Liverpool and the Changing Importance of the Full-Back

Liverpool and the Changing Importance of the Full-Back

The Reds 0-3 win at Hertha Berlin was a fine performance and provided a fillip in this most frustrating of LFC summers. Though pre-season score-lines are generally regarded as useless and worthy only for their aerobic benefits, it was interesting to see how the new signings coped. Dom Solanke scored a beautiful goal and we already knew what Salah can do so it was more interesting to see Andy Robertson play the second half. The young Scot settled quickly and …
Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Over the season 2016/17, Liverpool played 46 games, which amounts to around 4,140 minutes over the season. However, notably, some players struggled with their fitness, which raises questions of how individuals, the team, and the squad will perform in a season that will include a minimum of eight Champions League games (including and providing Liverpool go through the qualifying matches), and perhaps a longer FA Cup run. The most recent edition of the AI Under Pressure podcast looked at the …
Hertha Berlin 0 Liverpool 3 - Match Report

Hertha Berlin 0 Liverpool 3 - Match Report

Location: Olympiastadion Lineup: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho ©, Solanke (4-3-3) Subs: Grabara, Robertson, Lovren, Flanagan, Ejaria, Henderson, Firmino, Sturridge, Salah, Kent. Liverpool kicked off their German tour with a friendly against Hertha Berlin to mark the 125th Anniversary of the club with a comfortable victory. James Milner was absent due to injury, therefore, Alberto Moreno started in his place with £10 million signing Andy Robertson making his debut in the second half. Divock Origi was …
The Importance of Keeping Coutinho

The Importance of Keeping Coutinho

In recent years, Liverpool have acted too much like a small club in the transfer market. The club has developed a reputation for signing high potential players to eventually sell-on for higher fees once those players reach close to their maximum output. Since 2009, Liverpool have lost Xabi Alonso, Mascherano, Sterling, Torres and Luis Suarez for a total of around £235m after signing those players for around £72.2m. This may be considered by some to be good business, as Liverpool …
Assessing Liverpool's Defence For The Upcoming Campaign

Assessing Liverpool's Defence For The Upcoming Campaign

Having signed Dominic Solanke and smashing the club’s record transfer fee for Mohamed Salah, Liverpool have begun identifying key weaknesses within their current side. Andy Robertson is the latest to join The Reds this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to address what has been a troubling position for several years now. However, there remains a number of issues within the current squad, particularly in the defensive areas. So, with a new season on the horizon, how are Liverpool shaping up …
Why Liverpool Fans Do In Fact Need A Reality Check

Why Liverpool Fans Do In Fact Need A Reality Check

I don’t write columns very often. A combination of being too busy with work and not really being arsed make this the first thing I’ve written in a year. I normally prefer to just spew my thoughts en masse onto my Twitter account and leave you to figure out what I’m trying to say. But you’ve driven me to this. The following is YOUR fault. You know who you are. If you don’t, maybe you relate to one of these. …
Discussing Liverpool's Left-Back Options This Summer

Discussing Liverpool's Left-Back Options This Summer

When the end of the year approaches, people come up with their wish lists for Christmas. That's exactly what the summer transfer window brings, too. Liverpool fans are desperately rattling their brains for their wish list of potential players that could line up for the club next season to challenge on four fronts. At the heart of that will be a left-back recruit, with James Milner hardly a long term option despite a commendable 2016/17 campaign. Here, I asked some …
Scouting Andy Robertson - Hull's Marauding Fullback

Scouting Andy Robertson - Hull's Marauding Fullback

With a vast amount of commotion and furore going on, you’d be forgiven for thinking the transfer window lasted all of two weeks. But, in fact, it does last substantially longer than the eleven days it’s been open in England thus far, and as such, deals will likely materialise over the coming month from virtually out of nowhere. One of those deals will likely involve a left-back, especially if the recent reports from The Liverpool Echo, Melissa Reddy and Paul …
Why Liverpool Should Renew Their Interest in Ben Chilwell

Why Liverpool Should Renew Their Interest in Ben Chilwell

Left-back has been a position that Liverpool have struggled with over the past couple of seasons and although James Milner has done an admirable job there this season the Reds are in desperate need of a specialist left-back. There was outrage amongst much of the fan base when it became clear Milner would be Liverpool's first choice going into last season with Alberto Moreno his deputy. Personally I'm a big fan of Milner and think he is much better at …
Seven Sensible Summer Signings for Liverpool

Seven Sensible Summer Signings for Liverpool

The season isn’t quite over, but following another roller coaster year of highs and lows — from competing for the title and chasing another cup final, to a loss of form and a dreadful run of results, back to chasing the top four — the club needs to press on with their summer transfer business. As the rumours gather pace, the Echo runs stories of missed targets and underwhelming interest and the season continues to flabbergast, let’s take a look …
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