How Xherdan Shaqiri escaped war to help Liverpool conquer Europe

How Xherdan Shaqiri escaped war to help Liverpool conquer Europe

When Xherdan Shaqiri fled war-torn Yugoslavia as a child, he couldn’t possibly have dreamt of becoming one of the stars of one of the biggest Champions League comebacks of all time. But Shaqiri’s story is anything but ordinary. The diminutive winger’s career started in his adopted home of Switzerland, the nation he’d go on to earn 80 caps full senior caps with. He earned his club breakthrough with Basel, first with their second team before progressing to the first team, …
Has Shaqiri been a success at Liverpool?

Has Shaqiri been a success at Liverpool?

Jurgen Klopp has made a few signings that have come out of left field during his time as Liverpool manager. Gini Wijnaldum is certainly one that stands out in that respect, seemingly appearing to be a needless addition, not to mention one who wasn't expected to be used as an understated midfielder. The signing of Sadio Mane was also fairly surprising, believe it or not, at a time when Mario Gotze was the more fashionable alternative. In the summer of …
Imagining A Post Apocalyptic Anfield

Imagining A Post Apocalyptic Anfield

A small drone whizzes down a deserted street. Two mangy dogs face off over possession of a discarded can. The tin echos as it bounces across pavement and concrete. The camera pans up, past the shuddered businesses and grey landscape as a shimmering, modern stadium comes into focus. Post apocalyptic Anfield. Because, no matter what happens to society, football will live on. Right? That is the assumption we're going on at least because if we can't assume Liverpool are coming back to …
5 Things Liverpool Should Try Once They've Won the League

5 Things Liverpool Should Try Once They've Won the League

It feels surreal, really, given absolutely no Liverpool fan is willing to actually say the words. You know the ones. The ones in the title of this article. Liverpool. Premier League champions. It all feels like a huge joke, really. Then the numbers hit you. An unassailable lead. Not borne out of logic, but of history: no team has ever had a twenty-two-point lead in Europe’s top five leagues. This Liverpool side are the most feared in the world at …
Xherdan Shaqiri injury update

Xherdan Shaqiri injury update

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Xherdan Shaqiri missed the victory over Wolves due to a minor hamstring injury. A Sadio Mané strike late in the first half was enough to give The Reds a very hard-fought victory at Anfield, restoring a 13-point lead at the top of the table for Klopp's men, with a game in hand. Speaking to BBC Sport in a post-match interview, Klopp disclosed that Xherdan Shaqiri would have played against Wolves but for a hamstring …
Filling Fabinho's shoes - how will Liverpool cope?

Filling Fabinho's shoes - how will Liverpool cope?

It was arguably the most frustrating aspect of the irritating 1-1 draw with Napoli in the latest Champions League - Fabinho picking up a fairly serious ankle injury. The Brazilian midfield linchpin has been one of the standout performers for Liverpool since the mid-point of last season, and his influence on the side has grown so much so that he's arguably the first name on many fans' teamsheet. So seeing him hobble off after just 19 minutes against Napoli was …
Return of the Shaq - and why it's good news for Liverpool

Return of the Shaq - and why it's good news for Liverpool

It's been a long time since we saw any meaningful contribution from Xherdan Shaqiri in a Liverpool shirt. In truth, it probably came in that memorable Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield, when his beautiful curling cross was met by a thumping Gini Wijnaldum header to bring Liverpool level in the tie. The Alpine Messi has been hampered by a niggling injury to one of those enormous calves of his and has barely featured this season for Klopp's …
Four Years of Jurgen Klopp - Part 5: Klopp 4-0 Impossible

Four Years of Jurgen Klopp - Part 5: Klopp 4-0 Impossible

This month marks four years since Jürgen Klopp took charge at Anfield and began the process of transforming the Reds into one of the most dominant teams in world football. You can read the previous entries in the series below: Part 1: Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion Part 2: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool  Part 3: Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund Part 4: Spurs 4-1 Liverpool Now for the final entry... Liverpool 4-0 FC Barcelona - 7 May 2019  Liverpool XI: Alisson, …
Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days: The period where Klopp's squad will be acutely assessed

Six games, 18 days. Forget the 100 per cent start to the new league season, this is the period where the bulk of Jurgen Klopp's squad will be put through the wringer. The European champions will barely have an opportunity to breathe once the team are reunited following the international break and the return to club football. Questions were raised over the manager's decision to not dip into the transfer market for fresh ammunition, and this will be the period …
Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

Oxlade-Chamberlain adds another dimension to Liverpool midfield

The 4-1 dismantling of Norwich City or the Super Cup triumph over Chelsea should be the highlight of the two weeks old 2019/20 campaign but the biggest positive so far arrived in the 2-1 victory against Southampton.  No, it wasn’t Sadio Mane continuing his destructive 2019 with a goal and an assist. It wasn’t Roberto Firmino opening his account for the campaign just days after coming off the bench to change the game against Frank Lampard’s side in Istanbul.  It …
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