Liverpool In Control At Anfield

Liverpool In Control At Anfield

Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino were the heroes against Manchester United as their goals in either half helped Liverpool to a two nil lead in the first leg of their Europa League clash at Anfield. Manchester United had goalkeeper David De Gea to thank as he pulled off world class save after save to deny Liverpool. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp made three changes to the team that beat Crystal Palace last weekend with Nataniel Clyne, Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge …
Sturridge and Origi provide a striking difference

Sturridge and Origi provide a striking difference

I don’t need to explain to anyone with a modicum of football knowledge just how big a Liverpool versus Manchester United game is and emotions usually run very high for these encounters. However, the overriding emotion for me from the Premier League meetings between the two sides both this season and last has been one of frustration. Whether that be frustration at the insipid nature of the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford in September and soulless performances against them last …
When Two Tribes Go To War...

When Two Tribes Go To War...

When the Reds set off on their latest European campaign six months ago it’s fair to say no one was overly inspired by a trip to the south-western France. Let’s be honest, the early stages of the Europa league with its Thursday/Sunday grind doesn’t exactly get the pulse racing in the autumn. There’s the tedium of less glamorous matches, all the Champions League fanfare of the previous evenings spent watching the likes of Alonso, Suarez and Mascherano strut their stuff …
Liverpool FC's Daytrippers and Anfield's Atmosphere

Liverpool FC's Daytrippers and Anfield's Atmosphere

They say that the atmosphere is a thing of the past these days at Anfield. That the famous twelfth man is no more. That fans in the terraces can no longer be bothered to sing or cheer the team on when their backs are against the wall. That Anfield is a silent stadium and at times the only noise you hear is coming from the away end especially on European nights or when one of the so called minnows of …
Chaos-Kitchen: Shooting-up the Table

Chaos-Kitchen: Shooting-up the Table

Delicate. Intricate. Profligate. Manchester City's candy-cane tower has come crumbling down. Forget City's Soufflé-style of calculated luxury: we've entered Jürgen's Black Forest Gateau of Mayhem. High-class  pomp has been decimated by working-class passion as the Moneyball-marauding FSG out-bought City's billions in all areas. On sponsors alone, Liverpool's Subway, Gatorade and Dunkin' Donuts deals dwarf against the likes of City's Nike, Aabar and Etihad Airlines. Put this against a backdrop of City's £150-million-spend in summer 2015 alone and Liverpool's victory was more than a football match: it was a …
Brendan Rodgers: Presenting the Facts

Brendan Rodgers: Presenting the Facts

For the dwindling number of Liverpool supporters who still had faith in Brendan Rodgers or were still willing to give him another chance this season, it seems the timid defeat away to Manchester United was the straw that broke the camel’s back. His backing amongst the fan base is now in Roy Hodgson territory. There was a lot of anger from fans following the defeat, and manner of it, at Old Trafford. Myself, I’m finding it hard to get angry …
Manchester United vs Liverpool: The Autopsy

Manchester United vs Liverpool: The Autopsy

At the start of the season I thought I'd do a weekly tactical piece on the previous game. Primarily looking at the attack and how Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino were bedding in with their new teammates. The United game was horrific to watch and although I tried I couldn't really find anything tactically to be positive about. Instead, my notes happened to be filled with negatives and I hate it because usually I find a few things that I …
Liverpool's Horror Show Tactics

Liverpool's Horror Show Tactics

From a very early age we're all exposed to the 'happy ever after' theory. Beast gets the Beauty. Pinocchio ends up being a real boy. Rocky Balboa defeats everybody. Danny Ocean and his 10 friends get away after robbing the Bellagio Casino, and a random player winning a jackpot at Red Flush online casino. Liverpool beat AC Milan in Istanbul. Hard work, bravery and a bit of luck and you can achieve anything. We all harboured hope that Steven Gerrard would …
Why Liverpool Should Take the Europa League Seriously

Why Liverpool Should Take the Europa League Seriously

The Europa League. It's a competition that splits opinion. Nothing new amongst the Liverpool fan base but belittling a European competition is a new one to me. Many fans this season want Liverpool to concentrate on the Premier League and try to finish in the top 4. It's admirable, but is it realistic? Will Liverpool break last season's top 4? It's a big ask in my opinion especially when the lesser of the top 4 sides, Man United, have strengthened …
How do Liverpool win the Premier League? 'The Bottom 14 Teams'

How do Liverpool win the Premier League? 'The Bottom 14 Teams'

How do Liverpool win the league?  A little too ambitious? Perhaps. But I feel it is better to aim for the stars.  If you drop short then you are guaranteed Top 4 and that coveted Champions' League spot.  Aim for Top 4 and miss and well........ We all know what happens next.  Let us be honest, to win the league now would mean that everything would need to click and fall into place.  Or does it?  What can we do …
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