Liverpool Must Improve

Liverpool Must Improve

Absurd title, isn’t it? Allow me to explain... Every Premier League game these days feels like a ‘must win’ for Liverpool Football Club. Such is life when you’re effectively chasing perfection and trying to outdo this Manchester City outfit. The opening five (admittedly kind) league matches have been expertly navigated by Jürgen Klopp, yielding the perfect 15 point return that Liverpool fans dreamed of when the season began. Now though, as summer ebbs away and the Champions League kicks off …
Pep Guardiola and his Liverpool Inferiority Complex

Pep Guardiola and his Liverpool Inferiority Complex

Liverpool are in Pep Guardiola's head more than ever before. It's quite something. No sooner had Man City been denied by VAR against Tottenham than their manager was banging on about the Reds again, referencing Adrian's foot not being on his line in the UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea. He can't help himself and it reeks of a man who can't get Liverpool out of his mind, being kept awake at night by images of Andy Robertson …
Liverpool's Race For The Title: The Pressure May Help

Liverpool's Race For The Title: The Pressure May Help

During the (admittedly very few) title races we’ve been involved in recently there’s been a lot of ‘they might drop points here!’ and ‘maybe we can make up the ground there!’ when looking towards our closest rivals. As if we’re sort of expecting it to happen and we’re counting on others to mess up, less than ourselves to be strong and steady and powerful. The charge in 08/09 was always looking to Manchester United to drop points, and 13/14 always …
Three Games At A Time - Liverpool Need To Keep Plugging Away

Three Games At A Time - Liverpool Need To Keep Plugging Away

Every stage of a Premier League title race is crucial. I say that now to get it out of the way. The start was crucial – Liverpool winning their first six games of the season set the baseline. When the start is done, the next period leading up to Christmas is crucial – Liverpool managed to win nine games in a row including 7 in a row in December. The post-Christmas spell is critical, and I’ve already written about this …
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City: A Tactical Breakdown

Fine lines. The thinnest of margins. The point at which dreamland meets bedlam. Where delirium bisects mayhem. That's where Liverpool fans found themselves as they watched the unthinkable happen. Liverpool had pressed Manchester City into submission in January, but Pep Guardiola, the greatest manager and tactical innovator of his generation would surely not let it happen again, would he? Acutely aware of the pressing prowess of Liverpool, Guardiola set City up with Fernandinho in the same position as he was in …
Champions League Dreams - For Liverpool, not City!

Champions League Dreams - For Liverpool, not City!

A few of my writings over the years have had reference to songs or movies of old. This one is no different. As it’s a blockbuster tie, there’s only one way to go which is Frankie Goes to Hollywood!!! We've two legs coming up against Manchester City. The fun all starts at Anfield on Wednesday 4th April. So, with that in mind... “Welcome to the Pleasuredome!” Are we ready to stand and be counted? Many a time in the annals …
The Liverpool and Manchester City Rivalry

The Liverpool and Manchester City Rivalry

To describe Liverpool and Manchester City as a “rivalry” is perhaps a bit of a stretch. The majority of rivalries have a rich history of competition, and truthfully there’s only been a handful of games over a handful of seasons where Liverpool and City have been at it, hammer and tongs, on a relatively even keel, with a lot on the line. But it certainly has the potential to be a real rivalry, especially with the added spice of Pep …
Champions League Reaction: A Tie For The Pundits More Than The Fans

Champions League Reaction: A Tie For The Pundits More Than The Fans

As I write this the early days of April 2018 contain the following fixtures. Wed 4th April: Liverpool v Manchester City Saturday 7th April: Everton v Liverpool Tuesday 10th April: Manchester City v Liverpool Three games in six days that will provide a season’s worth of drama and mayhem. Talk about make or break. Those are three huge games. City are seemingly unstoppable, and the Reds are coming up the hill, boys. This is the tie the pundits wanted. But …
Liverpool FC: The Rivals

Liverpool FC: The Rivals

It’s a crying shame what’s happened to West Ham United. Seriously. How a decent club has fallen. True, they’ve always been a side liable to go down every five or so years, but they’ve never been a club to betray their footballing principles. They may have the odd knobhead and the occasional embarrassing celebrity fan, but so have we. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for them. It spoke volumes that the streets of Cardiff following the 2006 FA …
Philippe Coutinho: Good Riddance

Philippe Coutinho: Good Riddance

The 4-3 victory over Manchester City provided the Liverpool fanbase with a great deal of relief following the departure of Philippe Coutinho for £142 million only a few days prior. And to me, that was the end of the matter. Cheers for those stunning goals, it was a delight seeing a young Brazilian talent, once written off, develop into something special. But another transfer story in recent days - that of Alexis Sanchez, from Arsenal to Manchester United - was …
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