How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

There is a popular cliche in football that if you are standing still, you are going backwards. It alludes to the fact that time never stands still; and that football, like other sports, is cyclical.  In industry, continuous improvement principles are applied: just because something is working well, it doesn’t mean it will always remain the case or cannot be improved upon. It is under constant review, with adaptations or changes implemented where necessary, be they process, structural or mechanical.  …
Priceless Matip faces career-defining period at Liverpool

Priceless Matip faces career-defining period at Liverpool

When it rains, it pours. Or in Liverpool's case, when it rains, a monsoon arrives. The Reds find themselves in one of the most bleak, unfortunate injury situations in their recent history, following an awful period in the fitness department. When Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season with cruciate ligament damage it felt bad enough, but in the weeks since, things have got even worse for Jurgen Klopp. Having to make do without the likes of Thiago, …
How can Liverpool get Robert Firmino firing?

How can Liverpool get Robert Firmino firing?

Roberto Firmino looked like the odd man out in attack against Manchester City. In truth, it’s nothing to be embarrassed by really.  After all, most players would have trouble keeping up with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. The Brazilan has never been blessed with blistering pace, but it was never really an issue. Mentally, he was always a couple of seconds ahead of opponents. That no longer seems to be the case.  The Liverpool No.9 has always been …
Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Jurgen Klopp sprung a surprise in Liverpool's recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City at The Etihad. After Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League a few days prior to the clash with Pep Guardiola's team, speculation was rife that Klopp may drop Roberto Firmino, one of his key lieutenants, and retain Jota in the starting team. As it turned out, though, the German picked both Firmino and the Reds' new signing from Wolves as the Champions …
Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

As I have grown up, I have witnessed titanic clashes between footballing behemoths. Games for which the world would stand still for 90 minutes in order to witness the spectacle. In the early noughties, it was Arsenal and Manchester United; then Chelsea and United; Liverpool and Ferguson's side followed briefly, before the rise of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona precipitated a new dimension to El Clasico, now a monumental clash between the world's two finest teams. Matches between Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and …
Player ratings as Liverpool take a point from the Etihad

Player ratings as Liverpool take a point from the Etihad

The Liverpool fan-base were surprised by Jurgen Klopp as he went for both Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota against Manchester City, the jury remaining out on whether it was the right decision as the Reds drew 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Mohamed Salah's penalty got Klopp's men off to the perfect start after Sadio Mane was fouled by Kyle Walker, with Gabriel Jesus' equaliser proving to be the only other goal in the game as Kevin de Bruyne missed a …
City Hold Liverpool At Etihad

City Hold Liverpool At Etihad

Liverpool go into the international break third in the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at The Etihad. Mohamed Salah's early penalty was cancelled out by Gabriel Jesus' equalizer and the Reds -- who had the fortune of Kevin de Bruyne missing from the spot, albeit from an extremely harshly awarded penalty -- held on for a more than merited result, which, on another day, could have been much more. After Diogo Jota's Champions League hat-trick …
Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

“I don’t think any system could have defended tonight Sadio, Mo & Diogo, the way they played, with the support of the others.”
In his post-match presser, Jürgen Klopp was bubbling with praise for his entire team, championing the manner in which the team defended with concentration and discipline, and attacked with synchronicity and fluidity. It was a significant departure from the nature of Liverpool's most recent games, with a distinct shift in tone, tempo and action, akin …
Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool: Player ratings from a masterclass in Bergamo

Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool: Player ratings from a masterclass in Bergamo

Liverpool produced their best performance of the season so far and one of their finest under Jurgen Klopp in a rout of Atalanta. The Reds made a mockery of the Serie A side's fearsome reputation in the scintillating 5-0 victory, with Diogo Jota hitting a hat-trick to continue his staggering start. Here is how the Reds rated. Alisson Becker - 7/10 After a nervy start which saw a couple of tame efforts nearly squirm away, Alisson authoritatively maintained Liverpool's third …
Brilliant Liverpool Maul Atalanta In Italy

Brilliant Liverpool Maul Atalanta In Italy

Liverpool took a huge step towards qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with a thumping 5-0 win away to Atalanta. A hat-trick from Diogo Jota as well as a goal apiece from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah crowned a performance of attacking brilliance from the Reds. Had it not been for poor finishing and the form of Marco Sportiello in the host's goals, the English champions would have won by a bigger margin. From the offset, it …
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