How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

There is a popular cliche in football that if you are standing still, you are going backwards. It alludes to the fact that time never stands still; and that football, like other sports, is cyclical.  In industry, continuous improvement principles are applied: just because something is working well, it doesn’t mean it will always remain the case or cannot be improved upon. It is under constant review, with adaptations or changes implemented where necessary, be they process, structural or mechanical.  …
Remembering Liverpool 4-1 Leicester in 2016, amid injury chaos in 2020

Remembering Liverpool 4-1 Leicester in 2016, amid injury chaos in 2020

Hallelujah, the final international break of 2020 is coming to a close. Whilst manager's will understandably be worried about injuries from the though schedules ahead, football fans can at least look forward to a plethora of club action leading into the new year. Despite that, there has been a fair bit of doom and gloom this week for Liverpool supporters. With the upsetting passing of Ray Clemence coming in the midst of another national lockdown, Reds fans have had their …
Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Jurgen Klopp sprung a surprise in Liverpool's recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City at The Etihad. After Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League a few days prior to the clash with Pep Guardiola's team, speculation was rife that Klopp may drop Roberto Firmino, one of his key lieutenants, and retain Jota in the starting team. As it turned out, though, the German picked both Firmino and the Reds' new signing from Wolves as the Champions …
Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

As I have grown up, I have witnessed titanic clashes between footballing behemoths. Games for which the world would stand still for 90 minutes in order to witness the spectacle. In the early noughties, it was Arsenal and Manchester United; then Chelsea and United; Liverpool and Ferguson's side followed briefly, before the rise of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona precipitated a new dimension to El Clasico, now a monumental clash between the world's two finest teams. Matches between Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and …
Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

“I don’t think any system could have defended tonight Sadio, Mo & Diogo, the way they played, with the support of the others.”
In his post-match presser, Jürgen Klopp was bubbling with praise for his entire team, championing the manner in which the team defended with concentration and discipline, and attacked with synchronicity and fluidity. It was a significant departure from the nature of Liverpool's most recent games, with a distinct shift in tone, tempo and action, akin …
Exciting Jota looks the perfect fit for Liverpool

Exciting Jota looks the perfect fit for Liverpool

For so long, Liverpool have been crying out for top class quality behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The Reds' front-three have been the best attacking unit in world football over the past three years, but if one of them is missing, their absence is felt hugely. Taking out one of the trio has instantly made Liverpool a far less daunting proposition, with those in reserve not cutting the mustard, whether it be Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi, …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

With Manchester City dropping points in the early kick-off, and Liverpool denied a late winner in last week's Merseyside Derby at the behest of David Coote, the pressure was on for the champions to regain some momentum after the hammer blows of injuries and disappointing results. Jürgen Klopp made a surprising tactical change, playing four forwards in a 4-2-3-1, as he looked to take advantage of the 30 minutes he saved in the legs of Salah, Mané and Firmino, after …
Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

There were quite rightly a few eyebrows raised during Liverpool's recent Champions League victory over Ajax when Klopp decided to rotate his entire front three. Mané, Salah and Firmino were replaced by Minamino, Jota and the lesser spotted Xherdan Shaqiri in the vital 1-0 win. Both Jota and Minamino turned in bright displays, with the former continuing to impress in his early Anfield career. Yet with Shaqiri, who is seen less and less frequently even in the match day squads, …
He's Not Perfect, But He's Ours

He's Not Perfect, But He's Ours

I just want to make a point, a point that should be obvious to all Liverpool supporters, but something that seems to be lost in the reactionary atmosphere in which we live these days. Adrian. Adrian is our back-up keeper. If he was good enough to be a top-6 keeper elsewhere, he would be. But he's with us, he's a Red, and he loves being a Red! He saved a penalty to win us the UEFA Super Cup in August …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
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