Liverpool  4 - 0 Southampton - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 4 - 0 Southampton - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 8.0 Some important stops allowed Liverpool to avoid any issues. The most important goalkeeper in Liverpool’s Premier League era, and irreplaceable in this side. Trent Alexander Arnold - 8.0 So impressive in his game. The elegance and natural ability he has is unmatched by any other attacking fullback. Another assist for this sensational talent, and we could be about to see him become consistently world class Andy Robertson - 9.0 There were signs against Porto (as a …
Should Kostas Tsimikas be a starter for Liverpool?

Should Kostas Tsimikas be a starter for Liverpool?

Kostas Tsimikas is going to give Jurgen Klopp a selection headache.  The Greece international impressed yet again against Arsenal as he extended his run of starts without conceding a goal to seven. In fact, Liverpool are yet to concede in a game Tsimikas has started.  The 25-year-old hasn’t put a foot wrong and many fans believe he should be a starter ahead of Andrew Robertson. The Scotland captain has had a few dodgy moments with his positioning and his end …
Assessing Andy Robertson's 2021/22 Form

Assessing Andy Robertson's 2021/22 Form

Andy Robertson's place in Liverpool's starting line-up is under intense scrutiny. Over the past few weeks, maybe even the past couple of months, the calls for Kostas Tsimikas to replace him have grown progressively louder. Before the season began, I'd argue that the only position up for debate in Liverpool's strongest XI was centre-forward, but with Tsimikas displaying his capabilities and Robertson failing to hit the heights, Roberto Firmino isn't the only stalwart looking over his shoulder. This should, of …
The Tsimikas & Robertson Rivalry

The Tsimikas & Robertson Rivalry

Competition is a good thing, and a comfortable player can be a potential risk in critical situations. To have two players vying for the same position can add intensity, urgency and quality to either players' performance. The ability to rotate also allows a few vital components, aside from fears of being dropped raising a player's game. The need to rest players (especially those that are flogged during international breaks) can maintain a level of freshness and thus added dependability throughout. …
Liverpool’s Magnificent Seven

Liverpool’s Magnificent Seven

I recently watched the remake of the Magnificent Seven, a modern take of the original classic. The film revolves around impossibly unrealistic scenarios, a suicide squad of unlikely heroes, with a battle to overcome the odds and succeed. The plot of the film is ridiculous, how the movie then plays out absurd, but the idea of magnificent individuals being required to overcome the greatest of obstacles, not so far fetched. Fenway Sports Group have chosen their means of running the …
Why Andy Robertson is Undroppable

Why Andy Robertson is Undroppable

When Andy Robertson was signed from newly relegated Hull City, there was a collective air of uncertainty. The left back spot had become (like so many other positions when Klopp arrived) a problem one. With Albert Moreno being swapped in and out with James Milner prior to Robbo’s signing, it was certainly an area that needed addressing. Hull City and Liverpool managed a trade type deal, that was surely separated for accountancy purposes. The overall deal saw Kevin Stewart leave …
Second Season Tsimikas To Enjoy Further Responsibility

Second Season Tsimikas To Enjoy Further Responsibility

On the surface, the signing of Kostas Tsimikas really hasn't worked out for Liverpool. Signed from Olympiacos in the summer of 2020, the Greek left-back -- whose acquisition was aimed at giving Andy Robertson the opportunity to rest -- only made seven appearances in all competitions in his first season on Merseyside. Meanwhile, Robertson played in every single Premier League fixture, clocking up an energy-sapping 3,368 minutes in the process of the most condensed season of all time. The Scotland …
Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Observations as Reds close in on commendable salvage job

Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Observations as Reds close in on commendable salvage job

Tuesday night's undesirable scoreline at Stamford Bridge raised the prospect of goal difference proving decisive, yet that seemed like a problem for Sunday. For this fixture - a midweek trip to Burnley, whose reputation as feather-ruffling traditionalists precedes them and who were sure to be buoyed by the return of spectators - the assignment was to win by any means. I joked in the build-up that Nat Phillips might have to channel the energy of Ragnar Klavan and come up …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-1 Burnley

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-1 Burnley

As this bizarre season crosses its midpoint, Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool appears in trouble. The side is yet to score in the league this month and have surrendered first spot in the league to Manchester United, who are almost certainly set to be usurped by Manchester City. As readers of this series will no doubt already be aware, the Reds' poor run of results started with some bad performances, but recent performances have been far more positive, but without the result …
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Reds draw blank against arch-rivals

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Reds draw blank against arch-rivals

This was an occasion for Liverpool to banish their rut. Instead, they've sunk further into it. The draw with arch-rivals United keeps the Reds three points off the pace, but above all it cements Manchester City's newly-established status as title favourites. Belief among supporters and among the players is clearly low. Liverpool aren't functioning as a unit given their makeshift defence and with every match the task of retaining their title is growing more difficult. Joel Matip's imminent return will …
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