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 …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-2 Everton

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-2 Everton

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton piled on more Merseyside misery for Liverpool, as they won by two goals at Anfield, their first away derby victory this century. The result displayed some of the impressive work Carlo Ancelotti has done with Everton, and drew upon aspects of the 0-0 draw following the restart, last season. Systems Liverpool utilised their normal 4-3-3 system in the first half. Alexander-Arnold and Robertson looked to move up into midfield and forward positions, whilst Salah, Firmino and Mané …
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 …
Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's Underestimated Leader

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's Underestimated Leader

Leadership comes in many forms. When you mention the word in the context of Liverpool, several names come to mind. Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Virgil van Dijk -- three of the four members of the first team's leadership group, along with Georginio Wijnaldum -- are all associated with being leaders, whether that's through their vocal presence or by virtue of their respect-commanding aura. A name you seldom hear mentioned when it comes to leaders in the Reds' squad is …
Injuries aside, Liverpool's lack of fight and mentality is inexcusable

Injuries aside, Liverpool's lack of fight and mentality is inexcusable

Just when you thought you'd pretty much seen it all this season, the unthinkable happens. Everton's first win at Anfield since 1999, combined with a hammer blow of an injury to Jordan Henderson and what was, at best, an abject performance saw Liverpool's season plummet to a new low. This was a fourth straight defeat at Anfield after going almost 70 games at home without losing, and was another game in which the Reds failed to score or muster a …
Laboured Liverpool Fall To Anfield Defeat To Everton

Laboured Liverpool Fall To Anfield Defeat To Everton

Liverpool fell to their first Anfield Merseyside derby league defeat to Everton since 1999 after a 2-0 reversal against their neighbours. The loss means the defending champions have now lost four home league games on the spin. Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurðsson condemned the Reds to defeat after an insipid, lifeless performance from the hosts. Injuries and VAR controversy -- the two banes of Liverpool's season -- reared their ugly heads again with Jordan Henderson being forced off with …
Tactical Breakdown: RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool won 2-0 in their round of 16 away tie against RB Leipzig to make them favourites to progress to the quarter-finals. In some ways, Julian Nagelsmann's side was a welcome opponent, with their expansive, aggressive and calculated-risk based play. Leipzig offered a very different tactical proposition to the majority of Liverpool's recent opponents, with a high press, two forwards, a single pivot and back three almost all rare in their own respects in the Premier League. Systems When in …
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: Leicester 3-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Leicester 3-1 Liverpool

Liverpool slumped to a third consecutive league defeat at the King Power Stadium, surrendering the lead in a flurry of goals that saw the champions lose 3-1. Brendan Rodgers' Foxes set up in a 4-4-2 system. When in possession, Leicester looked to avoid offering pressing opportunities for Liverpool in the middle of the pitch, and Kasper Schmeichel looked to play direct passes into the fullbacks, who would then attempt to play long passes into the channel behind the fullbacks and …
Liverpool FC and the Perfect Storm of Misfortune

Liverpool FC and the Perfect Storm of Misfortune

There has never been a time when football fans have been more informed. The omnipotent connectivity of the internet provides access to supporters from all over the world daily information on the happenings of their club. Not only that, the prevalence of statistics websites -- such as FBRef -- means people are privy to a lot of data that would have been inaccessible to most people outside of the football industry. The quality of the discourse surrounding football has doubtlessly …
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