Naby Keita is key to Liverpool's evolution going forward

Naby Keita is key to Liverpool's evolution going forward

Livepool's midfield is holding us back. Our defence is looking as solid as it has done in years and we possess one of the most feared attacks in Europe but with a midfield that lacks any sort of dynamism or creativity, the Reds will struggle to evolve into genuine title challengers. It goes without saying that our front three lacks the scintillating fluidity it possessed at the back end of last season but is that any surprise when the team …
Liverpool Need A Playmaker

Liverpool Need A Playmaker

On-ball (in possession) Off-ball (out of possession) Transition (between possession) These are the three phases of football. Liverpool are without a doubt one of, if not the best team in the world in transition, that is, the moment in which a team transfers from a defensive shape to an attacking one, or vice-versa. The speed at which Liverpool move from a defensive shape into an offensive one is overwhelming for most sides. Immediately, the players rush into space, ahead of the …
Liverpool's Season Starts Here

Liverpool's Season Starts Here

The day that you arrive at a holiday destination can often have a strange feel to it. You’re still a bit jaded after a long flight, drive or however you’ve made your way there, and you don’t feel completely in holiday mode until you wake up the following morning. Call it a strange comparison - it is - but Liverpool’s season feels a bit like that. It has all been a bit stressful and tense to date, with almost no …
Why Liverpool's Defeat to Napoli Isn't the End of the World

Why Liverpool's Defeat to Napoli Isn't the End of the World

It was always going to come as something of a hammer blow, but Liverpool's first defeat that they really warranted being on the end of this season really does feel rather rubbish. It's not so much the fact that the Reds lost, but more so the fact that they went down with a bit of a whimper to Carlo Ancelotti's side in Naples that has made things seen like the footballing equivalent of the apocalypse is upon us. It could …
Napoli 1-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Napoli 1-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

In light of Liverpool's first truly meaningful loss of the season, perspective is important. The Reds are joint-top of the Premier League and are still well-placed to progress to the Champions League knockouts with back-to-back games against relative minnows Red Star to come. Still, the quite shambolic nature of the performance must be recognised. Some will dismiss it as an 'off night', while others may see genuine cause for concern. Below is an attempted summation of the reasons for a …
Player Ratings as Reds are neutralised in Naples

Player Ratings as Reds are neutralised in Naples

Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. Liverpool's worst performance of the season so far rightfully punished with a late Napoli winner. The Reds were never at the races, with David Ospina not having to make a single save in the home goal. Onto Sunday, where it has to be better. Here are your ratings. Three players come away with credit Alisson Becker (7): Made a couple of really good saves, probably would have been more than 1-0 if not for him. Held a …
Napoli v Liverpool Preview - Tough Trip to Naples for Klopp's Reds

Napoli v Liverpool Preview - Tough Trip to Naples for Klopp's Reds

The Details   Venue - Stadio San Paolo, Naples Referee - Viktor Kassai (HUN) Date & Time - Wednesday, October 3rd 2018 @ 20:00 BST Current Odds - Napoli 5/2, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 23/20 Form Napoli Form Napoli lost Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea, during the summer. Sarri then also took their fantastic midfield-metronome, Jorginho, to Stamford Bridge with him. Carlo Ancelotti came in and, although he has made a relatively positive start, they are already behind the standards they set, last season. An early-season …
Liverpool's

Liverpool's "Season-Defining" Week

You could be forgiven for thinking, going into what looks to be an absolutely huge week for Liverpool, that this was a season-defining week for Jürgen Klopp and his team. The Reds went into a seven-game period across three weeks with both their Premier League and Champions League ambitions on the line, and so far have delivered on both fronts – delivering landmark wins at Wembley against Spurs, and at Anfield against PSG. But with games against Chelsea at the …
Tough UCL Group Presents Tough Choices For Klopp

Tough UCL Group Presents Tough Choices For Klopp

Liverpool’s Champions League campaign kicks off on Tuesday, with the automatic qualification to the group stage giving the Reds some breathing room in the opening few weeks of the season to focus on the Premier League. The Group Stage draw didn't do Liverpool's Champions League odds any favours. In addition to an overmatched Red Star Belgrade, the Reds were placed with fellow title contender PSG and a dangerous Napoli side now led by Carlo Ancelotti. One of those three teams will be sorely …
Time To Raise the Game - Liverpool FC Hitting Crunch Time

Time To Raise the Game - Liverpool FC Hitting Crunch Time

Liverpool have made an excellent start. That’s something that cannot be understated. The Reds have never made four wins out of four at the start of a Premier League campaign before, and have in fact won four league games in a row under Klopp just three times. This is the first time if you include the Reds’ 4-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the 17-18 season that they’ve notched more than four wins in a row in …
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