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 …
Thiago Influence Could Help Liverpool Evolve From False 9 Tactics

Thiago Influence Could Help Liverpool Evolve From False 9 Tactics

Roberto Firmino was back to his best in Liverpool's recent 3-1 win away to Spurs. The Brazilian opened the scoring on the cusp of half time and showed the movement, touch, and sublime link play of old as the Reds scored their first league goals in over a month. The number 9's goal, a tap in after his intelligent delayed run saw him arrive in the six-yard box in time to tap in Sadio Mane's left-footed cross, was his sixth …
West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool: Observations as majestic second half secures vital win

With Roberto Firmino rested and Sadio Mane the latest addition to the injury list, it looked as if Liverpool were going to need to win ugly at the London Stadium. A drab first-half seemed to confirm those pre-match convictions. But in the end, the win wasn't ugly; it was beautiful. Either side of a contender for Liverpool's goal of the season, Mohamed Salah curled home unerringly and Georginio Wijnaldum finished off an incisive one-touch move. Craig Dawson would deny the …
Player Ratings for Liverpool 3-1 West Ham

Player Ratings for Liverpool 3-1 West Ham

January may have been a rough month to start for Liverpool, but a couple matches in the capital at the end of the month have firmly put the Reds back on track and in title contention again. Alisson – 7 The handsome Brazilian wasn’t asked to do much today with Antonio surprisingly ineffective and Soucek subdued, but he came off his line well several times to snuff out danger and make sure the Hammers didn’t find any joy in the …
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