Just how Important to the balance of the team is Emre Can?

Just how Important to the balance of the team is Emre Can?

Before the transfer window even opened Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp implied he wanted the bulk of incoming players to be signed before the club flew out to America for their tour. So far the Reds have brought in Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Marko Grujic (although he was signed in January), Sadio Mane Ragnar Klavan and Gini Wijnaldum has joined up with the squad now too. Although some supporters view these dealings as underwhelming given the earlier links to a certain …
The definitive Fantasy Premier League guide to Liverpool

The definitive Fantasy Premier League guide to Liverpool

The most omnipresent of all the biases that affect fantasy football managers is their support for their own club. The temptation to load up your team with the maximum number of players from your club, or to optimistically, naively, hope for upturns in form is an affliction that only the most stubbornly ambitious managers overcome. With that being said, this should be the definitive guide for any Liverpool fans – and indeed players of the game from other clubs – looking to load up …
Liverpool FC: Eyes On The Prize?

Liverpool FC: Eyes On The Prize?

Even though Liverpool might not be able to attract star names in the ilk of Götze, Mkhitaryan and more, Liverpool should be aiming for nothing less than top prize this season. Leicester’s success last season might well have been a flash in the pan, however, the success of the likes of Spurs, Southampton and West Ham should draw attention to how the league has become competitive overall. With this competitiveness, there has been weakening of the stronghold of the usual …
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 …
Dejan Lovren: Jury Still In Deliberation

Dejan Lovren: Jury Still In Deliberation

Much has been said about Dejan Lovren since his big money move to Liverpool Football Club in the summer of 2014. The expectation of becoming the leader of Liverpool’s defense had quickly faded and also coincided with fans slamming the gavel on him as a failed piece of business. Error after error was also the cause of fans fuming over social media, some even directly at him regarding his poor form. And even so, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stuck …
The Clash Of Personalities In Liverpool's Defence

The Clash Of Personalities In Liverpool's Defence

Liverpool’s back four has been an issue that most Liverpool fans are aware of, and was the biggest reason as to why we were not able to lift the Premier League trophy 3 years ago. Our defence has leaked 191 goals in the league for the past four seasons, averaging about 47.7 per season.   That by any means is not acceptable for a team looking to challenge for the title, let alone a regular top four position for consistent Champions …
Joel Matip - What Will He Bring?

Joel Matip - What Will He Bring?

As of 1st July 2016, Joel Matip was officially a Liverpool player. The Cameroon international will join the reds on a reported 4-year deal after agreeing a pre-contract in January to become a member of Jurgen Klopp’s renaissance. At 6”3 Matip is a real presence in the air, he won an impressive 75% of his aerial duels last season (much higher compared to Sakho 61% and Skrtel 67%, slightly beaten by Lovren with 78%) and all 3 of his goals in …
Will The Reds' New Signings Be Starters?

Will The Reds' New Signings Be Starters?

The initial buzz of the summer transfer window seems to have died down a little. The Piotr Zielinski deal never materialised as many had expected and a Mario Gotze U-turn meant the German hasn't been pictured leaning around Melwood just yet. Loris Karius is the sole signing this summer so far, but with Ben Chilwell expected to join along with January recruits Joel Matip and Marko Grujic it means the Reds have four new signings coming in already. Make no …
Joel Matip - From Schalke, With Love

Joel Matip - From Schalke, With Love

So, Who Have We Got? Joel Matip’s profile makes positive reading for Liverpool fans.  His demeanour reminds me of Lucas Leiva, a smile never too far from the surface.  But we should not let that fool us.  Matip is by no means a soft touch on the pitch.  He puts his body on the line when necessary, displaying bravery and commitment in droves. Matip’s long, slender, 6’4” frame seems to glide across the field at times.  The 24 year old …
Joe Gomez - Remember me?

Joe Gomez - Remember me?

An Unfamiliar Face Last summer I heard we were buying a young, quality defender from Charlton Athletic.  Admittedly, I had never heard of Joe Gomez.  I dug a little deeper to find out who this kid was.  I wanted to know why Liverpool had swooped early to acquire Gomez, reportedly from under the noses of Arsenal, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. I was excited by what I was reading.  Gomez’s description sounded like that of a young Alan Hansen (no …
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