Do Liverpool Really Need to Strengthen Their Defence in January?

Do Liverpool Really Need to Strengthen Their Defence in January?

After the capitulation at Bournemouth, questions marks once again hang over the Liverpool defence. Will that area of the team once again be the reason the Reds can't sustain a title challenge? Is it a personnel problem or just a systematic issue that needs time to be ironed out? Was it simply just one of those games of football and you just have to accept it sometimes happens? There are a lot of questions and very few answers for now. Many …
Liverpool - A Squad in Crisis?

Liverpool - A Squad in Crisis?

A mere few weeks ago Liverpool were well and truly flying, yet a flurry of injuries, including one to Phillipe Coutinho, suddenly dampened the mood around Anfield, and the recent humiliating defeat to Bournemouth only sought to worsen the atmosphere surrounding Liverpool FC. But with the January transfer window approaching, and with Mané soon to depart for the African Cup of Nations, Liverpool, for a club that appeared blessed with attacking talent, suddenly seem desperately short. Yet, a League Cup …
Liverpool IMPECT: Hammering the Hornets - Packing Stats

Liverpool IMPECT: Hammering the Hornets - Packing Stats

Liverpool are absolutely flying. Beyond all expectations thought of months earlier, the Reds have fired themselves to the top of the table as we hit the early November international break. Liverpool have won a stunning 9 out of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions, and following the 6-1 dismantling of Watford, Jurgen Klopp's men find themselves unbeaten since Burnley back in mid August. The attack is firing on all cylinders, the defence are conceding few chances and conceding goals …
Another Crocked Liverbird: Liverpool's Knee-Hilistic Past

Another Crocked Liverbird: Liverpool's Knee-Hilistic Past

Some weeks make you wish God had come up with something other than knees - weeks when you can't wear shorts for fear of seeing your own knees in a mirror and losing all sense of what it means to 'be'. It has been a year since the beginning of one such week, when as a result of two Liverpool employees falling over in unconnected incidents, the phrase ‘anterior cruciate ligament’ achieved unprecedented frequency of use. At the time, Danny Ings …
The Case For The Defence

The Case For The Defence

Who remembers the City game last season? Not the League Cup final or the 4-1 massacre at the Etihad but the home game. If you’re struggling it was the game where Jon Flanagan kicked Raheem Sterling in the air in the opening minutes and his captain hissed ‘Yes’ at him while exhibiting a Tim Henman fist pump. No? James Milner scored against his old club and celebrated because he’d just scored a goal for Liverpool and thought it worthier than …
Lucas Leiva and the Anfield Cull

Lucas Leiva and the Anfield Cull

We all knew when Klopp arrived at Liverpool Football Club, we had unanimous agreement that a massive clearout of players was in order. There was the likes of Jose Enrique and Martin Skrtel that needed to be moved on from the club. Today, even without any European competition this season, the manager has found his Liverpool squad too crowded for a team that would play fifty-odd games this season, at most. As things stand, there are already a number of …
Liverpool and the Business Not Done This Summer

Liverpool and the Business Not Done This Summer

I’ve already written here on Anfield Index about the business that Liverpool have done in the transfer market this summer, but what seems to have become a real bode of contention with a large number of fans is the business not done by the club this summer. The obvious thing that comes to mind on this subject is the players not signed. The lack of a marquee signing has irked some and worried others, but it is something I do …
Jordan Henderson Reaches Critical Point in Divisive Liverpool Career

Jordan Henderson Reaches Critical Point in Divisive Liverpool Career

For most footballers, there is a stage at which they come to a potentially career-defining crossroads. Some kick on and reach the level people always expected of them, while others will slowly disappear from the very top level, and finish up plying their trade somewhere mediocre. For Jordan Henderson, 2016/17 is exactly that pivotal moment. With numerous new signings dominating the headlines, and futures of certain Liverpool players under threat, the Reds' skipper has gone somewhat under the radar so far this …
Captaincy at Liverpool Doesn't Matter

Captaincy at Liverpool Doesn't Matter

…Well, at least for now. Ever since the armband was awaiting its new bearer, the whole captaincy dilemma has spiked every time something happens on or off the field. When Jordan Henderson was announced as captain by the then-manager, Brendan Rodgers, the decision came under heavy scrutiny as Henderson is despised by a section of fans for his footballing ability (or lack of). From the Balotelli penalty incident, to underperforming in games and lengthy injuries, the reign of Henderson’s captaincy …
James Milner must prove doubters wrong again next season

James Milner must prove doubters wrong again next season

When Mamadou Sakho claimed Liverpool’s number 3 squad number on Monday morning, curious Liverpool fans glancing down the squad list were perhaps most disappointed when reminded about the incumbent of one shirt in particular – James Milner and the number 7. The previous holder of that shirt had been the magical Luis Suarez, one of very few worthy successors to the shirt of the king of the kop, Kenny Dalglish, over 25 years ago. James Milner, boring, versatile, and honest James Milner, does …
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