Shooting From The Hip: Trailblazing to Kiev

Shooting From The Hip: Trailblazing to Kiev

A team with an esteemed European history, Kiev will be Liverpool’s first final in 11 years and their eighth overall, drawing them level with Barcelona – behind only AC Milan, Bayern Munich and this year’s opponents, Real Madrid. Yet, there’s been something unique about this campaign. It’s not often you see a team utterly blitz the Champions League. Jürgen Klopp’s gung-ho philosophy has seen Liverpool score a multitude of goals this season, both domestically and in Europe with a fiery …
Key Stats as Reds advance to next stage - Liverpool 0 Porto 0

Key Stats as Reds advance to next stage - Liverpool 0 Porto 0

Liverpool are into the last eight of the Champions League following a tepid 0-0 draw with Porto, seeing them through 5-0 on aggregate. But what were the key stats that emerged from the game? Pass, Pass, Pass. Don’t Shoot, Shoot, Shoot This was a game that Liverpool dominated, dictated, and played at their own tempo. The Reds played 780 passes but ended up only having 12 shots. The control of the game was mostly in the defence and midfield, as …
Heavy Metal Lullaby - Observations from LFC 0-0 Porto

Heavy Metal Lullaby - Observations from LFC 0-0 Porto

Liverpool cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, following up their 5-0 away win at Porto with a comfy 0-0 draw in the return leg. So what were the observations from a rather un-exciting game? Boring, Boring Liverpool Do The Job On paper, it wasn’t billed as a hugely exciting game, and perhaps Liverpool deserve a lot of credit for making it every bit as boring as they could. In the first twenty minutes there was a lot of …
Reds Advance to Quarter-Finals For 14th Time

Reds Advance to Quarter-Finals For 14th Time

Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Milner; Lallana, Mane, Firmino. Porto: Casillas; Pereira, Felipe, Reyes, Dalot; Costa, Torres, Andre, Corona; Waris, Aboubakar Match Review It's not often Liverpool are involved in games that fail to get the pulses racing. Scoring 28 goals in seven Champions League matches prior to kick-off, The Reds boasted an average of four goals per game, taking up the driver's seat as the competitions main entertainers. Yet, with the business already done in the …
Liverpool 0-0 Porto: Player ratings from a European snoozefest

Liverpool 0-0 Porto: Player ratings from a European snoozefest

Job done, professional work, blah blah blah. That was a little boring, wasn't it? Liverpool (5) 0-0 (0) Porto. Onto Old Trafford and into the quarter-finals. Another clean sheet for Big Loris Loris Karius (7): Keeps clean sheets, looks cool. And now he's done the simple stuff in a simple manner! Lively off his line in the first half, a couple of average saves. Good that he was kept in. Joe Gomez (6): A little rusty on his comeback but nothing to …
Liverpool’s Best Midfield: What Is It?

Liverpool’s Best Midfield: What Is It?

Picture the scene: Liverpool are preparing for the Champions League final in May, after a stunning march to the showcase event at Kiev's Olympic Stadium. Having seen off Porto in the last-16, probably despite somehow losing 4-0 at Anfield in the second-leg, they then dispatched of Chelsea and Man United, with last-minute winners in both ties. Sounds pretty special, doesn’t it? As Jurgen Klopp prepares his players for the biggest match in club football, he will be left with an …
Liverpool v West Ham Preview: Key Battles

Liverpool v West Ham Preview: Key Battles

After a gap of ten days to bask in the glory of a perfect Champions League in Porto, Liverpool are back in action in the Premier League, welcoming West Ham United to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds won the reverse fixture 4-1 at the London Stadium with a Mo Salah brace either side of goals from Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain giving the Reds three points. West Ham will be buoyed by their home win against Watford last time but …
TAA's display against Porto proves he's ready to contribute now

TAA's display against Porto proves he's ready to contribute now

As Liverpool steamrolled their way to a fine Champions League win in Portugal, it was easy to let the performance of young Trent Alexander-Arnold go under the radar. With Liverpool's front three in scintillating mood, aided by the revival of James Milner's legs, the 19-year-old went about his job with diligence, adding another impressive performance to the gallery. Already in his young career, Arnold has been thrust into some big games. His Premier League debut came away at Manchester United, …
Top-Table Liverpool Send A Message To Europe

Top-Table Liverpool Send A Message To Europe

When Sadio Mane’s second goal went flying into the back of Porto’s net, what had threatened to be a very, very good night at the office officially turned into something else entirely? For long spells of the first half, Liverpool were looking clinical, rather than dominant, but the third goal, so early in the second half, completely changed the complexion of the tie. And so, what had the potential to be a potentially sticky away fixture for Liverpool ended up …
Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool are one of the few clubs still undefeated within the Champions League, but few expected the utterly dominant display, away to Porto, which effectively ended the tie. How then did Liverpool approach the game? For while the scoreline suggests a brutal decimation of Porto, it was not quite that simple. The match was predominantly played within the middle of the pitch, with action zones, average positions and the touch maps reflecting that. Indeed, Liverpool may have had a majority …
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