Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

International breaks can often pose a challenge for teams on a winning streak, with an unnecessary interruption to the rhythm of the side. Against Newcastle, for the opening 15-20 minutes at least, it seemed that was the case. Newcastle opted to launch balls into the wide channels, and fight for second balls, but it was an uncharacteristic mistake by the Liverpool defensive line, in an attempt to play Newcastle offside, which was then followed by an individual mistake by Alexander-Arnold, …
The Story Behind Liverpool's 'Worst Performance of the Season' and Why it Must Not be Repeated

The Story Behind Liverpool's 'Worst Performance of the Season' and Why it Must Not be Repeated

It's that special time of year again. The European champions are back in action and they will finally be laying their first defence of the crown that sets them apart from the rest. Liverpool travel to southern Italy to begin their European title defence against Napoli on Tuesday evening. It will be the first time the Reds will be in Champions League action since Jordan Henderson raised Ole Big Ears to the heavens following that magical night in Madrid back …
Napoli v Liverpool Preview - Reds begin the defence of their European crown

Napoli v Liverpool Preview - Reds begin the defence of their European crown

The Details   Venue - Stadio San Paolo, Naples Referee - Felix Brych (GER) Date & Time - Tuesday, September 17th 2019 @ 20:00 Current Odds - Napoli 2/1, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 13/10 _______________________________________________________________________ It's time for Liverpool to once again turn their attentions to European football as The Reds begin the defence of their Champions League title. Napoli has been something of a regular opponent for Jurgen Klopp's side in recent years, be it in pre-season friendlies or European competitive football. Form …
Liverpool's subtle tweak to get the best out of Firmino

Liverpool's subtle tweak to get the best out of Firmino

Liverpool's exceptional start to the season has meant a number of things have gone under the radar. It’s understandable, too. There’s a lot to process with the Reds winning four from four as well as triumphing in the Super Cup.  Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have all started in fine form, Trent Alexander-Arnold is chipping in with assists down the right side of the pitch and a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley shows Jurgen Klopp’s side have the …
A time for reflection as Klopp's success shows no signs of slowing down

A time for reflection as Klopp's success shows no signs of slowing down

During a time where Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff will be enjoying some well deserved time off following the Reds' 100 per cent start to the Premier League campaign, it represents a perfect opportunity for reflection. Reflection on how a certain German manager was able to transform a squad of nearly-men to kings of Europe. Reflection on how this oiled winning machine of a team were able to surpass and achieve a club record of 13 consecutive league wins and …
Trouble in paradise: Two scandals by Liverpool standards

Trouble in paradise: Two scandals by Liverpool standards

We've reached the first international break, and so it's time to reflect on the first action of the season. The Reds have rattled off four Premier League wins from four and added another continental crown to their cabinet, but there's also been a rare dose of drama. First, we had the acrimonious departure of Anfield star-in-waiting Bobby Duncan, and then came Sadio Mane's outburst, directed at Mohamed Salah, after being substituted at Burnley. So let's take some time to discuss …
Why Liverpool should sign Emre Can

Why Liverpool should sign Emre Can

The professional way in which Emre Can left Liverpool may mean the door is ajar for him to return to Merseyside. There have been no links, no rumours, but with the Germany international not included in Juventus’ Champions League squad, the writing appears to be on the wall for his career there.  Maurizio Sarri reportedly tried to sell him in the final weeks of the window. Having failed to shift other midfielders, the former Chelsea man tried to lighten the …
Fabinho: Banishing Ghosts of Emre Can - And Then Some

Fabinho: Banishing Ghosts of Emre Can - And Then Some

When Emre Can was allowed to leave Liverpool to move to Juventus in 2018, many questioned whether Liverpool had made a mistake. The German midfielder allowed his contract to run down before inevitably joining Juventus on a free transfer, leaving many fans scratching their head as to the club's decision to let him go. However, fast forward a little over 12 months, and a man by the name of Fabinho has not only quashed the above scaremongering from Kopites, but …
Virgil van Dijk - The Game Changer

Virgil van Dijk - The Game Changer

I have to start the article with a disclaimer - English is not my native language and I fear my vocabulary will fail me in describing just how amazing Virgil van Dijk is. It is a task even Shakespeare might have found impossible if he had to create a sonnet about Liverpool's number four. The Dutchman was voted UEFA men's player (also defender) of the 2018/19 season and PFA player of the year after leading the Reds to number six …
Joel Matip's impressive start to 2019/20

Joel Matip's impressive start to 2019/20

Liverpool’s win over Arsenal last weekend included several star performers in Jurgen Klopp’s side. Mo Salah was back to his very best as he scored two goals – one of which will be a contender for Goal of the Month, even if Sky Sports’ commentary failed to provide suitable audio commentary to the goal. Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho all performed at the high standards we have come to expect over the last two seasons. Van Dijk was …
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