Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Klopp’s key to unlock midfield’s potential?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Klopp’s key to unlock midfield’s potential?

It was a return to form that was one of the most welcome in recent memory. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who endeared himself to Liverpool fans everywhere during the 2017/18 season, reminded Reds last night what they’ve missed during his arduous absence after his cruel knee injury. The dominant, powerful and threatening Ox was back with a bang, scoring two fabulous goals and putting in a solid all-round performance in Liverpool’s comfortable 1-4 win over Genk – giving a timely reminder that …
Why Gini Being Let Out Of His Bottle Would Boost Liverpool

Why Gini Being Let Out Of His Bottle Would Boost Liverpool

It wouldn't be an international break in the last year or so without two things happening. One, Liverpool fans worrying about any of their stars being injured in a meaningless friendly on the other side of the globe; or two, the timelines of Reds fans being festooned with clips of Georginio Wijnaldum plundering goals for the Dutch national team. The Netherlands manager, Ronald Koeman invariably plays Wijnaldum as the most advanced midfielder, ahead of Frenkie De Jong and Marten de …
Key Stats as Liverpool Rout Porto in Portugal Again

Key Stats as Liverpool Rout Porto in Portugal Again

Liverpool took Porto apart in the second half to ensure safe passage to the Champions League semi-final where Barcelona await, despite a nervy first 25 minutes in Portugal. But what were the key stats from a thumping 4-1 away win, securing a 6-1 aggregate victory? The Hendo Show Continues Jordan Henderson made a huge impact off the bench again in this game, securing his 3rd assist in four games, having only contributed one in almost two years, since the start …
Liverpool still are in the hunt as 3 points are secured against Spurs

Liverpool still are in the hunt as 3 points are secured against Spurs

It was a rather windy day at Anfield, but no wind could have competed against 50000 people exhaling a sigh of relief right at the end as Liverpool secured three points in rather fortuitous circumstances. As they say, it doesn't matter how they come, till they come. The key observations from the game are as follows. That midfield is no longer surprising A big game against a top 6 opposition means fans usually crave for a dominant midfield (both in …
Fabinho's Versatility Embodies His Growing Influence At Anfield

Fabinho's Versatility Embodies His Growing Influence At Anfield

As Liverpool embarked on the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, there were staunch questions surrounding the weakened defence. The Reds have suffered somewhat of an injury crisis in recent weeks – Dejan Lovren picked up a hamstring strain in the opening stages of the cup against Wolves and has only played 13 games this season while Joe Gomez, who enjoyed a brilliant start to the campaign, has been side-lined with a long-term knee injury of late. …
Does Fabinho at centre back actually make sense?

Does Fabinho at centre back actually make sense?

It's starting to really get to the crunch period of the season for Liverpool. The next batch of fixtures see the Reds come up against the German powerhouse that is Bayern Munich in the Champions League before a pivotal trip to Old Trafford to face a resurgent Manchester United side in a potential title-deciding Premier League clash. Perhaps not the best time to be in the midst of an injury crisis that has taken out a number of players - …
Midfield Conundrum No More, For Liverpool

Midfield Conundrum No More, For Liverpool

Much of the debate surrounding Liverpool during the early stages of the season fixated on the midfield picture. Why was it not clicking? Why were the players bereft of any drive? Where was the ingenuity and freneticism of last season? For all the depth in the middle of the park, no-one could offer what Oxlade-Chamberlain brought in the business end of the 2017/18 campaign. The former-Arsenal man was a key factor in breaking into the final third, particularly against Manchester …
Naby Keita Offers Liverpool Perfect Weapon to End United Hoodoo

Naby Keita Offers Liverpool Perfect Weapon to End United Hoodoo

Liverpool's recent Premier League record against Manchester United is woeful. If all matches were played without context, United would be the biggest two games of each league season for the Reds. Since Brendan Rodgers' wonderful 2013-14 side went and won 3-0 at Old Trafford, United haven't lost in the league to Liverpool. Domestically, United are eight unbeaten in the fixture, winning five and drawing three. Whilst that record doesn't only cover Jurgen Klopp's tenure, the German hasn't had much fortune …
Observations as Liverpool return to scoring form against Bournemouth

Observations as Liverpool return to scoring form against Bournemouth

Liverpool showed semblances of their best-attacking form from last season, as Liverpool produced an identical scoreline from the corresponding fixture last season, beating Bournemouth 0-4. There were a lot of good moments in the game, and the key observations are as follows... Game 500 for Mr Versatile With Joe Gomez being ruled out for a while due to his injury, it was interesting to see how Klopp would react to it considering his options during the busy festive season. He …
Midfield musings, a new identity and tactical potential for Liverpool

Midfield musings, a new identity and tactical potential for Liverpool

With Liverpool cruising to a 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday evening, Jurgen Klopp maintained the 2 point deficit to Man City. Another clean sheet and a highly satisfying win, albeit with a dogged rather than spectacular performance. There's a certain symmetry to our away results against Watford since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers. From the pitiful 3-0 reverse in his first season, to a thrilling 3-3 draw last season which pointed to our underlying defensive deficiencies. To then …
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