5 Centre-Backs Liverpool Could Target in January

5 Centre-Backs Liverpool Could Target in January

A sour taste may be left in the mouth of Reds fans after the proposed deal for Nabil Fekir fell through despite what has been the best transfer window in recent history at Anfield. However, with four outstanding additions bolstering Jurgen Klopp’s side to compete on all fronts, it appears that Michael Edwards and co are not quite done yet in their grand plan to take Liverpool to the top. Attention now moves to the winter window and beyond for …
Naby Keita is Showing Exactly Why Klopp Waited so Patiently for Him

Naby Keita is Showing Exactly Why Klopp Waited so Patiently for Him

Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge back in October 2015 saw Adam Bogdan, Kolo Toure, Connor Randall, Joao Texeira, Joe Allen, Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe feature on the bench - none of whom are still at the club. In contrast, the bench against West Ham on the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season contained Fabinho, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri and Sturridge - five players capable of changing the outcome of the contest. Key to such a strenuous rebuild …
Premier League Goalkeepers: A Stats Analysis  - Alisson To The Rescue?

Premier League Goalkeepers: A Stats Analysis - Alisson To The Rescue?

The season is finally underway. The transfer window was shut early - Premier League clubs spent over 120 million pounds on goalkeepers, breaking the world record twice. Three of the top six will have new numbers ones in the coming season with Leno, Alisson and Kepa taking the place between the posts for Arsenal, LFC and Chelsea respectively. The market was so inflated that the Reds managed to sell our 25-year-old third choice keeper for 12 million pounds. Danny Ward …
Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Football commentators like to give partnerships names. Shearer and Sutton were known as ‘SaS’ in the days when Blackburn were tearing up the League while Liverpool had their own ‘RAF’ when Rush and Fowler ruled the Anfield roost. Spurs had their ‘Famous Five’ too, back in the time that Ossie Ardiles was all about scoring and conceding tons at the same time. I mention this as I’ve heard talk of our own front three referred to as ‘The Trident’ which …
AI Writer's Predictions for 2018/19 campaign

AI Writer's Predictions for 2018/19 campaign

With Liverpool kicking off the new campaign in some style against West Ham, some of the AI writers have come together to give their predictions for the season. Leanne Prescott Where will Liverpool finish? Champions. You've got to head into the new season with optimism after the business Liverpool have done. That being said, if City deliver another 100+ point season then it will be near impossible to displace them. Still, it'll be one hell of a fight. Top-four prediction? Liverpool, City, …
Brilliant (but not enough) signings leave LFC riding on luck in title charge

Brilliant (but not enough) signings leave LFC riding on luck in title charge

Liverpool’s aggressive and early dealings left many, not least usually sceptical fans impressed. For so long “monitoring of targets” and “staying in conversations for top players” defined the club’s dealings in the transfer market. The swiftness and efficiency that characterised the summer was therefore received with a welter of joy and shock. In Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Shaqiri, the club’s decisiveness in dealing with some key weaknesses in the squad was been self-evident. However, with Liverpool, there is always …
Why this is a defining season for Jürgen Klopp

Why this is a defining season for Jürgen Klopp

On the dawn of Liverpool's 2018/19 Premier League campaign, excitement could not be more palpable. A solid season last year with some exquisite performances saw Reds fans treated to some fine displays which led them all the way to the Champions League final and to a second consecutive fourth-place finish in the league. Last season's final in Kiev was Klopp's third major final since he took charge of Liverpool back in October 2015, but his side are yet to win …
Time For Gini Wijnaldum To Be Unleashed

Time For Gini Wijnaldum To Be Unleashed

Remember the player we all thought we were getting when Gini Wijnaldum signed for Liverpool two years ago? It was a transfer that came out of left field, with the Dutchman rarely linked with a move before becoming the seventh permanent signing of Jurgen Klopp's reign. Wijnaldum had blown hot and cold at Newcastle United, with some Magpies fans critical of his limp, almost disinterested performances away from St James' Park, but his attacking quality was undeniable. During the one …
Crunching the Numbers for Liverpool's Fast Start

Crunching the Numbers for Liverpool's Fast Start

Fellow Anfield Index writer Olli Emmerson recently wrote an article on what Liverpool must do to win the league. He crunched the numbers, looking at previous league winners and their points tallies alongside goals scored, goals conceded and the results from the opening ten games. Further to that, I decided to delve into Liverpool's fixtures, compute the average points we achieved against each opposition and thus determine whether the Reds can make the kind of fast start prior Premier League …
Why We're Thinking About Injuries All Wrong

Why We're Thinking About Injuries All Wrong

The season is yet to kick off, but the bodies are already piling up in Liverpool's treatment room. Joel Matip, having just returned from an injury which required surgery, is back on the sidelines, whilst Adam Lallana, who started a single league fixture in 2017/18, is also injured, after making his way through the first few weeks of pre-season. Ragnar Klavan, with a hamstring issue, joins the injury roster and Oxlade-Chamberlain - a player who struggled with injuries during his …
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