Liverpool's Champions League preparations take a blow with news of Firmino virus

Liverpool's Champions League preparations take a blow with news of Firmino virus

Jurgen Klopp's preparations for Liverpool's Champions League tie with FC Bayern took a blow today with news that star forward Roberto Firmino missed Monday's training sessions with a virus. As reported in the Liverpool Echo, Firmino was unable to take any part in training due to the illness and it is unclear if he will be recovered in time to start against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. On a day when Dejan Lovren also missed training - all but confirming …
Bobby Firmino: The man who defines a Liverpool performance

Bobby Firmino: The man who defines a Liverpool performance

"He was a player I thought was one of the best in the Bundesliga so, when I saw that Liverpool had signed him, I thought: 'How could Liverpool do this?" Those were the words of Jurgen Klopp back in 2016, as he gushed over the quality of Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian must have felt like a beautiful added bonus to Klopp when he had become Liverpool manager the previous year - a player tailor-made to flourish under the charismatic German. …
Observations as Liverpool Dispatch Bournemouth

Observations as Liverpool Dispatch Bournemouth

Liverpool produced the perfect response after two frustrating draws against Leicester and West Ham with a routine 3-0 win against Bournemouth to retake their place at the top of the table before Manchester City face Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds delivered a full-proof performance with Sadio Mane opening the scoring before a goal from Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah either side of half-time ensured the three points. Here are the observations from the match: Gini Wijnaldum shows Liverpool what they've …
Key Stats As Reds Resurgent Against Bournemouth

Key Stats As Reds Resurgent Against Bournemouth

Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League for the time being with a fantastic 3-0 win over Bournemouth. But what are the key stats from yet another top performance at Anfield? Midfield Maestro Naby Leads The Charge Overall, Liverpool’s midfield were absolutely excellent, and at the heart of that was Naby Keita. His all-round game was outstanding, winning 7/8 tackles, making 97 passes at 91% accuracy means that he was able to completely control the game. But …
A brief glimpse of Naby Keita's brilliance

A brief glimpse of Naby Keita's brilliance

I despised football when the final whistle blew at West Ham. More points dropped in the Premier League title race, but more worryingly a limp performance by Liverpool, who looked anything but a team trying to go five points clear at the top. In any normal season, a draw at West Ham in February would be no great disaster, but with Man City hunting the Reds down in their own relentless fashion, it felt like a defeat on the penultimate …
Observations as Liverpool Struggle With the 'Favourites' Tag

Observations as Liverpool Struggle With the 'Favourites' Tag

As I start writing this piece post midnight to banish the memories of the game unsuccessfully, it is quite clear that Liverpool are heading into their biggest challenge yet this season. Liverpool dropped points for the second game in a row and one can surely feel the breath of Man City on the back of their necks The key observations are as follows The Drop off in Defensive Performances It is now apparent that Liverpool are far off from their …
Player Ratings as Liverpool draw in London

Player Ratings as Liverpool draw in London

Liverpool’s lead at the top is now just two points after another frustrating draw against West Ham. GOALKEEPER: Alisson 6 Carried no fault from the goal and did well dealing with everything else thrown at him. DEFENCE: James Milner 6 Struggles against Anderson as many expected him to do, lacking the pace of Trent Alexander Arnold but he did get forward well, to his credit. Even though he was wildly offside for the goal. Cheers ref. Virgil van Dijk 6 …
Shaqiri Failing Test as Regular Starter for Liverpool

Shaqiri Failing Test as Regular Starter for Liverpool

Liverpool were always going to drop points against a non-top-six side eventually, simply by the law of averages. To have almost reached February before succumbing to one of the Premier League's so-called 'lesser' outfits really is an achievement to be proud of. Think about how long ago August was and what you were doing back then. Think about how hot it was and how hideously cold it is now - it feels like a lifetime ago. So let's not be …
Sadio Mane: Liverpool's Indispensable Attacker

Sadio Mane: Liverpool's Indispensable Attacker

Sadio Mane has not scored in 18 of his last 23 appearances for Liverpool - that is quite some stat. In isolation this is nowhere near good enough for a wide-forward. However, what Mane brings to this side is something which very few attacking players in world football could offer. Whether he's playing on the left of a front three, left of a midfield four or right of a midfield four, Mane can be trusted. Because of this versatility and …
Why Judging Mané and Firmino By Goals Scored is Foolish

Why Judging Mané and Firmino By Goals Scored is Foolish

While Mohamed Salah once again stole all of the headlines in Liverpool's latest win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium at the weekend, it can be quite easy for criticism to be drawn to his attacking colleagues as to their contributions to goals this season. Jürgen Klopp's revered front three draw plaudits the world over last season for their dazzling displays both domestically and in Europe, as the Reds plundered goals for fun and amassed 47 goals in the Champions …
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