Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

This summer's been a bit of a whirlwind, hasn't it? We've had the highs and lows of England's World Cup campaign, with ironic jeers of 'it's coming home' appearing more and more realistic as the Three Lions reached the semi-final. The dramatic use of VAR to keep pulses racing as modern technology enlarges its grip on football. The widespread appreciation of Jordan Henderson and his importance to the national side in Russia. I could go on. As far as the …
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 …
It’s Time for Liverpool to Raid Milan

It’s Time for Liverpool to Raid Milan

When the news broke this week that Italian giants AC Milan would be banned from European play, it further cemented the recent decline of one of football’s greatest clubs. The club that offered so many glorious memories from the past, is now a shell of itself and the outlook of recovery may be even worse. The club couldn’t curb its losses prior to the 2016-2017 campaign and have made their situation even worse by spending over €150 million in new …
A Chance for Gomez to Shine at Centre-Back?

A Chance for Gomez to Shine at Centre-Back?

Kiev only feels like yesterday but Liverpool are almost back in pre-season training. The World Cup has been a lovely distraction from all things Reds - the tournament will still be going on during the first few friendlies, slightly bizarrely - but now it's time to switch on again. Up the 'This Is Our Year' Reds! There is going to be so much to consume in pre-season, from the performances of new pair Naby Keita and Fabinho to the response …
Liverpool FC 17/18: Player Ratings by AI Writers - Part 1

Liverpool FC 17/18: Player Ratings by AI Writers - Part 1

The season is over. It ended just two weeks ago but seems like a lot more. LFC isn't giving us any time to look back: the Champions League final, Fabinho, concussions, Fekir, sir Kenny... Before everything seems even more distant the Anfield index writers collaborated on giving each player's season a rating. The average post-match rating is the average of all AI match ratings the player received during the season. Loris Karius - average post-match rating 6.33, writers season rating …
Time For Liverpool To Prove Nice Guys Can Finish First

Time For Liverpool To Prove Nice Guys Can Finish First

Bias exists in football, there is no doubt about that. We all overly heap praise on the teams we support and the players we love, while those we dislike must do something magical to earn a similar level of adoration. One thing that has nothing to do with favouritism, however, is just what a likeable bunch of players Liverpool have nowadays. Sure, we will instantly warm to our own players more than Man United or Everton fans would, but even …
Quality Over Quantity - A Quiet Summer for LFC?

Quality Over Quantity - A Quiet Summer for LFC?

Liverpool are rapidly heading towards yet another pivotal summer for the club. With the type of manager than Jürgen Klopp is, and the way that Liverpool are developing – not to mention the current Premier League climate – every single transfer window feels absolutely vital. But in many respects, the constant overhype of every window, the questions of how this side will develop and how big the overhaul will be are contrary to Klopp’s own way of looking at things, …
Why Pepijn Lijnders Would be the Ideal Buvač Successor

Why Pepijn Lijnders Would be the Ideal Buvač Successor

Liverpool refuse to do things the easy way. 5-2 up in a Champions League semi-final ahead of the second leg, Jürgen Klopp would surely have been less restless had his side already confirmed a top four place, but alas the looming figure that is the tie in Rome seemed to provide enough distraction for Stoke to slip away with a point. Surely, focus was in order. Then news broke that Klopp’s assistant coach – one of the two men who …
Liverpool Player Ratings From Stoke Stalemate

Liverpool Player Ratings From Stoke Stalemate

A performance that makes you wonder why you bothered getting up for it in the first place. Yes, Liverpool have got bigger fish to fry at the moment, but in a season that's been defined by European nights it seems a little odd that we're not more worried about making sure we're in the Champions League next season. Onto the ratings where I was tempted to give them all 'N/A' which would today stand for 'Not Arsed'. A clean sheet, …
Patience, Patients & Prospects: Reviving Liverpool's English Core

Patience, Patients & Prospects: Reviving Liverpool's English Core

Aside from the last ten minutes of the past two matches, everything is looking rosy in Liverpool-land. Sunday night Mo Salah was awarded the PFA Player of the Year award and, of course, Tuesday night ended with Liverpool holding a 5-2 advantage going into the Champions League semi-final away leg. Things are going so well in fact that we're not satisfied anymore with just a Champions League semi-final victory. It has to be decisive. It has to embarrass the opposition. …
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