Jota's emergence springs Firmino back into life for Liverpool

Jota's emergence springs Firmino back into life for Liverpool

The real Roberto Firmino, or at least something close to it, has returned. The Brazilian has had a 2020 to forget on an individual footballing level, even if he was crowned a Premier League champion during the middle part of the year. That Club World Cup-clinching goal against Flamengo last December feels like a lifetime ago now, when Firmino was in excellent form and clinched yet more silverware for his club. While others have had major impacts for Liverpool throughout …
Will this be Liverpool's starting eleven to face Wolves on Sunday night?

Will this be Liverpool's starting eleven to face Wolves on Sunday night?

Liverpool meet Wolves in the Premier League this Sunday night at Anfield. We've had a look at what starting eleven Jürgen Klopp may opt for. Unless you've been living under a rock the last couple of months, you'll be well aware of the crazy injury list Klopp and co are dealing with at the moment. This weekend, Liverpool will be without Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcântara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby …
Liverpool Win The Jota & Werner Transfer Saga

Liverpool Win The Jota & Werner Transfer Saga

Liverpool's second choices in the transfer market have come up trumps in recent years. In the summer of 2016, the Reds were heavily linked with a move for Mario Gotze, a player who enjoyed his best footballing days under the management of Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. The German, however, opted to rejoin Dortmund from Bayern Munich. Klopp wasted no time and decided to push for a move for Sadio Mane from Southampton. Since then, the Senegalese winger has become …
Injuries and VAR distract from below-par performances

Injuries and VAR distract from below-par performances

It's hard to believe that Liverpool are on the cusp of the Round of 16 in the Champions League and sitting pretty among the early pace-setters in the Premier League. Saturday's 1-1 draw away to Brighton certainly detracted from what has been a solid start to the season. Yes, it was a draw away at a side you would expect Liverpool to be beating, but it really should have been a win for Klopp's side. An incredibly unjust penalty decision …
How can Liverpool get Robert Firmino firing?

How can Liverpool get Robert Firmino firing?

Roberto Firmino looked like the odd man out in attack against Manchester City. In truth, it’s nothing to be embarrassed by really.  After all, most players would have trouble keeping up with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. The Brazilan has never been blessed with blistering pace, but it was never really an issue. Mentally, he was always a couple of seconds ahead of opponents. That no longer seems to be the case.  The Liverpool No.9 has always been …
Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Jurgen Klopp sprung a surprise in Liverpool's recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City at The Etihad. After Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League a few days prior to the clash with Pep Guardiola's team, speculation was rife that Klopp may drop Roberto Firmino, one of his key lieutenants, and retain Jota in the starting team. As it turned out, though, the German picked both Firmino and the Reds' new signing from Wolves as the Champions …
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

The points were shared at the Etihad Stadium as Liverpool and Manchester City played out a 1-1 draw in the final match before we head into another international break. It was probably a fair result with both teams failing to create too many clear-cut chances. City will feel the more disappointed of the two sides, though, having missed a penalty late in the first half. In goal, Alisson was very impressive. He was so quick off his line on a …
Player ratings as Liverpool take a point from the Etihad

Player ratings as Liverpool take a point from the Etihad

The Liverpool fan-base were surprised by Jurgen Klopp as he went for both Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota against Manchester City, the jury remaining out on whether it was the right decision as the Reds drew 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Mohamed Salah's penalty got Klopp's men off to the perfect start after Sadio Mane was fouled by Kyle Walker, with Gabriel Jesus' equaliser proving to be the only other goal in the game as Kevin de Bruyne missed a …
Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Diogo Jota's hat-trick and Liverpool's overall performance were the main talking points from the Reds' 5-0 hammering of Atalanta last Tuesday. But it shouldn't be lost in the narrative that the English champions featured four homegrown, academy produced players over the course of the 90 minutes in Bergamo. Rhys Williams slotted in comfortably at centre half next to Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones -- alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson -- was part of the midfield three and Trent Alexander started …
Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

“I don’t think any system could have defended tonight Sadio, Mo & Diogo, the way they played, with the support of the others.”
In his post-match presser, Jürgen Klopp was bubbling with praise for his entire team, championing the manner in which the team defended with concentration and discipline, and attacked with synchronicity and fluidity. It was a significant departure from the nature of Liverpool's most recent games, with a distinct shift in tone, tempo and action, akin …