Observations: Siege Warfare

Observations: Siege Warfare

Divock Origi absolutely loves playing Everton. I'm sure you'll hear that in every article about this game, but it's worth saying anyway. There is no-one better at coming up with the goods at the perfect moment, in the hour of direst need. It seems very likely that Origi will be leaving Liverpool at the end of this season, but if that is to be the case, what a way to say goodbye. Liverpool beat Everton by 2 goals to 0 …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 As solid as he needed to be, without much to actually do. Nice antics at the end, and never really looked overly fazed by the odd Everton half chance. Trent Alexander-Arnold 6.5 Seemed run by emotion, and caught in too many half spaces that allowed the Ev that odd break. Was tough and problematic to break them down, and he looked rushed and angry when control was needed. He’s still 23 and world class, and these …
Injuries aside, Liverpool's lack of fight and mentality is inexcusable

Injuries aside, Liverpool's lack of fight and mentality is inexcusable

Just when you thought you'd pretty much seen it all this season, the unthinkable happens. Everton's first win at Anfield since 1999, combined with a hammer blow of an injury to Jordan Henderson and what was, at best, an abject performance saw Liverpool's season plummet to a new low. This was a fourth straight defeat at Anfield after going almost 70 games at home without losing, and was another game in which the Reds failed to score or muster a …
Laboured Liverpool Fall To Anfield Defeat To Everton

Laboured Liverpool Fall To Anfield Defeat To Everton

Liverpool fell to their first Anfield Merseyside derby league defeat to Everton since 1999 after a 2-0 reversal against their neighbours. The loss means the defending champions have now lost four home league games on the spin. Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurðsson condemned the Reds to defeat after an insipid, lifeless performance from the hosts. Injuries and VAR controversy -- the two banes of Liverpool's season -- reared their ugly heads again with Jordan Henderson being forced off with …
Liverpool Robbed By VAR In Goodison Derby

Liverpool Robbed By VAR In Goodison Derby

VAR controversy abounded as Liverpool were robbed of a late 3-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park. With the game squared at 2-2 going into injury time, a perfectly good Jordan Henderson goal -- supposedly because Sadio Mané was offside, an assertion that had no evidence in tv pictures -- was disallowed and Everton hung on for a scantly deserved point. The Reds, whose performance was -- in the large part -- was excellent recovered well from their debacle at …
CAMPIONE ELECT - THE 30 YEAR ITCH SCRATCHED AND BLEEDING RED BLOOD

CAMPIONE ELECT - THE 30 YEAR ITCH SCRATCHED AND BLEEDING RED BLOOD

I've been writing about football - for whoever will have me, paid and unpaid, for over 30 years. Since the days when Liverpool reigned, not just Europe and the World like Jurgen Klopp's class of 19/20 but crowed over England's green but increasingly unpleasant land. This might well be the last time I write before The Mighty Reds swoon and domineer over the country in which the City plants its largely Republican standard. On Wednesday night, Liverpool, though five goals …
Liverpool FC Back To The Future

Liverpool FC Back To The Future

This week I was lucky enough to get hold of some black and white pieces of art from the Hillsborough 1989 Derby Cup Final. A set of black and white images which, although the Wembley sun illuminated a brilliantly colourful afternoon, seem thoroughly and appropriately bleak given that 95 (at the time) Liverpool fans would never see their team bake in the shadows of the Twin Towers. The nigh-on sepia photographs below also emphasise that, while still imprinted on thousands …
Liverpool 5-2 Everton: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 5-2 Everton: A Tactical Breakdown

The fixtures seem to flash past in a blur. It's hard to imagine how it feels for Jürgen Klopp, given his side barely have time to rest, let alone develop match specific tactics between recovery days and fitness top-up sessions. Rotation is a necessity for Liverpool if they are to get through this utterly chaotic wintery whirlwind of matches. Against Everton, Klopp was exceptionally bold, with five players rotated out, and Origi, Shaqiri and Lallana all brought in for the …
Xherdan Shaqiri believes starting place in the derby win was just reward

Xherdan Shaqiri believes starting place in the derby win was just reward

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri says his first Premier League start for The Reds since January was a reward for the hard work he's putting in behind the scenes at Melwood. The Swiss attacking midfielder put in an impressive display as Liverpool beat their Merseyside rivals 5-2 at Anfield on Wednesday night. The Reds' number 23 popped up with a well-taken finish to make it 2-0 early-on after some great work from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mané combined.
Jordan Henderson on what it's like to play in the Merseyside derby

Jordan Henderson on what it's like to play in the Merseyside derby

Liverpool captain and the club's current longest-serving player, Jordan Henderson, discusses what it's like to play in the Merseyside derby. Henderson joined The Reds from Sunderland in 2011, over 8 years ago, when Kenny Dalglish was the Liverpool manager. In the 18 derbies in all competitions since Henderson's arrival, Liverpool have not lost one, winning 9 and drawing 9. Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Henderson gave an insight into just what it means to play in these local derbies.
"It's a brilliant …
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