How Trent Alexander-Arnold Has Become Klopp's de Bruyne

How Trent Alexander-Arnold Has Become Klopp's de Bruyne

No, for the love of God, Trent Alexander-Arnold is not as good as Kevin de Bruyne. Just examine the radar below, courtesy of understat.com, for evidence of that. Kevin de Bruyne, under Pep Guardiola, is a phenomenon, involved in everything Manchester City do on a football pitch. Without him, as evidenced by the performance against Wolves, they lose their incisors, they lack the ferocity, and they are without one of the best footballers on the planet right now. Good, now …
Liverpool's games vs Salzburg Should See Successful Scouting Spree

Liverpool's games vs Salzburg Should See Successful Scouting Spree

The Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco last Friday. Champions Liverpool were drawn in group E alongside Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli, KRC Genk of Belgium and Austria's Red Bull Salzburg. Each tie will be interesting for the Reds but in different ways. Napoli presents a familiarity for Jurgen Klopp and his team. Liverpool also drew the Italian's in last season's group phase and were defeated 1-0 in Italy, but -- thanks to a toothless Sadio Mane shooting display, …
Time for Liverpool FC To Show Their Depth

Time for Liverpool FC To Show Their Depth

Liverpool have a deeper squad than they have in previous years. This is not a fact that I’m going to dispute, although I’d definitely make (and will make) some arguments that that depth isn’t as deep as maybe it’s being made out in some areas, and certainly hasn’t drastically improved over the summer. Nevertheless, Klopp has slowly been building a deep and impressive squad that the four acquisitions in the summer have moved relatively close to being a very top …
Are We Seeing the Rebirth of the Player Manager?

Are We Seeing the Rebirth of the Player Manager?

The illustrious career of Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool Football Club has seen his name emblazoned on the terraces at Anfield and sung throughout the Kop with endless fervour. His record of 172 goals for the Reds in 515 appearances led to Liverpool being crowned the champions of England on 8 occasions and of Europe on three. Perhaps only Steven Gerrard can be compared to King Kenny as the greatest player to don the famous red shirt, but even the hometown …
In-Depth Naby Keïta Analysis - Welcome to Liverpool FC

In-Depth Naby Keïta Analysis - Welcome to Liverpool FC

He's finally here! Liverpool's new number 8, Naby Keïta, is simply a phenomenon. In two seasons, he not only established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga but in all of world football. In buying Keïta, Liverpool are not just improving their side in the present, they are investing in the future, with the young Guinean with many footballing years ahead of him, and Jürgen Klopp's squad still improving, which will certainly bring even more out of …
Liverpool v Man City | A Tale Of Two Attacks: Analytical & Tactical Preview

Liverpool v Man City | A Tale Of Two Attacks: Analytical & Tactical Preview

With an epic two-legged quarter-final looming against Manchester City, I took a look at the way both teams attack. The Champions League tie promises to be one of those contests for the ages. Two brave, attacking teams locking horns; this could be another legendary European contest that, we as fans, will be talking about for years to come. The context We know we can beat City. However, it is also true that we are facing the (inevitably) greatest champions of …
Champions League Dreams - For Liverpool, not City!

Champions League Dreams - For Liverpool, not City!

A few of my writings over the years have had reference to songs or movies of old. This one is no different. As it’s a blockbuster tie, there’s only one way to go which is Frankie Goes to Hollywood!!! We've two legs coming up against Manchester City. The fun all starts at Anfield on Wednesday 4th April. So, with that in mind... “Welcome to the Pleasuredome!” Are we ready to stand and be counted? Many a time in the annals …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Key Battles

After what seems like forever, Liverpool have had a whole week between two games, and the break couldn't have come at a better time than in the lead-up to a game against Manchester City, who have made a mockery of the Premier League this season. City have only dropped points twice this season but come into this game having not won at Anfield since 2003. For Jurgen Klopp's Reds, it has been an eventful week with a dream Virgil van …
Why Coutinho is the Best Player in the Premier League

Why Coutinho is the Best Player in the Premier League

Yep, you read that title right. I’m going to argue Phil Coutinho is the best player in the Premier League this season. I have numbers, I have intuition and I have absolutely no fear of the backlash. First of all, I appreciate there will be two instant reactions to this. The first is: he’s not even the best player at Liverpool! This is something I myself have been arguing in favour of Mo Salah even last week, but really, Phil’s …
How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

How to Replace Emre Can: Leicester's Wilfried Ndidi

That crushing inevitability is the worst feeling. Perhaps Liverpool fans are simply making their way through the stages of grief, and are trying to bargain with themselves the potential loss of Emre Can will be less grievous than reality will dictate. But fear not, for here in the land of perpetual posturing and theoretical deals, Anfield Index will be sorting out Liverpool’s need for control in midfield – alongside a shiny new Naby Keita, who’ll be entering the club right …
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