Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Transfers in football often seem reasonably straightforward. Building a squad is easy - you just isolate areas in your squad where you need another player, either because you’re a player short or because your strongest player in that area is a weak link in the squad. Then... you buy a suitable player. But over the last few years, building a genuine squad has proved problematic for Liverpool. Partly because they’ve bought poorly, partly because there was a lot of deadwood …
Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Match Preview

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Match Preview

The Reds start at Prenton Park again as Jürgen Klopp gets set for a massive season. It was time for Jürgen Klopp to put the umbrella hat back in the suitcase for another year as he arrived back at Melwood to see what state his Liverpool players were in. Hopefully a good state - in just one week’s time he’ll be taking them across the water to Prenton Park as the Reds kick pre-season off against Tranmere Rovers for the …
Liverpool's Transfer Window: As One Door Opens...

Liverpool's Transfer Window: As One Door Opens...

Much of the focus of the summer – which is still only weeks old, it should be said – for fans of any club, is the possibility and speculation of the transfer window. We’re all anxious to see who we can get through the door and onto the pitch for next season’s inevitable League and Champions League double, but it’s also worth remembering that there are two elements to all this. While incoming signings are by far the more exciting, …
Profiling Liverpool's Squad Depth Ahead of Next Season

Profiling Liverpool's Squad Depth Ahead of Next Season

After Liverpool secured qualification into the Champions league for next season, attention turned to the summer transfer window and who the Reds would be signing to both improve and bolster their squad heading into next season. One of Liverpool’s main weaknesses this season has been their lack of squad depth, which has been highlighted following injuries to key players such as Coutinho, Mane and Lallana. When the Reds have everyone fit they are as good as any team in the …
Fitness & Depth: Liverpool's Summer Needs

Fitness & Depth: Liverpool's Summer Needs

With silly season upon us, every radio host, back page editor and ITK Twitter expert will be theorizing on who Liverpool might be bringing in as the Reds prepare to make their return to the Champions League. Of course with Liverpool supporters there's always the added dimension of Fenway Sports Group. Are you #FSGIN or #FSGOUT? Are FSG spending enough? Are they allowing Jurgen Klopp to build a big enough squad? Do they have enough "ambition?" Rarely in any of …
Analysing Liverpool's Season Player By Player

Analysing Liverpool's Season Player By Player

And breathe... A confident and composed 3-0 victory at home to Middlesbrough confirmed Liverpool's spot in the top-four. A clear sign of progression for Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge at the club, and a platform from which summer transfer dealings will likely stem. With the season now drawn to a close, it's time to take a look at Liverpool's players and assess their campaigns as a whole. Goalkeepers Simon Mignolet – 7 Mignolet has gone from strength to …
Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Get in! That's it Reds, into the Champions League and all the relief that comes with that statement. It was nervy for a while until Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum combined for a goal. Coutinho and Lallana added more in the second-half to secure a superb end to the season. Here's how everyone fared individually. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Didn't have much in the way of shots but takes a solid six after another excellent performance when it came …
Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

For a player like Mesut Özil, despite all the technical ability he possesses such as his elite ball control and dribbling ability, his vision and precise execution of passes – among many others – his career, at least whilst wearing a kit in Arsenal colours, will always be marred by fans labelling him as the player who “goes missing”, especially in big games. This still turns out to be the case even though there are other variables and factors such …
Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

ONE. MORE. WIN. REDS. Excellent performance, great team selection from Klopp. Liverpool could have fourth wrapped up before Middlesbrough, but that's unlikely. We can still get third, but let's not get carried away just yet. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Early save from Fernandes set the tone for another good day, wasn't tested too much but helped himself in that regard with another number of good punches from crosses and corners. Nathaniel Clyne - 6 - Beaten early on a …
What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

Once again, I’ve found myself schooled in football fandom over the last nine months. Some lessons I’ve been educated in for the first time, others I’ve shamefully realised should have been taken on board many years ago. That shame stemmed from the age-old occurrence of once again counting my chickens before the eggs were even laid. I got carried away, sucked in by the gathering speed of that train called ‘Momentum’. Yes, at Christmas I allowed myself to believe that …
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