Buoyed by Optimism - Liverpool's Season Ahead

Buoyed by Optimism - Liverpool's Season Ahead

It’s a weird feeling not really knowing how to manage your expectations as a Liverpool fan. I’m 38 - a seasoned pro at this. However, never in my experience of supporting The Reds can I remember a feeling of such enthusiasm surrounding the club. Not Then, Not Ever Even after Rafa’s fantastic 08/09 team came within touching distance of the title there was still the unmissable grey Hicks & Gillett cloud hanging over Anfield. We knew Benitez had almost achieved …
Tactical Analysis: All Shots Conceded in Game 1 vs West Ham

Tactical Analysis: All Shots Conceded in Game 1 vs West Ham

If you haven't got the memo yet, Liverpool won't be conceding any goals this season thanks to Virgil simply swearing at anybody who lets the ball come into the box and Alisson dealing with whatever small amount that Virgil's swearing fails to deter. https://twitter.com/babuyagu/status/1028711576071753729 This is great obviously for us Liverpool fans but sucks for me as someone who enjoys analysing the goals we concede to see where the failures lie tactically/individually. Therefore, I have decided to look at all …
The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

It’s good to be a Liverpool supporter right now. The team is top of the table after the first matchweek, and the opener could not have gone any better. The additions in the summer appear to be spot on, and the team looks truly up for it this season. But it’s not 100% sunshine and rainbows for Liverpool at the moment as the club seems unable to go too long with some drama. While Salah’s multi-tasking driving skills may be …
Rating Liverpool's Transfer Window

Rating Liverpool's Transfer Window

The new Premier League season is finally upon us, and after last season's changes, the transfer window slamming shut comes with it. Liverpool were the biggest spenders in England this summer, and fans and pundits alike are touting Klopp's men for a big season. But just how good was their transfer window? In: Following the Champions League final on the 26th May Reds fans weren't in the highest spirits. Salah's injury coupled with Karius' blunders (no matter what caused them), …
Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Playing the Liverpool way. It’s a fairly common trope, perhaps an oxymoron when every football club seems to have a “way” these days – there’s even a “Norwich way”, apparently. For Liverpool fans, however, identity is everything. Football is bound together by its unique fan culture, the interconnectedness of the football landscape means stories are perpetuated, and Liverpool’s story is one of decorated trophy cabinets and an envied atmosphere. Perhaps Anfield’s atmosphere hasn’t lived up to its hype recently. But …
A Back Four Ready to Compete? - Liverpool FC Squad Analysis

A Back Four Ready to Compete? - Liverpool FC Squad Analysis

Liverpool kicked off the season with a delightful 4-0 win on Sunday, conceding only two shots on target and rarely looking in trouble. The back four was among the youngest seen in recent memory during a Premier League game and played together like a group of players ready to kick on this year. Virgil van Dijk anchored a defence with an average age under 23 years old, continuing to prove himself the most gifted leader the defence has seen since …
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool picking up where they left off at the end of the 2017/18 season would have been the perfect way to kick start a league season, and Liverpool did just that. There were 92 days between Liverpool's last home league game against Brighton and the opening fixture against West Ham, but the results were identical: 4-0 drubbings. However, while the results may have been the same, the personnel and the tactics were certainly not. Alisson and Keïta were the only real …
Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Sadio Mane: Still Underrated

Football commentators like to give partnerships names. Shearer and Sutton were known as ‘SaS’ in the days when Blackburn were tearing up the League while Liverpool had their own ‘RAF’ when Rush and Fowler ruled the Anfield roost. Spurs had their ‘Famous Five’ too, back in the time that Ossie Ardiles was all about scoring and conceding tons at the same time. I mention this as I’ve heard talk of our own front three referred to as ‘The Trident’ which …
Liverpool Back With A Bang - Key Stats from LFC 4-0 West Ham

Liverpool Back With A Bang - Key Stats from LFC 4-0 West Ham

Liverpool’s 2018-19 Premier League got off to a flying start as the Reds dismantled an average West Ham side, rolling out 4-0 winners. But what were the key stats from an absolutely emphatic game at Anfield? Déjà vu For Hammered Hammers West Ham fans might feel as though they’ve seen this game before. Liverpool have now scored four goals in each of their last four games against West Ham, winning both of their games against this opposition 4-1 last season, …
Liverpool v West Ham United Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v West Ham United Preview - Key Battles

The World Cup is over. The transfer window has, to use a particular cliché, slammed shut. Now it’s time for the actual thing – the real football. For nine months across the length and breadth of England (and a little bit of Wales), 20 teams to fight it out for one prize. Before a ball has been kicked in the season, Liverpool are seen as closer to that prize than they have been for quite a long time. But that …
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