Moments For The Underdogs: Joel Matip and Divock Origi

Moments For The Underdogs: Joel Matip and Divock Origi

 ‘I like being the underdog so they don’t expect what’s going to happen…’
The biggest moments aren’t always meant for the biggest players, the best players, the ones who you’d expect to take up the mantle when everything is on the line. Those glittering, do or die moments can spark the emergence of those who have faded into the background, the underdogs in a group of top dogs who make their mark where no one thought it possible. …
Why Liverpool can dominate the Champions League

Why Liverpool can dominate the Champions League

The glittering Champions League trophy truly is a thing of beauty, and those scenes in Liverpool, the city centre awash with confetti and consumed by a scarlet hue, were glorious. The club will want a repeat of that iconic bonanza in 12 months time, and they will certainly be keen to prevent anyone else getting their hands on that handsome piece of silverware. Now that they've won it back after 14 years, they'll be intent on keeping it. The squad, …
Key Stats As Liverpool Beat Wolves...But Finish Second

Key Stats As Liverpool Beat Wolves...But Finish Second

Liverpool did everything they could, but fell just short, as a 2-0 win over Wolves on the final day of the season wasn’t enough for them to take home the Premier League title. So what were the key stats from a slightly anti-climactic final day of the season? Trent Flies Again It’s fitting that the season ends with a Trent Alexander-Arnold assist, taking him for 12 to the year, the most ever by a Premier League defender. Trent was excellent …
Liverpool 2 Wolves 0 - Reds On Top for Seconds

Liverpool 2 Wolves 0 - Reds On Top for Seconds

And then there was one. One last Sunday to say our prayers and hope Manchester City open the door for Liverpool. It had been eight straight wins since a 0-0 draw at Goodison left just enough slack for City to overtake The Reds. The consensus was then that we would have to win out. A win against Wolves would accomplish that, but City have not cooperated. The only pause in their pursuit of a four trophy season has been in …
Trophies or not, it’s been a good season for Liverpool

Trophies or not, it’s been a good season for Liverpool

The title race is going to the wire and Liverpool are right in the thick of it. The Champions League semi-finals are so finely poised and Liverpool are in the thick of it. Feels nice, doesn’t it? It’s been another rollercoaster ride of a season for Jürgen Klopp’s Red men which has seen them amass a record points tally with three games left to play. Had it not been for the undeniable brilliance of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the title …
Under The Radar Liverpool Back Among The Elite

Under The Radar Liverpool Back Among The Elite

I wrote after Liverpool won comfortably at the Allianz Arena that the fact that nobody considered an impressive away win, and one of Liverpool’s most accomplished away European performances in years, arguably their best in a decade, as a big deal just demonstrates how far this Liverpool side has come. And here we are, another round of the Champions League has passed us by, and Liverpool are still in the competition, and comfortably so. There’s no doubt that Liverpool’s 4-1 …
Lucky Lucky Liverpool?

Lucky Lucky Liverpool?

Lucky, lucky Liverpool eh? Comments about all the circumstances in which luck has favoured the Reds this season are out in force after their late goal against Spurs, courtesy of Hugo Lloris punching the ball onto the back of Toby Alderweireld, and there are a lot of frustrated opposition fans, as well as journalists, keen to jump on the Reds’ lucky streak. First things first, we were lucky against Spurs. No two ways about it. On balance, the second half …
Pep Guardiola believes Klopp's Liverpool

Pep Guardiola believes Klopp's Liverpool "have something special"

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes this Liverpool team has made its own luck in the Premier League title race this season. Jurgen Klopp's Reds were gifted all three points at home to Spurs last Sunday when Hugo Lloris spilled a last-minute Mohamed Salah header onto the boot of Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian defender couldn't react in time to the loose ball and could only watch on in horror as it rolled over the line. Anfield erupted as Liverpool went …
A Lesson In Defending From Virgil van Dijk

A Lesson In Defending From Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool’s 2013/14 title challenge was defined by moments. The  moment Jordan Henderson saw red against Manchester City. The  moment Steven Gerrard lost his footing and Demba Ba emerged through on goal. The  moment Iago Aspas produced an abhorrent corner to set up a Chelsea counter. All painful, pivotal nails in the coffin for Brendan Rodger’s side. Sunday’s 2-1 win against Tottenham carried similar weight. Manchester City will know their destiny remains in their own hands, with maximum points from their …
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 …
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