Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Remember during the first couple of seasons under Jurgen Klopp, when Liverpool would perform well, but an individual mistake would cost them? I’m talking about Alberto Moreno against Sevilla in the Europa League final, Simon Mignolet in the Carabao Cup final, Dejan Lovren on multiple occasions, and Loris Karius in the Champions League final. This isn’t a criticism of any of these players either. I’m just pointing out that their individual errors played a pivotal part in the outcome of …
Liverpool & Their Horses For Courses Centre Halves

Liverpool & Their Horses For Courses Centre Halves

It looks as if Liverpool, barring a late plot twist, will stick with what they have in the centre half department of the team. After injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- both of which are serious enough to keep the duo out for most of the, if not all of, the season -- it was widely expected that the Reds would look to replenish their defensive stocks in the January transfer window. Whether there is a lack …
Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

When Marcus Rashford burst clear in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Man United, every Liverpool supporter on the planet must have feared the worst. The England striker is renowned for his blistering pace, and as he sprinted through on goal, the Reds' long unbeaten home run felt like it could go up in smoke, against the worst possible opponents. From nowhere, though, the marauding Fabinho appeared to save the day, racing back to thwart Rashford, muscling him off the ball and …
Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign Ben White

Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign Ben White

After the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, it was inevitable that the names of several centre-halves would be bandied about and linked to Liverpool. Sven Botman, David Carmo, Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahim Konate have all been suggested as antidote's to the Reds' personnel shortage in the heart of their defence. Perhaps the name most regularly circulated in the media, though, is that of Brighton and Hove Albion's Ben White. According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, the …
Nathaniel Phillips: Why Liverpool's Mr. Dependable Deserves a Long-Terms Role at the Club

Nathaniel Phillips: Why Liverpool's Mr. Dependable Deserves a Long-Terms Role at the Club

Nathaniel Phillips has all the attributes to become Liverpool's permanent, fourth-choice, centre back. Phillips, thanks to his scruffy beard and sweaty fringe, looks more like a hungover student than a Liverpool centre half. However, looks can be deceiving. His pragmatic style, limited capability and local connection to the club means that a role, as a long-standing deputy, should be on offer. The centre back has featured more than he would have expected this season, following the injuries to Virgil Van …
Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Not that you would know it from looking at the Premier League table, or Champions League group table for that matter, but Liverpool have been hamstrung by injuries to central defenders this season. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- two of Jurgen Klopp's key defensive lieutenants -- will miss most of, if not all, the season, and Joel Matip visits the treatment room so frequently that he is almost at the point of paying rent there. Fabinho hasn't …
Why Klopp opted for Kelleher over Adrian

Why Klopp opted for Kelleher over Adrian

A few weeks back now, Jamie Carragher analysed what has happened to Liverpool’s defensive line since Virgil van Dijk’s injury on Monday Night Football. There was a belief that without the Dutchman, the Reds would retreat a little. There have been subtle tweaks but these haven’t been anywhere near as drastic as many had expected.  In his feature, Carragher talked about the backline’s preemptive positioning. Without the recovery pace of Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Liverpool have stopped trying to …
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. …
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