Bring Me Ivan Toney

Bring Me Ivan Toney

Now and again an opposing side can cause such a stir it has the manager (on the receiving end) look deeply into said team, and more importantly their players. I wrote about the RB Salzburg tie from a few years back and how the intelligence, elegance and work rate of a certain Takumi Minamino, prompted Liverpool to make move for the gifted attacker. Whereas this deal hasn’t worked out from a first team point of view, the low fee paid …
Marko Grujic's Likely Departure Shows Transfer Policy Bearing Fruit

Marko Grujic's Likely Departure Shows Transfer Policy Bearing Fruit

After five years of nominally being a Liverpool player, it appears as if Marko Grujic will permanently leave the club this summer. Despite being Jurgen Klopp's first signing with the Reds, the Serbian has only made eight appearances for the club and has been on loan on five separate occasions, with Red Star Belgrade -- his first club -- Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin (twice), and FC Porto. And now, according to reports in Portugal, the 25-year-old appears set to end …
Who is Fabio Vieira and why might Liverpool be interested?

Who is Fabio Vieira and why might Liverpool be interested?

Liverpool seem to be linked with players plying their trade in Portugal every summer. Most of the time, though, there’s a feeling that agents are using the club’s name to ramp up interest.  Anderson Talisca was one who was reportedly on the club’s radar for quite some time. Rafa Soares was another player mentioned in 2017 along with Ruben Neves before his move to Wolves. Then there was Diogo Leite, a Porto youngster back in 2018. Gelson Martins was named …
Xherdan Shaqiri: What Role Will The Swiss Maestro Play Against Manchester United?

Xherdan Shaqiri: What Role Will The Swiss Maestro Play Against Manchester United?

Xherdan Shaqiri fell out of favour last season. However, Liverpool have lacked a creative spark over their last three games and, with a crunch clash coming up against Manchester United, it is integral they find it again. Shaqiri looked sharp in the FA Cup last Friday, and may be the man to reignite The Reds. But will he feature from the start, as a substitute, or will Klopp opt for another player in his place? Shaqiri's finest moment in a …
Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

After a seemingly huge victory against José Mourinho's Spurs side on Wednesday night, Liverpool travelled to quiet Selhurst Park on a cold Saturday morning, warmed by the comforting knowledge that a win would establish a six-point lead over Spurs, even if only for a few hours. The quick turnaround between fixtures saw Jürgen Klopp make a number of changes to his team. Joel Matip returned to the starting XI in place of Rhys Williams, whilst Naby Keïta came in for …
In Defence Of Takumi Minamino

In Defence Of Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino's quality and suitability to the team has been questioned by a section of Liverpool fans online recently. After failing to impose himself on a number of games, some have even gone to the length of calling the Japanese international's signing a flop.  While there is a kernel of truth to these complaints, they -- as is often the case on social media, especially Football Twitter with its mostly teenage population -- spectacularly miss the context. Yes, the attacking …
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 …
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