Chelsea Cup Defeat Highlights How Far Liverpool Have Come

Chelsea Cup Defeat Highlights How Far Liverpool Have Come

That winning run wasn't going to last forever, was it? Any Liverpool defeat generally has to be considered disappointing - although some under Roy Hodgson felt like a blessing in disguise - and Wednesday's League Cup loss to Chelsea did sting a little, especially given the nature of it. In the grand scheme of things, it is not a result that is going to derail the Reds' season, however, and it was always clear that the League Cup was very …
Liverpool v Chelsea Preview - A Night for Rotation at Anfield

Liverpool v Chelsea Preview - A Night for Rotation at Anfield

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Date & Time - Wednesday, September 26th @ 19:45 Current Odds - Liverpool 19/20, Draw 3/1, Chelsea 14/5 Form Liverpool Form The Reds go marching on, it seems. Seven wins on the bounce to start this season. Jurgen Klopp's Mighty Reds are yet to even step up their game and these are the results they are giving us. It has been a fantastic start for anyone supporting Liverpool and long may it continue. However, these next couple …
Is Andy Robertson Europe's Most In-Form Left-Back?

Is Andy Robertson Europe's Most In-Form Left-Back?

Trace your mind back about 14 months and a huge amount of trepidation surrounded Liverpool's acquisition of Andy Robertson. Alberto Moreno's hit-and-miss form had called for an upgrade at left-back, with plenty of exotic-sounding names across Europe touted as ideal replacements, such as the forever Liverpool-linked Ricardo Rodriguez. Instead, Jurgen Klopp opted to sign a scrawny-looking 23-year-old Scottish lad from Hull City, who had just been relegated to the Championship. It was understandable why his arrival didn't garner resounding positivity, …
Integrating Fabinho and the Need for Patience

Integrating Fabinho and the Need for Patience

Patience isn’t a word that gets heeded much in the modern era of football. Instant gratification has been normalised and expected, and signings are often cast aside as “flops” in as short a space as six months. And that’s fine because some signings don’t work. But, if one casts their mind back to the final season of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure, you’ll notice that Liverpool’s current number nine was far from the maniacal presser and vital fulcrum that he would become …
Andy Robertson - Best Left-Back in the Premier League

Andy Robertson - Best Left-Back in the Premier League

I must confess that I was amongst those potentially frustrated when Liverpool decided not to spend big money on a left-back last summer, instead plumping for Hull’s Andy Robertson. However, once I did some digging on Robbo, as I have several friends who support Hull, the overwhelming response was that it was a very positive signing and one who would be good value for money. Nevertheless, I think it’s fair to say that Robertson has, pound for pound, probably been …
Joe Gomez and the Need for Patience

Joe Gomez and the Need for Patience

On Sunday, Joe Gomez made his long-awaited Premier League debut at centre back for Liverpool. Signed from Charlton back in 2015 with an eye to a future as a Liverpool centre-back, Gomez has so far followed the well-trodden path for youthful centre back prospects at Anfield - playing at fullback. This path has often been a problematic one, with Jamie Carragher the only player I can think of who has successfully carved out a first-team spot at centre back after …
A Back Four Ready to Compete? - Liverpool FC Squad Analysis

A Back Four Ready to Compete? - Liverpool FC Squad Analysis

Liverpool kicked off the season with a delightful 4-0 win on Sunday, conceding only two shots on target and rarely looking in trouble. The back four was among the youngest seen in recent memory during a Premier League game and played together like a group of players ready to kick on this year. Virgil van Dijk anchored a defence with an average age under 23 years old, continuing to prove himself the most gifted leader the defence has seen since …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

There are two weeks to go until the summer transfer window slams shut, locks and closes its shutters. Jurgen Klopp has apparently announced there will be no more signings with his comments last week - "We have everything we need for the next season because I don’t think we will do anything more, I’m pretty sure of that." Having written this piece for AI for the past two summers, this year I'm excited to bring you the Depth chart for …
Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Aside from the strange machinations of Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, otherwise known as Tite, we are all generally aware of the value of Roberto Firmino at this point. Brazil was boring with Jesus, boisterous with Bobby, and ultimately the exclusion of the Reds' frontman would prove to be their undoing. Back on Merseyside, Bobby Firmino has been lauded for his incredible all-around game in the middle of Liverpool's attack. He finishes his campaign with 30 goals and 14 assists in all …
Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

This summer's been a bit of a whirlwind, hasn't it? We've had the highs and lows of England's World Cup campaign, with ironic jeers of 'it's coming home' appearing more and more realistic as the Three Lions reached the semi-final. The dramatic use of VAR to keep pulses racing as modern technology enlarges its grip on football. The widespread appreciation of Jordan Henderson and his importance to the national side in Russia. I could go on. As far as the …
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