Victor Valdes: The view from Barca - Q & A with Rafael Hernandez

Victor Valdes: The view from Barca - Q & A with Rafael Hernandez

When  Simon Mignolet joined the Reds last summer hopes were high for the young Belgian keeper who had impressed during his time at Sunderland. Though eyebrows were raised at how abruptly Reina was sent out on loan to Napoli, many reassured themselves that given such a decision Liverpool's management must've been happy with the replacement they'd  brought in. However, despite an overall impressive debut season, where the keeper's impressive shot stopping abilities saved the Reds crucial points in pivotal moments …
Whether You’re Lovren It or Not - Analysis Of The New LFC Defence.

Whether You’re Lovren It or Not - Analysis Of The New LFC Defence.

It has been a mixed start to the campaign for LFC.  A nervy 2-1 victory over a depleted Southampton  side, a harsh sounding 3-1 defeat to Man City & and a commanding win over Spurs at White Lane. Many positives can be taken from the opening 3 games: a sublime Henderson assist, a world class save from Mignolet, an excellent opening 35 mins display at the Eithad and an amazing 60 yard run & finish from Moreno.  For all the …
Proactive vs Reactive | Liverpool's divided back four?

Proactive vs Reactive | Liverpool's divided back four?

Monday was disappointing wasn’t it? After impressing for the majority of the first half, Liverpool went in at half time 1-0 down but with justification to remain positive that we could come back into it in the second 45. However, as we all know, it wasn’t to be and after 95 minutes we had been beaten 3-1 by last years champions. Their strength and quality in depth shone through and we were given a harsh reminder of the level required …
Brendan Rodgers - the Story of his Managerial Career

Brendan Rodgers - the Story of his Managerial Career

BRENDAN Rodgers has grown into one of the most exciting and respected managers in the Premier League. The Northern Irish born man grew up in Ballymena where he learnt and played football with his local side. In 1990, at the age of 17, Rodgers moved to Reading to further his career but it was halted instantaneous through injury and he failed to make an appearance for the English club. In 1995, after refusing to let football out of his life, …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

It is important to preface this analysis by saying the Bundesliga season doesn’t start until the week after the Premier League, so Borussia Dortmund were seven days behind in their physical preparation. However, at times, Rodgers’ Liverpool made them look like they had never played football before, with the exquisite movement, technical ability and break-neck speed of the attacking play. Line-Ups: Liverpool:  Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, …
Liverpool Players | World Cup Round Up - THE BIG ONE

Liverpool Players | World Cup Round Up - THE BIG ONE

Callum Huckle reviews the Liverpool players at the World Cup and previews those still in the tournament... Mamadou Sakho – The only Liverpool player still in the tournament aside from Simon Mignolet. Sakho has looked solid all tournament and it’s a testament to his ability that the only two goals France have conceded so far came after his substitution against Switzerland. He was rested with a hamstring strain but is fit to face Germany and will most definitely start. The …
Liverpool's Rest of the World Round 3: Preview

Liverpool's Rest of the World Round 3: Preview

You will be able to tell who has been watching every game of the next round World Cup group games, as there will be an army of Marty Feldman's everywhere you go. This is because we are being treated to two games simultaneously, twice per day until Thursday, leaving Friday to remind us what life was like before this football all-you-can-eat started. Here is a look at which Liverpool players you might see play: Pepe Reina - Spain vs Australia …
Liverpool's Rest of the World Round 2: Preview

Liverpool's Rest of the World Round 2: Preview

Welcome to the Anfield Index writers' coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the tournament one round of fixtures in let's look at which players from Liverpool will be playing over the next few days. Mamadou Sakho – France vs Switzerland 20th June 8.00 PM Kick Off Luis Suarez aside, Mamadou Sakho is Liverpool’s premier player at the World Cup this summer not in the England squad. As Zak mentioned in the last Rest of the World update, …
Liverpool's World Cup Stars On Show

Liverpool's World Cup Stars On Show

Liverpool have a number of foreign stars heading over to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and we've got you covered for kick-off times and background for the games that include our star men. Some favourites, like Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Agger, have sadly missed out, for various reasons, but fan favourites like Luis Suárez and Mamadou Sakho are sure to be heavily involved in this festival of football. Pepe Reina - Spain vs Netherlands, 8PM Kick-Off, June 13th Kicking …
Simon Mignolet - Is he still good enough? A comparison to rivals

Simon Mignolet - Is he still good enough? A comparison to rivals

Earlier in the season, following Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, I wrote an article looking at Simon Mignolet's first season up to that point as the Reds' first choice goalkeeper following his summer move from Sunderland. At the time he had just made himself public enemy number one to a group of fans (oh how there have been many in that position this season), and questions were being asked. Since that article was published, have his performances improved? Have …
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