Injecting Forward Passing Into Liverpool's Midfield

Injecting Forward Passing Into Liverpool's Midfield

In his first ever press conference as Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was asked about the style of play we should expect to see the team play during his tenure, ‘Umschaltspiel’, he replied. This is a German footballing term but it roughly translates to ‘shift game’, which essentially means ‘transition game’ in England. Two full seasons later, it’s safe to say that Liverpool is now a side that thrives on exploiting moments in transition using speed, energy and the ability to …
How Naby Keita could follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps at Liverpool

How Naby Keita could follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps at Liverpool

After 10 months and three days, Liverpool fans finally get the chance to see more and more of Naby Keita as he officially starts life as a Red. The combative Guinean international is today taking part in his first full day at Liverpool’s Melwood training facility along with the rest of the squad who are available to report to pre-season training. Fabinho, the second of two central midfield additions to the squad this summer, was alongside Keita in reporting for …
In-Depth Naby Keïta Analysis - Welcome to Liverpool FC

In-Depth Naby Keïta Analysis - Welcome to Liverpool FC

He's finally here! Liverpool's new number 8, Naby Keïta, is simply a phenomenon. In two seasons, he not only established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga but in all of world football. In buying Keïta, Liverpool are not just improving their side in the present, they are investing in the future, with the young Guinean with many footballing years ahead of him, and Jürgen Klopp's squad still improving, which will certainly bring even more out of …
Liverpool FC - Getting Smarter

Liverpool FC - Getting Smarter

Liverpool football club is not at the top of the transfer food chain. It's an unpleasant fact but we need to accept it. There are clubs that are richer, stronger and can offer guarantees that LFC just can't. So it's natural that some players will use the famous red jersey as a stepping stone to get to supposedly better clubs. This has been happening for years. Even Steven Gerrard considered it at on point. Just in the past 10 years, …
Welcome to Liverpool (In 2018), Naby Keita!

Welcome to Liverpool (In 2018), Naby Keita!

We've got him, he's ours. I feel like a child who has just wandered downstairs on Christmas Day, and so should you. Naby Keita is a Liverpool player. A Red. A Scouser. Admittedly, many people - myself included - hadn't heard of him this time last year. But, if a week is a long time in politics, then a year is a long time in football. Indeed, politics has played some role in the transfer, with the rare way in …

"It could be a formality" - Chris Williams on Naby Keita Deal

Liverpool have been given a significant boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig’s superstar midfielder Naby Keita, with the East German side's resolve cracking according to Bundesliga journalist Chris Williams. Liverpool had a €65 million bid rejected by Leipzig on Thursday, according to BILD. However, after continually affirming that the Guinean international wasn’t for sale, some Leipzig officials appear to be more accepting of the transfer now due to the exorbitant money Liverpool are willing to offer. “Their stance seems …
Scouting Naby Keita - The Unrivalled Midfielder

Scouting Naby Keita - The Unrivalled Midfielder

He’s the talk of the town. Will he ask for a move? Will Liverpool pay the money? Will Leipzig bend to a certain fee? Everyone seems to have their opinion on the Guinean midfielder who lit up the Bundesliga last season, breaking out onto the world scene. So, is he worth all the fuss? In a word: yes. Style Firstly, the concept of Keita only having proved himself over one exceptional season is a fallacy. What last season’s performances at …
Why Emil Forsberg Should be a Target for Liverpool

Why Emil Forsberg Should be a Target for Liverpool

Last January Liverpool were linked with a £6.6 million move for RB Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg. It was an underwhelming link for fans who had expected Jurgen Klopp to bring in big name reinforcements and not players plying their trade in the Bundesliga 2 - the German equivalent of the Championship. As expected it was a link which seemed to frustrate Liverpool fans on Twitter. "The Swedish Milner", "not good enough for Liverpool if they want European football" and "why …