Striking a Balance: Klopp's Midfield Quandary

Striking a Balance: Klopp's Midfield Quandary

"It's all about balance."
A few days ago, Jürgen Klopp uttered the phrase above, and whilst I may have contorted and bastardised the quote for the purposes of a tactical discussion, despite it being about transfers, this particular quote resonates with the approach any manager must have when building a successful team. Take for instance, the 4-2-3-1 system, the go-to formation for Klopp, with an inbuilt mechanism for a high energy, fast paced, intensive pressing game; indeed the formation was described by, then Real Madrid …
Jordan Henderson - Struggling under the weight of expectation

Jordan Henderson - Struggling under the weight of expectation

As Jürgen Klopp makes the final necessary changes to shape and mould his Liverpool squad, ahead of the up and coming season; speculation still remains over the long term future and captaincy of Jordan Henderson amongst supporters. It's a crucial season for everyone connected with the club, but especially Jordan, coming off the back of a frustrating, injury stricken campaign. He'll be hoping to find some form and consistency, whilst establishing and holding onto a place in Jürgen's starting 11. …
Liverpool Fans & The Battle for the Transfer Window Trophy

Liverpool Fans & The Battle for the Transfer Window Trophy

It was a year ago that I wrote here on Anfield Index about the Transfer Window Trophy, an imaginary piece of silverware that rival fans battle over with growing ferocity. It seems to me that in the past year, little has changed and if anything, the battle for the Transfer Window Trophy has got worse and more intense. Social media is full of it, a determination to fight over almost every transfer in the market, regardless of whether or not …
Why Gini Wijnaldum to Liverpool Makes Sense

Why Gini Wijnaldum to Liverpool Makes Sense

It's a link that not many saw coming. Newcastle's Gini Wijnaldum is the surprise target for Liverpool as the Reds look to move on from their failed pursuits for Gladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud and Udinese's Piotr Zielinski. Both had been linked heavily with Liverpool for months now but with very little movement in negotiations it appears Jurgen Klopp has got over the pair quick enough as the latest Twitter rumours seem to indicate Wijnaldum will be on the plane with the …
A Look at Rumoured Liverpool Target Jonas Hector

A Look at Rumoured Liverpool Target Jonas Hector

Movies, specifically romantic-comedies, are to blame for the negativity surrounding certain words and phrases. Because of these movies words like predictable and reliable are shrouded in negative connotations so when you hear a footballer described in a similar way many seem to think these players are ill-fitted to this new era. They have been suited to the eighties and nineties but the nowadays the media demands a maverick. They want to be entertained and a steady Eddie gives them nothing …
Will The Reds' New Signings Be Starters?

Will The Reds' New Signings Be Starters?

The initial buzz of the summer transfer window seems to have died down a little. The Piotr Zielinski deal never materialised as many had expected and a Mario Gotze U-turn meant the German hasn't been pictured leaning around Melwood just yet. Loris Karius is the sole signing this summer so far, but with Ben Chilwell expected to join along with January recruits Joel Matip and Marko Grujic it means the Reds have four new signings coming in already. Make no …
Jordan Henderson - Keep or Bin?

Jordan Henderson - Keep or Bin?

Jordan Henderson began the season as Liverpool’s new captain. The man to take over the mantle from Steven Gerrard and drive Liverpool on to new heights. He ended it as an unused substitute in the Europa League final and with big question marks over his future after starting just two more games than 35-year-old Kolo Toure and Christian Benteke across the course of the campaign. Of course injuries played their part, but it was nonetheless a disappointing season for Henderson, …
Marko Grujic talks about his move to Liverpool!

Marko Grujic talks about his move to Liverpool!

This Marko Grujic interview was originally found in http://www.blic.rs/ and was translated into English by Vlastimir Stevanovic. “Everything started with the now famous phone call from Klopp. No one told me that he was going to call, I didn’t know anything about it. I was just sitting around when my phone started ringing and I saw a number on the screen starting with +44… England! When I answered, I immediately recognized that German accent, and that voice. I’ve been listening to …
Interview with Serbian Reporter Regarding Liverpool Bound Marko Grujic

Interview with Serbian Reporter Regarding Liverpool Bound Marko Grujic

With so many questions hanging over the potential Marko Grujic transfer from Red Star Belgrade to Liverpool FC I decided to interview Serbian sports writer Nemenja Grbic (@Nemcy85) to see if he could clear a few things up. This was conducted before Marko himself told the Serbian paper Telegraf he was joining Liverpool earlier this morning... Q: Can you clear up what exactly Marko's father has said this week? Why is he so opposed to his son joining Liverpool? First …
The lowdown on Liverpool Target Marko Grujic

The lowdown on Liverpool Target Marko Grujic

Rumours surfaced early last week that Liverpool were in talks with Red Star Belgrade over the signing of their talented midfielder Marko Grujic. I'm going to go out on a limb here and saying not many people watch the Serbian League so to most this player is a bit of an unknown. There's something refreshing about being linked to a player the masses haven't already formed an opinion on. It causes a buzz on social media as people clamber for …
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