Erling Haaland - Red Bull Salzburg's MVP

Erling Haaland - Red Bull Salzburg's MVP

Not since The Big Show emerged from underneath the ring at St. Valentine's Day Massacre pay-per-view show in 1999 has a big man had such an impact on his debut. Erling Braut Haaland made his Champions League debut for Red Bull Salzburg against Genk with all eyes on him after bossing the Austrian Bundesliga.  He walked off 72 minutes later having delivered a message to all of Europe.  The 19-year-old netted a first-half treble as the Austrians ran out 6-2 …
Is Roberto Firmino world class?

Is Roberto Firmino world class?

Very few players in world football have positions named after them. Only a handful do and they're usually individuals who transformed that role. Andrea Pirlo wasn't the first playmaker to be deployed in the defensive midfield role but he certainly enjoyed the most success there and that quarterback position was soon christened the Pirlo role. Philipp Lahm probably wasn't the first inverted full-back but he was the most memorable. Without him, it's unlikely we ever get to see Trent Alexander-Arnold …
Liverpool v Barcelona Match Preview - Mission impossible?

Liverpool v Barcelona Match Preview - Mission impossible?

The Details   Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Cuneyt Cakir (Tur) Date & Time - Tuesday, May 7th 2019 @ 20:00 Current Odds - Liverpool 6/4, Draw 11/4, Barcelona 9/5 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool got straight back to winning ways with their hard-fought victory over Newcastle United on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the game saw Mohamed Salah suffer a bad head injury after a clash with Newcastle goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka, late in the game. Last week's defeat at Camp Nou was Liverpool's first …
A rallying cry - Come on Liverpool!

A rallying cry - Come on Liverpool!

Ouch. Not again. This week we saw Manchester City narrowly beat Burnley which appears to have finally broken the spirit of even the most positive Liverpool fans on social media. Pair that with a soul-destroying 3-0 away defeat to the breathtaking Lionel Messi feat. Barcelona and you could be forgiven to think that Liverpool’s once incredibly promising season now lies in tatters. For me, this is simply not the case. I’m not having it. And the reds aren't having it. …
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk rallies Reds ahead of Barca battle

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk rallies Reds ahead of Barca battle

Newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year for 2019, Virgil van Dijk, says this Liverpool team will be giving everything they have to come away from Camp Nou with a positive result on Wednesday night. As reported on Liverpoolfc.com, Van Dijk stated that he is not surprised The Reds have made it this far for the second consecutive season because of the top level of playing and coaching staff currently plying their trade at the club. The Dutch international defender also …
Barcelona v Liverpool Preview - Reds need to tame Messi to get anything from Camp Nou

Barcelona v Liverpool Preview - Reds need to tame Messi to get anything from Camp Nou

The Details   Venue - Camp Nou, Barcelona Date & Time - Tuesday, May 1st 2019 @ 20:00 Current Odds - Barcelona 8/11, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 10/3 Form Barcelona Form Barcelona clinched the LaLiga title on Saturday with a 1-0 win at home to Levante. Fittingly, it was the incredible Lionel Messi who scored the winner to give them their second league championship in a row. Ernesto Valverde's men have won their last four matches and conceded just one goal in their …
Mascherano to Fabinho: The Long-Awaited Revival of the Defensive Midfielder

Mascherano to Fabinho: The Long-Awaited Revival of the Defensive Midfielder

Some players are real bastards of the game, plying their trade with the kind of snide and underhanded disregard of the rules that causes outright fury from opposition fans. (See Sergio Ramos for details). Yet, they’re also the type of player you desperately want in your team. A player who’d go the extra mile, commit the cynical foul and take the booking when the team needed it most. Those individuals are invaluable, doing the dirty side of the game to …
Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's next global star?

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's next global star?

Liverpool vs Manchester United is a game that notoriously has a huge amount of viewers, but Saturday's instalment will be a clash feasted upon by a whole new nation. Mohamed Salah, jokingly titled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the 'King of Egypt' some months ago, is the first real Egyptian star to feature for either of the teams and will make his debut in the fixture this weekend. Salah makes it to the game off the back of further increasing his …
Losing Close-To-World-Class Coutinho Would Be Unbearable

Losing Close-To-World-Class Coutinho Would Be Unbearable

With the great players, you can see the moment at which they are about to become genuinely world-class. With Steven Gerrard, it was 2004/05, when he matured from being one of Europe’s best young midfielders to one of the finest players on the entire planet. Luis Suarez did it in 2013/14 - it should never forgotten how brilliant he was the previous year, too - when his levels of genius were on a par with any player we have ever …
Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

Philippe Coutinho Failing In Quest To Be World-Class

What defines world-class? Every football supporter has a different way of seeing it. To some, it is only those truly elite players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Neymar, while others could name 100 who fit into that bracket. For me, it is someone in and around the top 10 players in the world in their respective position - someone who produces the goods almost every week and rarely hits a genuinely poor spell in form. Manuel Neuer, …
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