Key stats as hungover Liverpool routed by Man City

Key stats as hungover Liverpool routed by Man City

Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning hangover kicked off as they were resoundingly beaten 4-0 by a dominant Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium. What are the key stats from the first game since the Reds lifted their first title in 30 years? Pep’s Revenge This was Liverpool’s heaviest Premier League defeat in almost three years – since their 5-0 defeat to City on 9th September 2017. Whilst the Reds have suffered that five goal hammering, and a number of three …
Reflecting on August's error of judgement

Reflecting on August's error of judgement

"Part of me can't help but think that the side that beat us to win the league by a point have strengthened while we've stood still." That's what I tweeted on 7 August 2019. Manchester City had just broken the bank for a big-name full-back again, this time Juventus' Joao Cancelo. Earlier in the summer, they had brought in Rodri, a coveted 23-year-old who seemed set for a seamless transition into Pep Guardiola's purring midfield. On 27 July, I had …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Champions still with plenty to fight for at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Champions still with plenty to fight for at the Etihad

THE DETAILS Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee – Anthony Taylor Date & Time – Thursday, July 2nd @ 20:15 Current Odds – Manchester City 21/20, Draw 29/10, Liverpool 23/10 ________________________________________________________ Liverpool arrive at the Etihad Stadium as Premier League champions, reigning Champions League holders, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners. That's not bad, is it? If ever a team was deserving of a guard of honour from their peers, Liverpool is that team. The Reds won …
Liverpool Aren't Lucky

Liverpool Aren't Lucky

There’s a strange narrative appearing online. Not only are Liverpool lucky to be in the position they find themselves in, but they’re also boring.  Firstly, we’ll address the latter. Fans aren’t used to seeing the level of control shown by the Reds this season. Even the Centurions didn’t have as many points as Liverpool do at this stage of the campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t been thrashing teams like Man City did during the 2017/18 season but it feels as …
Is Jurgen Klopp the Enemy of the Football League? Or it's Defender?

Is Jurgen Klopp the Enemy of the Football League? Or it's Defender?

Whether you’re a Liverpool supporter or not, you’ll almost certainly have an opinion on Jurgen Klopp’s comments after (some) of his world champions drew 2-2 against a battling Shrewsbury at New Meadow Stadium. The main talking point from the game was the upcoming replay the Shrews had just valiantly earned themselves in fighting from 2-0 down. Klopp immediately dampened the tone stating, "We will not be there". This was the most cutting line he delivered post-match as he used the …
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Observations as Reds overpower title rivals

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Observations as Reds overpower title rivals

It may only be November, but still this has the air of a season-defining victory for title-chasing Liverpool. They lead Manchester City by nine points, and though there remain 26 games before season's end, the sheer relentlessness of the Red machine makes the present deficit look rather bleak for the reigning champions. Pep Guardiola's men played well at Anfield, but ultimately Liverpool just had too much for them. Pre-match fears for City defence realised When the teams were announced, you …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Anfield welcomes Premier League champions

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Anfield welcomes Premier League champions

The details Venue – Anfield, Liverpool Referee – Michael Oliver Date & Time – Sunday, November 10th @ 16:30 Current Odds – Liverpool 81/50, Draw 5/2, Manchester City 8/5 _____________________________________________________________ Time to bite your nails to the quick. These games are huge. No, they're not fuelled by quite as much tribalist vitriol as the Manchester United or Everton fixtures, but because of the bar Manchester City has raised in recent years, this is one of the most important fixtures Anfield will …
Pep Guardiola and his Liverpool Inferiority Complex

Pep Guardiola and his Liverpool Inferiority Complex

Liverpool are in Pep Guardiola's head more than ever before. It's quite something. No sooner had Man City been denied by VAR against Tottenham than their manager was banging on about the Reds again, referencing Adrian's foot not being on his line in the UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea. He can't help himself and it reeks of a man who can't get Liverpool out of his mind, being kept awake at night by images of Andy Robertson …
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 …
Man City 1 Liverpool 1 - Community Shield: Who Was Man Of The Match?

Man City 1 Liverpool 1 - Community Shield: Who Was Man Of The Match?

With the Community Shield – a match part-preseason friendly, part-trophy competition – you can construct any narrative you want. You can easily overreact to the result: If you win, it’s laying down a marker to start the season; if you lose, it shows you’re not ready to make a serious title challenge. You can also dump a big bucket of cold water on the results: If you win, it doesn’t mean much; if you lose, the side just hasn’t hit …
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