Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

Shaqiri's the odd man out as Klopp's Liverpool squad evolves

There were quite rightly a few eyebrows raised during Liverpool's recent Champions League victory over Ajax when Klopp decided to rotate his entire front three. Mané, Salah and Firmino were replaced by Minamino, Jota and the lesser spotted Xherdan Shaqiri in the vital 1-0 win. Both Jota and Minamino turned in bright displays, with the former continuing to impress in his early Anfield career. Yet with Shaqiri, who is seen less and less frequently even in the match day squads, …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
Klopp delights in

Klopp delights in "outstanding" performance of Takumi Minamino

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp was hugely impressed by the performance of former RB Salzburg star Takumi Minamino against Lincoln City. Minamino, along with Curtis Jones, bagged a brace in the 7-2 win at the LNER Stadium. Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic and Divock Origi were Liverpool's other goalscorers. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp had some special words of praise when asked about Minamino's display in the Carabao Cup win.
"I loved Taki’s game tonight, to be honest – it …
Liverpool Advance Thanks To Lincoln Assassination

Liverpool Advance Thanks To Lincoln Assassination

Liverpool will play Arsenal in the fourth round of the League Cup after they thumped Lincoln City 7-2 away. A brace of goals from both Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones, as well as further strikes from Divock Origi, Marko Grujic, and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed the much-changed Reds' passage into the next round. The game was seen as a shop window for some of Liverpool's fringe players and Shaqiri, in particular, would have done either his prospects of remaining part of …
Could Minamino Offer Midfield Magic?

Could Minamino Offer Midfield Magic?

Takumi Minamino's Anfield career hasn't really taken off yet. Despite some bright moments, including a well-taken goal -- which was part of an overall impressive cameo -- in the Community Shield versus Arsenal, the Japanese international is yet to hit the heights of his Red Bull Salzburg form yet. The 25-year old introduced himself to the Reds' faithful with a brilliant performance for the Austrian's at Anfield in last season's Champions League. Salzburg eventually found themselves on the receiving end …
Could 4222 Shape Be Liverpool's Next Tactical Step?

Could 4222 Shape Be Liverpool's Next Tactical Step?

As much as Arsenal fans on the internet will tell you otherwise, the Community Shield is a glorified friendly and its importance should be framed as such. There were, however, some interesting takeaways for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw -- and subsequent penalty shootout defeat, again -- with the Gunners at Wembley. Namely the switch in shape from the Reds' usual 433 alignment to a 4222 shape or, as its also known, the box midfield. https://twitter.com/JDNalton/status/1299753022894018561?s=20 In every pre-season since …
Time for Brewster to Oust Ineffective Origi

Time for Brewster to Oust Ineffective Origi

On Thursday night, two Liverpool strikers suffered very different fortunes. It was an evening to forget for the Reds, whose lack of intensity and focus was plain to see in a rather insipid defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. As a last throw of the dice in the second half, Jurgen Klopp turned to Divock Origi as one of his substitutes, looking for another moment of inspiration from the Belgian. What occurred was a cameo that has become far too …
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool: Observations from a night to forget

Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool: Observations from a night to forget

For Liverpool, Thursday's trip to the Etihad peaked before it had even begun. The side who had come out on top last season in the most agonising circumstances were reduced to rolling out the red carpet for the most dominant champions in Premier League history as they took to the field. The final score was the consequence of defensive sloppiness and charitable finishing against City writ large. Psychologically, you could say Pep Guardiola's men have laid down a marker. Liverpool …
Jurgen Klopp's Tactical Conundrum

Jurgen Klopp's Tactical Conundrum

Liverpool players are often accused of being too reliant on the system they’re being deployed in. It’s used as a criticism and as a way to downplay the achievements of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.  “In other teams, they’d be nowhere near as effective.”   And while this might be true, it’s actually adding weight to the managerial ability of Jurgen Klopp. The former BVB boss is often written off as a passion merchant and what he does tactically …
Key Stats from another goalless derby at Goodison

Key Stats from another goalless derby at Goodison

Liverpool were back in Premier League action for the first time in over three months and it was an absolutely rubbish game of football. A 0-0 draw at Goodison Park feels like a story we’ve heard before, and sadly Liverpool’s wait for the title will now extend beyond their home game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday as they dropped points for just the third time all season. The Lovren Effect Dejan Lovren replaced the injured Joël Matip with fifteen minutes …
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