Priceless Matip faces career-defining period at Liverpool

Priceless Matip faces career-defining period at Liverpool

When it rains, it pours. Or in Liverpool's case, when it rains, a monsoon arrives. The Reds find themselves in one of the most bleak, unfortunate injury situations in their recent history, following an awful period in the fitness department. When Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season with cruciate ligament damage it felt bad enough, but in the weeks since, things have got even worse for Jurgen Klopp. Having to make do without the likes of Thiago, …
Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Jurgen Klopp sprung a surprise in Liverpool's recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City at The Etihad. After Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League a few days prior to the clash with Pep Guardiola's team, speculation was rife that Klopp may drop Roberto Firmino, one of his key lieutenants, and retain Jota in the starting team. As it turned out, though, the German picked both Firmino and the Reds' new signing from Wolves as the Champions …
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. …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool: What went wrong?

There was no better encapsulation of my feelings towards last night's performance than the Anfield Wrap's half-time Instagram post - 'Fuck off Liverpool'. At that point, there were still three more Villa goals to come, delivering the kind of result that might leave you queasy and anxious for much of the inexplicably-timed international break. Even in the apocalyptic context of 2020, this does not mark the end of the world. It is three dropped points, albeit in a fashion so humiliating …
Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Every top team wants versatile players. In fact, they need flexible players to give them the option of changing things within a match without having to make changes. Liverpool, as an example, have deployed Sadio Mane on the left, on the right and at times centrally. Mohamed Salah has played right-wing and as a centre-forward. Gini Wijnaldum has played, well, he’s played everywhere. But some players should be exempt from this. However, there’s an argument to be made that specialist …
Player ratings as Liverpool succumb to Villa Park embarrassment

Player ratings as Liverpool succumb to Villa Park embarrassment

Where to start with that one? Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool. That's *SEVEN* goals for the team that escaped relegation last season due to a goal line technology error, against the Champions of England. Not sure if this puts my #ProperRed status at risk, but I laughed through that. A lot. Listen, losing big games is horrible. Losing games you deserve to win, games against rivals, close games. All rubbish stuff. Getting spanked by Aston Villa, courtesy of a hat-trick of …
Gomez still requires patience from Liverpool supporters

Gomez still requires patience from Liverpool supporters

Who else saw that coming last weekend then? Liverpool played out a Premier League classic against newly-promoted Leeds, getting their title defence off to an entertaining-but-unconvincing start at Anfield. Having not been able to watch the game first time around, I can confirm that following it on Twitter, while fellow supporters lost their minds, was not an experience to treasure. Don't ever do it. On a defensively-sloppy evening for the Reds, the one man who seemed to come in for …
Is There Something In The Ajer For Liverpool?

Is There Something In The Ajer For Liverpool?

Dejan Lovren brought down the curtain on his six-year stint with Liverpool when he joined Zenit St Petersburg last month. Despite not being universally popular among the Reds fanbase, the Croatian international was nonetheless a player Jurgen Klopp regularly turned to -- be it as a regular starter or as a rotational player -- and he will need to be replaced ahead of the upcoming season. Several players -- including, Brighton's Ben White, Schalke's Ozan Kabak and Sevilla's Diego Carlos …
Kabak vs White - Who should Liverpool sign?

Kabak vs White - Who should Liverpool sign?

Dejan Lovren’s departure left a void in the Liverpool squad. He may have only been the fourth-choice centre-back for the Reds but given Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are prone to the odd injury, it’s an important role at Anfield. Fabinho can, and has, played there but losing him as the deepest midfielder of a sustained period of time because he’s having to fill in at centre-back just seems like a waste.  The Premier League champions have been linked with …
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