The truth about Thiago and his pressing

The truth about Thiago and his pressing

The arrival of Thiago was supposed to give Liverpool a Plan B. The fear was that the opposition would soon find a way to limit the influence of the full-backs and that the Reds might get found out. However, injuries and Covid robbed Jurgen Klopp of his No.6 for the best part of half of the season. To complicate things even further, Thiago’s involvement with the first-team coincides with the Reds having their worst run of form under the German …
The Thiago & Fabinho Partnership: The Midfield of Liverpool's Future

The Thiago & Fabinho Partnership: The Midfield of Liverpool's Future

Finally, for the first time since October, Fabinho played as a defensive midfielder in Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League last 16 win over Red Bull Leipzig. The Brazilian, who, due to the Reds' huge injury toll, had operated in the centre half role for the majority of the season. The 27-year-old mostly excelled in the heart of the defence, but he was sorely missed in the engine room. But with the signing of Ozan Kabak -- not to mention Ben Davies, …
Phillips & Kabak: Liverpool's Should Be Pairing At The Back

Phillips & Kabak: Liverpool's Should Be Pairing At The Back

Liverpool, allowing for exaggeration, fielded their 8000th centre-half combination of the season against Red Bull Leipzig in their 2-0 Champions League last 16 victory over the German's last Wednesday night. Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak saddled up together for only the second time and the young duo was largely superb in keeping a clean sheet against the Bundesliga side. With Phillips acting as the aggressor -- the Bolton native won two aerial duels and headed clear four times, while also …
#SellThemAll (Except the Scousers)

#SellThemAll (Except the Scousers)

Every individual human involved in Liverpool Football Club, any pack animals utilised in Nike’s kit supply chain, the cows that provided the leather for our boots, even inanimate objects should be open for critique at this point. Yes, our recent past includes some of the best memories this club has experienced in a generation. But, at present, we are mired in Liverpool’s worst run… ever? Can’t score. Can’t stop our opponents from scoring. Can’t compete with our recognised peers while …
Liverpool's New Shape

Liverpool's New Shape

To put it bluntly, Liverpool dominated Sheffield United. In previous games against the Blades, it’s been a struggle and the Reds have needed to dig deep to eke out wins. This game wasn’t like that, though. It finished 2-0 but it could’ve easily have been 5-0. In fact, it probably should’ve been.  Jurgen Klopp, to the surprise of many, didn’t make any changes to his midfield or attack. There had been rumblings in the build-up that Fabinho and Diogo Jota …
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 …
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 …
In Defence of Thiago Alcantara

In Defence of Thiago Alcantara

It's hard to believe that it has come to this, but Thiago Alcantara is underrated. The summer 2020 signing from FC Bayern has lazily and ridiculously been pigeonholed as a player who slows down Liverpool's play and whose style of play is incongruous with Jurgen Klopp's intense style of football. Even a cursory glance at the Spaniard's statistics since his switch to Anfield debunk all the myths that surround the 29-year-old and the impact he has had on the Reds …
Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London Stadium buoyed by a brilliant performance against Spurs. However, David Moyes' West Ham side have proven this season they can vie with the best, and hope to challenge for European qualification at the end of the season. West Ham lined up in a 4-2-3-1 shape. Michail Antonio led the line, supported primarily by Said Benrahma who would help create a front two when out of possession. Jarrod Bowen also contributed offensively, moving up in the …
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

With Roberto Firmino rested and Sadio Mane the latest addition to the injury list, it looked as if Liverpool were going to need to win ugly at the London Stadium. A drab first-half seemed to confirm those pre-match convictions. But in the end, the win wasn't ugly; it was beautiful. Either side of a contender for Liverpool's goal of the season, Mohamed Salah curled home unerringly and Georginio Wijnaldum finished off an incisive one-touch move. Craig Dawson would deny the …
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