Virgil van Dijk insists Mohamed Salah is playing well despite recent lack of goals

Virgil van Dijk insists Mohamed Salah is playing well despite recent lack of goals

Liverpool's brilliant centre-half Virgil van Dijk was giving his public backing to Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian King failed to score in his seventh successive game at the weekend. The Reds won 2-1 and Salah was again a thorn in the side of the Fulham defence, creating havoc at every opportunity as he did against Burnley the week before. However, because of Liverpool's number 11's phenomenal scoring record last season, sections of the media have jumped on Salah's mini-drought to try …
Winning Mentality Comes To The Fore At Fulham

Winning Mentality Comes To The Fore At Fulham

Is it possible to love and hate a football team at the same time? It was easy to feel that way on Sunday, as Liverpool did their best to throw away valuable points at Fulham, in what would have been their most disappointing result of the season. Confidence was flowing as the Reds arrived in west London, with the 3-1 win at Bayern Munich showcasing their brilliance under Jurgen Klopp. A trip to a 19th-place struggling outfit in the spring …
Andy Robertson admits not winning at Fulham would have been

Andy Robertson admits not winning at Fulham would have been "gutting"

Liverpool's Andy Robertson admitted that The Reds' 2-1 win at Fulham was a "massive" result for the team and that it would have been "gutting" if they had not taken all three points. Jurgen Klopp's men dominated proceedings at Craven Cottage but could not increase their lead despite Sadio Mané's first-half opener. Ryan Babel equalised for Fulham in the last 20 minutes after a calamity of errors between James Milner, Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson. Thankfully, Milner was able …
Fear in the Presence of Success

Fear in the Presence of Success

Like it or not, fear, in many forms, has been riddled throughout the supporter ranks since January. Looking at a Premier League title and a Champions League trophy hanging in the balance of the next two months, understandably so. What's needed instead, however, is an emotion that seems to be lacking in most corners of the internet at the moment. Calm. This isn’t an article about heavy statistics like expected goals or Premier League schedule analysis. Instead, a plea: let’s breathe …
Fulham v Liverpool Preview - Reds to keep the heat on City

Fulham v Liverpool Preview - Reds to keep the heat on City

The Details Venue - Craven Cottage, Fulham Referee - Craig Pawson Date & Time - Sunday, March 17th @ 14:15 Current Odds - Fulham 11/1, Draw 6/1, Liverpool 1/4 Form Fulham Form Fulham have been in turmoil this season. Scott Parker is their third manager since the return to the Premier League. The Cottagers have lost their last six games in a row and are 19th in the table with just 17 points for the season. Strangely, as you can see from the xG …
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson out of Fulham game while Naby Keita faces late fitness test

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson out of Fulham game while Naby Keita faces late fitness test

Jurgen Klopp today confirmed that Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson will miss this Sunday's Premier League trip to Fulham. The Reds' midfielder went off after just 11 minutes against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. Henderson had twisted his ankle but tried to continue. However, even after some bandaging, he could not run off the injury. Speaking today at his pre-game press conference, Klopp said:
"With Hendo, we made further assessment and we know now that it’s serious enough probably to …
Sadio Mane: The Main Man To Liverpool's Quest For Glory

Sadio Mane: The Main Man To Liverpool's Quest For Glory

Liverpool’s front-three was given praises upon praises last season for their pioneering role in a scintillating European journey that led them to the Champions League final. Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record for the highest number of goals by one player in a single 38-game season with 32 goals from his 36 appearances while Roberto Firmino enjoyed his best goals return to date. Such was their brilliance that Sadio Mane’s role was often overlooked. It wasn’t down to …
The Ghost of Football Optimism

The Ghost of Football Optimism

Anfield Index listeners and readers will know that I assemble some of the more negative verbiage in the Liverpool universe, even in a season where the club are making a run at their first title in the Premier League era. Like most supporters, the transfer windows always leave me wanting more while the moves by the manager often confound my admittedly limited American, brain. My perspective changed though after a recent trip to England, the real England; past Ramsbottom and …
Sadio Mane and Mo Salah's 2019 Role-Reversal

Sadio Mane and Mo Salah's 2019 Role-Reversal

Sadio Mané has taken the Premier League by storm in 2019, scoring eight goals in Liverpool’s ten league games this calendar, including seven in his last five at Anfield. However, on the other hand, Liverpool’s top scorer and attacking talisman Mo Salah has slowed the scoring stakes, scoring just four goals in his last ten, firing blanks in seven of his last ten games, having failed to score in just three of his previous ten starts. So what has shifted …
Lallana discusses tackle Klopp referred to as a 'fantastic counter-pressing block'

Lallana discusses tackle Klopp referred to as a 'fantastic counter-pressing block'

Adam Lallana explained the method behind his brilliant sliding challenge on Phil Bardsley which created the goal to put Liverpool in front on Sunday. There's nothing Jurgen Klopp loves more than effective counter-pressing in the opposition's defensive third of the pitch. Klopp referred to Lallana's challenge as a "game-changer" and a "fantastic counter-pressing block". Lallana pounced on some indecision between Burnley's Jeff Hendrick and Phil Bardsley to block the clearance, deflecting the ball into Mohamed Salah's path in the box. …
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