 Premier League games -- and much of it, weirdly, has come from Liverpool fans who should know better. Jurgen Klopp, pundits and ex-players -- with Thierry Henry always effusive …
Should Liverpool be interested in Leicester attacker?

Should Liverpool be interested in Leicester attacker?

Harvey Barnes was the talk of Liverpool Twitter last week. I’m not entirely sure, but I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to take a detailed look at a player. The Leicester City man impressed me last season after returning from his loan spell. His expected goal contribution (goals and assists) was higher than averages posted by Raul Jimenez, Callum Wilson, Romelu Lukaku and a host of other names.  Barnes had an expected goals average of 0.32 per 90, …
Iconic Moments From A Season To Remember

Iconic Moments From A Season To Remember

Premier League Champions. Only we know how as a collective fanbase we've longed to hear those beautiful words. Everything about the manner in which the title was finally secured spells out poetic. Six years ago our title hopes were obliterated with a disappointing draw at Palace and a loss to Chelsea at home. Willian hammered in the final nail in the coffin with his goal thus handing the visitors a 2-0 victory and the Premier League title to City. Fast …
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool: Observations from a night to forget

Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool: Observations from a night to forget

For Liverpool, Thursday's trip to the Etihad peaked before it had even begun. The side who had come out on top last season in the most agonising circumstances were reduced to rolling out the red carpet for the most dominant champions in Premier League history as they took to the field. The final score was the consequence of defensive sloppiness and charitable finishing against City writ large. Psychologically, you could say Pep Guardiola's men have laid down a marker. Liverpool …
Liverpool's Wait Is Over

Liverpool's Wait Is Over

Finally, after what felt like an interminable wait, Liverpool Football Club are Champions of England once again. The Reds' 19th crown -- their first in the Premier League era -- is all the more impressive, given the club's recent boom and bust history; where a title challenge would inevitably be followed a season later by a calamitous collapse. The title tilt of 2001/2002 was followed by a meek 5th placed finish in 2002/2003, again owing to poor transfer market manoeuvring, …
Jurgen Klopp's Tactical Conundrum

Jurgen Klopp's Tactical Conundrum

Liverpool players are often accused of being too reliant on the system they’re being deployed in. It’s used as a criticism and as a way to downplay the achievements of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.  “In other teams, they’d be nowhere near as effective.”   And while this might be true, it’s actually adding weight to the managerial ability of Jurgen Klopp. The former BVB boss is often written off as a passion merchant and what he does tactically …
Key Stats from another goalless derby at Goodison

Key Stats from another goalless derby at Goodison

Liverpool were back in Premier League action for the first time in over three months and it was an absolutely rubbish game of football. A 0-0 draw at Goodison Park feels like a story we’ve heard before, and sadly Liverpool’s wait for the title will now extend beyond their home game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday as they dropped points for just the third time all season. The Lovren Effect Dejan Lovren replaced the injured Joël Matip with fifteen minutes …
Player ratings as Liverpool complete annual Goodison draw

Player ratings as Liverpool complete annual Goodison draw

The Premier League is well and truly back. Excitement at seeing Keita in the team, Milner picking up a needless yellow and Liverpool drawing 0-0 at Goodison Park. Almost like we never stopped, right? Admittedly not the best game ever for the neutral, Everton should have won truth be told. Still, we have an actual game of football to analyse, so let's get going with the ratings. Alisson dazzles Alisson Becker (8): If this game is played similarly three months ago, …
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