How a number 10 will get the best out of Solanke and Origi

How a number 10 will get the best out of Solanke and Origi

One of the major talking points for some while has been Liverpool's lack of depth across their forward line. Following the sale of Philippe Coutinho, the Reds haven't had suitable backups to either of their wide forwards and Solanke and Ings failed to impress when filling in for Roberto Firmino last season. With Bobby having evolved into the complete striker in Klopp's system - capable of holding the ball up and linking the play, running in behind and stretching defences …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The Depth Chart

There are two weeks to go until the summer transfer window slams shut, locks and closes its shutters. Jurgen Klopp has apparently announced there will be no more signings with his comments last week - "We have everything we need for the next season because I don’t think we will do anything more, I’m pretty sure of that." Having written this piece for AI for the past two summers, this year I'm excited to bring you the Depth chart for …
Daniel Sturridge: Back from the Brink?

Daniel Sturridge: Back from the Brink?

At the end of the 2017/18 season, Daniel Sturridge's departure seemed an inevitability. The club had considered selling him the summer before and during the first half of the campaign, they lost faith in his abilities, resulting in a January loan to West Bromwich Albion which sounded the death knell for his Liverpool career. The club had set a fairly modest price tag, in this wacky market at least, of £15million, and but for Sturridge's lofty wage demands, he might …
5 Takeaways From Liverpool's Preseason So Far

5 Takeaways From Liverpool's Preseason So Far

Preseason is at the same time very exciting and mind-numbingly boring. Everyone is eager to see the players back in the shirt and on the pitch. No matter how the last season ended, there’s always the promise that THIS season will be EVEN better. And then the latest preseason match starts with 22 guys running around some trying hard, some not, and you remember, oh yeah, these games are just exhibitions with a few moments of entertainment sprinkled around some …
Injecting Forward Passing Into Liverpool's Midfield

Injecting Forward Passing Into Liverpool's Midfield

In his first ever press conference as Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was asked about the style of play we should expect to see the team play during his tenure, ‘Umschaltspiel’, he replied. This is a German footballing term but it roughly translates to ‘shift game’, which essentially means ‘transition game’ in England. Two full seasons later, it’s safe to say that Liverpool is now a side that thrives on exploiting moments in transition using speed, energy and the ability to …
Sturridge and Lallana - What Next?

Sturridge and Lallana - What Next?

A lot has been made in pre-season of the form of Daniel Sturridge, who has played very well and made a good impact. Once again, we’re in July and Sturridge is still, now at the age of 28, a Liverpool player, despite almost constant speculation about his future at the club for the last three years under Jürgen Klopp. Meanwhile, Adam Lallana is looking to get a full pre-season under his belt as he looks to finally re-start his Liverpool …
Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Faux Forwards and False Expectations

Aside from the strange machinations of Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, otherwise known as Tite, we are all generally aware of the value of Roberto Firmino at this point. Brazil was boring with Jesus, boisterous with Bobby, and ultimately the exclusion of the Reds' frontman would prove to be their undoing. Back on Merseyside, Bobby Firmino has been lauded for his incredible all-around game in the middle of Liverpool's attack. He finishes his campaign with 30 goals and 14 assists in all …
Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

Has Klopp built a stronger back-up squad to the XI he inherited?

This summer's been a bit of a whirlwind, hasn't it? We've had the highs and lows of England's World Cup campaign, with ironic jeers of 'it's coming home' appearing more and more realistic as the Three Lions reached the semi-final. The dramatic use of VAR to keep pulses racing as modern technology enlarges its grip on football. The widespread appreciation of Jordan Henderson and his importance to the national side in Russia. I could go on. As far as the …
Harry Wilson Threatening to Find Another Level at Liverpool

Harry Wilson Threatening to Find Another Level at Liverpool

Saturday’s pre-season opener away to Chester was meant to be all about Naby Keita and Fabinho making their Liverpool debuts, but two others made the headlines. Daniel Sturridge showed us that there is enduring class in his boots, scoring twice before hinting on social media that his work at Anfield may not be done just yet. Harry Wilson also registered a well-taken brace as Liverpool romped to a 7-0 win and his all-around 45-minute performance was one that caught the …
Chelsea's Academy: The Gift that keeps on giving… to Liverpool

Chelsea's Academy: The Gift that keeps on giving… to Liverpool

Is it the red-headed stepchild, the rented mule, the red-headed mule…? Whatever analogy you choose, Liverpool keep going back window after window to raid Chelsea’s academy for standout stars anxious for first-team opportunities. The London club has been fantastic at recruiting and developing talent to a certain level and has, for all intents and purposes, a farm club in Vitesse that they can use to get players first-team appearances as a stepping stone to Stamford Bridge. On paper, the way …
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