We need to talk about Naby Keita

We need to talk about Naby Keita

Naby Keita is the latest in a long line of players to divide opinion at Liverpool. He's a victim of hype others created for him and there's no escaping that. The deal to bring him to Anfield was unique in the sense fans has to wait an entire year to see him turn out for the club. The recruitment team, namely Ian Graham, saw his value and convinced those he had to that Liverpool needed this player. That not only …
Liverpool confirm title credentials with City blockbuster approaching

Liverpool confirm title credentials with City blockbuster approaching

The victory against Spurs was a much-needed riposte after the disappointing performance at Old Trafford two weekends ago. Liverpool stepped up to their mantle as mentality monsters; overcoming a poor start to comfortably dispatch a notoriously tricky rival in Spurs. A massive and much-needed win to maintain 6 points’ daylight between Klopp’s side and City. Recent fixtures against Spurs have been slightly turgid affairs. However, on Sunday, Liverpool’s tenacity allied with potent attacking flair, came out in full force. Alexander …
Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 pens) - Player Ratings as Mini Mentality Monsters advance in League Cup

Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 pens) - Player Ratings as Mini Mentality Monsters advance in League Cup

Well, where do we start? Arsenal scored five goals at Anfield. Liverpool had a bunch of kids and a few experienced men on the pitch. This should never have ended like it did for the Gunners, but it was a tribute to the mentality Jurgen Klopp has built at this club. Liverpool's mentality these days just does not allow them to give up, and it was an outstanding finish to what can only be described as a mad night at …
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Klopp’s key to unlock midfield’s potential?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Klopp’s key to unlock midfield’s potential?

It was a return to form that was one of the most welcome in recent memory. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who endeared himself to Liverpool fans everywhere during the 2017/18 season, reminded Reds last night what they’ve missed during his arduous absence after his cruel knee injury. The dominant, powerful and threatening Ox was back with a bang, scoring two fabulous goals and putting in a solid all-round performance in Liverpool’s comfortable 1-4 win over Genk – giving a timely reminder that …
Why Gini Being Let Out Of His Bottle Would Boost Liverpool

Why Gini Being Let Out Of His Bottle Would Boost Liverpool

It wouldn't be an international break in the last year or so without two things happening. One, Liverpool fans worrying about any of their stars being injured in a meaningless friendly on the other side of the globe; or two, the timelines of Reds fans being festooned with clips of Georginio Wijnaldum plundering goals for the Dutch national team. The Netherlands manager, Ronald Koeman invariably plays Wijnaldum as the most advanced midfielder, ahead of Frenkie De Jong and Marten de …
Genk 1-4 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Genk 1-4 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

A win on the road in the Champions’ League Group Stage - only had to wait 2 years for it. Genk posed a bit of a threat, mainly from offside positions, but the Reds came out comfortable victors. It was a shame to not be able to see out the game with a clean sheet, but when you’ve got Dejan Lovren in the team you have to accept that goals will be scored against you. With that said, let’s get …
Observations as Liverpool prove too good for Genk

Observations as Liverpool prove too good for Genk

The performance wasn't perfect, but the result certainly wasn't far off. Liverpool exposed the gulf class in a commanding victory which leaves them well-placed to continue their title defence into the knockout stages. Stephen Odey's 88th-minute clean sheet buster proved the only blemish after thirty dazzling second-half minutes. Revamped midfield showcases its potential Scores of Liverpool fans on social media greeted the evening's team news with immense excitement after Jurgen Klopp deployed Fabinho, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Naby Keita for their …
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

On Sunday afternoon, perhaps the worst United side in living memory lined up against arguably the best Liverpool side in living memory, and most certainly the best side in the Premier League era. With Mohamed Salah unavailable through injury, Sadio Mané was positioned on the right of Liverpool’s 4-3-3, and Divock Origi on the left. Conceptually, even without Salah, these two forwards were supposed to operate inside United’s wingbacks, and attack the spaces outside of the centre-backs. From this, it …
The Time is Now for Naby Keita to Make the No.8 Shirt His Own

The Time is Now for Naby Keita to Make the No.8 Shirt His Own

It can be quite a daunting process trying to live up to the hype that surrounds your demeanour and reputation once you become a part of the Liverpool family. And, for Naby Keita, the £52 million player has found this particularly challenging. Despite a false start to early proceedings with his new club the player could be forgiven for finding everything quite overwhelming during his early Anfield tenure. For any newcomer, it can be difficult to adjust to life at …
Klopp's Still Got an Ace Up his Sleeve

Klopp's Still Got an Ace Up his Sleeve

It’s cliché to say it. It really is. “Player (x) returning from injury, he’s practically a new signing!” It’s tired, it’s worn out, it’s ostensibly untrue and it’s essentially trying to justify, rightly or wrongly, inactivity. Yet, it sort of does feel like Naby Keita is a whole new signing. Not in the conventional sense, because Liverpool fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Naby Keita for a long, long time. Since he was first announced – a season …
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