Liverpool vs Napoli: Full XI or Kids?

Liverpool vs Napoli: Full XI or Kids?

Liverpool's 3-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday night clinched their spot in the knockout round of the UCL. This puts Liverpool in a familiar position: one game left to play, with nothing on the line. In the extremely rare event that Liverpool beat Napoli by 4, Liverpool would finish first in Group A. However, in any other result, the final table standings remain unchanged, with Napoli on top of the group, and the Reds in second. This brings up one …
The Liverpool Players In Their Final Days

The Liverpool Players In Their Final Days

The final few embers of the Brendan Rodgers regime still remain, with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Divock Origi now rotation pieces of varying quality, within Jürgen Klopp’s squad. As part of any management era, there is always incoming failures that have a shelf life. Under the Brendan stewardship, the hits were few, and the misses often spectacular. This past summer saw a few more players moved on, in what is commonly a summer of attempting to release …
Time for Liverpool to dispose of the deadwood

Time for Liverpool to dispose of the deadwood

Silly season is officially underway. The Euros and Copa America are done, the beginning of the new Premier League season is still a month or so away, so it's time to obsess over transfers. As per usual, Liverpool have been linked with a host of players, whether it be Florian Neuhaus, Saul Goodman - I mean Niguez, I've been seeing too many Breaking Bad GIFs! - Federico Chiesa or Kylian Mbappe. The Reds certainly need additions in the summer transfer …
Ibrahima Konate - The Lowdown

Ibrahima Konate - The Lowdown

At 22 years old, and 6 feet 4 inches tall, the towering French centre back comprises much of what Jurgen Klopp looks for in a central defender. His potential signing could offer some much needed assurance next season. If reports are to be believed. Since Jurgen Koop took over at Liverpool, he has signed two starting central defenders in his tenure. Joel Matip was signed on a Bosman free from Schalke, and Virgil Van Dijk for a record fee from …
Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Observations as Reds close in on commendable salvage job

Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Observations as Reds close in on commendable salvage job

Tuesday night's undesirable scoreline at Stamford Bridge raised the prospect of goal difference proving decisive, yet that seemed like a problem for Sunday. For this fixture - a midweek trip to Burnley, whose reputation as feather-ruffling traditionalists precedes them and who were sure to be buoyed by the return of spectators - the assignment was to win by any means. I joked in the build-up that Nat Phillips might have to channel the energy of Ragnar Klavan and come up …
Brave Klopp Selections Keeps Liverpool In Champions League Picture

Brave Klopp Selections Keeps Liverpool In Champions League Picture

Prior to this season, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams had the same amount of top-flight football experience as you and I: zero. The highest rung of the football ladder that Phillips -- who was close to accepting a footballing college scholarship in the United States before joining the Liverpool academy -- found himself on was the German second division with VFB Stuttgart. Williams, meanwhile, played his trade in the non-league with Kidderminster Harriers. Therefore, it was entirely brave of Jurgen …
Ben Davies: The Latest Example Of Liverpool Market Strategy

Ben Davies: The Latest Example Of Liverpool Market Strategy

Unless you're an ex Liverpool player, the likelihood is that you and I have played the same number of minutes for the Reds as Ben Davies: zero. The centre half arrived at the injury-depleted defending champions in January from Championship side Preston North End and was expected to plug the considerable gap left in Liverpool's defence by the injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Almost five months later, the 25-year-old is still waiting to make his …
Phillips & Kabak: Liverpool's Should Be Pairing At The Back

Phillips & Kabak: Liverpool's Should Be Pairing At The Back

Liverpool, allowing for exaggeration, fielded their 8000th centre-half combination of the season against Red Bull Leipzig in their 2-0 Champions League last 16 victory over the German's last Wednesday night. Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak saddled up together for only the second time and the young duo was largely superb in keeping a clean sheet against the Bundesliga side. With Phillips acting as the aggressor -- the Bolton native won two aerial duels and headed clear four times, while also …
Liverpool's midfield vs Chelsea: A selection headache at long last

Liverpool's midfield vs Chelsea: A selection headache at long last

There was much to admire about Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Sheffield United, as the Reds made a welcome return to winning ways. Adrian, Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak largely did well against a physical Blades attack, while Trent Alexander-Arnold looked somewhere close to his best again. Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago purred in midfield, the front-three looked more vibrant as a unit, and of course, Curtis Jones was the star of the show. One of the most heartwarming aspects was the …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-1 Brighton

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-1 Brighton

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool lost 1-0 to Brighton at Anfield to leave their ambitions to retain the Premier League title in tatters. They were without both Alisson and Sadio Mané, compounding the tactical issues that long-term injuries to Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Keïta and Jota have caused. Systems Liverpool set up in their usual 4-3-3, but with both Mané and Jota unavailable, the home side did not have a winger to suit their player profile and Xherdan Shaqiri was moved from …
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