How Sadio Mane takes Liverpool's attack to the top level

How Sadio Mane takes Liverpool's attack to the top level

Liverpool have a habit of scoring some pretty damn good goals on the opening day of the season, but not many will surpass Sadio Mane’s effort against Arsenal. In a hybrid midfield role, Adam Lallana won the ball inside the Liverpool half near the right flank, and without looking up, instinctively chipped a pass in behind Nacho Monreal. Sadio Mane, on his debut, could have come short for a pass to his feet ahead of the Arsenal left back, but had instead gambled …
Observations from the Thriller at The Emirates as Liverpool win!

Observations from the Thriller at The Emirates as Liverpool win!

The Premier League is back with a bang and in typical Liverpool fashion the Reds made their fans sweat on a result when it could've been much more comfortable. You could look at the negatives if you're that way inclined but, for me at least, it was a performance filled with positives and they're what should be taken away from such a result. A 4-3 victory away at the Emirates should be milked for all it's worth. It's a bogey ground …
Player Ratings from a brilliant opening day win for Liverpool

Player Ratings from a brilliant opening day win for Liverpool

What a start! What a start! An absolutely rousing display from the Reds at the Emirates Stadium left Arsenal shell-shocked and saw Jürgen Klopp's men complete a brilliant comeback after falling behind to a Theo Walcott goal and generally being shoddy in all aspects in the first half. Here is how I thought each of the players fared. Simon Mignolet - 7 Mignolet started another season for Liverpool with a penalty save and looking far more confident than he has …
Liverpool 2016/17 - Season Preview and Predictions

Liverpool 2016/17 - Season Preview and Predictions

Going from “we’re going to win the league” after beating Barcelona 4-0, to the outlook being doom and gloom within just 24 hours after losing to Mainz by the same scoreline is precisely why I try not to read too much into pre-season friendlies. They are essentially just for fitness, integrating new players and coaches trying out things from the training pitch in a match situation. Some things can be taken from pre-season, good and bad, but the opening Premier …
Sadio Manè - Catch Me, If You Can

Sadio Manè - Catch Me, If You Can

One ingredient missing from Liverpool's attack in recent years is raw unadulterated pace. With the £30 million signing of Sadio Manè, from Southampton, he brings this essential, game changing ability to this side. It was clear Jürgen Klopp was looking for an attacker who provided pace, with Ousmane Dembele and Leroy Sane strongly scouted, but ultimately it was the fleet footed Sadio Manè who was signed. Eyebrows were understandably raised about yet another player targeted from Southampton, yet I feel …
Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

It's a new dawn in the Premier League. Not just in terms of more money than ever being pumped into the league effectively evening the playing field somewhat, but more importantly, never before have people been able to find a collection of the most influential managers in world football today within the same league at the same time. It's a who's who of managers as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola join Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Slaven …
Liverpool's Attack: Two's A Party Three's A Crowd?

Liverpool's Attack: Two's A Party Three's A Crowd?

As the season draws closer, there is a certain situation not many are talking about... With the signing of Mane and early captures of Grujic and Matip, Klopp has most of his team settled down with places earmarked for all personnel. But the one position where Liverpool truly have a conundrum is the spot for the solitary striker and no-one seems to be heeding to this issue of who this lone number 9 is going to be throughout the season. Back in …
Striking a Balance: Klopp's Midfield Quandary

Striking a Balance: Klopp's Midfield Quandary

"It's all about balance."
A few days ago, Jürgen Klopp uttered the phrase above, and whilst I may have contorted and bastardised the quote for the purposes of a tactical discussion, despite it being about transfers, this particular quote resonates with the approach any manager must have when building a successful team. Take for instance, the 4-2-3-1 system, the go-to formation for Klopp, with an inbuilt mechanism for a high energy, fast paced, intensive pressing game; indeed the formation was described by, then Real Madrid …
Liverpool Fans & The Battle for the Transfer Window Trophy

Liverpool Fans & The Battle for the Transfer Window Trophy

It was a year ago that I wrote here on Anfield Index about the Transfer Window Trophy, an imaginary piece of silverware that rival fans battle over with growing ferocity. It seems to me that in the past year, little has changed and if anything, the battle for the Transfer Window Trophy has got worse and more intense. Social media is full of it, a determination to fight over almost every transfer in the market, regardless of whether or not …
Are Formations that Important to Klopp?

Are Formations that Important to Klopp?

The picture below was posted on Social Media recently. It's of Jurgen Klopp holding a tactics board while talking to the squad during preseason. It's a picture that has generated a lot of debate on Twitter with fans talking about how the team lined up on the board. Depending on how you view it will have an impact on what formation you see. If you work under the assumption that Klopp is showing it to the players then it's a …
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