Are Liverpool Becoming Boring?

Are Liverpool Becoming Boring?

MANCHESTER, England: The walls were closing in on Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United as a hugely unfancied Newcastle side, managed by (one of) the Portuguese’s biggest rivals visited Old Trafford, to try and seal the 3-time Premier League champion (as he is constantly reminding us) managers fate. The history of bad blood between the pair dates back 14 years when Jose was in the Blue of Chelsea and Rafa in the Red of Liverpool. A time when defensive football …
Liverpool 0-0 Man City: Who was the Man of the Match?

Liverpool 0-0 Man City: Who was the Man of the Match?

Riyad Mahrez's late penalty miss has left Liverpool fans pondering whether their side's goalless draw with Manchester City represents a point gained or two points dropped. On the one hand, the Reds could be thankful that they were not punished for what was an uninspiring performance, bereft of the anticipated vigour, but on the other, it seems that a potentially crucial opportunity has been missed, with City expected to hoover up the points elsewhere. Liverpool flew out of the blocks …
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Mahrez miss costs Citizens rare Anfield win

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Mahrez miss costs Citizens rare Anfield win

Liverpool kept their unbeaten Premier League start intact, just, as Riyad Mahrez's late penalty miss cost Manchester City the chance for a first league win at Anfield since 2003. A stalemate was the last thing expected between the country's two finest teams, but a mutual respect between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola saw chances few and far between as the two teams suffocated each other in possession. City had the better of the chances, culminating in Virgil van Dijk's challenge …
Player Ratings as Liverpool and City draw a blank

Player Ratings as Liverpool and City draw a blank

Far from the frenetic games we saw between these two last season, this was a pretty dull affair with Liverpool and Manchester City both locking horns in a goalless draw. There was drama, such as Riyad Mahrez's late penalty which was as successful as when Phil Jones steps up to the spot, alongside chances for Mohamed Salah that would've been comfortably buried last season, but there was an overriding lack of golden opportunities for either team. Here are the player …
Is Gomez Actually Outperforming Van Dijk?

Is Gomez Actually Outperforming Van Dijk?

Cast your mind back to the latter stages of last season, when a clearly unfit Joe Gomez was struggling to impress. Utilised at right-back, the 21-year-old was a weak presence in frustrating draws against relegated pair Stoke City and West Brom, conceding a last-gasp free-kick that proved key in the latter. With Liverpool doing their best to make a top-four finish harder than it needed to be, it was Gomez who received the brunt of the negativity, with some even …
Panic at the San Paolo - Napoli 1-0 Liverpool

Panic at the San Paolo - Napoli 1-0 Liverpool

Panic! Our once vaunted attack leaves Italy with a whimper. The Ribena has run out for James Milner. Naby Keita left the pitch on a stretcher. Trent and Robbo looked gassed from the beginning. And City awaits... First Half All About Naby Each of the other Champions League ties were full of tricks, flips and goals galore. In Naples, the mood was much different. It’s not clear what crop was harvested from the San Paolo pitch prior to kickoff, but …
Player Ratings as Reds are neutralised in Naples

Player Ratings as Reds are neutralised in Naples

Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. Liverpool's worst performance of the season so far rightfully punished with a late Napoli winner. The Reds were never at the races, with David Ospina not having to make a single save in the home goal. Onto Sunday, where it has to be better. Here are your ratings. Three players come away with credit Alisson Becker (7): Made a couple of really good saves, probably would have been more than 1-0 if not for him. Held a …
Integrating Fabinho and the Need for Patience

Integrating Fabinho and the Need for Patience

Patience isn’t a word that gets heeded much in the modern era of football. Instant gratification has been normalised and expected, and signings are often cast aside as “flops” in as short a space as six months. And that’s fine because some signings don’t work. But, if one casts their mind back to the final season of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure, you’ll notice that Liverpool’s current number nine was far from the maniacal presser and vital fulcrum that he would become …
Liverpool leave Spurs bewildered in London

Liverpool leave Spurs bewildered in London

Liverpool aren't technically top of the table, surpassed by Chelsea on goal difference as the sun goes down on this Premier League Saturday. The Reds are, however, undefeated, having only allowed two goals in five and eased past Spurs in London. Liverpool now have more away points against top-six opponents than they amassed in all of 2017/18. IN A NEW YORK MINUTE... OK, a London minute, but just a few seconds in we got a very good idea that everything …
Key Stats from Spurs 1 Liverpool 2 - Five from Five

Key Stats from Spurs 1 Liverpool 2 - Five from Five

Liverpool did enough to see off Spurs 2-1 in an exciting game at Wembley. But what were the key stats from Liverpool’s fifth win in five league games? Spurs’ Defence Falls Apart Liverpool ended up scoring twice, with both goals contributed to by shocking goalkeeping errors. But it could and should have been more for the Reds but for poor play in the final third. Their expected goals was 2.98, with three big chances. Admittedly this is skewed by Bobby’s …
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