Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Playing the Liverpool way. It’s a fairly common trope, perhaps an oxymoron when every football club seems to have a “way” these days – there’s even a “Norwich way”, apparently. For Liverpool fans, however, identity is everything. Football is bound together by its unique fan culture, the interconnectedness of the football landscape means stories are perpetuated, and Liverpool’s story is one of decorated trophy cabinets and an envied atmosphere. Perhaps Anfield’s atmosphere hasn’t lived up to its hype recently. But …
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 …
Naby Keita is Showing Exactly Why Klopp Waited so Patiently for Him

Naby Keita is Showing Exactly Why Klopp Waited so Patiently for Him

Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge back in October 2015 saw Adam Bogdan, Kolo Toure, Connor Randall, Joao Texeira, Joe Allen, Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe feature on the bench - none of whom are still at the club. In contrast, the bench against West Ham on the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season contained Fabinho, Henderson, Lallana, Shaqiri and Sturridge - five players capable of changing the outcome of the contest. Key to such a strenuous rebuild …
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool picking up where they left off at the end of the 2017/18 season would have been the perfect way to kick start a league season, and Liverpool did just that. There were 92 days between Liverpool's last home league game against Brighton and the opening fixture against West Ham, but the results were identical: 4-0 drubbings. However, while the results may have been the same, the personnel and the tactics were certainly not. Alisson and Keïta were the only real …
Brilliant (but not enough) signings leave LFC riding on luck in title charge

Brilliant (but not enough) signings leave LFC riding on luck in title charge

Liverpool’s aggressive and early dealings left many, not least usually sceptical fans impressed. For so long “monitoring of targets” and “staying in conversations for top players” defined the club’s dealings in the transfer market. The swiftness and efficiency that characterised the summer was therefore received with a welter of joy and shock. In Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Shaqiri, the club’s decisiveness in dealing with some key weaknesses in the squad was been self-evident. However, with Liverpool, there is always …
Key observations as Liverpool set the marker in season opener

Key observations as Liverpool set the marker in season opener

It has been a few weeks since Liverpool last played a competitive game, in Kiev, a game Liverpool fans would not be looking back kindly. Hence most fans could not wait to get the season started for more reasons than one. And what a start that was. The key takeaways from the match: New Season, same attacking verve The game did not feel like the season opener, with Liverpool showing the same attacking verve and fluency right from where they …
Liverpool soar to the top on opening day of campaign

Liverpool soar to the top on opening day of campaign

It was the moment we'd all been waiting for. Liverpool kicked off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign against West Ham at Anfield brimming with confidence and optimism for the season ahead. The summer business had been done, and done well, bringing in Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, the long-awaited Naby Keita and Brazil's No.1 Alisson Becker to boot. Daniel Sturridge's summer revival and the overall pre-season form had suggested this could really be Liverpool's year with a 5-0 romping of Napoli only …
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United: Player Ratings from a perfect beginning at Anfield

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United: Player Ratings from a perfect beginning at Anfield

Liverpool got their new Premier League season off to the perfect start, as West Ham were put to the sword in a 4-0 victory. First-half goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mané set the Reds on their way in a strong first-half performance. Mané added to his tally after the break, before Daniel Sturridge got himself on the scoresheet, just 20 seconds after coming on the pitch. Here's how each player fared on the day. Alisson Becker - 6/10 He …
Liverpool v West Ham United Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v West Ham United Preview - Key Battles

The World Cup is over. The transfer window has, to use a particular cliché, slammed shut. Now it’s time for the actual thing – the real football. For nine months across the length and breadth of England (and a little bit of Wales), 20 teams to fight it out for one prize. Before a ball has been kicked in the season, Liverpool are seen as closer to that prize than they have been for quite a long time. But that …
Liverpool 2018/19: A Tactical Preview

Liverpool 2018/19: A Tactical Preview

How do Liverpool play? It's a simple question, but with the arrival of both Naby Keïta, Fabinho and Alisson, as well as the progression of Liverpool's tactics under Jürgen Klopp since he joined in 2016, the answer requires a more detailed response than the question initially indicates. There are three main tactical phases in football: on-ball, off-ball and the transition. With Liverpool's signings and their skillsets, the on-ball phase may be the one most different this season. Hence, we'll start …
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