Why Virgil van Dijk Is Liverpool's Most Important Player

Why Virgil van Dijk Is Liverpool's Most Important Player

Such is the level of quality within Liverpool's newly-built squad, there are various players that could lay claim to being the Reds' most important individual heading into 2018/19. Mo Salah is the obvious name that immediately springs to mind, considering the Egyptian's 44 goals last season catapulted him to superstar status. Without his devastating impact in the final third, Liverpool would suddenly cut a far less potent force. The subtle magic of Roberto Firmino also makes him one of the …
Liverpool Aim For Hot August

Liverpool Aim For Hot August

Believe it or not, we are now less than nine days away from the start of Liverpool’s 2018/19 season. The close of the transfer window is a week away. August 4th is expected to be the last warm-up for the starters as the Reds face Napoli in Dublin. They then face Torino on the 7th at Anfield in what should be a final run-out for squad players. AND IT BEGINS The season begins on Merseyside against West Ham on August …
The Good and the Bad of Liverpool's Pre-Season

The Good and the Bad of Liverpool's Pre-Season

This summer was an important one for many Liverpool players vying for their futures at the club; Divock Origi had returned from a sub-par loan at Wolfsburg while Dominic Solanke's tally of one goal left him in a precarious position. Then there's the perennially injured Adam Lallana whose gone from guaranteed starter to a player left in the lurch with Liverpool progressing immensely in an attacking sense via a scintillating trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. With …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

There are two weeks to go until the summer transfer window slams shut, locks and closes its shutters. Jurgen Klopp has apparently announced there will be no more signings with his comments last week - "We have everything we need for the next season because I don’t think we will do anything more, I’m pretty sure of that." Having written this piece for AI for the past two summers, this year I'm excited to bring you the Depth chart for …
Is centre-back still a problem position for Liverpool?

Is centre-back still a problem position for Liverpool?

Over the last few transfer windows, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have significantly strengthened in a number of positions: the front line, the midfield and the defence. The costly addition of Virgil van Dijk in January was a much-needed remedy for the Reds’ leaky defence, and the big Dutchman has undoubtedly improved things at the back for Liverpool with performances looking almost instantly improved since his arrival. Whether the sudden improvement is totally down to Van Dijk’s arrival is up for …
Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this and the World Cup is all but over. On the whole, it’s been a triumph. The home nation’s journey to the quarter-finals have made it interesting domestically – ever the hallmark of a good World Cup – and the introduction of VAR have kept all but the usual blowhard pundits happy. True, the majority of the big teams went out early, but that did little to reduce the intrigue of the fixtures. There …
Injuries are Liverpool’s Achilles Heel to Success

Injuries are Liverpool’s Achilles Heel to Success

Liverpool came so desperately close to winning the Champions League last season but they suffered injuries at key times. Jurgen Klopp and his team had managed the minutes and playing time of the players exceptionally, but you couldn’t help feeling that a couple more quality squad players could have helped LFC over the line. Klopp’s insistence on waiting for the right player rather than buying someone he has no interest in, is, for the most part, admirable, but it can …
Prioritising the Market - Analysing Liverpool FC's Weaknesses

Prioritising the Market - Analysing Liverpool FC's Weaknesses

So there’s a consensus amongst Liverpool fans about which positions the club will look to – and must – strengthen this season. The five positions that need to be addressed – or at least considered – this summer were: goalkeeper, centre-back, defensive-midfield, attacking-midfield and back-up winger. Essentially, we’re looking to replace Karius, either upgrade on Lovren or provide another option to rotate with him, replace Emre Can, replace Phil Coutinho, and provide some support to Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino …
It’s Time for Liverpool to Raid Milan

It’s Time for Liverpool to Raid Milan

When the news broke this week that Italian giants AC Milan would be banned from European play, it further cemented the recent decline of one of football’s greatest clubs. The club that offered so many glorious memories from the past, is now a shell of itself and the outlook of recovery may be even worse. The club couldn’t curb its losses prior to the 2016-2017 campaign and have made their situation even worse by spending over €150 million in new …
A Chance for Gomez to Shine at Centre-Back?

A Chance for Gomez to Shine at Centre-Back?

Kiev only feels like yesterday but Liverpool are almost back in pre-season training. The World Cup has been a lovely distraction from all things Reds - the tournament will still be going on during the first few friendlies, slightly bizarrely - but now it's time to switch on again. Up the 'This Is Our Year' Reds! There is going to be so much to consume in pre-season, from the performances of new pair Naby Keita and Fabinho to the response …
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