The Committee Has Done Some Good at Liverpool

The Committee Has Done Some Good at Liverpool

For the sympathisers of Rodgers in the media Liverpool’s problems owed more to the much vilified transfer committee than the Northern Irishman. It is the mitigating factor in Rodgers’ performance at Liverpool and it is spread as a blanket over his own failings. Rather than facilitate the work of a promising young British manager, the transfer committee shackled the Brendan Rodgers, his supporters argue. That does not stand the truth test. The “defence team” have repetitively demonized the structure and …
A Solid Spine Would Do Liverpool Just Fine!

A Solid Spine Would Do Liverpool Just Fine!

I’ve watched a lot of football over the best part of nearly 20 years and I’ve seen some great sides, some played beautiful expansive football, whilst others adopted a more defensive approach where they’d be ruthless on the counter attack. I’ve witnessed so many great managers and tacticians orchestrate various formations such as 4-5-1, 4-4-2 and 4-3-3. But rest assured their teams had one thing in common, and that was a solid spine. A trend in football, which has always …
Are Liverpool still too reliant on Daniel Sturridge?

Are Liverpool still too reliant on Daniel Sturridge?

Eight new signings, near £90 million spent and it took a mere 4 games before it all started, yet again. "When Daniel Sturridge returns we'll start smashing teams." "We're just lacking Sturridge now, then we'll be putting teams away." Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Scrolling through Twitter I felt like I'd seen all of this before. I spoke about this last week, how the start of this season felt very familiar. Liverpool not being able to find a way …
Skrtel and Lovren Costing Liverpool More Than Just Goals

Skrtel and Lovren Costing Liverpool More Than Just Goals

In some clubs central defensive pairings form the basis of championship winning seasons. But the Skrtel and Lovren hardly gives a platform for even a top four challenge. The three clean sheets of the season while welcome, should not deceive anyone. They have serious defects with their individual games and their pairing. Clean sheets are not conclusive proof of solidity of a team’s defence. What is the point is racking up three clean sheets and conceding three in the next …
Liverpool's 2014 Summer Signings – One Year On

Liverpool's 2014 Summer Signings – One Year On

Believe it or not, quite a few Liverpool fans were pretty content with the club’s business as the transfer window closed a year ago. Yes, we were all still mourning the departure of Luis Suarez, but Liverpool showed plenty of intent by spending £117m on nine new players as they looked to build a title-challenging side. The rest, as they say, is history. Twelve months on, all the excitement surrounding the newcomers has dissipated. Kristian Johnson takes a look at …
The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same for Liverpool FC

The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same for Liverpool FC

Seven points from three games represented an excellent start to the new season for Liverpool Football Club and, its embattled manager, Brendan Rodgers. A battling if blunt display against Stoke, followed by an unconvincing showing against Bournemouth had delivered 6 points from 6, before the Reds turned in an impressive display away at the Emirates. Things were looking decent-ish, at least in terms of results, and the performances seemed to be improving. Step forward West Ham at Anfield! Saturday's absolute …
It Is Not All Bad For Liverpool Football Club

It Is Not All Bad For Liverpool Football Club

Saturday morning, the buzz around Liverpool Football Club was huge; if we were to win vs West Ham United we would be on 10 points from 12 without a single league defeat. The game was seen as a huge opportunity to go into the international break on a massive high. Unfortunately, a poor performance was all that was in store and suddenly Liverpool appeared to be back in a crisis with ‘Rodgers Out’ trending on Twitter. This is not a …
Brendan Rodgers - That Familiar Feeling, Dejan Vu

Brendan Rodgers - That Familiar Feeling, Dejan Vu

The scars of 2014/2015 season had not even healed properly just yet but West Ham showed a complete lack of disregard to this fact when they faced the Reds at Anfield, coming away 3-0 victors. Old wounds have been reopened and the window is no longer open so Liverpool aren't able to buy another Roberto Firmino bandage. Pre game there was a buzz on Twitter. West Ham were depleted, they were missing 5/6 first team players and had their 4th …
Five Observations From Liverpool's Defeat to West Ham

Five Observations From Liverpool's Defeat to West Ham

Football never fails to surprise me. Only five days ago the Reds put in a monumental team effort against Arsenal to pick up a well deserved point, with many thinking we were unlucky not to come away with more. Today we have been embarrassed at Anfield against a side who hadn't won here in fifty years. The tough outer defensive shell was cracked and our nice, soft middle was on show for the world to see. Whisper this, but maybe …
Clyne and Gomez - Positions Boxed Off?

Clyne and Gomez - Positions Boxed Off?

It may only be three matches into their Liverpool careers but things couldn't have started much better for Anfield new boys Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez. Three matches. Three clean sheets. Zero defensive errors leading to a shot by the opposition. This is quite a contrast to the team that ended last season conceding six goals to Stoke with the defence looking all at sea. So what can we put this new found defensive solidity down to? The new found confidence …
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