Indispensable but under-rotated - Liverpool's flying full-backs

Indispensable but under-rotated - Liverpool's flying full-backs

If ever there was a goal to highlight how influential Liverpool's full-backs are on the team, the Reds' second goal against RB Salzburg was exactly that. From Andy Robertson stepping into midfield to the ball being transferred to the opposite side of the pitch for Trent Alexander-Arnold to find his on-running full-back partner with a delightful low cross. It was an exceptional goal from two unbelievably talented full-backs. The levels both of them have been performing at for more than …
Liverpool's Full Backs Add New Attacking Dimension

Liverpool's Full Backs Add New Attacking Dimension

A prominent and recurring feature of Pep Guardiola's trophy-laden spell as manager of Manchester City has been the Catalan's utilisation of his expensively assembled full backs as ostensible centre midfielders. The positioning of his full backs has provided his City side with numerous advantages. Firstly, it allows for effective triangle shapes to be created between the full back, winger and attacking midfielders. This adds layers to the Etihad sides' attack and allows the likes of De Bruyne and the Silva's, …
Player Ratings as Liverpool best Chelsea at the Bridge

Player Ratings as Liverpool best Chelsea at the Bridge

Six in a row, 15 in a row, five points clear and all the jazz that comes with it. 'Lucky Liverpool' were at it again, the whole winning thing, at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino giving the Reds enough room to hold off a Chelsea fightback in the second-half, N'Golo Kante's superb strike proving a consolation. Trying to distract myself from *that* Eden Hazard banner, here's your ratings... Adrian proves his worth once …
Why Firmino Makes it all Work

Why Firmino Makes it all Work

As the dust settled on a convincing victory at one of Liverpool’s most precarious hunting grounds, and a spat between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané proliferated the post-match headlines, it was one cheeky smile and movement of the eyes that set everybody at ease. Indeed, it was also the arm of Roberto Firmino around Sadio Mané, as the latter continued his remonstrations with his manager regarding his partner in crime’s noticeable hunger for a goal, that showed Liverpool fans what …
The Case For Clyne

The Case For Clyne

Truth be told, Nathaniel Clyne is not an ideal fit for the Jurgen Klopp Liverpool of 2019. That's not to say the former Crystal Palace and Southampton full-back is a bad player; objectively, he is -- as Premier League full-backs go -- good. But with Liverpool's ultra attacking and productive full-back pairing of Trent  Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson setting the bar ridiculously high, Clyne will find his game time -- provided he stays -- limited unless injuries occur. There …
Why Keita could be key to Liverpool becoming English Kings

Why Keita could be key to Liverpool becoming English Kings

In the context of a football match, a midfielder receiving the ball, dawdling on it, eating a few seconds of time before laterally recycling it is no big deal. It happens umpteen times in the course of every game. In the case of Naby Keita’s Liverpool career, however, it could be symbolic of the Guinean fully acclimating to both Jurgen Klopp’s tactical demands and the pressure’s associated with playing for a worldwide footballing institution such as the Reds. In a …
Five left backs who could replace Alberto Moreno

Five left backs who could replace Alberto Moreno

The confirmation that Alberto Moreno will be leaving Liverpool after a five-year stint at the club finally came this week. The Spaniard has found it impossible to prize minutes away from Andy Robertson who is arguably the world best left back at this moment in time. This announcement means the club has no obvious back-up for Robertson and they must look to rectify this during the summer transfer window. With game time severely reduced, it may be hard to get …
The Case For Zero Liverpool Signings

The Case For Zero Liverpool Signings

As the last pieces of content from the Champions League Final dribble out, our attention turns fully to the transfer window. Our domestic and European rivals have begun to make official some of their squad additions with Real Madrid blowing past the €300 million mark already. Liverpool have been linked to several of Europe’s top prospects with De Ligt and Nicolas Pepe drawing the most interest. There is a case to be made that Liverpool should spend loads this summer …
Player Ratings for the Six Time European Cup Winning Reds

Player Ratings for the Six Time European Cup Winning Reds

Told Gags I'd do the ratings regardless of the result, but come on, thank fuck we won. Just back from the parade myself. Did you make it? Not a big surprise if you did, given there were 750,000 fans of the Reds knocking about. Oh, apologies. 750,000 fans of the SIX TIME EUROPEAN CUP WINNING REDS. If you think this is going to be anything other than a cluster of 10's and a love letter to each individual that graced …
Liverpool Player Ratings: End of Season Edition - Part One

Liverpool Player Ratings: End of Season Edition - Part One

It's that time of year again, a time for reflection. A memorable domestic campaign drew to a disappointing end for Liverpool as a ninth straight league win wasn't enough to prevent Manchester City from a successive title, but there were a string of positives - one of which being qualification for another Champions League final. Whilst we're still a couple of weeks from finding out if the Liverpool squad can make themselves heroes by bringing home number six from Madrid, …
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