Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview

Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview

After an enormously entertaining World Cup full of drama and decadence, we the football faithful have been cast into the darkness of a month without the beautiful game. This has not stopped the majority of the big Premier League clubs from making money moves in anticipation. Ahead, we preview what to expect from them this season. Arsenal Arsenal’s relatively early business in securing the tenacious Lucas Torreira (aptly auto-corrected to terrier), supplemented with the earlier additions of Borussia Dortmund’s spine, …
Div or Dom, it's time to move on

Div or Dom, it's time to move on

Pre-season is a time for players to either pick up where they left off the previous campaign or gain a fresh start, putting a turbulent season behind them and trying to stake a claim in the first-team. Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi fall into that category, facing a crucial summer in their Liverpool careers after a mixed time of it in the Premier League and Bundesliga respectively. A year ago, it was Solanke who won the battle between the two, …
Liverpool and the Meaningless Friendlies

Liverpool and the Meaningless Friendlies

Many years ago in the days when he was a footballer rather than a TV host and the online taunter of phone hackers, Gary Lineker belittled the idea of a glorious pre-season goal. His view was that, given a finite number of goals in any striker’s career, you want your thirty yard volley to be in a vital match - maybe a semi-final or in injury time in a final. You don’t want it against Alfreton Town’s youth team in …
Allez, Allez, Allez! At Ann Arbor

Allez, Allez, Allez! At Ann Arbor

On Saturday, Liverpool capped off their USA tour with a matchup against the hated Manchester United in front of over 100,000 fans at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While it may have just been a preseason friendly between two teams missing several first-team players, it was more than a meaningless game. For starters, there is no such thing as a “friendly” between Liverpool and United. That was evident not only from the back and forth banter amongst the …
Why Liverpool Can Win The League (Redux)

Why Liverpool Can Win The League (Redux)

Last summer I wrote a piece on how I thought it was possible Liverpool could win the Premier League title. I felt most of the points that I made in that article were largely valid, although of course things didn’t pan out the way we hoped. Overall, the lack of a centre-back signing, Phil Coutinho turning into a huge snake and Man City going full cheat mode were the big reasons we didn’t end up winning the league, but here …
The Curious Case of John Arne Riise

The Curious Case of John Arne Riise

Last week, Leanne Prescott, AnfieldIndex's impish commentator, and I had an email exchange about the changing role of the fullback. Her argument - and it’s one I have no great issue with – is that the modern-day full-back spends as much time in the opponents half as his own. Gone are the days when the average wide defender could sit back and keep an eye on opposing wingers. Steve Finnan, Alvaro Arbeloa and, latterly, Nathaniel Clyne would need to do …
How Klopp Could Unleash the Big Guns in the 4-2-2-2

How Klopp Could Unleash the Big Guns in the 4-2-2-2

A manager requires perpetual change if he’s to succeed in the savage land that is the Premier League. That’s the narrative that gets swung about on the regular, amidst pundits and fans alike. In Pep Guardiola’s first season, his tactical ministrations were seen as too imposing, not giving English Football’s top tier its due. Jose Mourinho has been accused of remaining “stuck in his ways” on multiple occasions; accusations which surprisingly were most stark in the Champions League against Sevilla. …
Organising Chaos Against Real Madrid

Organising Chaos Against Real Madrid

I shared a thread on Twitter recently about my thoughts on how Liverpool can beat Real Madrid, and it received such positive feedback that I’ve decided to expand on it here. The thread is linked below for those that want to check it out: https://twitter.com/DistanceCovered/status/996345845749637120 Now, as I’ve mentioned in the thread, the key factor when determining whether Liverpool are likely to win against any opponent is whether the opposing team is vulnerable in transition or not. Liverpool are gradually …
Win!

Win!

Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life, I love you more Allow me to explain if you will. You’ll need coffee. Tissues optional. Heart necessary. Fortitude compulsory. If 2011 was the season that started me, this season could so simply have been the one that finished me. Back then, so many years ago, I became a father for the first time. …
Degsy Does Dallas - the end for Lovren?

Degsy Does Dallas - the end for Lovren?

Talking to Trev Downey for the Molby on the Spot podcast this week, Jan Molby gave his opinion on Dejan Lovren after the Man United game: "He's played himself back into trouble, hasn't he? In terms of Mourinho and his tactics, there's no doubt that they picked on Lovren a little bit. They decided that Lukaku could handle him in the air, and also physically. However, I still think there's a long way from Lukaku winning the flick on or …
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