From winger to goal-scorer: A tactical look at Sadio Mané’s development

From winger to goal-scorer: A tactical look at Sadio Mané’s development

When Liverpool signed Sadio Mané from Southampton in the summer of 2016, many would have been forgiven for thinking that he would be just another Southampton signing on Merseyside. Around the same time, the Club had signed others from the South coast including Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and, previously, Rickie Lambert. Some of which failed to live up to their hefty price tags. However, the development of Sadio Mané over the last three years has turned him into …
Gini Wijnaldum: The real MVP of this Liverpool team

Gini Wijnaldum: The real MVP of this Liverpool team

If pressed to name Liverpool’s most important player, a case could be made for a number of the team. Virgil van Dijk and Alisson are often at the top of the pile, Fabinho entered the conversation after his dominant performances earlier on in the campaign while Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane can all make a claim to be Jurgen Klopp’s MVP. The latest name on that evergrowing list is Trent Alexander-Arnold. The young right-back is the creator-in-chief for …
Liverpool star edges Reds teammate for 2019 African Player of the Year award

Liverpool star edges Reds teammate for 2019 African Player of the Year award

Liverpool's number 10 Sadio Mané has been voted as the 2019 CAF African Player of the Year, winning the award ahead of his Reds teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez. Mané was in Egypt for the ceremony on Tuesday evening and collected the personal award after displaying excellent form for both Liverpool and Senegal over the past 12 months.
Liverpool 1-0 Wolves: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-0 Wolves: A Tactical Breakdown

"This was a marvellous tactical battle, but for Nuno Espirito Santo, despite his best efforts, couldn’t quite deliver a surprise in morphing into Nuno Espirito Santa(!!!), but with Liverpool, rather unexpectedly, now four points clear of Manchester City, it seems Christmas may just have come early…" - Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown, 23/12/2018
It's remarkable how much, and at the same time, how little has changed in just over a year. Indeed, given Wolves' comeback against Manchester …
Liverpool 1-0 Wolves - Player Ratings as Reds grind out another Anfield win

Liverpool 1-0 Wolves - Player Ratings as Reds grind out another Anfield win

Of course, the talk will be about VAR. But Liverpool have just won their 18th Premier League game out of  19 this season. They've gone back to 13 points atop the Premier League, after Sadio Mane's first-half goal sealed a 1-0 win over a plucky Wolves side at Anfield. Here's how each player fared for the Reds. Alisson Becker - 7/10 He had one save to make, after an inexplicable Van Dijk error set Jota free. Alisson made that save. …
Solitary Mane Goal Extends Liverpool's Run

Solitary Mane Goal Extends Liverpool's Run

What if...Liverpool Actually Signed Konoplyanka?

What if...Liverpool Actually Signed Konoplyanka?

Regret’s a funny thing, isn’t it? When any Liverpool fan sees the words “What if?” their thoughts could very easily be drawn back to any of the misfortunes befalling the club since the famed night in Istanbul, over fourteen years ago. That, to any reasonable Red, was the night their team sold their soul to the devil. The last fourteen years has been the payment, staggered in instalments. Of course, they endured Hicks and Gillett; that was perilous and depressing …
Dominant Liverpool Hunt Foxes

Dominant Liverpool Hunt Foxes

Liverpool opened up a thirteen point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 4-0 way away to second placed Leicester City. A brace from Roberto Firmino, a James Milner penalty and a Trent Alexander Arnold goal crowned a performance of complete dominance, with the Reds imperiously lording over Brendan Rodgers' Foxes. After travelling back from Club World Cup commitments in Doha, there was a school of thought that the European Champions -- who had to endure …
Leicester 0-4 Liverpool: As The Reds Dismantle The Foxes

Leicester 0-4 Liverpool: As The Reds Dismantle The Foxes

Before the match, both Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers refused to talk about what this match meant as to the title race. Maybe they both knew what was coming because no one watching this game would have pegged it as a title decider. The gulf in class between Liverpool and Leicester was immense, and the scoreline reflected it. There can be no doubt now that the Reds are the best side in the world and that the Premier League title …
Back-To-Goal Salah Offers Liverpool New Attacking Dimension

Back-To-Goal Salah Offers Liverpool New Attacking Dimension

Mohamed Salah is back. After a few weeks of relatively low-key performances while clearly playing through an ankle injury, the Egyptian has burst back into form and has netted goals in games versus Watford (x2), Bournemouth and Red Bull Salzburg. The most striking feature of Salah's game in recent weeks, though, is how well the forward has linked the play, in the style of a burly old school centre forward. Standing at 5'9, the former Roma flyer is not the …
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