Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Liverpool went one step closer to qualifying for the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in the first leg of their playoff contest. It was a gutsy performance from the Reds following their 3-3 draw against Watford on the opening weekend of the Premier League. Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner were enough to see them cross the line and they will go into the clash at Anfield next week with a crucial lead in the European …
Liverpool 3 Liverpool 3 - Attack v Defence

Liverpool 3 Liverpool 3 - Attack v Defence

Welcome to Groundhog Day. The 2017-18 season kicked off at 12.30pm on Saturday and by 12.38pm Liverpool’s defensive frailties were already on show. It was the familiar story. A corner, a near post ball, the flailing of limbs and yellow shirts whirling away in celebration. 1-0 Watford. I was yards away from that corner flag at the time and had the same view as the corner taker, Jose Holebas. I noticed that Watford had a player unmarked at the edge …
Hoffenheim v Liverpool Preview - Klopp returns to his homeland to face CL debutants

Hoffenheim v Liverpool Preview - Klopp returns to his homeland to face CL debutants

The Details Venue: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena Referee: Bjorn Kuipers Date & Time: August 15th, 2017 @ 19:45 BST Form Hoffenheim, like Liverpool, only started their competitive season this past weekend. They faced lowly FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt in the DFP Pokal, claiming a solid 1-0 win away from home. They did, however, show some good form over the summer with good wins and plenty of goals against Standard Liege, Derby County and Bologna. [caption id="attachment_29125" align="aligncenter" width="273"] Julian Nagelsmann[/caption] Julian Nagelsmann is …
1899 Hoffenheim - The Germans Rags To Riches Story

1899 Hoffenheim - The Germans Rags To Riches Story

And so it all comes down to Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim e.V., or 1899 Hoffenheim for short. I might start giving them their full name though. I’m definitely getting a half and half scarf. Being a relatively new club   on the European stage there isn’t a great deal known about the men from Baden-Wurttemberg in Southern Germany. The most famous thing about them, from our perspective at least, is of course the transfer of Roberto Firmino for £29m in …
Mbad Idea: Liverpool Already Have Their Number 9

Mbad Idea: Liverpool Already Have Their Number 9

Reports of Liverpool’s chase for Kylian Mbappe have lingered throughout May and June.  The Reds have been tracking him for quite a while and have not been put off by his rocketing notoriety or his price-tag.  Good for them.  Let’s be honest, if he were signed it would change perceptions among supporters and rivals alike and Jurgen Klopp would find an effective way to use him. However, with Mané a key addition last year and Salah brought into the fold last …
What to do with Roberto Firmino if Liverpool sign a new striker

What to do with Roberto Firmino if Liverpool sign a new striker

There's been a lot of talk recently surrounding Roberto Firmino and whether the versatile Brazilian attacker is clinical enough in front of goal. There are arguments to be made from both sides of the fence. The truth is he can be hit-and-miss but fortunately for us we aren't overly reliant on him scoring every single game. He doesn't need to hit 30 goals. If he manages it then it's a bonus but the Liverpool system doesn't hinge on him going …
Firmino Pledges Allegiance

Firmino Pledges Allegiance

I have a theory that you can identify what kind of a Liverpool fan you are and, by extrapolation, what kind of human you are, based on your current attitude to Roberto Firmino. You see, some people are judgers. It's what they do. (I'm not judging them for it) They feel possessed of some moral authority, I imagine, which allows them to pontificate with impunity. Fair play, I guess. I'm not wired that way myself, but yes, have at it. …
Attackers Liverpool may target - Part 3: The Wildcards

Attackers Liverpool may target - Part 3: The Wildcards

Liverpool's impressive early season form, which sees them at the top of the Premier league after 11 games, has been largely down to just how rampant their attack has been. The summer acquisition of Southampton's Sadio Mane has really seemed to be an adrenaline shot to what was at times a pedestrian, lacklustre Liverpool front line during 2015/16. Yes, at times Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana clicked and Liverpool seemed unplayable but moments like those were few and …
Firmino: The Bobby Dazzler

Firmino: The Bobby Dazzler

The story is familiar.  Poor kid from South America, family makes sacrifices to help him on his way, makes breakthrough in his home-country before transferring to a middle-of-the-road European club, performs highly in Europe, earns big-money deal to Premier League. Most of us are familiar with the tale of Luis Suarez’s career journey and ambition, however, this time it is Roberto Firmino’s story we are narrating. After failing to impress in a trial with first division Sao Paulo he made …
Roberto Firmino - The Game Changer

Roberto Firmino - The Game Changer

Spatial awareness is defined as "the ability to be aware of oneself in space". Positional awareness is defined as "the understanding of positions of objects within an environment". For me a player can have all the ability with a ball at their feet, but to become truly elite, they must have excellent positional and spatial awareness. Roberto Firmino is a special player, one that Liverpool supporters should be grateful to have. Watch him closely and you'll see just how clever …
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