Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool's goalless draw against Everton back in June - the first game of the restarted league season - was an intriguing affair in which Everton posed a number of tactical questions to Liverpool, and was able to slow down the red juggernaut. With Ancelotti's coaching clearly making a difference to Everton's performance, this game had an exciting tactical dimension to it. Yet despite Everton's superb form leading into this game, it was one which Liverpool dominated, with a number of …
Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings as VAR drama denies Reds a derby win

Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings as VAR drama denies Reds a derby win

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Everton at Goodison Park, after a dramatic final few minutes, which saw Jordan Henderson's would-be winner cancelled out by VAR for offside. Sadio Mane gave the Reds an early lead, which was soon pegged back by Michael Keane. Mo Salah put the Reds back in front in the second half, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin brought Everton back level for a second time. Mané set up Henderson for what would have been the winner, but Liverpool were denied …
Analysis: Is the Liverpool press failing?

Analysis: Is the Liverpool press failing?

Liverpool's success since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp has been built around the press. Initially, it was full-throttle, relentless and tiring to watch. But as the team evolved, so did the press. Their approach was more meticulous, their approach was more intelligent and they seemed to take a more measured approach to it all. It made sense. The Reds weren't having to press as often because they now dominated the ball. However, as soon as there was a turnover they'd …
Reds to return to Melwood after international break

Reds to return to Melwood after international break

Liverpool will welcome back all of their international players in the next day or two after last night's UEFA Nations League action. Some players - such as Caoimhín Kelleher and Divock Origi - didn't get any game time on Wednesday night. Kelleher and Origi were unused substitutes for Ireland and Belgium respectively. Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum were in action in the Netherlands' 1-1 draw away to Italy. For England, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson continued his journey back to …
Fitness update on Liverpool squad ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby

Fitness update on Liverpool squad ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby

Liverpool should have Thiago Alcântara and Sadio Mané available for selection for this Saturday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park. Jürgen Klopp may also be able to bring Jordan Henderson back into the starting lineup but Naby Keïta will miss out after an initial positive test while on international duty in recent days. Keïta tested positive while with the Guinea national team during this international break. As of Monday evening, he was in isolation and awaiting the results of a …
Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Every top team wants versatile players. In fact, they need flexible players to give them the option of changing things within a match without having to make changes. Liverpool, as an example, have deployed Sadio Mane on the left, on the right and at times centrally. Mohamed Salah has played right-wing and as a centre-forward. Gini Wijnaldum has played, well, he’s played everywhere. But some players should be exempt from this. However, there’s an argument to be made that specialist …
Henderson sits out training as Reds prepare for Carabao Cup trip to Lincoln City

Henderson sits out training as Reds prepare for Carabao Cup trip to Lincoln City

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson appears to have missed training with The Reds on Tuesday according to reports. As per Sky Sports News this morning, Henderson sat out first-team training while new boys Thiago and Diogo Jota both took part ahead of Thursday night's trip to League One side Lincoln City. Henderson put in a great first half in the win over Chelsea on Sunday but came off at half-time to be replaced by debutant Thiago Alcântara. Yes, it's hard to …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Dispatch Chelsea

Player Ratings as Liverpool Dispatch Chelsea

Liverpool move onto 6 points from the first 2 games of the 2020/21 Premier League season with a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A red card late in the first half made it a simple victory for the Reds but, in truth, we’d have gone on to win comfortably either way. GOALKEEPER: Alisson - 8 Saved a 74th minute Jorginho penalty and made a couple of smart stops, as well. DEFENCE: Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7 Had very little …
Thiago signs, so what's Liverpool's best midfield now?

Thiago signs, so what's Liverpool's best midfield now?

It's the news we've all been waiting for. Thiago Alcantara is finally on his way to Merseyside to complete a highly anticipated switch from Bayern Munich. The 29-year-old Spanish maestro has long been linked with Liverpool over the summer transfer window and now, after seemingly reaching an impasse, a deal has been struck between the two clubs. Liverpool fans are rightly excited about seeing Thiago don his favoured number six shirt in Klopp's team, and he will undoubtedly bring him …
Player Ratings for Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

Player Ratings for Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

Liverpool’s title defense started out in Jekyll-and-Hyde fashion as the Egyptian King oozed class, Big Virg created goals at both ends of the pitch, and numerous Reds were off the mark. Three points is three points and all that, but there are a lot of performances today that will be giving Klopp fits for days. Alisson – 6 Really wasn’t at fault for any of the goals. Maybe could have gotten a piece of Leeds’ opening goal, but that’s being …
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