Clearing Up Timo Werner Myths

Clearing Up Timo Werner Myths

Timo Werner has not done much in recent days to quell rumours of a summer switch to Liverpool. Twice in the last week alone, the Red Bull Leipzig striker has publicly stated his admiration for Jurgen Klopp and talked up his ability to fit into his fellow Germans tactical set up at Anfield. Following Leipzig's 1-0 Champions League away victory away to Tottenham Hotspur last Wednesday, the 23 year old -- in perfectly fluent English -- had no hesitation in …
Why Liverpool's best players are taken for granted

Why Liverpool's best players are taken for granted

Who is Liverpool’s best player? Who is Liverpool’s player of the season? Who is Liverpool’s most under-appreciated player? These are all questions that are probably impossible to answer in truth, to varying degrees. Everyone has their own opinions of course, as people are wont to do, but that doesn’t mean there’s a definitive or even consensus answer. I bring up these questions not to try to answer them, but because I want to highlight how some players can get more …
Odsonne Edouard: Liverpool's Potential Back Up Forward

Odsonne Edouard: Liverpool's Potential Back Up Forward

Liverpool's front three, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, are world renowned for their quality and on field compatibility. Behind them in the Reds' pecking order are Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, both of whom played their roles -- with the Belgian especially prominent in the march to Madrid -- in the club's sixth European Cup triumph last June. However, due to injury and inconsistency of performance when selected, neither Shaqiri nor Origi have truly grasped their chances and …
Why Jadon Sancho is Liverpool's Next Step Forward

Why Jadon Sancho is Liverpool's Next Step Forward

Last week, this writer published a piece exploring how it is practically impossible to upgrade on this Liverpool team. Which, obviously, would make this piece seem slightly obtuse: why should the Reds pursue a very expensive winger if it won’t actually upgrade them? Well, despite currently being un-upgradeable: the best team in the world, reigning champions of Europe and the world, not to mention champions elect of England, there is always a way forward in football. Standing still, even when …
Mo Salah: Both underappreciated & overprotected?

Mo Salah: Both underappreciated & overprotected?

Contrary to popular belief, Mohamed Salah is much more like Cristiano Ronaldo than Lionel Messi. The Egyptian superstar may possess the latter's gorgeous left foot and low centre of gravity, but there is so much more about him that screams Ronaldo. Away from the grinning face and all-round likeable personality, there is a huge ego where Salah is concerned - he is someone who knows exactly how good he is, precisely how many goals he has scored and is well …
The Secret Behind Liverpool's System

The Secret Behind Liverpool's System

People are going out of their way to not credit Liverpool for their ridiculous season to date. As things stand, VAR has been used as a reason the Reds find themselves 14 points clear with a game in hand. Rival fans have also claimed Jurgen Klopp has been lucky, with the table-toppers avoiding serious injuries, apparently. The latest narrative is that the European champions have few world-class players and that the majority of those being praised are only impressing because …
Does Rashford get into the Liverpool XI?

Does Rashford get into the Liverpool XI?

We’re in 2020 yet people are still judging players on goals scored.  Heading into Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United, the big talking point centred around whether or not Marcus Rashford would get into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. As outlandish as it sounds, some genuinely believed that to be the case. Their argument was based around the fact the United No.10 had more goals to his name than any of the starting trio the Reds, and that on current form he’d …
Liverpool Make World-Class Stars

Liverpool Make World-Class Stars

Jamie Carragher is right, Liverpool don’t tend to buy superstars. Speaking after the 1-0 win over Spurs, the former Reds centre-back heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp and the recruitment team at Anfield.  "It's not that Liverpool are just buying players with this special ability that nobody else sees these players," Carragher told Sky Sports. "[Andy] Robertson came from Hull City, [Gini] Wijnaldum was relegated with Newcastle United, Mohamed Salah had been at Chelsea, Sadio Mane had been in the Premier …
Liverpool out for revenge in Man United showdown

Liverpool out for revenge in Man United showdown

It's the only blip on Liverpool's near perfect league record this season. A frustrating 1-1 draw at Old Trafford is the only fixture in which Klopp's side have dropped points in the Premier League, and is likely the only thing worth bragging about if you're unfortunate enough to be a Manchester United fan at present. The game was scrappy for the first 60 minutes, and Liverpool will still be aggrieved that Rashford's opener was allowed to stand after a foul …
Liverpool vs Sheffield Utd - Tactical Analysis

Liverpool vs Sheffield Utd - Tactical Analysis

Liverpool met Sheffield Utd at Anfield for their first game of 2020, hoping to pick up where they left off in 2019. In securing a comfortable 2-0 victory, they did just that. Liverpool's tactical approach was an intelligent one given the challenges presented by their opponent's system & Christmas scheduling. They were able to simultaneously control possession of the ball whilst seeking to exploit their opponents' pressing system. Klopp's tactics contributed to the team breaking the club record for passes …
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