Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Liverpool have been beaten for the first time in the Premier League this season. It was closely-fought, but Manchester City, the ultimate in title rivals, were deserved winners. The Reds were punished for their first real defensive lapse late in the first half when Sergio Aguero lathered it past Alisson but managed to snatch an equaliser after raising their level just after the hour mark. Supporters may have dreamed of a glorious three points at that stage, but it was …
Are Liverpool Becoming Boring?

Are Liverpool Becoming Boring?

MANCHESTER, England: The walls were closing in on Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Manchester United as a hugely unfancied Newcastle side, managed by (one of) the Portuguese’s biggest rivals visited Old Trafford, to try and seal the 3-time Premier League champion (as he is constantly reminding us) managers fate. The history of bad blood between the pair dates back 14 years when Jose was in the Blue of Chelsea and Rafa in the Red of Liverpool. A time when defensive football …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Reds and City face-off in potential thriller

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Reds and City face-off in potential thriller

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Martin Atkinson Date & Time - Sunday, October 7th @ 16:30 Current Odds - Liverpool 13/8, Draw 13/5, Manchester City 17/10 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool's form has taken a definite hit over the last week or so. Yet, the most important fixture, in my view, was when Jurgen Klopp's men attained the most positive result of the last week - with Daniel Sturridge bagging a late equaliser at Stamford Bridge to maintain The Reds' unbeaten league …
Is Van Dijk's defence capable of underpinning a title challenge?

Is Van Dijk's defence capable of underpinning a title challenge?

Liverpool’s £75m capture of Virgil van Dijk made him the most expensive defender in the world. Of course, eyebrows were raised left, right and centre given the size of such an investment; a good defender for Southampton but one worthy of such an outlay? Outsiders weren’t particularly convinced. Fast forward to the present and the critics have gone eerily quiet as it appears one man can indeed fix a defence. A third successive clean sheet of the season in the …
Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview

Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview

After an enormously entertaining World Cup full of drama and decadence, we the football faithful have been cast into the darkness of a month without the beautiful game. This has not stopped the majority of the big Premier League clubs from making money moves in anticipation. Ahead, we preview what to expect from them this season. Arsenal Arsenal’s relatively early business in securing the tenacious Lucas Torreira (aptly auto-corrected to terrier), supplemented with the earlier additions of Borussia Dortmund’s spine, …
Liverpool Need to Take Advantage of World Cup Hangovers

Liverpool Need to Take Advantage of World Cup Hangovers

The Premier League season starts in just a few days. And the spectre of the World Cup still hangs over the Premier League’s top six. This was a World Cup in which the Premier League’s top teams all had plenty of players not just participating but going the distance – and certain teams will benefit from that. Liverpool need to be one of the beneficiaries. It’s expected that Roberto Firmino and his Brazilian teammate Alisson Becker will start against West …
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Worth the Wait

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Worth the Wait

It's still yet to be a year since the day Liverpool signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for £40 million. On the day he left, Arsenal fans had mixed emotions; on one hand, a fan favourite with undeniable talent had left, and that was a shame, but considering his ambitions to play in centre midfield, and a tidy £40 million for a player who was in the last year of his contract, it seemed a deal that was more than acceptable. …
Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool's Defensive Resurgence

Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool's Defensive Resurgence

Liverpool’s bumbling back-line was the subject of intense, often deserved, criticism in the early part of the season, but improvements since the turn of the year have been drastic. Now the much-maligned individuals, and indeed the manager who was slammed for supposedly failing to address this debilitating weakness, are due some considerable praise. It’s important to emphasise two points. First of all, these long-term problems are, of course, some way from being solved. Still, this defence seems prone to the …
Alexander-Arnold's Coming of Age

Alexander-Arnold's Coming of Age

City’s tactics over the 180-minute contest were obvious. The outcome was not. Crystal Palace clearly identified Alexander-Arnold as a weakness; diagonal balls were launched in behind to allow Wilfried Zaha a clear one-on-one against the 19-year-old in the first forty-five minutes. Inevitably, that’s where they got their goal; a lovely weighted through ball saw Trent caught out of position, with Zaha running through before being clattered inside the area by Karius. 1-0 to Palace, and questions rightfully asked over Trent. …
Manchester City 5 - 0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Manchester City 5 - 0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

A game whose result was decided by one reckless challenge and the Reds' heads just dropped. The Reds were royally whipped by an all star City team, leading to Klopp's heaviest defeat in his reign as Liverpool manager. (Considering how Liverpool and Klopp had given up on the game in the second half, we need to take these ratings with a pinch of salt) Simon Mignolet (6): Restored to the lineup, the keeper had a very busy first half, pulling …
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