Liverpool's Joe Gomez conundrum

Liverpool's Joe Gomez conundrum

The centre-back situation  Last season, Liverpool had no centre-backs. Now, the Reds allegedly have too many.  According to a report, albeit not the most reliable ones, Joe Gomez isn’t happy with his situation at Anfield. The 24-year-old is yet to start in the Premier League this term and the majority of his minutes have arrived in weakened teams in Carabao Cup matches.  It wasn’t that long ago he was the first choice right-sided centre-back beside Virgil Van Dijk. Injuries and …
Joe Gomez - Patience Is A Virtue

Joe Gomez - Patience Is A Virtue

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 …
The Rearguard Solution

The Rearguard Solution

Centre-back partnerships can offer sublime foundations and turn teams into serial winners. Alessandro Costacurta and Franco Baresi jump to the front of that formidable list, as a partnership that allowed the rest of the side to dominate literally everyone. In the modern game (especially within the Premier League), the ferocity of play and sheer culmination of games has now enforced adjustment to Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp’s thinking. The reds have started the season in an impressive manner, and the four …
Joel Matip - Elite When Fit

Joel Matip - Elite When Fit

Second Season Tsimikas To Enjoy Further Responsibility

Second Season Tsimikas To Enjoy Further Responsibility

On the surface, the signing of Kostas Tsimikas really hasn't worked out for Liverpool. Signed from Olympiacos in the summer of 2020, the Greek left-back -- whose acquisition was aimed at giving Andy Robertson the opportunity to rest -- only made seven appearances in all competitions in his first season on Merseyside. Meanwhile, Robertson played in every single Premier League fixture, clocking up an energy-sapping 3,368 minutes in the process of the most condensed season of all time. The Scotland …
Should Nat Phillips be a long-term option for Liverpool?

Should Nat Phillips be a long-term option for Liverpool?

For an emergency centre-half, Nat Phillips has become surprisingly divisive. At least that's the impression I get from my Twitter feed. There are those who believe he's performed well enough in a time of crisis to merit a place in Liverpool's centre-back rotation moving forward. And then there are those who acknowledge the contribution he's made but argue that he's ultimately too limited a defender to figure long-term. Liverpool should be back up to a full complement of centre-halves next …
Ibrahima Konate - The Lowdown

Ibrahima Konate - The Lowdown

At 22 years old, and 6 feet 4 inches tall, the towering French centre back comprises much of what Jurgen Klopp looks for in a central defender. His potential signing could offer some much needed assurance next season. If reports are to be believed. Since Jurgen Koop took over at Liverpool, he has signed two starting central defenders in his tenure. Joel Matip was signed on a Bosman free from Schalke, and Virgil Van Dijk for a record fee from …
Love Nat Phillips, but don't overrate him

Love Nat Phillips, but don't overrate him

One of the hardest things as a football supporter is finding a fair middle ground. We're all guilty of going overboard one way or the other. If a player you love plays well, it's the greatest performance you've ever seen. If a player you don't rate is slightly off the boil, he's a complete waste of space. Finding balance seems increasingly difficult. From a Liverpool perspective, one of the main focal points at the moment is Nat Phillips, who has …
Ben Davies: The Latest Example Of Liverpool Market Strategy

Ben Davies: The Latest Example Of Liverpool Market Strategy

Unless you're an ex Liverpool player, the likelihood is that you and I have played the same number of minutes for the Reds as Ben Davies: zero. The centre half arrived at the injury-depleted defending champions in January from Championship side Preston North End and was expected to plug the considerable gap left in Liverpool's defence by the injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Almost five months later, the 25-year-old is still waiting to make his …
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