Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles

Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles

After four points from the first two trips to London this season, Liverpool head back to the capital, this time to Stamford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side unbeaten in the league so far. Antonio Conte's men were in cruise control against Swansea on Sunday, but then pressed the self-destruct button, before Diego Costa rescued a point for them in South Wales. For Liverpool, it is about building some momentum and racking up as many points on the board …
Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Tough game expected under Friday night lights

Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Tough game expected under Friday night lights

Liverpool's seemingly endless run of tricky games continues on Friday, as they visit Chelsea in their fourth away game, fifth in total, of the Premier League season thus far. Seriously though, when are we going to get a nice run of fixtures? Soon, actually, ish. Once Chelsea are out of the way, it's Hull and Swansea before the easy task of Manchester United at home. So, plenty to look forward to, but all eyes now turn to Friday's clash. FORM …
Dahoud, Pulisic, and a Bit of Patience

Dahoud, Pulisic, and a Bit of Patience

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s such a clichéd turn of phrase. Often, with sayings such as that, meaning gets lost. What does it actually mean? If things change, surely corresponding changes occur. Something can’t possibly change without things changing alongside it, that’s the point of change. It inspires things, it creates other things, and it destroys some things. Through all of the change that’s occurred within the last twelve months at Liverpool, the undying …
Liverpool 4 - 1 Leicester City - Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 - 1 Leicester City - Tactical Analysis

The start of the 2016/17 season has been largely underwhelming for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and indeed for the clubs fans. A high octane start in the win at Arsenal was followed by a largely ineffectual performance against newly promoted Burnley. The last game before the international break saw Liverpool somewhat unfortunate to come away from a trip to Tottenham with only a 1-1 draw. Finally after the league has paused to catch its breath after the international break we …
Observations from Liverpool's cracking first home game

Observations from Liverpool's cracking first home game

It was a bigger, mightier Anfield. The Reds lived up to the occasion as 8,000 more people inside Anfield got the opportunity to watch their favourite team in action. The champions were put to the sword with a display of delightful attacking football, which gave Liverpool four goals on the night. Here are a few things I thought stood out from the game. Daniel Sturridge - On another day, Sturridge might well have had a hat-trick of goals to his name, …
Liverpool 4 Leicester City 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 4 Leicester City 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool put on a great show worthy of the occasion, marking the return to Anfield after four months with four goals. There were excellent performances across the field. Let us see how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6.5) - A mixed first half from Mignolet who made a hash of an attempt to get to the ball but was left in no man's land, but luckily was spared his blushes. The second half started in a similar manner, with his attempt to punch …
Liverpool v Leicester City: Key Battles

Liverpool v Leicester City: Key Battles

After the international break, the Reds are back in action in the Premier League. And what better way to do that, than to welcome the champions to the new Anfield. Nine thousand more fans that will back the Reds and a majestic looking Main Stand will greet Leicester City as they arrive at one of only two away grounds where they lost last season. For the Reds, they go into the game on the back of having four points from …
Attack, Liverpool's best form of defence

Attack, Liverpool's best form of defence

Three games into the new Premier League campaign, Liverpool have conceded six goals, whilst scoring just five. Experiments with players operating in new positions, no clear preferred back five, or defined midfield protection, result understandably in questions being asked, even at this early stage. The mistakes and uncertainty will fail to alleviate fans fears, that the defensive frailties of seasons past, have once more not been addressed this summer. When Jürgen Klopp arrived, the area I thought he'd address first …
Liverpool’s Defence: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Liverpool’s Defence: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

When the 2015-16 season came to an end, there was disappointment for Liverpool fans as the Reds failed to make it into European competition for the following season but it was shadowed by an anticipation for what the summer would bring. Jurgen Klopp is renowned for bringing exciting talent for very little money and when he dug his heels into the Bundesliga this summer, it did raise some excitement around Anfield. Joel Matip, Lloris Karius and Ragnar Klavan have all …
Spurs 1 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

Spurs 1 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

The pre-game predictions of a lot of fans came true as Spurs and Liverpool played out yet another draw, the third in a row. Liverpool could have won the game, but for a tight call from the linesman ruling out a goal. This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (7) - Made a couple of wonderful saves in the second half, with the save from Alderweireld being a stand-out. Was more comfortable when passing the ball than usual. Nathaniel …
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