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 …
Matip, Grujic, and Building The Way Forward

Matip, Grujic, and Building The Way Forward

The road has been fraught with minor altercations, progress has been patchy and the highlights; the glimpses into what could be a golden era of our once great football club, have been equated by the speed-bumps that have us looking to the future. But those glimpses, though sparing, have been wonderful. From Roberto Firmino’s masterclasses to Phil Coutinho’s brilliance, to a Divock Origi hattrick in a six goal hammering of our supposed equals and a six goal hammering of a …
Comparing Joel Matip to the Liverpool defence

Comparing Joel Matip to the Liverpool defence

Schalke player Joel Matip has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the January transfer window in a cut price deal due to his contract coming to an end in June. You'd be forgiven for not being too clued up on Matip, when thinking about Schalke defenders it's usually Benedict Howedes and the now departed Kyriakos Papadopoulos that are at the forefront of your thoughts but it's the lesser known Matip that's been impressing for Schalke this season. Matip, …
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