Trophies or not, it’s been a good season for Liverpool

Trophies or not, it’s been a good season for Liverpool

The title race is going to the wire and Liverpool are right in the thick of it. The Champions League semi-finals are so finely poised and Liverpool are in the thick of it. Feels nice, doesn’t it? It’s been another rollercoaster ride of a season for Jürgen Klopp’s Red men which has seen them amass a record points tally with three games left to play. Had it not been for the undeniable brilliance of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the title …
Pep Guardiola believes Klopp's Liverpool

Pep Guardiola believes Klopp's Liverpool "have something special"

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes this Liverpool team has made its own luck in the Premier League title race this season. Jurgen Klopp's Reds were gifted all three points at home to Spurs last Sunday when Hugo Lloris spilled a last-minute Mohamed Salah header onto the boot of Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian defender couldn't react in time to the loose ball and could only watch on in horror as it rolled over the line. Anfield erupted as Liverpool went …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - This is the big one...

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - This is the big one...

The Details Venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee - Anthony Taylor Date & Time - Thursday, January 3rd @ 20:00 Current Odds - Manchester City 26/25, Draw 14/5, Liverpool 13/5 Form Manchester City Form December proved to be a tough month for Manchester City as they suffered two league defeats in a row, at home to Crystal Palace and then away to Leicester City. City have only won two of their last five in all competitions, needing a penalty shootout to overcome Leicester City …
Jurgen Klopp & The Price For Style

Jurgen Klopp & The Price For Style

There is no correct way to play football no matter how much we may hear the phrase “Play the right way” across the media. The uber-pragmatic style which epitomized the mid-noughties could not be further from the pressing dominant, possession styles of the modern era. Both Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp employ styles which don’t necessarily adhere to the bulk possession ethos demonstrated by the likes of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, however, comparing the …
Appreciating Liverpool's Future Captain

Appreciating Liverpool's Future Captain

Remember when people said that £75 million was an exorbitant fee? Liverpool have gone from a notoriously shaky defence, one which is able to instil fear into even the most resilient of Liverpool fans when they conceded a corner, to one which instils fear into event the sharpest of strikers. And a lot of Liverpool’s surge to European force is down to the arrival of the most expensive defender in world football. It wasn’t typically Liverpool’s way to fork out …
Key Stats as Reds' Unbeaten Streak Clings On

Key Stats as Reds' Unbeaten Streak Clings On

Liverpool secured a breathless point at Anfield to go into the second international break still unbeaten following a 0-0 draw with Champions Manchester City. But what were the key stats from a hard-fought contest? Reds’ Attack Still Misfiring It would be unfair to describe Liverpool’s front three as going through a crisis, but there are clearly real issues with the Reds’ attack. In this game, they created just 0.43 xG, their joint-lowest league total since their 1-0 home win over …
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (1-5): A Tactical Breakdown

Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool (1-5): A Tactical Breakdown

When Liverpool lost 5-0 at the Etihad earlier this season, I mentioned in my breakdown that typing in the scoreline just felt wrong, but there is something immensely gratifying about typing out the aggregate scoreline for the Champions League tie: 5-1. I might even do it again. 5-1. Lovely. Anyway, there are five minutes until kick-off, and I’m desperately searching through Twitter. Pep has named two wingers, three attacking midfielders, one full-back, two centre-backs, a striker, a defensive midfielder and …
Klopp vs Guardiola: Battle of the Titans

Klopp vs Guardiola: Battle of the Titans

The microphone swayed slowly in the air of the silent, eager room, now abuzz with excitement watching the centre of the ring. Andriy Shevchenko takes hold of the microphone and with a knowing smile, eyes up the audience. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the heavyweight division. In the blue corner, we have Guardiola, the two-time European Champion, the megastar and golden boy. In the red corner, we have Klopp, the grafter, the eternal underdog. Tonight there’s sure to be some …
Klopp Playing The Long Game With Rival Managers

Klopp Playing The Long Game With Rival Managers

Jurgen Klopp isn’t as universally fashionable as he was when he became Liverpool manager back in October 2015 - I think we can all agree on that. When Klopp arrived on our shores he was treated like a God by Reds supporters - something we love to do with our managers - and his appointment was widely seen as one of the most significant in the club’s great history. We all believed he was the man to take Liverpool back …
The Klopp Project (Part 2): Talking Tactics

The Klopp Project (Part 2): Talking Tactics

In part 1, I discussed the challenges facing any Liverpool manager in winning the league title. Given the challenges involved, I think all that can be realistically expected at this stage is consistently finishing in the top 4 and a concerted push to the later stages of the champions league. A league or champions league win has to be considered a bonus although they should remain the manager's aspiration. The difficulty of either trophy is such that to expect victory …
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