Four Years of Jurgen Klopp - Part 5: Klopp 4-0 Impossible

Four Years of Jurgen Klopp - Part 5: Klopp 4-0 Impossible

This month marks four years since Jürgen Klopp took charge at Anfield and began the process of transforming the Reds into one of the most dominant teams in world football. You can read the previous entries in the series below: Part 1: Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion Part 2: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool  Part 3: Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund Part 4: Spurs 4-1 Liverpool Now for the final entry... Liverpool 4-0 FC Barcelona - 7 May 2019  Liverpool XI: Alisson, …
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

On Sunday afternoon, perhaps the worst United side in living memory lined up against arguably the best Liverpool side in living memory, and most certainly the best side in the Premier League era. With Mohamed Salah unavailable through injury, Sadio Mané was positioned on the right of Liverpool’s 4-3-3, and Divock Origi on the left. Conceptually, even without Salah, these two forwards were supposed to operate inside United’s wingbacks, and attack the spaces outside of the centre-backs. From this, it …
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

International breaks can often pose a challenge for teams on a winning streak, with an unnecessary interruption to the rhythm of the side. Against Newcastle, for the opening 15-20 minutes at least, it seemed that was the case. Newcastle opted to launch balls into the wide channels, and fight for second balls, but it was an uncharacteristic mistake by the Liverpool defensive line, in an attempt to play Newcastle offside, which was then followed by an individual mistake by Alexander-Arnold, …
Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days. Forget the 100 per cent start to the new league season, this is the period where the bulk of Jurgen Klopp's squad will be put through the wringer. The European champions will barely have an opportunity to breathe once the team are reunited following the international break and the return to club football. Questions were raised over the manager's decision to not dip into the transfer market for fresh ammunition, and this will be the period …
Liverpool's games vs Salzburg Should See Successful Scouting Spree

Liverpool's games vs Salzburg Should See Successful Scouting Spree

The Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco last Friday. Champions Liverpool were drawn in group E alongside Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli, KRC Genk of Belgium and Austria's Red Bull Salzburg. Each tie will be interesting for the Reds but in different ways. Napoli presents a familiarity for Jurgen Klopp and his team. Liverpool also drew the Italian's in last season's group phase and were defeated 1-0 in Italy, but -- thanks to a toothless Sadio Mane shooting display, …
Fabinho's influence on the Liverpool midfield

Fabinho's influence on the Liverpool midfield

Despite being European champions, Liverpool have a squad full of divisive players. Some are undervalued and some are simply misunderstood. There are a number who tick both boxes and one such player is Fabinho.  The Brazilian doesn’t score goals. He doesn’t assist them either. He doesn’t play 70-yard crossfield passes that are shown on the Match of the Day highlight reel and he’s not the sort to dance past four opposition players before picking out a team-mate. The former Monaco …
Time to forget the transfer window | The real stuff starts now

Time to forget the transfer window | The real stuff starts now

Last season was a slog. It was a wonderful, beautiful slog, but it was a slog. With Manchester City so unrelenting, Liverpool had to be at peak form to get close to their final goal of the league title, and even then, we fell - even if just slightly - short. A Champions League winners medal and more incredible memories left fans with a delicious taste in the mouth, but if you’re like me, you were ready for a break. …
Positives For Reds Despite Community Shield Defeat

Positives For Reds Despite Community Shield Defeat

Liverpool lost the seasonal curtain-raiser, the Community Shield, 5-4 on penalties to Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday after the game ended 1-1 in normal time. A powerful Joel Matip header cancelled out Raheem Sterling's opener, in a game that -- despite some fans' indifference to the value of the Community Shield -- neither side, judging by the tempo and commitment exhibited by both teams, would have wanted to lose. Despite the "loss", there were many positives for Jurgen Klopp …
There's So Much More to Football Than Winning

There's So Much More to Football Than Winning

There are very few seasons in recent memory as gripping as the 2018/19 campaign. Gritty, determined, and in a few moments, utterly magical, the season will live long in the hearts and minds of Liverpool fans. But what made it so special, was it simply just the victory in the Champions League final? It seems strange to reduce a season which featured an unprecedented league performance, and moments of bedlam, induced in no less than four occasions by Divock Origi, …
Divock Origi is Underrated

Divock Origi is Underrated

Divock Origi is underrated.  His goalscoring exploits in the Champions League last term mean fans will always look at him through rose-tinted glasses. A cult-hero for life, the Belgian doesn’t have to do anything in his Liverpool career now.  However, there are some who believe he didn’t deserve his new contract and that he should’ve been sold this summer while his stock was at its highest. There perhaps is an element of truth to that.  After all, Origi was barely …
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