Gini Wijnaldum's legacy at Liverpool

Gini Wijnaldum's legacy at Liverpool

Gini Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane kickstarted the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool. They were the two big signings during the German’s first summer at Anfield.  Both played a significant part in getting the club into the top four during the 2016/17 campaign. The pair had a key role in the Reds reaching the 2017/18 Champions League final. They repeated the feat the year after, with Liverpool claiming their sixth European Cup in Madrid. A year later, the duo helped the …
Is Donyell Malen the answer?

Is Donyell Malen the answer?

Liverpool have already addressed a key deficiency in their squad depth with the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. But their next priority, even ahead of a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, must be recruiting a quality, versatile forward. With the Africa Cup of Nations set to begin on 9 January 2022, the Reds could be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a full month of the season. Liverpool can't hope to simply 'survive' that period by assembling a …
Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Observations as Reds close in on commendable salvage job

Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Observations as Reds close in on commendable salvage job

Tuesday night's undesirable scoreline at Stamford Bridge raised the prospect of goal difference proving decisive, yet that seemed like a problem for Sunday. For this fixture - a midweek trip to Burnley, whose reputation as feather-ruffling traditionalists precedes them and who were sure to be buoyed by the return of spectators - the assignment was to win by any means. I joked in the build-up that Nat Phillips might have to channel the energy of Ragnar Klavan and come up …
Trent Alexander-Arnold's influence on this Liverpool team

Trent Alexander-Arnold's influence on this Liverpool team

Trent Alexander-Arnold has made eight appearances for Liverpool since he was dropped from the England squad. He’s been my Man-of-the-Match in half of them. With the Reds needing big performances, the right-back has stepped up. The 22-year-old isn’t getting the plaudits he deserves and it is partly because he’s the victim of his own success.  What he does is just taken for granted.  It is easy to understand why. Not only does he make everything look ridiculously easy, he does …
Liverpool Keep Champions League Hopes Alive With Old Trafford Win

Liverpool Keep Champions League Hopes Alive With Old Trafford Win

Liverpool kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Chelsea losing at home to Arsenal last night boosted the Reds' chances of a top-four finish, provided they kept their good form alive and they duly obliged with a superb performance. A brace from Roberto Firmino and further goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah sealed the win, a margin which could have been bigger if it wasn't for more VAR controversy. …
Mo Salah - What Next...?

Mo Salah - What Next...?

Mohamed Salah, a player with two stints to his name within the Premier League, stands as a genuine world class player in the modern game. His personal goal record is phenomenal, his under-appreciation outside of Anfield equally so. A player brought in to add firepower to the reds, with pace and goals from wide, delivered from the second he arrived. With a power shift of Christiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi afoot, there are few players of Salah’s level on the …
Assessing Thiago's debut season with Liverpool

Assessing Thiago's debut season with Liverpool

There’s no guide out there on how to use stats in football. Maybe there should be. After all, a stat without context is just a number. Mainstream media has been forced into embracing this part of the sport over recent seasons. They initially resisted, but it quickly became a case of adapt or perish.  As a result, you now regularly see questionable usage of stats in articles written by old-school journalists who have very little experience with numbers.  There’s nothing …
Ample Positives For Liverpool To Take Despite European Exit

Ample Positives For Liverpool To Take Despite European Exit

Liverpool bowed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage after a 0-0 draw with Real Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday night. Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, the Reds -- despite creating ample chances -- were unable to prize open the stubborn defence of the visitors and, for the second year running, they were eliminated from Europe by a Spanish team. The defeat is obviously disappointing for Jurgen Klopp, the players and the fans alike, especially because it …
The Trent Alexander-Arnold Myth

The Trent Alexander-Arnold Myth

It’s 2021 and people are still claiming that Trent Alexander-Arnold can’t defend. It is beyond boring now and is arguably one of the laziest narratives in world football.  It all stems from that match against Manchester United when Marcus Rashford scored twice.  People always overlook the fact that Dejan Lovren allowed Romelu Lukaku a free header after initially tracking him into the midfield area. They tend to ignore that Alexander-Arnold was left one-on-one with Rashford with a lot of space …
Potential Ibrahima Konate Purchase Shows Liverpool's Pulling Power

Potential Ibrahima Konate Purchase Shows Liverpool's Pulling Power

Liverpool will trigger Red Bull Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate's €40M release clause before signing the Frenchman in the summer, according to reports from The Athletic. The 22-year-old centre half is one of Europe's foremost young central defenders and any move for the 6'4" stopper will represent a coup for the Reds, even if Konate has had his fair share of injuries in the recent past. Should the transfer come to fruition -- and, according to the report in the Athletic, …
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