Alberto Moreno: Will he be vindicated?

Alberto Moreno: Will he be vindicated?

Alberto Moreno’s endured a pretty gruelling time since becoming a Liverpool player in 2014. Arriving from Sevilla, the Spaniard joined as a very attack minded, promising left-back with pace to burn. His defensive abilities, however, have always come under scrutiny. Take a look back at the 2016 Europa League final against his former-club Sevilla for example, with the left-back’s error filled performance at the heart of Liverpool’s second-half capitulation. Caught out of position, Moreno left a gaping hole down the …
Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla: A Tactical Breakdown

A promising, but so too a very much frustrating match, Liverpool's long-awaited return to the Champions League group stage was disappointing, as from doing the hard work - having to come from a goal down - to then dominating the game, the team once again threw away what should have been three points, instead taking just the one. Between Firmino's equaliser and the end of the first-half, Liverpool were imperious, tearing through Sevilla with some phenomenal attacking play, involving defenders, midfielders …
Observations as Liverpool throw two points away vs Sevilla

Observations as Liverpool throw two points away vs Sevilla

Liverpool succumbed a 2-1 lead in the second-half to throw two points away against Sevilla in their first game of the Champions League group stages. The Reds started the game in the worst possible fashion, with Dejan Lovren delivering another woeful defensive error that allowed Ben Yedder to slot into the net from close range. Off balance and careless with his footing, the Croatian was caught out to put Jurgen Klopp's side under pressure after just five minutes. However, at …
Liverpool 2 - 2 Sevilla: Player ratings from a frustrating night at Anfield

Liverpool 2 - 2 Sevilla: Player ratings from a frustrating night at Anfield

A disappointing one, that. Liverpool were better, much better, than Sevilla for large parts. The Reds' attack gave the Spaniard's defence hell, and the Reds know they should have walked off the pitch with all three points, and preferably eleven men. So, a 2-2 draw will irk most - myself included. But, Liverpool showed enough tonight to suggest that they can top this group, and if Firmino scores his penalty then we don't spend the next three days dissecting a …
Liverpool 2 - 2 Sevilla: Two goals apiece and two dropped points

Liverpool 2 - 2 Sevilla: Two goals apiece and two dropped points

Competition: Champions League Group Stage Date: 13th September 2017 Venue: Anfield The Champions League returned to Anfield tonight for the first time since 2014. We’ve won it five times, you know? Yes, Liverpool have won Europe’s premier club competition five times in their illustrious history. They didn’t do themselves proud in their last showing three years ago. Now was the chance to put that right, starting tonight. Teams Liverpool lineup - Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, …
The Etihad Anomaly - time to move on from City

The Etihad Anomaly - time to move on from City

When Sadio Mane was given his marching orders at The Etihad on 37 minutes on Saturday, I, along with, I assume, many others, instantly felt a pang of inevitable defeat. Gary Neville agreed - the spectacle was over - the game was over - call me defeatist, but for me, I couldn't see any way back. Upon receiving the red, perhaps wrongly, for me, it was simply a matter of damage limitation. This wasn't a Rafa/ Houllier team of defensive compactness we were watching, …
Liverpool v Sevilla Preview - Time to heal the wounds

Liverpool v Sevilla Preview - Time to heal the wounds

The Details Venue - Anfield Referee - Danny Makkelie (Netherlands) Date & Time - 13th September 2017 @ 19:45 BST It’s amazing the effect that football can have on you. In the aftermath of Saturday’s collapse at the Etihad Stadium, it has taken me the best part of two days to finally gather myself enough to write this match preview. I guess “deflated” is the best way to describe how I’ve felt since Sadio Mané collided with Ederson and the rest of …
Liverpool FC: A Reality Check

Liverpool FC: A Reality Check

Just 24 hrs ago, many of us were relishing the prospect of  Mane, Salah and Firmino tearing apart the likes of Otamendi and Stones. 4 wins in 5 matches in August had all but made us title contenders. We had the "best" attack in the league. We had a midfield trio that out"pressed" anything and everything in its path. We didn't need Coutinho because there was no place for him in the starting XI at this rate. Exactly 24 hours …
Know Your Group: Liverpool's Champions League Opponents

Know Your Group: Liverpool's Champions League Opponents

Now that all of the gnashing of teeth from May’s race for a Top 4 position is a distant memory and August’s ulcer inducing playoff with Hoffenheim is over we get to finally enjoy the Champions League group stages.  We are going to enjoy this right..?  OK, let’s be honest, you’ll need to pound a few pints just to get through the manager’s pre-match press conference. You’re stressed out.  We get it.  But, now that the group stage draw is …
Klopp or not - Liverpool forever inconsistent

Klopp or not - Liverpool forever inconsistent

Set the scene. Liverpool are  clear at the top of the Premier League table, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are on course to become the league's top goal-scorers and Steven Gerrard has had statistically one of his strongest seasons in a Liverpool shirt. It was all going so well for the Reds in the 2013-14 season. There were poor performances though against Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion where Liverpool were kept to a draw but then all of a …
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