Pep Guardiola and his Liverpool Inferiority Complex

Pep Guardiola and his Liverpool Inferiority Complex

Liverpool are in Pep Guardiola's head more than ever before. It's quite something. No sooner had Man City been denied by VAR against Tottenham than their manager was banging on about the Reds again, referencing Adrian's foot not being on his line in the UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea. He can't help himself and it reeks of a man who can't get Liverpool out of his mind, being kept awake at night by images of Andy Robertson …
Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

The 4-1 dismantling of Norwich City or the Super Cup triumph over Chelsea should be the highlight of the two weeks old 2019/20 campaign but the biggest positive so far arrived in the 2-1 victory against Southampton.  No, it wasn’t Sadio Mane continuing his destructive 2019 with a goal and an assist. It wasn’t Roberto Firmino opening his account for the campaign just days after coming off the bench to change the game against Frank Lampard’s side in Istanbul.  It …
Should Klopp Send A Weakened Side To The Club World Cup?

Should Klopp Send A Weakened Side To The Club World Cup?

The Champions League win at the backend of last season was a perfect end to a near faultless season for Liverpool. However, the win means that they must not participate in the FIFA Club World Cup at the end of 2019, and what had been treated as a major trophy when Manchester United were involved in 2009, has been totally dispelled with across the board negativity by Kopites. Not only does it present Liverpool with a chance of winning a …
Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool's start to the season always appeared challenging. But how Liverpool would respond to this challenge would likely be the best indicator of how well the team will perform in the coming months. Playing Southampton away from home was the first potential banana skin of the season, even more so due to the 120 minutes, Liverpool had to play against Chelsea in midweek. Nonetheless, Liverpool was expected to win, perhaps not comfortably, but win as the better side. Whilst Liverpool …
Klopp's Liverpool Evolution

Klopp's Liverpool Evolution

Last season, Liverpool was arguably the best team in Europe. An incredible Champions League victory and a stupendous 97 point league haul; allied with 30 league wins, which was always a mark of special Premier League Champions (at least in the past!). Four games into the new season, and, so far so good. Liverpool have continued where they left off last campaign. Maximum league points and the European Super Cup a welcome addition to the trophy cabinet. While Klopp is …
Klopp Creating Liverpool Siege Mentality

Klopp Creating Liverpool Siege Mentality

Jurgen Klopp reneged on entering into the transfer market this summer to reinforce his first team. Despite links to several players, including Nicolas Pepe and Bruno Fernandes, the German elected to keep his powder dry and not add ready-made first-team options to his squad. Legitimate arguments were made that the European Champions needed to add depth to their squad in the left-back and forward line positions, in particular. But the Anfield club -- doubtlessly under instructions from their hug wielding …
On the all-too-hasty dismissal of Liverpool's title chances

On the all-too-hasty dismissal of Liverpool's title chances

In light of certain media coverage, we have to set out some important facts. Expected title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City both won their first game of the season - convincingly. There are another 37 matches still to be played. That's stating the obvious, but the obvious seems to have slipped the mind of the countless observers who purred over City's routine victory at the London Stadium. So enthralled were they by the ruthless performance that they all but declared …
Adrian Adequate As Alisson Absent

Adrian Adequate As Alisson Absent

After what felt like an interminable wait, Liverpool today gave an update on the Alisson Becker's injury status. The Brazilian keeper was substituted in the 38th minute of the Reds' 4-1 victory over Norwich City at Anfield on Friday night with what was speculated to be a calf injury. Speculation was rife that the former holder of the "world's most expensive goalkeeper" tag would miss an extended period of time, with social media going into panicked overdrive. However, in a …
The confusing rhetoric around Liverpool's stature

The confusing rhetoric around Liverpool's stature

So the new Premier League season is almost a week old already and, if I'm being honest, I've got my first moan to have out with the world. To say that things got off to a perfect start for Liverpool would be a little bit of a stretch - as losing Alisson Becker to a freak calf injury on Friday's 4-1 win over Norwich cast somewhat of a shadow over the victory. But that aside, it was pretty plain sailing …
Selling Dejan Lovren - another gamble

Selling Dejan Lovren - another gamble

Reports in the media today strongly suggest that Dejan Lovren is headed to Italy on a permanent deal. He did not travel with the team to Istanbul, so it's quite possible the rumours are based on reality than your regular summer click-bait. The Croat found himself down the pecking order after representing his country in the World Cup final last summer. After undoubtedly the highlight of his career at that point, Lovren was plagued by injuries for most of last …
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