Merry Klopp-mas and a Quiet New Year?

Merry Klopp-mas and a Quiet New Year?

The countdown is on and the big day is nearly upon us. Excited boys and girls are writing their lists, checking them twice (at least!) and hoping that when the time comes, they’ll be screeching with excitement over the presents that they have been dreaming about for months, delivered by the jolly red man on his trusted vehicle of dreams. I am, of course, talking about the opening of the January transfer window and Ian Ayres moped exploits en route to closing …
Give 'Shanks' to the Board: Klopp, the Fans, and Our Red Revolution

Give 'Shanks' to the Board: Klopp, the Fans, and Our Red Revolution

In America, there are essentially three types of holidays: 1) Those where we eat until we hate ourselves, 2) Those where we give overpriced gifts to each other, to later return them, and 3) Those where we don’t know what else to do, so we blow things up. At present, we are closest to a holiday of the #1 variety, Thanksgiving; a day where we eat to celebrate the arrival and survival of our strangely dressed forefathers on these golden …
Klopp Carving Out Results With Rodgers Tools

Klopp Carving Out Results With Rodgers Tools

Does He Really Need New Pliers? When interviewed following his third from last game in charge of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers identified a lack of quality ‘tools’ as the reason for his poor managerial record in 2015. “Give me the tools, I’ll do the work” were his exact words in the aftermath of September’s 3-2 victory over relegation-threatened Aston Villa. There was a particular implement in question: the brilliant Daniel Sturridge, whose brace had just extended Rodgers’ doomed reign into what …
A New Era - A Chance For Forgotten Liverpool Players

A New Era - A Chance For Forgotten Liverpool Players

Jürgen Klopp. Wow, a breath of fresh air has been breathed into our recently stale club. The ideas and excitement of the possibilities. The belief that this charismatic German will give the club another chance at success. To wake up the sleeping giants. But does that account solely for the club and fans? No. When Monday morning comes there will be a different atmosphere within Melwood (Liverpool’s training facilities), there may be doubts from some players, there may be excitement …
The Mario Balotelli debacle is bad for business

The Mario Balotelli debacle is bad for business

One week before the Premier League season kicks off and James Pearce's Blood Red article made its appearance on the Liverpool echo website. It was supposed to be about Rickie Lambert leaving but that wouldn't have caused controversy so for an added bonus he decided to have a pop at Mario Balotelli. He quickly swept under the rug the fact the Italian had scored more goals in less outings than the diehard Liverpool fan with the Liverbird tattoo.
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Can Clyne and Moreno nail down full-back positions for years to come?

Can Clyne and Moreno nail down full-back positions for years to come?

Last season, full-back proved to be a problem position for Liverpool, but in Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno there is reason to be quietly optimistic about having two quality players in place for the foreseeable future. The list of players to fill in on either side of the defence in 2014-15 was seemingly endless. Aside from Moreno, the following players had a stab at filling in there: Javier Manquillo, Glen Johnson, Jordon Ibe, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can. …
2 Sides to Brendan: Has He Done Enough?

2 Sides to Brendan: Has He Done Enough?

Over Brendan Rodgers' time at Liverpool, his contrasting results have left many to wonder whether he has a future at the helm of the Reds. So, does he? …
Does Rodgers Know Liverpool's Best Eleven?

Does Rodgers Know Liverpool's Best Eleven?

Three games in six days represents a tough week for any team, even Liverpool. A midweek date with Ancelotti's "Galacticos Mark II" was never going to be plain sailing, and the distraction (albeit a welcome one) of playing the planet's biggest club, made team selection for Saturday's league match (against Hull) all the more difficult for Brendan Rodgers. Managing team selection, rotating the team, bringing players in and out of the side at the optimum time to maximise their talents, …
The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

Last week, on the 'Jumpers for Goalposts' pod in one of our more serious moments, we took a look at the travails of the Liverpool defence...notice please, I specifically say 'defence', not 'back four', 'central pairing' or other, more targeted breakdown. There is a reason for this, and one that surprisingly perhaps, when having so many recent defenders among their number, the various Sky, BT, BBC and other media commentators rarely seem to address - in my old fashioned view, …
Olympiakos 0 Liverpool FC 1 | Match Report

Olympiakos 0 Liverpool FC 1 | Match Report

A majority of the World Cup stars were back as the Reds kicked off their Guinness International Champions Cup with a 1-0 over Olympiakos thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling. The Windy City lived up to its name as Liverpool faced the Greek champions at Soldier Field stadium. You would have been forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu as Sterling put his side up within 5 minutes, guiding Daniel Sturridge's mishit shot past the oncoming Balázs Megyeri. …