The Ghost of Football Optimism

The Ghost of Football Optimism

Anfield Index listeners and readers will know that I assemble some of the more negative verbiage in the Liverpool universe, even in a season where the club are making a run at their first title in the Premier League era. Like most supporters, the transfer windows always leave me wanting more while the moves by the manager often confound my admittedly limited American, brain. My perspective changed though after a recent trip to England, the real England; past Ramsbottom and …
Liverpool's double brace bests Burnley

Liverpool's double brace bests Burnley

As the early kickoff time neared, Reds supporters were concerned about two things, that dastardly wind our manager keeps going on about and the refs who seem by their recent actions to be party to Manchester City's slush fund bonanza. We'll come on to those refs in a bit, but when the line-up card came out, that was all that Liverpool fans could talk about. Adam Lallana. Adam Lallana? Adam Lallana! The player who perplexed us all with his late …
Jurgen Klopp insists his Liverpool team will not be giving up on title dream

Jurgen Klopp insists his Liverpool team will not be giving up on title dream

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that his team will not be giving up on their Premier League title dream just yet, despite Manchester City's return to the top of the table last weekend. Sunday's 0-0 draw with Everton left many of us Reds fans desolate as we saw our team overtaken by Pep Guardiola's side. We watched on as Liverpool's seven-point lead from January gradually disappeared with four draws in their last six games. Meanwhile, Manchester City have continued to …
Liverpool could potentially benefit from a Manchester City fixture change

Liverpool could potentially benefit from a Manchester City fixture change

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool could benefit greatly from a fixture change in Manchester City's schedule as the Premier League title race hots up in the final months of the season. Manchester City's FA Cup progression after their 4-1 victory at Newport County on Saturday means that Pep Guardiola's men will now have to reschedule their Manchester derby fixture. City's meeting with United at Old Trafford was originally pencilled in for the weekend of March 16th but will now most likely be …
Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk could be the deciding factor in title race

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk could be the deciding factor in title race

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool's colossal defender Virgil van Dijk could be the player to carry The Reds to their first league title in 29 years. Liverpool's former centre-half, Carragher, was speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show when he highlighted his admiration for the talents and strengths of the Dutch international defender. Carragher said:
“Winning the Premier League is about who gets the most points and there’s different ways of getting points. Liverpool still play fantastic football, probably …
Liverpool's Adam Lallana feels Reds' team spirit will carry them through title race

Liverpool's Adam Lallana feels Reds' team spirit will carry them through title race

Adam Lallana believes that Liverpool's togetherness and team spirit means they will not collapse in Premier League title run-in between now and May. Liverpool have hit something of a mini-slump with regards to form after two 1-1 draws in their last two games, at home to Leicester City and away to West Ham. Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool's dropped points and Pep Guardiola's side went back to the top of the league table after winning 2-0 at Everton on …
Guardiola believes his City team's drive has come to the fore in title race

Guardiola believes his City team's drive has come to the fore in title race

Pep Guardiola claims that his Manchester City team has displayed its ambition and appetite for another Premier League title with the way they have pulled Liverpool's lead back since the turn of the year. City won 2-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday night and that victory put the title holders back on top of the league table, albeit with a game more played than Liverpool. Speaking after the game and as reported in the Liverpool Echo, the former Barcelona and …
Kevin De Bruyne doesn't feel City have advantage over Reds in title race

Kevin De Bruyne doesn't feel City have advantage over Reds in title race

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne doesn't think that his side's title-winning experience gives them an advantage over Liverpool as the teams battle it out for Premier League glory between now and May. Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday, City's Belgian star admitted that it could, in fact, be Liverpool who possess the advantage of not having won a recent league title as that extra hunger could drive The Reds on over the next three months. "I don't think knowing how …
Liverpool vs West Ham Preview  - Potential Key Battles

Liverpool vs West Ham Preview - Potential Key Battles

Liverpool go into their game with West Ham on Monday night off the back of their first dropped points against a team outside the top six this season. Despite that, however, the Reds have managed to stretch their advantage at the top of the Premier League to 5 points, as Man City face Arsenal at the weekend, and then Everton in midweek. Liverpool need to make sure that they get back to winning ways against West Ham, one way or …
Liverpool Fans - It's Okay to Hope, This is Why We're Here

Liverpool Fans - It's Okay to Hope, This is Why We're Here

It’s not the hope that kills you. It’s never the hope that kills you. Languishing in mediocrity, having to play in Macedonia on a miserly Thursday night, with aspirations of only being relevant again, that’s what kills you. Being nowhere, existing but not prospering, that’s what kills you. Seeing your best players leave, that’s what kills you. Replacing them with players who can’t possibly fill the void, at the behest of a faulty transfer strategy and wildly obscene ego of …
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