The importance of Virgil Van Dijk

The importance of Virgil Van Dijk

Earlier on in pre-season, Liverpool journalists claimed Ibrahima Konate was likely going to start the season alongside Joel Matip in defence. It was something of a surprise to see Virgil van Dijk named alongside the former Schalke man in the starting XI against Norwich City on Saturday. He'd come through the friendlies unscathed but it felt like a start in the Premier League was a bit too soon. Maybe Jurgen Klopp felt the Canaries were an ideal team to ease …
Reds set to raid relegated Norwich for talented left-back

Reds set to raid relegated Norwich for talented left-back

Liverpool are apparently in discussions with recently-relegated Norwich City about the possibility of bringing young defender Jamal Lewis to Anfield. According to Melissa Reddy's piece in The Telegraph, Jürgen Klopp and co see Lewis, 22, as an ideal addition to The Reds' squad. Lewis would initially be a back-up for the current left-back, Scotland captain Andy Robertson. Lewis can also play on the left of midfield and is a player who obviously possesses fantastic potential, especially if given the opportunity …
Liverpool's Relegated Team Transfer Roulette: Norwich

Liverpool's Relegated Team Transfer Roulette: Norwich

Liverpool have already felt the brunt of the financial pinch caused by the ongoing pandemic. Long linked with Timo Werner, the Reds — who were either unwilling or unable to match the financial package on offer in West London — were beaten to the signing of the German international by Chelsea. The prevailing sense, as suggested by all of the journalists close to the club, is that reigning European, World, and English champions will be relatively quiet in the upcoming …
Norwich 0-1 Liverpool: Tactical Breakdown

Norwich 0-1 Liverpool: Tactical Breakdown

 "It's like a free shot tomorrow because we have to deliver in the following 11 games."
The comments of Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, epitomised what lies ahead for Liverpool FC. No team expects to beat Liverpool, but every single team craves to be the one that finally fells the mighty red behemoth. Liverpool, on a seemingly unstoppable charge towards an unprecedented flawless season. Nonetheless, amidst ghastly conditions, brought about by the menacingly destructive Storm Dennis, Liverpool travelled …

"What a player" - Gomez praises match-winning cameo appearance from Sadio Mané

Liverpool's Sadio Mané came off the bench to keep The Reds' Premier League winning streak going at Carrow Road on Saturday evening. Daniel Farke's Norwich had provided stern opposition for the bulk of the game until Mané changed things with a brilliantly taken goal. Liverpool's number 10 had only been on the field 18 minutes before he struck the winner. Mané had not started at Norwich as he was still recovering from injury. Reds players and fans alike will be …
Will this be Liverpool's starting eleven to face Norwich City on Saturday?

Will this be Liverpool's starting eleven to face Norwich City on Saturday?

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side travels to Carrow Road this Saturday evening where they face Norwich City in the Premier League. Daniel Farke's Canaries visited Anfield on the opening weekend of the season, losing 4-1 in a game where Alisson Becker suffered a calf injury that would keep him out for the following two months. At the moment, Klopp is without Nathaniel Clyne and Yasser Larouci. James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mané will all face late fitness tests. Alisson has …
Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

The 4-1 dismantling of Norwich City or the Super Cup triumph over Chelsea should be the highlight of the two weeks old 2019/20 campaign but the biggest positive so far arrived in the 2-1 victory against Southampton.  No, it wasn’t Sadio Mane continuing his destructive 2019 with a goal and an assist. It wasn’t Roberto Firmino opening his account for the campaign just days after coming off the bench to change the game against Frank Lampard’s side in Istanbul.  It …
Liverpool 4-1 Norwich: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool's Premier League game against Norwich was the first genuine test Jürgen Klopp's men have faced since becoming European Champions. This was the first occasion in which points were at stake, the team would be able to set a marker and display their intent for the season. The scoreline indicates a strong performance, and the side picking up from where it left off. Yet there were a number of signs that indicate both change and qualitative variance compared to last …
Adrian Given Huge Early Opportunity to Prove His Worth

Adrian Given Huge Early Opportunity to Prove His Worth

A flying start to the season, but also something to be concerned about. Liverpool are back. The Reds were scintillating at times in their demolition of Norwich, in a first half that epitomised why the Reds are one of the top two sides in Europe. This was a Canaries side who eased to Championship glory last season, scoring 21 more goals from open play than any other side. This was what the step up to the Premier League feels like, …
Jurgen Klopp is considering starting Sadio Mané against Norwich

Jurgen Klopp is considering starting Sadio Mané against Norwich

Liverpool's Sadio Mané could be picked to start against Norwich City at Anfield tonight despite only returning from his summer break earlier this week. The Reds' number 10 had a hectic summer, going all the way to the AFCON final where Senegal eventually lost to Algeria. Due to his extended international duty, Mané only returned to Melwood on Monday so his first-team training has been extremely limited. However, speaking on Thursday in his pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp didn't seem …
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