Can Naby Keita help save Liverpool's season?

Can Naby Keita help save Liverpool's season?

It's fair to say Naby Keita hasn't set the world alight at Liverpool. Few players have joined with greater expectations on their shoulders than the Guinean when he arrived at Anfield in 2018, following a superb spell at RB Leipzig. The fact that Liverpool fans had to wait a whole year to see Keita in the squad only added to the excitement surrounding him, with each month edging closer to finally watching him in a Reds shirt. The 26-year-old is …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-2 Everton

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-2 Everton

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton piled on more Merseyside misery for Liverpool, as they won by two goals at Anfield, their first away derby victory this century. The result displayed some of the impressive work Carlo Ancelotti has done with Everton, and drew upon aspects of the 0-0 draw following the restart, last season. Systems Liverpool utilised their normal 4-3-3 system in the first half. Alexander-Arnold and Robertson looked to move up into midfield and forward positions, whilst Salah, Firmino and Mané …
Heavy metal football and squad dynamics

Heavy metal football and squad dynamics

To say Liverpool are in a rut would be an understatement. The Reds are in unchartered territory under Jurgen Klopp having lost four consecutive home games. They’re without a Premier League win in February and they’re five points off the top four with just 13 matches remaining. If Everton and Aston Villa win their games in hand, the champions will be in eighth position.  Injuries were, rightly, the focus of conversation. The debate centred around whether they were an excuse …
The importance of shot variance

The importance of shot variance

It feels like an eternity ago now, but it hasn’t even been a month since Liverpool hit seven past Crystal Palace. The Premier League champions looked rampant at Selhurst Park. Previously, the Reds have racked up a 3-0 lead and taken their foot off the pedal, but against Roy Hodgson’s side, it was different. Everyone seemed to have a point to prove. Everyone wanted to make some sort of statement.  Since then, however, Liverpool haven’t looked themselves. They’ve either struggled …
Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Remember during the first couple of seasons under Jurgen Klopp, when Liverpool would perform well, but an individual mistake would cost them? I’m talking about Alberto Moreno against Sevilla in the Europa League final, Simon Mignolet in the Carabao Cup final, Dejan Lovren on multiple occasions, and Loris Karius in the Champions League final. This isn’t a criticism of any of these players either. I’m just pointing out that their individual errors played a pivotal part in the outcome of …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

When Manchester United travel to Anfield, it's usually a big affair. It was even bigger an occasion than usual because on Sunday they travelled not just to Anfield, but to Anfield, the home of the Premier League Champions, for the first time in thirty years. Their players were spared the taunts that would likely have filled their eardrums from the first minute to the very last. In both that regard and the scoreline, they can consider themselves fortunate. Jürgen Klopp …
Big Man Centre Forward: The Next Step In Liverpool's Evolution

Big Man Centre Forward: The Next Step In Liverpool's Evolution

The attacking trident of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane has served Liverpool extremely well over the course of the last four years. But now, after umpteen defences burned and English and Champions League medals in their back pockets, the time feels right to break up the forward threesome. The Reds have now drawn a blank in three consecutive Premier League games and their attack has been culpable for this toothlessness. In times gone by, any responsibility for the …
Observations as Liverpool stumble to stalemate against Red Devils

Observations as Liverpool stumble to stalemate against Red Devils

Liverpool failed to score for a third successive Premier League game, leaving Anfield visitors Manchester United clear of the Reds at the top of the league following a 0-0 draw. Despite a bright start, Jurgen Klopp's side toiled a little as the game went on and it was United who had the better chances in the closing stages, Alisson Becker on top form to deny both Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. Here's a closer a look at a few topics …
Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

On Monday night the Champions travelled down to St Mary's to face a depleted Southampton side, who were without a number of key players, such as Alex McCarthy, Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams. The Saints lined up in a 4-4-2, in which they looked to press Liverpool's backline. Ralph Hassenhutl's team were also instructed to form a box around the deepest midfielder, Thiago, who would be pressed from all four players whenever he received the ball. As he passed the …
Trent Alexander-Arnold's Use of the Ball

Trent Alexander-Arnold's Use of the Ball

Did you know that Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the ball away 38 times against Southampton? Of course you knew, that stat has been plastered over social media ever since the final whistle. Did you know that he also misplaced 28 passes against the Saints? That particular tweet swept across Football Twitter like wildfire.  While at first glance it may appear to be a lot, when you take everything into account, it really isn’t. Liverpool mixed things up against Ralph Hasenhüttl, opting …
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