Naby: The Big Game Player

Naby: The Big Game Player

Naby Keita has been one of Liverpool's best players this season, and perhaps the Reds' most underrated performer. His impact is so understated, I even marked him a little low in the match ratings on Tuesday, as the Reds bested Benfica 1-3. It’s only on a rewatch (and after viewing his match stats), that I saw how endlessly effective he was, and the 7.5 I marked probably deserved a solid 8.5. The perfect Klopp facilitator, appears to be the little …
Observations: Against Benfica, the real Naby Keita stood up

Observations: Against Benfica, the real Naby Keita stood up

In a recent interview, Naby Keita said 'I don't believe we've seen the real Naby Keita just yet. I've had quite a few injuries & I'm trying to get back to full form & fitness. Recently I've felt 100%. It's my aim to try and establish myself and be seen in the world of football either this season or the next.' Well Naby lad, if you wanted to be seen, then tonight you did everything right to make it happen. …
Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 7.5 A relative spectator in the first half, with only a couple of minor chances created. Was a lot busier after the break, as the home sides ramped up their efforts. Could do nothing for the goal conceded, and was assured as Liverpool weathered the storm. Trent Alexander-Arnold 7.5 Looked confident from the off, with a willingness to show strength at both ends of the field. 34 minutes …
Under Pressure: Textbook Rotation, Perfect Pressing and Naby's Great Form

Under Pressure: Textbook Rotation, Perfect Pressing and Naby's Great Form

Liverpool may have lost to Inter Milan at Anfield, but the Under Pressure boys soon to put to bed any doubt that the Reds deserved to go through with a comprehensive run down of the key stats from the two legged tie: 3.1 xG to 0.8 coupled with FIVE big chances to the Italian side's zero. Case closed. However, the main focus of the podcast was the victory over Brighton - including the continued impressive rotation, the controlled pressing and …
Key Stats as Liverpool cruise past Brighton

Key Stats as Liverpool cruise past Brighton

Liverpool didn't have too much trouble at the Amex Stadium as they earned a comfortable 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Luis Diaz and Mo Salah. But what were the key stats as they got back to 3 points of Manchester City, at least until Monday. An easy victory https://twitter.com/TheAthleticUK/status/1502643899273203718?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet This wasn't a difficult day for Liverpool, and displayed how they can win in different ways. Brighton actually had 52% possession, only the third time that a team has had …
Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 8.0 A nice solid, and uneventful game for Ali. A great stop towards the end showed his supreme ability to stay focused. Got clattered, but still was great with the ball at his feet and commanded his area. Had a busy last few moments, and the collision probably made him even more determined to keep that clean sheet. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 Starting to become bullish and dominant in his defensive work, and clearly, there’s a …
Liverpool 1-0 West Ham: Player Ratings as Reds hang on for crucial win

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham: Player Ratings as Reds hang on for crucial win

It wasn't pretty, it wasn't vintage Jurgen Klopp Liverpool, but it got the job done. Sadio Mane's first-half goal gave the Reds a 1-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield. The Reds' goal lived a charmed life, as Pablo Fornals and particularly Manuel Lanzini missed gilt-edged chances to score for the Hammers. However, Liverpool somehow survived to keep the pressure on Man City in the title race, with the Reds just three points behind their rivals now. Here's how …
Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Match Report

Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Match Report

Liverpool 1 - 0 West Ham - Match Report In a game where West Ham were so impressive, Liverpool needed moments of great defensive play in order to secure the three points. Michail Antonio was a constant threat, with his powerful display really disrupting the reds centre backs. West Ham were able to defend more than diligently, and broke with brilliant intent. The Hammers performance again points to a great system under David Moyes, and West Ham would be worthy …
Observations on Inter Milan-Liverpool

Observations on Inter Milan-Liverpool

Liverpool experienced some turbulent times in the early part of the season due to unfortunate injuries and missed opportunities in the league that put them in a tough spot looking up at City in first place, but the Champions League was quite the bright spot in the Reds’ season to date. Jurgen’s boys took the continent by storm with a perfect 6 wins out of 6 group stage matches that put an end to the Reds’ road woes in Europe …
Why Curtis Jones could be Thiago's backup for Liverpool

Why Curtis Jones could be Thiago's backup for Liverpool

Curtis Jones has gone under the radar this season. Harvey Elliott’s exploits early on coupled with his injury issues has meant people have kind of forgotten about the 20-year-old after an impressive 2020/21 campaign.  He’s back now, but what role can he play for the Reds moving forward? Liverpool find themselves in limbo in the middle third. They have the numbers and you could argue that they have the quality if you’re looking at players on an individual basis, but …
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