Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Football commentators like to give partnerships names. Shearer and Sutton were known as ‘SaS’ in the days when Blackburn were tearing up the League while Liverpool had their own ‘RAF’ when Rush and Fowler ruled the Anfield roost. Spurs had their ‘Famous Five’ too, back in the time that Ossie Ardiles was all about scoring and conceding tons at the same time. I mention this as I’ve heard talk of our own front three referred to as ‘The Trident’ which …
Why Daniel Sturridge Can't be the Only Back-Up to Firmino

Why Daniel Sturridge Can't be the Only Back-Up to Firmino

Dear Daniel. I just can’t do it anymore. I thought it would be different, but it wasn’t. You let me down again. I should know better by now, but I keep thinking that things might have changed. Year after year, I thought you would be back to your old self, but as much as you tried you just couldn’t do it. We both pretended it was the same and that nothing had changed, but we need to face the hard …
Liverpool Aim For Hot August

Liverpool Aim For Hot August

Believe it or not, we are now less than nine days away from the start of Liverpool’s 2018/19 season. The close of the transfer window is a week away. August 4th is expected to be the last warm-up for the starters as the Reds face Napoli in Dublin. They then face Torino on the 7th at Anfield in what should be a final run-out for squad players. AND IT BEGINS The season begins on Merseyside against West Ham on August …
Why Liverpool Can Win The League (Redux)

Why Liverpool Can Win The League (Redux)

Last summer I wrote a piece on how I thought it was possible Liverpool could win the Premier League title. I felt most of the points that I made in that article were largely valid, although of course things didn’t pan out the way we hoped. Overall, the lack of a centre-back signing, Phil Coutinho turning into a huge snake and Man City going full cheat mode were the big reasons we didn’t end up winning the league, but here …
Xherdan Shaqiri: A Multi-Faceted Low Risk, High Reward Buy

Xherdan Shaqiri: A Multi-Faceted Low Risk, High Reward Buy

With England now out of the World Cup and the impending realisation that football will in fact not be coming home, attentions will return to the summer transfer window with fans desperate for further incomings. Naby Keita and Fabinho drew widespread optimism amongst Liverpool fans, enhancing belief that Klopp can secure his first piece of silverware and mount a real challenge on the Premier League title. Shaqiri meanwhile, seems to have polarised opinions; a mixture of buoyancy and despondency, the …
Prioritising the Market - Analysing Liverpool FC's Weaknesses

Prioritising the Market - Analysing Liverpool FC's Weaknesses

So there’s a consensus amongst Liverpool fans about which positions the club will look to – and must – strengthen this season. The five positions that need to be addressed – or at least considered – this summer were: goalkeeper, centre-back, defensive-midfield, attacking-midfield and back-up winger. Essentially, we’re looking to replace Karius, either upgrade on Lovren or provide another option to rotate with him, replace Emre Can, replace Phil Coutinho, and provide some support to Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino …
Why Jürgen Klopp is Owed an Apology

Why Jürgen Klopp is Owed an Apology

The 2017/18 season has been one of the most memorable campaigns in years. Even the 2013/14 league campaign was given a run for its money as the most entertaining season in this millennium as Liverpool romped their way not just across England, but also Europe, putting teams to the sword with a free-flowing, all-smiling, goal-scoring bunch of hardworking madmen. Beautiful. The season had emotions galore: elation, devastation, ruefulness, and now nostalgia. But that nostalgia actually masks something that fans are …
Roberto Firmino Unfazed by Gabriel Jesus Rivalry for Brazil Starting Spot

Roberto Firmino Unfazed by Gabriel Jesus Rivalry for Brazil Starting Spot

The Brazilian footballer Roberto Firmino has said that he has no issues on being used as a backup for his fellow teammate Gabriel Jesus when Brazil start up with their FIFA World Cup journey from 17 June. All the rivalry revolves around the fact that both Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus are the two centre-forward options in the Brazilian World Cup squad. Since only one of them can start the game, it has become a tough decision for the team …
Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - a Stats Analysis: Part 2

Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - a Stats Analysis: Part 2

In part 1 of the lineup analysis, I had a look at our goalkeepers and defense. Part 2 will focus on midfield and attack. The midfield Even after Karius' nightmare performance in Kiev, the midfield is still Liverpool's weakest line going into 2018/2019. Emre Can is likely leaving, James Milner will be 33, Jordan Henderson is injury prone and not consistent, the Ox is injured, Gini Wijnaldum has a tendency to disappear at times and Adam Lallana had the worst …
Can a Year of Drama be Punctuated by One Decisive Night?

Can a Year of Drama be Punctuated by One Decisive Night?

From entertaining spectacles on the pitch, embarrassments off of it; Liverpool has been a bigger source for drama than Netflix lately. Will the Champions League final test our cardiovascular health once more or could the punctuation mark on this season be a decisive one? Jurgen Klopp and his team appear so relaxed in the lead up to the final it almost looks artificial, posing for stock-photo worthy pics by the beach in Marbella. That laid-back demeanour is surprising as Liverpool …
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