Player Ratings as injuries dominate proceedings at Old Trafford

Player Ratings as injuries dominate proceedings at Old Trafford

That was absolutely rubbish. Up there with the most tedious of Liverpool display's I've seen in years. Yes, fair enough, we may end up looking back at Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool and hailing it as a 'good point', but in the context of the 90 minutes it was turgid. United forced into more tactical reshuffles via injuries (3) than the Reds had shots on target (1). A performance devoid of inspiration, creativity and most importantly, goals. Here's your ratings. Forgive …
Under-appreciated Trent Becoming A Key Player For Klopp

Under-appreciated Trent Becoming A Key Player For Klopp

A lot has been made of the fact that Joe Gomez has been out injured for Liverpool this season – and the impact that that has on Liverpool’s defence. But comparatively, not as much has been made of the impact of losing Trent Alexander-Arnold for a period of time – with Trent missing six of Liverpool’s last eleven games through two injuries and making his return as a sub against Bournemouth. So how much impact does Trent have on the …
Does Fabinho at centre back actually make sense?

Does Fabinho at centre back actually make sense?

It's starting to really get to the crunch period of the season for Liverpool. The next batch of fixtures see the Reds come up against the German powerhouse that is Bayern Munich in the Champions League before a pivotal trip to Old Trafford to face a resurgent Manchester United side in a potential title-deciding Premier League clash. Perhaps not the best time to be in the midst of an injury crisis that has taken out a number of players - …
Title hopes Hammered as Liverpool draw 1-1 in London.

Title hopes Hammered as Liverpool draw 1-1 in London.

Remember the sweet tranquility of those 1-0 snooze-fests that we used to complain about early in the season? How much would you give for a few of those now? Jurgen Klopp set Liverpool up with a few surprises. Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were absent with injuries, leaving a skeleton crew with Adam Lallana starting in midfield and James Milner at right-back. A strong enough eleven none the less, embarked on an up and down affair with both teams getting …
Observations as Reds struggle to seize opportunity amid suspect officiating

Observations as Reds struggle to seize opportunity amid suspect officiating

Rafa Benitez became an even greater figure in the eyes of Liverpool fans on Tuesday night after guiding Newcastle to a surprise 2-1 victory against Premier League holders Manchester City, coming back from behind to give Klopp's side the opportunity to extend their position at the top to seven points. A golden opportunity to go into February with some extra breathing room, the Reds failed to make the opportunity count, stuttering against a resilient Leicester City side in a frustrating …
Reaction to Lallana Setback Shows Fans Are Out of Patience

Reaction to Lallana Setback Shows Fans Are Out of Patience

Adam Lallana's latest injury - a groin strain he picked up in England training - is only minor. It will be a cause of great frustration for the midfielder, who would have hoped to force his way back into starting contention for the Three Lions, but he should be back in action very soon. It is, then, a setback of very little significance for Liverpool, even as they prepare for three huge games in September. Even when fit, Lallana's prospects …
Why We're Thinking About Injuries All Wrong

Why We're Thinking About Injuries All Wrong

The season is yet to kick off, but the bodies are already piling up in Liverpool's treatment room. Joel Matip, having just returned from an injury which required surgery, is back on the sidelines, whilst Adam Lallana, who started a single league fixture in 2017/18, is also injured, after making his way through the first few weeks of pre-season. Ragnar Klavan, with a hamstring issue, joins the injury roster and Oxlade-Chamberlain - a player who struggled with injuries during his …
Injuries are Liverpool’s Achilles Heel to Success

Injuries are Liverpool’s Achilles Heel to Success

Liverpool came so desperately close to winning the Champions League last season but they suffered injuries at key times. Jurgen Klopp and his team had managed the minutes and playing time of the players exceptionally, but you couldn’t help feeling that a couple more quality squad players could have helped LFC over the line. Klopp’s insistence on waiting for the right player rather than buying someone he has no interest in, is, for the most part, admirable, but it can …
Why a Winter Break Is Good for Liverpool & Its Supporters

Why a Winter Break Is Good for Liverpool & Its Supporters

Neil Poole discusses why he believes a winter break would be good for Liverpool and its supporters. A terrible thing happened last week. Sam Allardyce spoke and I actually agreed with Sir Alex’s self-styled gimp. His muffled words struggled to breach the zipped mouth of his black leather mask but to me, maybe only me, they made complete sense. You see, Big Sam is no longer driven to distraction by Rafa Benitez’s mocking hand gestures during a game against Blackburn …
Hot and Cold; why are Liverpool so inconsistent?

Hot and Cold; why are Liverpool so inconsistent?

Inconsistency has been a hallmark of Liverpool's performances since the start of Brendan Rodgers' tenure in 2012, but why do Liverpool still struggle to put together a string of successive good performances, or put a small handful of fantastic performances in between a sandwich of dull, slow and rather boring ones? There is no clear answer to Liverpool's contrasting performances over the past few seasons, but a few standout factors, such as injuries, confidence amongst the team, changes in tactical systems, uncertainty …
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