What type of left back do Liverpool really need?

What type of left back do Liverpool really need?

It's an unwritten rule that managers tend to like two players for every position within their squad. The Liverpool squad as a whole hasn't looked this healthy for years but we seem to be lacking a second left back. The links to Lucas Digne may have stemmed from this. It's easy journalism. Liverpool need a left back + Lucas Digne wants to leave PSG for first team football = Liverpool want Digne. Did a deal for Digne ever seem to …
How will Liverpool Line-up vs Stoke?

How will Liverpool Line-up vs Stoke?

With the season opener getting closer and many transfers completed already it's now when fans and journalists start looking at how the team may line up. Obviously injuries could play a part and new signings could happen but generally 99% of the players here now will be those in contention for a start against Stoke. With that in mind I decided to ask Phil McNulty, Chief Footballer writer for the BBC, Jack Lusby, a rival of mine for someone who …
The 'Awkward

The 'Awkward" Parisien | Mamadou Sakho

When Yannick Bolasie was roasting Dejan Lovren on Gerrard’s last Anfield appearance memories of the six consecutive away clean sheets that ended in April had long faded. The not so assured defending of the early season had returned. Coinciding with that period was the loss of Mamadou Sakho to injury. The Parisien who had been instrumental to that record-breaking accomplishment remains a figure who polarizes opinions. In December, 2014 during LFC’s league match with Burnley, James Pearce, Liverpool Echo’s LFC …
Do Liverpool Have Squad Depth in Defence?

Do Liverpool Have Squad Depth in Defence?

Much has been made this summer about Liverpool buying in bulk again. Many fans believe we now have the numbers to compete in the many competitions we'll be involved in this coming season. The question is not 'if' Liverpool have the numbers but whether they've got the requisite quality? After all, numbers don't always indicate quality, do they? With that in mind myself and two others, Tom Dowan and John O'Sullivan, have decided to take a look at the squad …
Brendan Rodgers and Young Players

Brendan Rodgers and Young Players

I was listening to one of our new signings last week giving his views on the club and manager. I tend not to listen to these interviews conducted by the club press department as they can sometimes sound like incessant propaganda you might hear from North Korea, but one line made me think. “The manager has a reputation for developing young players”. Brendan Rodgers is constantly praised in the media for being great at developing young players. Giving them a …
Can Clyne and Moreno nail down full-back positions for years to come?

Can Clyne and Moreno nail down full-back positions for years to come?

Last season, full-back proved to be a problem position for Liverpool, but in Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno there is reason to be quietly optimistic about having two quality players in place for the foreseeable future. The list of players to fill in on either side of the defence in 2014-15 was seemingly endless. Aside from Moreno, the following players had a stab at filling in there: Javier Manquillo, Glen Johnson, Jordon Ibe, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can. …
A GAME OF THRONES - Who will sit beside the Anfield Throne?

A GAME OF THRONES - Who will sit beside the Anfield Throne?

With Brendan Rodgers backed by FSG and secure as Liverpool Manager who is going to accompany him and who will wave goodbye. As we know there has already been two cut throat departures of backroom staff, Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh fell victim to last season’s shortcomings. Brendan’s court is going to be a lot different come that exciting first BPL fixture, away at the Potteries. The appointment of unproven Sean O’Driscoll has caused some concern amongst fans but with …
High Press Could Mean No Defensive Midfielder?

High Press Could Mean No Defensive Midfielder?

Sam McGuire wrote this article before jetting off to Egypt and it links in nicely with the Sean O'Driscoll rumours. The season is still two months away from the opening game but people have already started asking others how they think the team will line up next season. One thing the majority have mentioned is how a lack of a proper defensive midfielder hinders their team selection. We've seen under Brendan Rodgers that the gaping hole in centre midfield is …
Philippe Coutinho (Part 2): Playing Out of the Box

Philippe Coutinho (Part 2): Playing Out of the Box

In the first part of this series which tactically analyses Philippe Coutinho in various formations, systems, and structures, we examined the Brazilian magician in the 2013/14 diamond midfield within a 4-4-2. Check it out here. However, for the second part, I decided to look at the 3-4-2-1 formation in which Liverpool utilised in during the 2014/15 season and more importantly, where Coutinho saw a lot of success. Brendan Rodgers’ 3-4-2-1 Formation A 3-4-2-1 formation essentially works in 4 parts – …
Finding Positives for Liverpool From The 2014/15 Season

Finding Positives for Liverpool From The 2014/15 Season

2014/15 was an absolute stinker for Liverpool FC, no two ways about it. I went through a full range of emotions with Brendan Rodgers; in October I had hope he could turn it around, in November and December I had sympathy that this once strutting peacock was now a broken shell of a man and by February I was back to hope that he could make something of the season. However, by the end of March the realisation had set …
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