Observations as Liverpool gifted Bramall Lane win

Observations as Liverpool gifted Bramall Lane win

In the end, it was a gift that made the difference. It should never have come down to that, with Sadio Mane missing two gilt-edged first-half opportunities, but Dean Henderson failing to catch a relatively straightforward Gini Wijnaldum volley gave Liverpool a 1-0 win in a hard-fought encounter at Bramall Lane, against Sheffield United. The Reds were made to work hard by Chris Wilder's team, who had some fairly presentable opportunities of their own. But, in the end, with their …
Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool: Who was Man of the Match?

Sheffield United 0-1 Liverpool: Who was Man of the Match?

That was a hard watch, wasn’t it? A tough game where we didn’t play well, but, in the end, we got the win our chances deserved. There weren’t a huge amount of impressive or even adequate, performances from the Reds, but a few played well and warrant some praise. Firstly, Adrian had another sound game between the sticks and continues to show himself to be an incredible back-up goalkeeper. His form has allowed Alisson to take all the time he …
Player ratings as Liverpool see the Blades fall on their 'keeper's sword'

Player ratings as Liverpool see the Blades fall on their 'keeper's sword'

We're going to have to start playing a little better if we want to win the league, but seven wins from seven and I'm happy. After four away games I'm excited to get back to Anfield on Wednesday for the Champions League, however first there are some player ratings to attend to. Imperious Virg Adrian (7): Makes a couple of really good saves that would normally push him up to an eight. Unfortunately, his kicking let him down with a few …
Lacklustre Liverpool Survive Scare To Cement Top Spot

Lacklustre Liverpool Survive Scare To Cement Top Spot

A fortuitous Georginio Wijnaldum volley secured a hard-fought victory for Liverpool away to Sheffield United. The Dutchman's goal, which was borne from a goalkeeping mistake, saw the Reds cement their place at the top of the table, with the European Champions now seven wins from seven this season. Liverpool’s slow starts to early kick off’s is well-publicized and it proved to be the case again at an atmospheric Bramall Lane. The Reds opening salvos were compounded by several poor touches, …
Grujic Granted Growth Grasp

Grujic Granted Growth Grasp

Loaned out Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic could be given an opportunity to stake a claim at Liverpool next season after the end of his second loan spell in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin. That is according to The Athletic's James Pearce, who writes that manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the 23 year old's performances with Hertha. The former Cardiff City loanee made such an impression in the German capital in his first loan spell at the Olympiastadion, that …
Harvey Elliott is Missing Something...

Harvey Elliott is Missing Something...

Typically, when a player as young as sixteen is standing out in senior football you can invariably bank on one of two things being immediately evident. Either: a) The kid has a natural physique well beyond his years or; b) He possesses absolutely electric pace. Yet, for all the acclaim that Harvey Elliott’s first team bow for the Reds has rightly drawn, neither of those things are reasons for the understandable wave of optimism surrounding his inaugural Liverpool performance. In …
The Time is Now for Naby Keita to Make the No.8 Shirt His Own

The Time is Now for Naby Keita to Make the No.8 Shirt His Own

It can be quite a daunting process trying to live up to the hype that surrounds your demeanour and reputation once you become a part of the Liverpool family. And, for Naby Keita, the £52 million player has found this particularly challenging. Despite a false start to early proceedings with his new club the player could be forgiven for finding everything quite overwhelming during his early Anfield tenure. For any newcomer, it can be difficult to adjust to life at …
Player Ratings as Liverpool win a League Cup match!

Player Ratings as Liverpool win a League Cup match!

Winning in the Milk/Carling/Carabao Cup, I'd honestly forgotten what it felt like. It's okay. That was great fun though, in honesty. Watching Liverpool go past MK Dons by two goals to nil as a handful of talents make their debuts isn't a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening, with James Milner also getting his yearly non-penalty goal to put a smile on faces of Ribena drinkers everywhere. Here are your ratings. Big saves from a young Irishman Caoimhin Kelleher …
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

After a series of relatively soft fixtures, a Champions League game away to Napoli followed by a match at Stamford Bridge five days later stood out as a particularly sticky and potentially troublesome duo. Yet Liverpool are still flying high, having won their opening six league games, but questions about their performance levels remain. Liverpool’s first-half saw a strong performance, underpinned by two set-pieces which ultimately proved the differential between both sides. But tactically, the first half saw Liverpool press …
Liverpool's Most Underrated Defender

Liverpool's Most Underrated Defender

Trent Alexander-Arnold is known for a lot of things but defending isn’t one of them. The Liverpool right-back is often pinpointed as a weak link in the backline. Pundits and fans of rival clubs cite the time Marcus Rashford terrorised him during the 2017/18 campaign.  They’ll bring up the times Burnley’s Dwight McNeil and Cardiff City’s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing caused him problems down the right flank. He’s viewed by the masses as an attacking full-back with a number of defensive flaws. …
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