Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

With a 2013 bolstered by tangible progress, Brendan Rodgers earned the trust of the mainstream Liverpool faithful. However, the 40-year-old manager is still learning the art of proper team selection -- if there's one big knock on Rodgers, it's his propensity to show seemingly blind faith in players that flounder repeatedly. In the doghouse after a catastrophic 2012-13 season, Martin Skrtel appeared destined to leave the club, with Napoli his most public suitor. However, Rodgers displayed unwavering belief in the …
Liverpool Vs Oldham - Part 3 | FA Cup Preview

Liverpool Vs Oldham - Part 3 | FA Cup Preview

The FA Cup returns to Anfield for the first time since Stewart Downing sent the Reds to Wembley scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Stoke in March 2012 as you should know Liverpool went on to play in the Final that year unfortunately losing to Chelsea. The Opponents The 3rd Round draw saw Liverpool paired up with Oldham Athletic for the 3rd time in as many years. Last season’s 4th round clash with Oldham end in despair for …
Is Simon Mignolet Good Enough? Compared to Cech, De Gea, Howard & Szczesny

Is Simon Mignolet Good Enough? Compared to Cech, De Gea, Howard & Szczesny

It was the season to be jolly, until Boxing Day, when Alvaro Negredo's awkward strike was helped into the back of the net by Simon Mignolet's hand and gifted Manchester City three points, prompting mass hysteria on Twitter - as always seems to be the case these days. "He isn't good enough!" and "Bring back Reina!" clogged up the cyberspace for a while as we saw an age old problem for goalkeepers come true, make one mistake and all of …
Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City | In-depth Tactical Review

Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City | In-depth Tactical Review

It's hard to say what position Liverpool are really in in terms of what they can challenge for at the end of the season. At the time of writing there are 2 points between 1st and 5th. Such is the compactness in points, results and general form within the current top five, it's difficult to predict which teams are genuine title contenders and which teams may fall away. After all, this is no normal league season - who would have …
Jekyll, Hyde and Liverpool FC | An Analysis of Two Performances

Jekyll, Hyde and Liverpool FC | An Analysis of Two Performances

When the fixture list was revealed at the start of the season, December was always going to be a difficult month for Liverpool and the plan was clearly to secure points in the preceding weeks allowing the Reds to maybe drop harder ones at Spurs, Man City and Chelsea around Christmas. As we got closer to this important run, losing 3 – 1 to Hull and then demolishing Tottenham 5 – 0 probably aren't two results any expected. There were …
Liverpool Vs Cardiff City | Match Preview

Liverpool Vs Cardiff City | Match Preview

Following a very happy trip to the nation's capital last weekend and Luis Suarez signing a long term contract, Liverpool will host Cardiff City at Anfield in Saturday's lunch time kick off. It will be the first time since 19th December 1959 that the two sides have met in the league at Anfield, which happened to be the first time a certain Mr Bill Shankly took the reigns of his new team since moving from Huddersfield Town. Unfortunately for him, …
How do the Reds cure their White Hart Pain?

How do the Reds cure their White Hart Pain?

Neil Poole ponders Liverpool’s habit of falling asleep away at Tottenham Hotspurs and how it has led to nightmare displays. I had a bad dream last night. I was being chased by a 30 foot cockerel down the High Road towards Seven Sisters tube station. It had a booming cockney voice and it was mocking me as I ran away. “TWO ONE, TWO ONE, COCK-A-DOODLE DO”. Just as I was about to get away my mind wandered and in the …
Jon Flanagan: Do his performances warrant an extended run in 1st team?

Jon Flanagan: Do his performances warrant an extended run in 1st team?

Jon Flanagan has been a regular in the Liverpool side ever since starting at right wing-back in the Premier League game against Arsenal in early November. Since then, Flanagan has been swapped over to the left due to Jose Enrique being ruled out after picking up an injury. The Liverpool-born full back has been putting in some solid performances ever since and has really impressed most supporters. Critics may have their own opinions on Flanagan but I for one am …
Sterling silver or another dull show piece?

Sterling silver or another dull show piece?

After bursting onto the Premier League scene last season, a year on Raheem Sterling seems to have slipped under the radar a little bit. He's only made three starting appearances so far in the premier league and has come off the bench six times to accumulate a grand total of 370 minutes played. This is more than slight drop when compared to last season in which he started 11 of the campaigns first 12 games. What has changed and what …
Why December is important to Liverpool's season

Why December is important to Liverpool's season

Next month is by far the most important month of Liverpool's 2013/14 campaign on a whole. December is the month when players get tired from the past few months of football and see themselves pushed to the limit with a rush to get all of our remaining 7 games played and out the way before we can make any signings in January and freshen the squad up, and here is just why December is crucial to Liverpool's season. The first …
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