Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview

Premier League 2018/19 Season Preview

After an enormously entertaining World Cup full of drama and decadence, we the football faithful have been cast into the darkness of a month without the beautiful game. This has not stopped the majority of the big Premier League clubs from making money moves in anticipation. Ahead, we preview what to expect from them this season. Arsenal Arsenal’s relatively early business in securing the tenacious Lucas Torreira (aptly auto-corrected to terrier), supplemented with the earlier additions of Borussia Dortmund’s spine, …
What to Expect When Expecting a Naby

What to Expect When Expecting a Naby

It’s clearly an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan. A Champions League final in Kiev awaits, with the Reds once again at the forefront of European football’s greatest night. Meanwhile, the squad itself continues to grow and develop at the behest of its German architect, led by the season’s most scintillating attack. That’s not to mention the arrival of one of football’s most impressive young midfielders. When Liverpool signed Naby Keita from Leipzig, on the proviso that he would …
Five Potential Liverpool Targets from the Championship

Five Potential Liverpool Targets from the Championship

With the summer fast approaching and Liverpool’s march towards Kiev in full effect, injuries are shining a light on Jürgen Klopp’s worrying lack of depth. A devastating long-term injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Ings’ glaring lack of cutting edge in comparison to the men he usually replaces off the bench and Emre Can’s likely departure (and current injury) have many pondering who Klopp will look to in the summer to bolster the ranks of his squad. That this year’s Championship …
Why Rúben Neves Would Be Liverpool's Midfield Conductor

Why Rúben Neves Would Be Liverpool's Midfield Conductor

There will always be archetypes that footballers fit into. Creators, destroyers, poachers, leaders, midfield maestros. That “maestro” trope will be overused, as is the tendency of footballing media. It’s natural to categorise, but what exactly does that trope mean? Maestro? Is he a magic-wielding passer of the ball? Is he tricky with his feet, guiding defenders one way while fully intending to go the other? Does he possess trickery or guile? Is he selfish or will he play others in? …
Solving LFC's Number Six Position and Four Perfect Transfer Targets

Solving LFC's Number Six Position and Four Perfect Transfer Targets

In this article: Understanding the Dutch 'number six’ midfield position & specialist roles today The Liverpool history of Jordan Henderson Liverpool’s attacking & defensive failures and how to resolve them The perfect transfer targets for 2017/18 Understanding the Dutch 'number six’ midfield position & specialist roles today On face value, Jordan Henderson has done surprisingly well this season as a player you would describe as a ‘known known’. As a symbol of consistency amidst the years of flux in footballing …
What Ruben Neves would bring to Liverpool

What Ruben Neves would bring to Liverpool

The link to Ruben Neves is a strange one. It's not out of the ordinary to see a player of his profile being linked with a move to Liverpool in the media. He's young, talented and has a huge resale value if he lives up to his potential. He ticks the boxes. It's that formula, the basic profile for many FSG signings, which makes linking players to Liverpool fairly easy for the press in their quest for clicks. What is …
DoF Fantasy Series Part 3: How I'd spend £100m at Liverpool

DoF Fantasy Series Part 3: How I'd spend £100m at Liverpool

Today I came across an idea - or rather stole it from the AnfieldIndex guys, in particular it was an article written by @SamMcGuire90 which you can read here. Basically he was told to think like a Director of Football or Sports Director - or whatever name you want to use for that exact position - and concentrate only on the transfer aspect of it, leaving all the boring organisational stuff behind. He was also told to work with a budget of £100m but …
Liverpool's Defensive Midfield Search - Part 1

Liverpool's Defensive Midfield Search - Part 1

Remember the days? Javier Mascherano staring a charging midfielder dead in the eye, and stopping him right in his tracks, before his over-zealous rampage through the heart of Liverpool’s defence could even gain the slightest bit of traction. Remember how good it felt when the ball left Xabi Alonso’s foot, soared through the air and seemed to land in the perfect space for Steven Gerrard to bury into the top corner? Or for his blonde compatriot #9 to latch onto, …
Liverpool's Midfield - The Heart of the Team, in Need of a Defibrillator!

Liverpool's Midfield - The Heart of the Team, in Need of a Defibrillator!

Editor's note: This article was written prior to Liverpool's win against Manchester City at Etihad on Saturday I've always believed that the competitive games are won and lost, by the battle in midfield. It's the area of a team so influential to the style, tempo, control and competitiveness of a team. A good midfield will win you games no doubt, but a truly great one wins titles and tournaments. Attacking players will always command the highest transfer fees in world …
Fans, Journalists and Jealousy

Fans, Journalists and Jealousy

There's an ever increasing trend for sports journalists to ridicule fans that have broadened their horizons and taken an interest in leagues other than the Premier League. There's no clear reason for this, maybe they're annoyed that their articles filled with inaccuracies are getting called out by fans these days. It's hard to pull the wool over the eyes of fans when matches from all over the world are literally a click away these days. It has an impact on …