How Klopp Has Made a Weapon of Versatility

How Klopp Has Made a Weapon of Versatility

“He is a brilliant player and I am happy that he can play…he has a defending brain and can do it in different positions, it’s good.”
Klopp said of Fabinho following his impressive performance at centre back against Brighton. It was a performance emblematic of Klopp’s plans coming to fruition. Indeed, if the Reds’ title challenge shows anything, it’s that long-term planning, with the right investment and right appointments, works. Philosophies, they work too. A sense of the …
Why Judging Mané and Firmino By Goals Scored is Foolish

Why Judging Mané and Firmino By Goals Scored is Foolish

While Mohamed Salah once again stole all of the headlines in Liverpool's latest win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium at the weekend, it can be quite easy for criticism to be drawn to his attacking colleagues as to their contributions to goals this season. Jürgen Klopp's revered front three draw plaudits the world over last season for their dazzling displays both domestically and in Europe, as the Reds plundered goals for fun and amassed 47 goals in the Champions …
Liverpool's Important Goals And Who's Scoring Them

Liverpool's Important Goals And Who's Scoring Them

Liverpool have played 21 league games so far. In those games, they have scored 49 goals, at 2.33 goals per game. Of those 21 goals, Liverpool have scored 23 goals when they’ve been losing or drawing, taking the lead in 18 games and equalising in two of the other three. The Reds have scored the first goal 16 times and gone on to win 15 times, 14 times without ever being pegged back – only Arsenal and Manchester United have …
Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool FC vs. Newcastle United FC; it's one of the most historic games in the Premier League, supposedly always meant to be a toe-to-toe, all-action, enigmatic thriller. Add in the magic of Boxing Day - a day which Liverpool have not lost a league match on for over twenty years - and the return of Rafael Benitez, and there was a recipe for something fantastic. Newcastle are not the force they once were though, and despite their manager, on a …
Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: Observations as Reds go six points clear at the top

Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: Observations as Reds go six points clear at the top

Liverpool extended their stronghold at the top of the Premier League table with another routine home win, scoring four goals in a dominant performance against Newcastle United. Dejan Lovren was the unlucky hero to set the ball rolling, cannoning in a stunning half-volley with precision and power in equal measure before Mohamed Salah's penalty doubled the advantage. Second-half strikes by Xherdan Shaqiri and a first goal for the club for Fabinho ensured there would be no dramatic end against Rafael …
Super Sadio Remains A Key Cog In LFC's Machine

Super Sadio Remains A Key Cog In LFC's Machine

Sadio Mané is a brilliant player in a slightly odd situation. Truthfully, our whole attack is in a somewhat strange moment, but whilst I think it’s clear that Mo Salah is an absolutely elite player, Bobby Firmino is a very important player to our team whose form could be the subject of multiple dissertations, and I recently wrote on how Shaqiri is playing an important impact sub role, but little is being made of the current form of Sadio Mané. …
Xherdan Shaqiri - Is His Form Sustainable?

Xherdan Shaqiri - Is His Form Sustainable?

Xherdan Shaqiri has been somewhat of a hit amongst Liverpool fans, and it’s easy to see why. His two goals off the bench against Manchester United earned him a spot in LFC folklore and earned a player who has consistently received plaudits, well... even more, plaudits. Shaqiri has very much been an impact player for Klopp’s side this season, but part of the reason that he’s been so quickly picked up on by LFC fans is that he’s a dynamic, …
Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League. They may have been bankrolled by Jorge Mendes, but their enthralling style, talent-filled roster, and seriously cool manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, have rightfully garnered the praise of pundits and fans across the country. Wolves are no pushover side though, in games against Arsenal and Spurs, they outscored the opposition in xG, and were extremely unfortunate to draw and lose in those respective games, whilst they also managed …
Player Ratings as Reds ride Molineux challenge

Player Ratings as Reds ride Molineux challenge

Another obstacle overcome, this time in the form of a side that have taken points from Chelsea and Manchester City this season. Brilliant from Mo to open the scoring, with Van Dijk finally popping in a league goal to seal another vital three points. 4 points up for a few hours at least... Ratings... Another clean sheet yawn Alisson (6): A couple of sloppy moments but nothing else that had me worried, made some tidy saves and deserved his clean …
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: A Tactical Breakdown

There is no other game which manages to unnerve me like playing Manchester United does. Irrespective of form or quality, as matchday approaches, I fill with dread. On the morning of a match, I can barely eat. Perhaps it's the years of torment at school after losing, and unexplainable events which always seem to favour United that has caused this. Nonetheless, despite Liverpool's greatest ever start to a Premier League season, and mere minutes before the teams were announced, all I …
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