A Jekyll and Hyde Midfield

A Jekyll and Hyde Midfield

I have written more about Gini Wijnaldum this season than last. His off ball intelligence was so understated, he could glide through games merely taking up good positions, and aiding the system with pure intelligence. His ability to help shield a solid defence, made that defence one of the best in Europe, and his defensive awareness was always a requirement that he could effortlessly bring. Gini was (and is) a technically gifted player, but the fundamentals of his play were …
Naby Keïta - Imagine The Levels

Naby Keïta - Imagine The Levels

Liverpool's handling of Ibrahima Konate

Liverpool's handling of Ibrahima Konate

Ibrahima Konate has made just two starts for Liverpool following his £36million transfer from RB Leipzig this summer.  The first arrived in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League and then he was included in the starting XI for the 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Norwich City. It has now been close to a month since he last featured for the Reds and I’ve seen complaints from some fans.  With injuries stacking up elsewhere, people are starting …
Gini & Emre - The Need to Replace System Players

Gini & Emre - The Need to Replace System Players

The summer window is now gone, and the next two windows will require some short and long term thought, with many areas now requiring you attention. Where the defence was strengthened (in the form of giant Ibrahima Konate), we are now witnessing a midfield dilemma, one that should have been avoided. The process of recruitment will have surely taken a hit (given the pandemic), but in order to both maintain and build the playing squad, ways forward needed to be …
Time For Klopp to Make Some Tactical Changes?

Time For Klopp to Make Some Tactical Changes?

Players dictate formations, and a system that is effective needs the components to fit as required. We saw last term (to the detriment of the side) players shoehorned into positions in order to maintain many an adapted team sheet. The patterns of play that are based upon the system suffered, and the team fell apart under the strain of calamity and poor form. The form of almost all the players suffered due to an inability to field certain players, and …
Curtis Jones - An Unfortunate Opportunity

Curtis Jones - An Unfortunate Opportunity

Opportunity can be a key instance in any elite form of sport. To be able to take advantage of certain scenarios (in order to achieve personal gain), can make a career in top level football. Patience, readiness, desire and a single-minded determination to succeed can carry one through to greatness, and within this moment, you have to be ready. When Gini Wijnaldum departed this summer, there was an overwhelming sense of loss, given his enormous impact. Names were thrown about, …
Klopp’s Campaign Management

Klopp’s Campaign Management

Stubbornness, single mindedness, arrogance and an absolute inability to adjust one's methods, can be the downfall of even the best managers in modern football. In recent years we have seen the likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, unable to adapt to the modern needs of Premier League football, with both departing the division at relative low points. The signs are often evident, the fall off from brilliance usually gradual, but the reason for the decline always consistent. Football changes, …
Jude Bellingham - All The Right Moves

Jude Bellingham - All The Right Moves

There’s been so many different players that have threatened excellence, yet their eventual path has seen them achieve so little. Careers have been mapped out before their teenage years are complete, only for stalled progression, indifferent form and unlucky injuries to tarnish what could have been, and often times, what should have been. The emergence of talent in this country carries unrealistic expectations, pressure and only limited chances by which to fully evolve. As England continue their road to next …
Don’t Look Back In Anger

Don’t Look Back In Anger

The nervous nature and anticipation of a big major game rarely sees the emotional ride end when the final whistle blows. There’s sometimes jubilation, now and then dismay, and here and there it’s bitter annoyance. Football can offer the best of times, yet deliver periods of distress that can be absolute weekend destroyers. As match week three drew to a close, there’s a few conclusions that can be garnered from this early period. It’s a short duration in the early …
Liverpool Begin Premier League Campaign With Norwich Win

Liverpool Begin Premier League Campaign With Norwich Win

Liverpool opened up their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win away to Norwich. Goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah wrapped up the points for the Reds, continuing the good form they showed at the end of last season in a good -- if not spectacular performance -- performance. Jurgen Klopp elected for an attacking lineup with the front three of Sadio Mane, Salah and Jota supported a midfield of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, and James …
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