The Back Up Boys

The Back Up Boys

With only a handful of games left in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup this season, Liverpool now (more than ever) need to utilise the full depth of their squad. After watching Manchester City glide into red territory time and time again this past Sunday, the end result has to be seen as a positive. To head to the Etihad and hold out for vital point, needs to be taken as a good result, all things considered. Forget …
RAW: Hapless Henderson & Sloppy Set Pieces

RAW: Hapless Henderson & Sloppy Set Pieces

It was billed as the title decider between the best two football teams on the planet. A chance to expand the lead over Liverpool for Man City, or an opportunity for the Reds to go clear at the top of the table. On Post-Match RAW, Trevor Downey was joined by Jim Boardman and Dave Hendrick to look back at the 2-2 draw with the Citizens at the Ethiad. First up is Dave, who wasn't pleased with elements of the side …
Naby: The Big Game Player

Naby: The Big Game Player

Naby Keita has been one of Liverpool's best players this season, and perhaps the Reds' most underrated performer. His impact is so understated, I even marked him a little low in the match ratings on Tuesday, as the Reds bested Benfica 1-3. It’s only on a rewatch (and after viewing his match stats), that I saw how endlessly effective he was, and the 7.5 I marked probably deserved a solid 8.5. The perfect Klopp facilitator, appears to be the little …
What is Jordan Henderson's best position for Liverpool?

What is Jordan Henderson's best position for Liverpool?

It feels as though we have this conversation every other year. Jordan Henderson will play a different role and there will be a big debate with regards to whether the new position is actually the best one for him moving forward.  There will then be a fair bit of revisionism as people highlight their opinions from a few years back as if to say told you so.  We’re seeing it now. He came off of the bench against Inter to …
Post-Match RAW: Superb Set Pieces & Sean Dyche's Face

Post-Match RAW: Superb Set Pieces & Sean Dyche's Face

During an incredibly busy period for the Reds, following the victory at home to Leicester, they had to travel to Turf Moor and play Sean Dyche's bottom-of-table Burnley. Fabinho's fifth goal in recent weeks came just before half-time from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, followed by Sadio Mane's flick on, and it was enough to secure maximum points. On Post-Match RAW, Trev, Dave and Hari reacted after the final whistle. It was always going to be a tough challenge, and when …
The Henderson Dilemma

The Henderson Dilemma

There was much annoyance in not replacing of Gini Wijnaldum this past summer. Yet as the season enters its final few months, the main worry is that of Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson. In a season where emerging midfield talents have come to the fore, there seems to be a dilemma heading towards Jordan Henderson‘s Liverpool career. At 36 years old, James Milner is quite understandably dropping down the Anfield pecking order. At 31 years old, Jordan Henderson is now past …
Key Stats as Liverpool’s set-piece kings break down stubborn Burnley

Key Stats as Liverpool’s set-piece kings break down stubborn Burnley

The Reds had to battle hard to edge past a typically combative Burnley as a well-worked goal from Fabinho saw them win 1-0 at Turf Moor. But what were the key stats as Liverpool maintained the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table? Set Piece Specialists With the Clarets looking to sit back and frustrate Liverpool, the Reds had to rely on their set-piece routines to carry the bulk of their attack. 1.81 of the Reds 2.04 …
Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Caoimhin Kelleher - 7.0 A good first half, with lots of possession against Arsenals press. Solid composure under pressure, and another good outing. Trent Alexander Arnold - 9.0 A great moment for the opening goal, and the playmaker is looking imperious on the ball. Gave good solidity at the back, and tracked runners well. Kept sliding into a central areas to create on the ball brilliance. The pass for the second goal was sensational. Andy Robertson - 7.5 Limited on …
Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal: Player Ratings as Reds fail to punish Xhaka and Arsenal

Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal: Player Ratings as Reds fail to punish Xhaka and Arsenal

Takumi Minamino missed a glorious late chance as Liverpool limped to a goalless draw with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal. It was by far the best of the few opportunities The Reds fashioned following Granit Xhaka's two-reds-for-the-price-of-one dismissal 24 minutes into the game. Liverpool of course missed the threat, and above all the movement, of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, but this shouldn't be considered an inevitable mid-AFCON slump. Like the game against Chelsea in …
Can Jordan Henderson replace James Milner as Liverpool's utility man?

Can Jordan Henderson replace James Milner as Liverpool's utility man?

Jordan Henderson has and always will be a divisive subject amongst Liverpool fans. You have some who won’t hear a bad word said against him and simply refuse to acknowledge when he has a game to forget. You then have those who are the complete opposite and will find a negative in every single one of his performances. They will go out of their way to find a way to scapegoat him.  However, I’ve noticed both sides in agreement - …
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