Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool are back in the Champions League proper. The draw for the group stages could have been far worse than it has ended up being, but for now, that doesn't matter. What matters is Sunday evening at Anfield, for the first high-profile Premier League game of the season. When Arsenal came to Anfield last season - in early March - they were in turmoil. They had just been beaten 5-1 at the Allianz Arena, and it looked like that could …
Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim: A Tactical Breakdown

Anfield, under lights, with a European fixture: the stage was set. Klopp's Liverpool did not disappoint, with perhaps the best team performance of the calendar year, Liverpool's attacking play was simply breathtaking, as the team dispatched Hoffenheim over the first 20 minutes. With the same midfield as the first-leg, and the first league game of the season, what did Liverpool do differently, and why was the performance so drastically different to the three preceding games? Stats Possession LFC: 45pc (in …
Observations as Liverpool breeze past Hoffenheim

Observations as Liverpool breeze past Hoffenheim

Liverpool sealed their place in the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday night with an utterly ruthless attacking performance seeing off a resolute Hoffenheim side 4-2, with an aggregate score of 6-3. Here are some observations from the match. Mané runs the show...again If you needed any further proof that Sadio Mané is Liverpool's most important player, this was it. The Senegalese international was a constant menace to Hoffenheim, particularly in the first forty-five when his quick feet …
Sadio Mané - Liverpool's Most Important Cog

Sadio Mané - Liverpool's Most Important Cog

Mané's importance to the team has been clear right from the word go at Liverpool. Scoring 13 goals and registering seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances, the Senegalese international needed no bedding in period to make his mark at Anfield and establish himself as a fan favourite. A fiery goal on his competitive debut against Arsenal is testament to that, showing off his pace to cannon past the defence before smashing the ball into the corner. That was followed …
Liverpool 4 - 2 Hoffenheim: Job Done at Anfield

Liverpool 4 - 2 Hoffenheim: Job Done at Anfield

Match: Liverpool (2) v (1) Hoffenheim Date: August 23rd @ 19:45 BST Venue: Anfield Competition: Champions League Playoff 2nd Leg Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané Subs: Karius, Gomez, Solanke, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Sturridge Hoffenheim lineup - Baumann, Nordtveit, Vogt, Hubner, Kaderabek, Demirbay, Geiger, Zuber, Gnabry, Wagner, Kramaric Subs: Kobel, Bicakcic, Rupp, Polanski, Toljan, Uth, Szalai Ninety minutes from Champions League football. Ninety minutes from bringing those nights back home. Ninety minutes …
Liverpool FC - Optimism Creeping in

Liverpool FC - Optimism Creeping in

The season is rolling. And, boy, has it been eventful. Games are coming fast one after the other, leaving supporters little time to reflect on what is happening. We are always looking ahead to the next game. As I am writing this the focus has already shifted from the win against Palace on Saturday to the second leg of the Champions League playoff in midweek. In addition to that we are still heavily involved in the most insane transfer window …
Liverpool v Hoffenheim 2nd Leg Preview - Finishing the Job

Liverpool v Hoffenheim 2nd Leg Preview - Finishing the Job

The Details Venue: Anfield Date & Time: August 23rd, 2017 @ 19:45 BST Form Hoffenheim got their Bundesliga campaign off to a winning start on Saturday, with a 1-0 home victory against Werder Bremen. Now they will be hoping to recuperate before their visit to Anfield as they aim to prolong their maiden visit to the top table of European football. Julian Nagelsmann will almost certainly have many, many more years to look forward to in the Champions League but …
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: A Near Perfect Night?

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: A Near Perfect Night?

It was hardly going to be an easy night. Liverpool were away, in their first Champions League game under Klopp, to perhaps the toughest side available in the draw, Hoffenheim, who had not lost for over a year at home. Alongside this, there was the ongoing Coutinho situation, whilst two of Liverpool's best offensive players - Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana - remain sidelined, so too Nathaniel Clyne. Nevertheless, this was the amalgamation of all the hard work from the 2016-17 …
Candidates for Liverpool's MOTM vs Hoffenheim

Candidates for Liverpool's MOTM vs Hoffenheim

Liverpool drew first blood in their Champions League qualifying tie against Hoffenheim with a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold & James Milner. Having opened their Premier League account unconvincingly with a 3-3 draw away at Watford on Saturday, the Reds travelled to the Rhein-Neckar Arena knowing they were up against a Hoffenheim side that had not been beaten in 459 days on their own turf. When the 22-man squad that would travel to south-western Germany was announced …
Hoffenheim 1  Liverpool 2 - No need to panic, yet

Hoffenheim 1 Liverpool 2 - No need to panic, yet

Date: 15th August 2017 Venue: Rhein-Neckar Arena Competition: Champions League Qualifier Teams Hoffenheim lineup - Baumann, Vogt, Hubner, Bicakcic, Kaderabek, Rupp, Demirbay, Zubar, Gnabry, Kramaric, Wagner Subs: Kobel, Nordtveit, Toljan, Amiri, Uth, Szalai, Geiger Liverpool lineup - Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané Subs: Karius, Origi, Milner, Klavan, Gomez, Grujic, Solanke The Build-Up Football’s not meant to be like this, is it? Or maybe our second game of the season (yes, SECOND GAME!) should be …
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