Liverpool Finish Season Third After Palace Win

Liverpool Finish Season Third After Palace Win

Liverpool finished the Premier League season in third place after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. The Reds knew that they needed a win to secure Champions League qualification over one of Chelsea or Tottenham and they duly obliged thanks to a brace of goals from Sadio Mane and a dominant performance. For the home team to finish third, just five points off second, in a season where they were decimated by injuries and plagued by misfortune, is …
Liverpool Move Into Top Four With Burnley Win

Liverpool Move Into Top Four With Burnley Win

Liverpool's Champions League qualification hopes were boosted after a 3-0 win away to Burnley. The Reds went into the clash at Turf Moor knowing they needed a win to keep alive their prospects of Champions League football next season and they duly obliged in a dominant performance. Goals from Roberto Firmino, Nat Phillips, and replacement Alex Oxlade Chamberlain secured the victory. Right from the offset, it was clear that the six times European champions would commit to attack and they …
Late Alisson Winner Keeps Liverpool's Champions League Hopes Alive

Late Alisson Winner Keeps Liverpool's Champions League Hopes Alive

A late Alisson Becker winner secured Liverpool a last gasp 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion that kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive. Drawing 1-1 against a deep-sitting home team, the Reds won a corner in the fourth minute of the allotted extra time. Trent Alexander Arnold's corner was then met powerfully by the head of the Brazilian and the ball surged past Sam Johnstone for a goal that could be huge in the years to come. West Brom …
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 …
Liverpool And The Fabinho Conundrum

Liverpool And The Fabinho Conundrum

Without a shred of a doubt, Fabinho has been Liverpool's best centre half this season. Considering the Brazilian only played the role once previously, keeping Robert Lewandowski scoreless in a 0-0 Champions League draw with FC Bayern in 2019, his adaptation to the heart of the defence has been remarkable. In lieu of the injured Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, the number 3 has been a beacon of consistency in the backline, despite the nonstop mismatch of …
Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Remember during the first couple of seasons under Jurgen Klopp, when Liverpool would perform well, but an individual mistake would cost them? I’m talking about Alberto Moreno against Sevilla in the Europa League final, Simon Mignolet in the Carabao Cup final, Dejan Lovren on multiple occasions, and Loris Karius in the Champions League final. This isn’t a criticism of any of these players either. I’m just pointing out that their individual errors played a pivotal part in the outcome of …
Liverpool & Their Horses For Courses Centre Halves

Liverpool & Their Horses For Courses Centre Halves

It looks as if Liverpool, barring a late plot twist, will stick with what they have in the centre half department of the team. After injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- both of which are serious enough to keep the duo out for most of the, if not all of, the season -- it was widely expected that the Reds would look to replenish their defensive stocks in the January transfer window. Whether there is a lack …
Reds Exit FA Cup After Old Trafford Defeat

Reds Exit FA Cup After Old Trafford Defeat

Liverpool exited the F.A. Cup in the fourth round after a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Despite a brace from Mohamed Salah, the hosts advanced thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and Bruno Fernandes. Jurgen Klopp, as is his want in the domestic cups, shuffled his pack and made some personnel alterations from the defeat to Burnley in midweek. Curtis Jones came in in place of Sadio Mane, James Milner replaced Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and …
Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Jonny Evans Can Be Liverpool's Centre Half Emergency Solution

Not that you would know it from looking at the Premier League table, or Champions League group table for that matter, but Liverpool have been hamstrung by injuries to central defenders this season. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- two of Jurgen Klopp's key defensive lieutenants -- will miss most of, if not all, the season, and Joel Matip visits the treatment room so frequently that he is almost at the point of paying rent there. Fabinho hasn't …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool's seven-goal clinic in finishing against Crystal Palace was a display not of Liverpool playing at their best, but rather the Reds taking their chances. Against newly appointed West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce's team, it was clear Liverpool would need to do the same. As expected, Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3. Salah, Mané and Firmino were supported by Jones, Wijnaldum and Henderson, with a back five of Alisson, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip and Alexander-Arnold behind them. Over the first …
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