Why the 2016-17 Pre-Season Will be Different

Why the 2016-17 Pre-Season Will be Different

Another season. Another promised new dawn. Another set of big hopes and expectations from Liverpool for the fans. Starting on Saturday, Liverpool will commence their pre-season training as they begin preparations for the 2016-17 season. And as Jürgen Klopp promised, this will be a pre-season unlike any that the players have seen previously in their careers. Klopp has long stressed on the importance of pre-season, and how the work in this month and a half would determine a lot of …
Joel Matip - What Will He Bring?

Joel Matip - What Will He Bring?

As of 1st July 2016, Joel Matip was officially a Liverpool player. The Cameroon international will join the reds on a reported 4-year deal after agreeing a pre-contract in January to become a member of Jurgen Klopp’s renaissance. At 6”3 Matip is a real presence in the air, he won an impressive 75% of his aerial duels last season (much higher compared to Sakho 61% and Skrtel 67%, slightly beaten by Lovren with 78%) and all 3 of his goals in …
Liverpool and Dortmund: Uncanny Resemblance

Liverpool and Dortmund: Uncanny Resemblance

The Liverpool squad had been granted a clean slate after the club parted ways with Brendan Rodgers and appointed Jurgen Klopp on October last year. It gave them a chance to prove themselves to their new manager, who is arguably the most popular manager in world football. While many have successfully predicted some players would have difficulties to adapt to the intense system Klopp demands of his players, there were was only one who surprised us most. Adam Lallana. The …
Mixing It Up - Klopp's coaching and Liverpool's Cash

Mixing It Up - Klopp's coaching and Liverpool's Cash

The fume has always been a constant feature of LFC’s transfer window in the Twitter era. Failing to land a target and LFC targeting underwhelming players always set LFC’s” twittersphere” ablaze for days. Also a constant feature is the penchant of journalists and agents to link every man who calls football his profession to a transfer to Liverpool. One change in this summer’s transfer window is the concept of “a perfect Klopp” player. Being linked with an underwhelming name, for …
A Look at Rumoured Liverpool Target Jonas Hector

A Look at Rumoured Liverpool Target Jonas Hector

Movies, specifically romantic-comedies, are to blame for the negativity surrounding certain words and phrases. Because of these movies words like predictable and reliable are shrouded in negative connotations so when you hear a footballer described in a similar way many seem to think these players are ill-fitted to this new era. They have been suited to the eighties and nineties but the nowadays the media demands a maverick. They want to be entertained and a steady Eddie gives them nothing …
Can Liverpool Win The League With Rising Talent v Big Names?

Can Liverpool Win The League With Rising Talent v Big Names?

Antonio Conte. Jose Mourinho. Pep Guardiola. Jurgen Klopp. And maybe Arsene Wenger. This coming season, the Barclays Premier League is filled with world class managers who will have massive war chests at their disposal to sign big names, as they regularly do with the clubs they have formerly worked for. Jurgen Klopp would also have the same backing from the Liverpool owners after witnessing significant progress when he took over, appearing in two cup finals. But would he actually use …
Karius and Matip - A frugal Liverpool in the Transfer Market

Karius and Matip - A frugal Liverpool in the Transfer Market

For as long as I can remember Liverpool have been wasteful in the transfer market. We're the type of club who are more than happy to pay over the odds for an average, solid squad player but drag our feet when it comes to pay the big money for a game changer. Nothing in football is a given but if you do your due diligence, profile the players correctly and identify ones who meet your requirements it's a safe bet …
Joel Matip - From Schalke, With Love

Joel Matip - From Schalke, With Love

So, Who Have We Got? Joel Matip’s profile makes positive reading for Liverpool fans.  His demeanour reminds me of Lucas Leiva, a smile never too far from the surface.  But we should not let that fool us.  Matip is by no means a soft touch on the pitch.  He puts his body on the line when necessary, displaying bravery and commitment in droves. Matip’s long, slender, 6’4” frame seems to glide across the field at times.  The 24 year old …
Joel Matip: Liverpool’s New Man - The View From Bundesliga

Joel Matip: Liverpool’s New Man - The View From Bundesliga

The rumours that Joel Matip would team up with former rival Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool began soon after the German arrived in Merseyside. The Cameroonian boasts many attributes that match seamlessly with the Premier League’s style, and Liverpool’s growing style under Klopp. Matip’s play was developed in many different ways in his time in Gelsenkirchen, with the most valuable arguably coming when he first began to play for the Schalke first-team. Matip made his first-team bow …
Comparing Joel Matip to the Liverpool defence

Comparing Joel Matip to the Liverpool defence

Schalke player Joel Matip has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the January transfer window in a cut price deal due to his contract coming to an end in June. You'd be forgiven for not being too clued up on Matip, when thinking about Schalke defenders it's usually Benedict Howedes and the now departed Kyriakos Papadopoulos that are at the forefront of your thoughts but it's the lesser known Matip that's been impressing for Schalke this season. Matip, …
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