Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's Underestimated Leader

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's Underestimated Leader

Leadership comes in many forms. When you mention the word in the context of Liverpool, several names come to mind. Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Virgil van Dijk -- three of the four members of the first team's leadership group, along with Georginio Wijnaldum -- are all associated with being leaders, whether that's through their vocal presence or by virtue of their respect-commanding aura. A name you seldom hear mentioned when it comes to leaders in the Reds' squad is …
Liverpool 0-2 Everton: What went wrong in first derby defeat for 11 years?

Liverpool 0-2 Everton: What went wrong in first derby defeat for 11 years?

Nothing lasts forever. It had been 22 years since Everton had won at Anfield. I was less than a month old. And of course it was going to be this season, this god-forsaken, gut-punch season, that the Blues' drought came to an end. Liverpool fans were united in their incandescence when a quite unfathomable penalty decision enabled Everton to double their lead. But that is merely a cathartic cloak for undeniable despair. Jurgen Klopp's side remains in the Champions League. …
Liverpool's 'crisis' merits criticism but not an overreaction

Liverpool's 'crisis' merits criticism but not an overreaction

So apparently football really does determine your mood. After an awful run of results for Liverpool, they roared back on Tuesday night, making a formidable RB Leipzig side look as average as a mid-table Premier League side. That weight was instantly lifted, whether it be for Jurgen Klopp, his players or the supporters, as the Reds produced a performance that suggests they are back. Alisson responded well after a shocking couple of games; Trent Alexander-Arnold was influential; Ozan Kabak and …
Liverpool Show Their Wings With Victory Over RB Leipzig

Liverpool Show Their Wings With Victory Over RB Leipzig

Liverpool took a big step towards Champions League quarter-final qualification with a 2-0 victory against Red Bull Leipzig in Budapest. Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah gave the nominal away team the victory with a performance of control and defensive solidity. Jordan Henderson and Ozan Kabak were once again paired in the heart of the Reds defence, but there weren't the errors that defined the recent Leicester City defeat and Jurgen Klopp is sure to be proud of his …
Leicester 3-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as fragile Reds unravel

Leicester 3-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as fragile Reds unravel

Mohamed Salah's glorious finish following Roberto Firmino's ingenious assist had set Liverpool on course for an impressive and important victory. But then they imploded in gut-wrenching fashion. It's a defeat that both reflects and deepens the profound crisis of confidence in the defending champions' ranks. They are in freefall, their season growing inconceivably more wretched by the week. Fans are becoming desperate for it to end, but fearful of where it might end. Here, if you can stomach reliving it, …
Luckless Liverpool Fall To Leicester Defeat

Luckless Liverpool Fall To Leicester Defeat

Liverpool took a heavy blow to their top-four qualification prospects with a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City at The Kingpower Stadium. Things were appearing to go swimmingly for the Reds when Mohamed Salah gave them a merited lead in the middle of the second half after a brilliant Roberto Firmino assist. However, as has constantly been the case this season, injury and abysmal refereeing decisions hampered the defending champions. Leicester equalized from a James Maddison free-kick with ten minutes remaining, …
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Excuse: a reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offence. For some bizarre reason, excuses are viewed as negatives these days. I don’t quite understand why given, per the definition, it is a justification as to why something has happened. Obviously, these truths can be embellished and this might why people seem to associate excuses with lies, but, ultimately, an excuse provides context.  Context is often overlooked in football. This is usually tied to stats, but general narratives …
Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London Stadium buoyed by a brilliant performance against Spurs. However, David Moyes' West Ham side have proven this season they can vie with the best, and hope to challenge for European qualification at the end of the season. West Ham lined up in a 4-2-3-1 shape. Michail Antonio led the line, supported primarily by Said Benrahma who would help create a front two when out of possession. Jarrod Bowen also contributed offensively, moving up in the …
Liverpool Lose At Anfield Again as Seagulls Score

Liverpool Lose At Anfield Again as Seagulls Score

Liverpool made it consecutive home Premier League defeats with a 1-0 defeat to Brighton. Steven Alzate's second-half strike gave the visitors all three points as the toothless Reds managed only one shot on target as their Anfield goal drought continued. The Reds' -- whose injury woes continued with the loss of both Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker from the win over West Ham -- started the game brightly and weaved together some nice passing moves. Jordan Henderson clipped a gorgeous …
Thank You Roberto Firmino: Brazilian Striker Deserves Credit

Thank You Roberto Firmino: Brazilian Striker Deserves Credit

The press, the fans and the neutrals have all criticised Roberto Firmino this season. However, Bobby deserves credit for firing Liverpool out of their current dry spell.  Liverpool had gone 2 Premier League games without scoring, when Manchester United arrived at Anfield in January. Mo Salah slalomed through Manchester United's defence, in search of that elusice finish, and the ball broke to Roberto Firmino in the area. Bobby scuffed his finish in to De Gea’s arms, and a better opportunity …
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