Liverpool 2-1 Spurs: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 2-1 Spurs: A Tactical Breakdown

Despite the scoreline displaying a marginal difference, custom to a penalty, this was one of Liverpool's finest performances of the season, and the perfect follow-up to the dull, drab and wasted opportunity that was the Manchester United game. Displaying patience, breathtaking intensity and consistency, Liverpool dominated from the moment the first goal went in, and for the 75 odd minutes that preceded it. This not just a mature and organised performance, it was utterly brilliant, a display of composure and …
Genk 1-4 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Genk 1-4 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

So it begins. A gruelling period for Liverpool’s squad which will only leave three full rest days until the 23rd January (that’s days between games that are not classed as recovery). However, this particular fixture carried a little extra weight. Having won seventeen consecutive league matches, Liverpool put in one of their worst displays over the past year, with a drab, insipid and utterly dull affair against Manchester United, for all but fifteen minutes. Having already lost one group stage …
Four Years of Jürgen Klopp - Part 4: The Black Comedy

Four Years of Jürgen Klopp - Part 4: The Black Comedy

This month marks four years since Jürgen Klopp took charge at Anfield and began the process of transforming the Reds from Premier League also-rans into one of the dominant teams in world football. I’ve been reminiscing about some of the crucial games and moments that have stood out over that period. You can read the previous entries in the series here: Part 1: Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion Part 2: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool  Part 3: Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund …
Four Years of Jürgen Klopp - Part 3: The Klopp Game

Four Years of Jürgen Klopp - Part 3: The Klopp Game

As we celebrate the four-year anniversary of Jürgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield this month, I’ll be reminiscing about some of the crucial games and moments that have stood out over that period. You can read the first two parts of this series here and here Now it’s time for Part 3: Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund - 14 April 2016 Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Milner, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, Origi  Subs: Sturridge, Leiva, Allen, Skrtel, Smith, Ward, Ojo …
Why can't you play like that every week, Dejan?

Why can't you play like that every week, Dejan?

I'm sure I wasn't the only one who grimaced, groaned, groaned and flailed when I heard that Dejan Lovren was starting on Saturday. Not only because... Well, he's Dejan Lovren, but because he was to come up against a striker in Jamie Vardy that has a brilliant goal scoring record against the Reds and has also given Lovren many torrid times over recent years. "Why not Joe Gomez?", I cried at the radio as I made my way towards Anfield. …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Topple Leicester City

Player Ratings as Liverpool Topple Leicester City

The Reds keep marching on after a dramatic 95th-minute penalty from James Milner sealed all 3 points. Liverpool should have had the game wrapped up much earlier but wasted a number of opportunities, allowing Leicester the chance to level late on. However, it was a thoroughly deserved win which will undoubtedly boil the piss of the rest of the Premier League, so that’s nice, isn’t it? Adrian – 5 Was decent up until the goal, but you can’t be letting those …
Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days. Forget the 100 per cent start to the new league season, this is the period where the bulk of Jurgen Klopp's squad will be put through the wringer. The European champions will barely have an opportunity to breathe once the team are reunited following the international break and the return to club football. Questions were raised over the manager's decision to not dip into the transfer market for fresh ammunition, and this will be the period …
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 …
Joel Matip: The best partner for Virgil Van Dijk

Joel Matip: The best partner for Virgil Van Dijk

We're four years into Joel Matip's Liverpool career and only now are we getting to see him finally fulfil his potential. He arrived during the summer of 2016 and immediately had fans on his side purely by not being Martin Skrtel. For years prior, the Slovakian had been one of the mainstays in a leaky backline for the Reds. Matip was not just seen as an upgrade but as a better fit in general. His first thought wasn't to retreat …
Selling Dejan Lovren - another gamble

Selling Dejan Lovren - another gamble

Reports in the media today strongly suggest that Dejan Lovren is headed to Italy on a permanent deal. He did not travel with the team to Istanbul, so it's quite possible the rumours are based on reality than your regular summer click-bait. The Croat found himself down the pecking order after representing his country in the World Cup final last summer. After undoubtedly the highlight of his career at that point, Lovren was plagued by injuries for most of last …
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