Liverpool 2008/09 - So Close...

Liverpool 2008/09 - So Close...

How Things Are Different eras connect with different people.  Based upon what was going on in your life at the time - where you lived, who you were dating, where your career was at - you may have so many memories about a period that is simply trivial to others. To this day, if I hear a track from Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie...” album it takes me right back.  It was the first time I fell in love with music, …
Liverpool's Boom-Bust Seasons Need To Stop Under Klopp

Liverpool's Boom-Bust Seasons Need To Stop Under Klopp

4th. 2nd. 7th. 6th. 8th. 7th. 2nd. 6th. In the last 8 years, no other club in England has yo-yoed quite like Liverpool from the verges of greatness to the verges of mediocrity. Each league season tells their own story, and this context must be fully appreciated in each situation. But clearly a pattern has emerged of a club who have the potential to perform year to year at wildly different levels. This is a trend that we are starting …
A Solid Spine Would Do Liverpool Just Fine!

A Solid Spine Would Do Liverpool Just Fine!

I’ve watched a lot of football over the best part of nearly 20 years and I’ve seen some great sides, some played beautiful expansive football, whilst others adopted a more defensive approach where they’d be ruthless on the counter attack. I’ve witnessed so many great managers and tacticians orchestrate various formations such as 4-5-1, 4-4-2 and 4-3-3. But rest assured their teams had one thing in common, and that was a solid spine. A trend in football, which has always …
Rafa vs Rodgers - Comparing Their First Three Years

Rafa vs Rodgers - Comparing Their First Three Years

Brendan has just begun his fourth season as manager and his first three years have been full of great expectations with limited success. It is hard to pinpoint exactly how well Rodgers has performed whilst in charge. In three seasons under Rodgers, the Reds have finished in 7th, 2nd and 6th, with two cup semi-finals and two unsuccessful European run-outs. Perhaps if the 2013/14 season ended up differently and Steven Gerrard was seen lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy, we would …
Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Mixes, and the Future (Part 2)

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Mixes, and the Future (Part 2)

Read Part 1: ‘What Makes a Goalkeeper a Keeper?” here. The One Who Currently Rules with Velvet Gloves – Simon Mignolet If there ever was a player who exhibited traits of Jekyll and Hyde so clearly over a season, it has to be Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. It’s fair to say that Mignolet would be the first one to put his hand up and say that the first half of the last season was downright abject. He suffered a crisis …
The Lesser of Two Evils | Liverpool's Goalkeeping Woes

The Lesser of Two Evils | Liverpool's Goalkeeping Woes

Is Brad Jones just a transient in the Liverpool goal? Brendan Rodgers’ comments about Mignolet being ‘indefinitely dropped’ seemed to suggest if Liverpool don’t sign a keeper in January, fans may be seeing an awful lot more of the Australian’s quiff between the sticks at Anfield. It’s been a rarity for Liverpool to have a reliable ‘keeper during the Premier League era having seen the likes of David James, Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek, Chris Kirkland and Scott Carson all appear …
Victor Valdes: The view from Barca - Q & A with Rafael Hernandez

Victor Valdes: The view from Barca - Q & A with Rafael Hernandez

When  Simon Mignolet joined the Reds last summer hopes were high for the young Belgian keeper who had impressed during his time at Sunderland. Though eyebrows were raised at how abruptly Reina was sent out on loan to Napoli, many reassured themselves that given such a decision Liverpool's management must've been happy with the replacement they'd  brought in. However, despite an overall impressive debut season, where the keeper's impressive shot stopping abilities saved the Reds crucial points in pivotal moments …
Can Liverpool Afford A World Class Forward?

Can Liverpool Afford A World Class Forward?

This Summer Liverpool has been spending money like it’s going out of fashion. With the unfortunate sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, increased TV broadcasting revenue, new commercial deals and champion’s league money the club seems to have more purchasing power than ever before. As we stand, a week before the Premier League kicks off, Liverpool has added 6 players to their ranks and by all accounts are soon to add their seventh with the signing of Moreno. Despite all …
An In-Depth Look At The Squad | Liverpool FC

An In-Depth Look At The Squad | Liverpool FC

With the recent collapse of the Remy deal, and the subsequent signing of Dejan Lovren (Liverpool’s 7th first team centre-back), there’s hardly a greater time to look at squad depth. An analysis of any squad’s depth can be tricky. A popular rule of thumb would be two players per position, but when I think about squad depth, I have always felt this rule was slightly inadequate. How, for example, does this account for versatility among positions? With any one injury, a …
Liverpool's Rest of the World Round 3: Preview

Liverpool's Rest of the World Round 3: Preview

You will be able to tell who has been watching every game of the next round World Cup group games, as there will be an army of Marty Feldman's everywhere you go. This is because we are being treated to two games simultaneously, twice per day until Thursday, leaving Friday to remind us what life was like before this football all-you-can-eat started. Here is a look at which Liverpool players you might see play: Pepe Reina - Spain vs Australia …