Under Pressure: Dynamic Diaz, Klopp's Man Management & Naby's New Role

Under Pressure: Dynamic Diaz, Klopp's Man Management & Naby's New Role

It was another double header for the Under Pressure crew, and it was a review of the Reds' domestic cup double - already - this season as they won the FA Cup final on penalties against Chelsea at Wembley. In recent seasons it hasn't been a priority for Liverpool, mainly due to the strength of the squad available but this campaign has seen a real desire to succeed in all competitions. Phil Barter reflected on the ability of the manager …
Observations: Demolition Job

Observations: Demolition Job

4-0. Against Manchester United. 9-0 across home and away. It's often said that for certain fixtures, form goes out of the window and the derby atmosphere makes anything possible. That was true when Liverpool were struggling and United were top dogs, and it was true for most of Klopp's time the other way. But this year, the Reds have completely demolished the aura of the derby. Old Trafford has been conquered. Mancunian spirits have been broken. And boy, did we …
Liverpool 4 - 0 Manchester United - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 4 - 0 Manchester United - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 8.0 A relative spectator for the first half, and did fine things in possession. Was able to stay focused throughout. A very nice outing as sweeper keeper. Trent Alexander-Arnold 8.0 Brilliant work early on, with a rampaging urgency to help create the opening goal. Was a keen tracker when Sancho came on, and showed fine defensive ability to snuff out that threat. Andy Robertson - 9.0 Up and down as always, his enthusiasm wasn’t entirely matched by …
Liverpool 3 - 3 Benfica - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 - 3 Benfica - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.0 Always great to see his commanding presence on big nights at Anfield. Would have been relieved to see a brilliant chipped goal by Nunez chalked off for offside. 31 minutes saw a clinical finish fly past him, as Benfica drove on. His handling was assured, as Benfica started to test from wide positions after the break. Was unlucky in the one-on-one for Benfica’s second goal. The melee at the end couldn’t dampen the occasion. Joe Gomez …
Under Pressure: Salah's Contract & Premier League vs Champions League

Under Pressure: Salah's Contract & Premier League vs Champions League

It's a topic that, seemingly, will run and run into the summer and maybe even next season. On the eve of the biggest game of the season away against Manchester City, and with Salah himself saying there can be no distractions for the whole team during this crucial period, the Mo Salah contract situation won't be sorted anytime soon. On Under Pressure, during the international break, the original 'A' Team got together to present both sides of the debate, using …
Naby: The Big Game Player

Naby: The Big Game Player

Naby Keita has been one of Liverpool's best players this season, and perhaps the Reds' most underrated performer. His impact is so understated, I even marked him a little low in the match ratings on Tuesday, as the Reds bested Benfica 1-3. It’s only on a rewatch (and after viewing his match stats), that I saw how endlessly effective he was, and the 7.5 I marked probably deserved a solid 8.5. The perfect Klopp facilitator, appears to be the little …
Old Skool: Tremendous Trebles, and is the Quadruple Even Possible?

Old Skool: Tremendous Trebles, and is the Quadruple Even Possible?

With the international break upon us, Gags and Dave got together to discuss the final few weeks of the season - and asked the question on everyone's lips: Can we win the quadruple? The first talking point was a look back at how far Liverpool have come since the end of Rodgers' tenure in charge. Then, of course, there was a detailed look into the state of play now - and how we've slowly developed into one of the best …
Analysing Jurgen Klopp's substitutions

Analysing Jurgen Klopp's substitutions

Jurgen Klopp has made some gamechanging substitutions in crucial fixtures recently. Most notably, of course, there was the daring triple sub against Inter Milan at the San Siro. Off went Harvey Elliott, Sadio Mane and, surprisingly, Fabinho and on came Naby Keita, Luis Diaz and Jordan Henderson. The subsequent improvement in the Reds' display was stark, and they scored twice in 15 tie-clinching minutes at the end of the game. Then, against Arsenal, he sent on Roberto Firmino in place …
Key Stats as Liverpool disarm the Gunners

Key Stats as Liverpool disarm the Gunners

The juggernaut rolled though the Emirates and didn't stop, thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. But what were the key stats as the Reds got to within one point of Manchester City? Silence, then thunder https://twitter.com/markstatsbot/status/1504218728644313089?s=12 Not much happened in the first half. Both teams had few shots, none of which was particularly dangerous. The xG scores were 0.10 to Arsenal and 0.19 to Liverpool, a good indicator of how little action there was in both boxes. …
The Right Price for Mo Salah

The Right Price for Mo Salah

What is the correct wage for any player? It's very subjective even in the best of circumstances, but the negotiations between Mo Salah's camp and Liverpool football club involve several added layers that increase the complexity exponentially. THE WAGE SCALE The "wage scale" and how far Mo's new deal can be outside of that without upsetting a cohesive squad is such a guessing game that we might as well not even consider it as a factor. Players themselves will likely …
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