Liverpool Press Makes Spanish Whine

Liverpool Press Makes Spanish Whine

Liverpool retained top spot with a dominant 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield last Saturday. Goals from Joel Matip and a Mohamed Salah brace were enough to wrap up the three points for the Reds, despite Lucas Torreira pulling a goal back for the Gunners in the 83rd minute. A prominent feature of the victory was the efficient, choreographed and intense pressing of Jurgen Klopp's team. One player, in particular, who felt the full brunt of the European Champions claustrophobia-inducing …
Man City 1 Liverpool 1 - Community Shield: Who Was Man Of The Match?

Man City 1 Liverpool 1 - Community Shield: Who Was Man Of The Match?

With the Community Shield – a match part-preseason friendly, part-trophy competition – you can construct any narrative you want. You can easily overreact to the result: If you win, it’s laying down a marker to start the season; if you lose, it shows you’re not ready to make a serious title challenge. You can also dump a big bucket of cold water on the results: If you win, it doesn’t mean much; if you lose, the side just hasn’t hit …
Outside The Box Option Can Provide Wing Depth

Outside The Box Option Can Provide Wing Depth

Liverpool fell to yet another pre-season defeat on Sunday as they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium. The performance was anaemic and sloppy and the Reds made a team who are two weeks behind them in preparations for the new season look far sharper and fluent. An interesting element of the line-up Jurgen Klopp started the game with was his use of Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the wide players -- sandwiching Divock …
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: Who was man of the match?

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: Who was man of the match?

There are truly no words so soon after the greatest European night in Anfield's history, but I'll try to find some. This was a depleted Liverpool side - no Mohamed Salah, no Roberto Firmino and, after halftime, no Andrew Robertson - but each and every man in red wrote themselves into footballing folklore. Never has there been such an embarrassment of riches in the MOTM discussion. Alisson Becker kept us in the competition with his remarkable sprawling save against Napoli …
Player ratings as Liverpool humiliate Barcelona

Player ratings as Liverpool humiliate Barcelona

Just had a big cry. A big massive cry. A happy cry, though. Never had that sensation before in my 20 years on this planet, not particularly shocked that it's football that finally brings it out. These Reds. This gang of lads, a bunch that simply don't know when to quit. They've taken Lionel Messi's Barcelona, hungrier than they have been in years for a Champions League title, and taken them to task in possibly the greatest night Anfield has …
Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds make it nine in a row

Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds make it nine in a row

It may not have been the most enjoyable watch, but literally all that matters in the heat of this title battle is the end result. Jurgen Klopp's ever-patient, rarely-ruffled Reds continued their delightful habit of finding a way to win ahead of a potentially decisive Manchester derby on Wednesday. It was a set-piece that provided the opener against the resolute hosts shortly before the hour mark, with Georginio Wijnaldum lashing a bouncing ball beyond Neil Etheridge. Substitute James Milner then …
Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

On a night where the eyes of many Reds fans understandably drifted onto the remarkable events at the Etihad Stadium, proceedings at the Estadio do Dragao were rather predictable. Porto, buoyed by their fervent support, flew out of the blocks and made the Reds sweat with a mass of half-chances. But once Jurgen Klopp's side rode out the tense opening 20 minutes, things calmed down. The visitors clinically dispatched their chances when they came, coasting to a comfortable victory and …
Player Ratings as scratchy Reds win 4-1 to make Champions League semi

Player Ratings as scratchy Reds win 4-1 to make Champions League semi

How did that end 4-1? Well, you could argue Liverpool outclassed Porto in both penalty areas, and thoroughly deserved that result. And you'd be able to present a justifiable argument. But for large parts of that game, it just didn't look like Liverpool were going to win 4-1. Sadio Mané put the Reds on their way with a VAR-overturned goal, after the referee had initially disallowed it for offside. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk put the gloss …
Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Who was man of the match?

Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Who was man of the match?

After a truly awful performance against Manchester United stoked anxiety among fans and had City smelling blood, Liverpool rattled through the gears and put out a resounding statement. It was a performance full of the energy, hunger and creativity which were lacking at Old Trafford as the Reds mercilessly exposed the gulf in class. Jurgen Klopp's side were superb virtually to a man, meaning we have an embarrassment of riches in the MOTM discussion. The defence secured its sixteenth clean sheet …
Liverpool 0-0 Man City: Who was the Man of the Match?

Liverpool 0-0 Man City: Who was the Man of the Match?

Riyad Mahrez's late penalty miss has left Liverpool fans pondering whether their side's goalless draw with Manchester City represents a point gained or two points dropped. On the one hand, the Reds could be thankful that they were not punished for what was an uninspiring performance, bereft of the anticipated vigour, but on the other, it seems that a potentially crucial opportunity has been missed, with City expected to hoover up the points elsewhere. Liverpool flew out of the blocks …
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