Joel Matip: The best partner for Virgil Van Dijk

Joel Matip: The best partner for Virgil Van Dijk

We're four years into Joel Matip's Liverpool career and only now are we getting to see him finally fulfil his potential. He arrived during the summer of 2016 and immediately had fans on his side purely by not being Martin Skrtel. For years prior, the Slovakian had been one of the mainstays in a leaky backline for the Reds. Matip was not just seen as an upgrade but as a better fit in general. His first thought wasn't to retreat …
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: A Tactical Breakdown

After a series of underwhelming performances, Liverpool's victory against Arsenal was a significant step in the right direction. Whereas in previous games, Liverpool had conceded a number of chances, and defended poorly, through not pressing effectively or making positional errors, the fixture on Saturday evening was far more akin to the efficient, composed and effective performances which came to define Liverpool's ruthless machine-like intensity over the course of last season. Liverpool set up in their typical 4-3-3 formation, but whereas …
Key Stats as Liverpool maintain peerless perfection

Key Stats as Liverpool maintain peerless perfection

Liverpool are the only Premier League side who can still boast a 100% Premier League record after Mohamed Salah powered them past Arsenal. As many expected, the Reds' attacking quality proved overwhelming for the visitors, with the only blot on the copybook a late consolation from Lucas Torreira. Here are the key stats from our first PL big-six encounter of the season. History-makers There's only one place to start, and that's with Liverpool's longest-ever Premier League winning streak. They've won …
Klopp's Liverpool Evolution

Klopp's Liverpool Evolution

Last season, Liverpool was arguably the best team in Europe. An incredible Champions League victory and a stupendous 97 point league haul; allied with 30 league wins, which was always a mark of special Premier League Champions (at least in the past!). Four games into the new season, and, so far so good. Liverpool have continued where they left off last campaign. Maximum league points and the European Super Cup a welcome addition to the trophy cabinet. While Klopp is …
Selling Dejan Lovren - another gamble

Selling Dejan Lovren - another gamble

Reports in the media today strongly suggest that Dejan Lovren is headed to Italy on a permanent deal. He did not travel with the team to Istanbul, so it's quite possible the rumours are based on reality than your regular summer click-bait. The Croat found himself down the pecking order after representing his country in the World Cup final last summer. After undoubtedly the highlight of his career at that point, Lovren was plagued by injuries for most of last …
Ruthless Reds: How Liverpool Can Build on a Sixth European Cup

Ruthless Reds: How Liverpool Can Build on a Sixth European Cup

Having still not come down from the high of watching the mighty Reds lift number six, it's easy to cast a sentimental judgement on the squad which gave us a night to remember in Madrid. However, this summer is not a time for Liverpool to rest on their laurels. From winning the Champions League in 2005 to finishing second in the league in 2008/09 and 2013/14, the Reds have found themselves in extremely strong positions in the past but we've …
Selecting the perfect 2019/20 Liverpool squad

Selecting the perfect 2019/20 Liverpool squad

After a tiring but ultimately thrilling season, Liverpool are almost ready to go again. A number of players will return to Melwood for pre-season training next week, as preparations for another huge campaign begin for Jurgen Klopp and his staff. It's been a relatively silent summer on the transfer front so far, barring the addition of exciting centre-back Sepp van den Berg, but a few more incomings will surely arrive in the coming weeks, despite what some are reporting. Several …
Liverpool's Biggest Moments 2018/19 - The Premier League

Liverpool's Biggest Moments 2018/19 - The Premier League

The 2018/19 season has been over for a couple of weeks now, and it’s been a full month since the Premier League finished, so it seems like a good time to reflect on what was an absolutely scintillating campaign for Liverpool. Now, I wanted this list of moments to be a bit different for a couple of reasons: there are obviously a few that speak for themselves, which could make elements of a top five list a bit predictable. So …
Gomez: The Reason LFC Don't Need a Superstar Centre-Back

Gomez: The Reason LFC Don't Need a Superstar Centre-Back

I found myself watching England in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff last weekend - a pretty sad state of affairs. When your Sunday looks empty on the social front and no other 'proper' football is on, it's (just about) better than nothing, though. The standout figure as the Three Lions edged out Xherdan Shaqiri's Switzerland was Trent Alexander-Arnold, who put together a masterful performance highlighting why he is one of the world's most exciting full-backs. It was no surprise …
Why claims Liverpool don't need players like de Ligt are wrong

Why claims Liverpool don't need players like de Ligt are wrong

There's been an unrivalled amount of chatter surrounding the future of Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt in recent weeks, with plenty of rumours linking him with a move to Anfield. However, reports in the past 48 hours seem to point toward the Dutch wonder kid joining PSG. There's also talk of Liverpool making moves for Lille's Nicolas Pepe and Sporting Lisbon's Bruno Fernandes. While it's difficult to quantify anything at this stage of 'silly season', one thing that we do know …
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