Eleven Games In for Liverpool: 2016-17 vs. 1987-88

Eleven Games In for Liverpool: 2016-17 vs. 1987-88

If you were fortunate enough to be at Anfield on Sunday, you probably left the ground with conflicting emotions. Watching the league leaders take the seventh place team apart while our rivals stutter was a joy to behold, but there’s a voice somewhere reminding us of false hope. Hubris kills. Title challenges come rare to Liverpool – 2002, 2009 and 2014 being probably the last three – but as the Chelsea and Palace games were only a couple of years …
Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

It's a new dawn in the Premier League. Not just in terms of more money than ever being pumped into the league effectively evening the playing field somewhat, but more importantly, never before have people been able to find a collection of the most influential managers in world football today within the same league at the same time. It's a who's who of managers as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola join Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Slaven …
Liverpool Cleverly Embracing Sell-On Clauses

Liverpool Cleverly Embracing Sell-On Clauses

Buy-back clauses. Percentage of future sales. Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo commented about how Liverpool are now adopting a more continental approach when selling players. Copying the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid by adding clauses into sales. English clubs are slow on the uptake, It's one of the many things European clubs do that makes perfect business sense. FSG are first and foremost businessmen so it was only a matter of time before they embraced this approach when …
Why Markovic Could be Klopp's Wildcard

Why Markovic Could be Klopp's Wildcard

When Lazar Markovic signed for Liverpool in the Summer of 2014 it was seen as a coup. This was one of Europe's most exciting footballers who was coming off the back of a really impressive season with Portuguese giants Benfica.  He joined the Reds despite reported interest from Chelsea and Juventus. The Primeira Liga is a bit of a litmus test for players. More often than not players who do well in Portugal go on to impress in Europe. His …
DoF Fantasy Series Part 4: Premier League Restricted

DoF Fantasy Series Part 4: Premier League Restricted

We’ve all been screaming, sighing, boiling, enraged, agonized, infuriated, and outraged at the thought of buying Premier League proven players rather than vying for the rising talents of Europe, and rightly so, because there’s not such thing as Premier League proven players when statistically there’s been no difference between the performance of a player that arrives from a different country as to players who’ve had experience in English football. But to be the devil’s advocate, I’m going to try and …
Where would Mahmoud Dahoud fit in at Liverpool?

Where would Mahmoud Dahoud fit in at Liverpool?

Reports broke on Monday evening that Gladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud was a target for Liverpool this summer as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp looks to find that so far elusive tempo setting midfielder. Since this news became public knowledge there has been plenty of article detailing just who Dahoud is ,and how he managed an impressive 10 interceptions against Manchester City in his first Champions League match, but very little about how he'd fit in at Liverpool. Perhaps it's because people …
Liverpool Needs Its Own X-Factor To Progress

Liverpool Needs Its Own X-Factor To Progress

The Oxford Dictionary defines x-factor as “a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome”. X-factors tend to be the difference between teams that win trophies, those who fail to make top 4 and those that end up being relegated. An x-factor of some sort is therefore a prerequisite for success for any football team. When Chelsea won the league last season they did so with a world class manager (Mourinho), world class …
Evolve. Adapt. Attack. Liverpool in 2015/2016

Evolve. Adapt. Attack. Liverpool in 2015/2016

The three words in the title aren't ones you'd associate with Liverpool after the disappointing 2014/2015 season, but if Liverpool, and more importantly Brendan Rodgers, learns from the mistakes then last season could help build next season into something special. No I'm not crazy. I think Rodgers may have a way around his no defensive midfielder policy. I never thought I'd say those words. The 13 game unbeaten streak that was sandwiched between an embarrassing and a reality check showed …
Where will Liverpool be come August?

Where will Liverpool be come August?

What a difference 12 months makes.  This time last season Liverpool FC had come so close to winning the league and played the best attacking football seen at Anfield for 20 plus years.  Brendan Rodgers was considered a bold forward thinking manager with many big clubs closely 'monitoring'  his situation.  With the unexpected success, Rodgers supposedly negotiated a more powerful position at the club with the manager having a more controlling position in the say of transfers and the coaching set …
5 Realistic (and better) alternatives to Christian Benteke for Liverpool FC

5 Realistic (and better) alternatives to Christian Benteke for Liverpool FC

The Christian Benteke link doesn't seem to want to go away and whilst right now I feel as though it's Villa pushing to sell him, I can't shake the feeling come the last week of the window we'll throw an extraordinary bid in for him and make him the 'marquee' signing. Many, and I mean many, believe the Belgian International is Didier Drogba reincarnated and this could be true (it's not) but do Liverpool set up in a way which …