West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

With Roberto Firmino rested and Sadio Mane the latest addition to the injury list, it looked as if Liverpool were going to need to win ugly at the London Stadium. A drab first-half seemed to confirm those pre-match convictions. But in the end, the win wasn't ugly; it was beautiful. Either side of a contender for Liverpool's goal of the season, Mohamed Salah curled home unerringly and Georginio Wijnaldum finished off an incisive one-touch move. Craig Dawson would deny the …
Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

When Marcus Rashford burst clear in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Man United, every Liverpool supporter on the planet must have feared the worst. The England striker is renowned for his blistering pace, and as he sprinted through on goal, the Reds' long unbeaten home run felt like it could go up in smoke, against the worst possible opponents. From nowhere, though, the marauding Fabinho appeared to save the day, racing back to thwart Rashford, muscling him off the ball and …
Big Man Centre Forward: The Next Step In Liverpool's Evolution

Big Man Centre Forward: The Next Step In Liverpool's Evolution

The attacking trident of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane has served Liverpool extremely well over the course of the last four years. But now, after umpteen defences burned and English and Champions League medals in their back pockets, the time feels right to break up the forward threesome. The Reds have now drawn a blank in three consecutive Premier League games and their attack has been culpable for this toothlessness. In times gone by, any responsibility for the …
Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

On Monday night the Champions travelled down to St Mary's to face a depleted Southampton side, who were without a number of key players, such as Alex McCarthy, Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams. The Saints lined up in a 4-4-2, in which they looked to press Liverpool's backline. Ralph Hassenhutl's team were also instructed to form a box around the deepest midfielder, Thiago, who would be pressed from all four players whenever he received the ball. As he passed the …
Will this be Liverpool's lineup to face Aston Villa tonight in the FA Cup?

Will this be Liverpool's lineup to face Aston Villa tonight in the FA Cup?

Liverpool travel to Villa Park tonight as they prepare to face Dean Smith's Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup. Jürgen Klopp is likely to field a much-changed side for The Reds as some youth talent and squad players are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in a push towards the first team. It is the ideal time for some of Liverpool's stars to be rested after some jaded-looking Premier League outings in recent weeks. Caoimhin …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool's seven-goal clinic in finishing against Crystal Palace was a display not of Liverpool playing at their best, but rather the Reds taking their chances. Against newly appointed West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce's team, it was clear Liverpool would need to do the same. As expected, Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3. Salah, Mané and Firmino were supported by Jones, Wijnaldum and Henderson, with a back five of Alisson, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip and Alexander-Arnold behind them. Over the first …
Liverpool Win The Jota & Werner Transfer Saga

Liverpool Win The Jota & Werner Transfer Saga

Liverpool's second choices in the transfer market have come up trumps in recent years. In the summer of 2016, the Reds were heavily linked with a move for Mario Gotze, a player who enjoyed his best footballing days under the management of Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. The German, however, opted to rejoin Dortmund from Bayern Munich. Klopp wasted no time and decided to push for a move for Sadio Mane from Southampton. Since then, the Senegalese winger has become …
Tactical Breakdown: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Before looking at tactics I think it's important to preface any tactical discussion within the unique circumstances players, managers and clubs find themselves in, especially Liverpool FC. Jürgen Klopp's team is currently in the midst of a season in which their pre-season was disrupted, their transfer plans unexpectedly affected and in which games are being played at a faster rate than I can write them up. The nature of this campaign has resulted in a number of decisions being made …
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 …
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