Rating Liverpool's Transfer Window

Rating Liverpool's Transfer Window

The new Premier League season is finally upon us, and after last season's changes, the transfer window slamming shut comes with it. Liverpool were the biggest spenders in England this summer, and fans and pundits alike are touting Klopp's men for a big season. But just how good was their transfer window? In: Following the Champions League final on the 26th May Reds fans weren't in the highest spirits. Salah's injury coupled with Karius' blunders (no matter what caused them), …
Should Liverpool Persist with Injury-prone Players?

Should Liverpool Persist with Injury-prone Players?

It's a debate that rumbles on every summer surrounding Daniel Sturridge and whether his injury record can see him as a reliable squad member - and the question has once again reared its ugly head this week. Injuries to both Adam Lallana and Joel Matip saw them head home to miss Liverpool's final part of pre-season, leaving us asking as to whether both can be trusted members of the unit Klopp takes into the season. As I've just mentioned, this …
Div or Dom, it's time to move on

Div or Dom, it's time to move on

Pre-season is a time for players to either pick up where they left off the previous campaign or gain a fresh start, putting a turbulent season behind them and trying to stake a claim in the first-team. Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi fall into that category, facing a crucial summer in their Liverpool careers after a mixed time of it in the Premier League and Bundesliga respectively. A year ago, it was Solanke who won the battle between the two, …
The Good and the Bad of Liverpool's Pre-Season

The Good and the Bad of Liverpool's Pre-Season

This summer was an important one for many Liverpool players vying for their futures at the club; Divock Origi had returned from a sub-par loan at Wolfsburg while Dominic Solanke's tally of one goal left him in a precarious position. Then there's the perennially injured Adam Lallana whose gone from guaranteed starter to a player left in the lurch with Liverpool progressing immensely in an attacking sense via a scintillating trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. With …
How a number 10 will get the best out of Solanke and Origi

How a number 10 will get the best out of Solanke and Origi

One of the major talking points for some while has been Liverpool's lack of depth across their forward line. Following the sale of Philippe Coutinho, the Reds haven't had suitable backups to either of their wide forwards and Solanke and Ings failed to impress when filling in for Roberto Firmino last season. With Bobby having evolved into the complete striker in Klopp's system - capable of holding the ball up and linking the play, running in behind and stretching defences …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

There are two weeks to go until the summer transfer window slams shut, locks and closes its shutters. Jurgen Klopp has apparently announced there will be no more signings with his comments last week - "We have everything we need for the next season because I don’t think we will do anything more, I’m pretty sure of that." Having written this piece for AI for the past two summers, this year I'm excited to bring you the Depth chart for …
Daniel Sturridge: Back from the Brink?

Daniel Sturridge: Back from the Brink?

At the end of the 2017/18 season, Daniel Sturridge's departure seemed an inevitability. The club had considered selling him the summer before and during the first half of the campaign, they lost faith in his abilities, resulting in a January loan to West Bromwich Albion which sounded the death knell for his Liverpool career. The club had set a fairly modest price tag, in this wacky market at least, of £15million, and but for Sturridge's lofty wage demands, he might …
Injecting Forward Passing Into Liverpool's Midfield

Injecting Forward Passing Into Liverpool's Midfield

In his first ever press conference as Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was asked about the style of play we should expect to see the team play during his tenure, ‘Umschaltspiel’, he replied. This is a German footballing term but it roughly translates to ‘shift game’, which essentially means ‘transition game’ in England. Two full seasons later, it’s safe to say that Liverpool is now a side that thrives on exploiting moments in transition using speed, energy and the ability to …
Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Aside from the strange machinations of Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, otherwise known as Tite, we are all generally aware of the value of Roberto Firmino at this point. Brazil was boring with Jesus, boisterous with Bobby, and ultimately the exclusion of the Reds' frontman would prove to be their undoing. Back on Merseyside, Bobby Firmino has been lauded for his incredible all-around game in the middle of Liverpool's attack. He finishes his campaign with 30 goals and 14 assists in all …
Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

This summer's been a bit of a whirlwind, hasn't it? We've had the highs and lows of England's World Cup campaign, with ironic jeers of 'it's coming home' appearing more and more realistic as the Three Lions reached the semi-final. The dramatic use of VAR to keep pulses racing as modern technology enlarges its grip on football. The widespread appreciation of Jordan Henderson and his importance to the national side in Russia. I could go on. As far as the …
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