Keep or Sell? Does Joe Allen Deserve Hero Status?

Keep or Sell? Does Joe Allen Deserve Hero Status?

When he arrived in the summer of 2012, Joe Allen was something of a statement signing for Brendan Rodgers; he was the player he desperately wanted. The two had worked well together at Swansea and Rodgers saw Allen as a vital cog, a key component in how he envisaged his Liverpool team playing. Many questioned the £15m price tag, but Rodgers was just delighted to get his man and was confident Allen would prove his worth. Unfortunately though, a quip …
Tactical Autopsy of the loss to Southampton

Tactical Autopsy of the loss to Southampton

Liverpool's disappointing loss to Southampton was the definition of a game of two halves. The first half was a Jurgen Klopp masterclass. The Reds were like a Duracell bunny in the first half; first to second balls, pressing Southampton before they reached the Liverpool half and devastating when transitioning defence into attack. The second half couldn't have been more different. Southampton gained control of the midfield and in turn gained control of the match. The Southampton substitutions, along with Martin …
The Case for Alberto Moreno

The Case for Alberto Moreno

It wasn’t too long ago that Alberto Moreno was plying his trade in his native homeland, winning battles on Sevilla’s left flank as they stormed their way to a Europa League championship. Highly regarded during season 2013/14, Brendan Rodgers’ most prominent, and important season at the helm of a Luis Suarez-less Liverpool FC would see Moreno arrive for approximately £16m from his native club in Sevilla, to the rumblings of a committee signing. Indeed, the promising young Spaniard held all …
A Comprehensive Analysis of Ian Ayre's Liverpool Legacy

A Comprehensive Analysis of Ian Ayre's Liverpool Legacy

On Monday, Ian Ayre announced that he will step down as Liverpool’s CEO at the end of the 2016/17 season. The reaction amongst Liverpool fans was understandably uncertain: Ian Ayre manages to simultaneously give off the aura of a childish buffoon and a competent professional. Given the announcement and the emotional ambiguity felt towards it, now seems like as good a moment as any to start to excavate and examine the legacy of Ian Ayre at Liverpool. An embarrassing start …
A Requiem for Doubt: The Rebirth of Liverpool Football Club

A Requiem for Doubt: The Rebirth of Liverpool Football Club

As Yaya shot, the nylon net swished, and the dream was dashed for good. Heaps of red clad players sat silently, some lurched over in exhausted pools, others stared blankly into space as if they were too tired or dismayed to process what had just happened. This can’t be how it ends, can it? After all the build-up, all the hope, all the vitality in the run up to the shootout, after all the Mignolet saves and thwarted attacks, our …
Is The Liverpool Midfield Good Enough?

Is The Liverpool Midfield Good Enough?

No. The end. The Liverpool midfield is one area of the team that is difficult to judge. Individually many fans would say the players have enough about them to warrant a place in the Liverpool squad but it's as a collective that questions are asked, and rightly so. Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Joe Allen, Lucas and Emre Can currently make up the central midfield options that Jurgen Klopp currently has at his disposal. We're yet to see Philppe Coutinho play …
The Importance Of Jordan Henderson

The Importance Of Jordan Henderson

So captain Jordan Henderson is injured AGAIN. Surprisingly enough I'm not that surprised. I mentioned it before the Stoke City match on Tuesday night that maybe it was a risk playing Henderson so soon after the Norwich City match, which as we all know was a high intensity match. With the reoccurring injuries it seems Henderson is going to be suffering from now on I think the club and especially the manager Jürgen Klopp needs to manage him and his …
Why Jon Flanagan is the Most Important Piece of Klopp's Liverpool Jigsaw

Why Jon Flanagan is the Most Important Piece of Klopp's Liverpool Jigsaw

When Stoke were welcomed to Anfield for the League Cup second leg clash last week the resulting game from a Liverpool perspective could only be described as drab and disjointed. The performance of the team lacked any of the fluid, free flowing football that rears its head every so often but seems to have become an ever more rare sight when the reds take to the pitch of late. Instead, the lads had to grind out what resulted in a …
Liverpool Set for Midfield Revolution

Liverpool Set for Midfield Revolution

The sixteenth week of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool inspired a good deal of irrational, kiss-the-closest-living-thing, stay-up-all-night-making-a-shrine-to-Joe-Allen joy. When our future selves recall the vicissitudes of the 2015/16 season, few memories will endure as brightly as the hysterical game of see-saw that was Carrow Road or Allen’s brief, fist-clenching fall from modesty as he wheeled away from a forlorn Jack Butland. For a little, wonderful while, the fact that two relatively weak opponents had almost inflicted consecutive defeats on the Reds was …
Joe Allen: The Unlikely Hero

Joe Allen: The Unlikely Hero

I’ve always had a soft spot for the underdog, or the less fashionable if you will. For the full backs of the world whose 90 minute endeavours flit by largely unnoticed aside from the occasional errors that cost us. For the unsung midfielder, trudging from a mud-filled pitch, steam rising from sodden kit and heart thumping after another solid display that laid the foundations for a win delivered by the golden boot of the star striker and his still pristine …
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