Are Liverpool Supporters Underrating Their Own Team?

Are Liverpool Supporters Underrating Their Own Team?

As Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired home Liverpool’s fifth goal against Swansea on Boxing Day, there was almost a flippant feeling of, “oh well, there’s another goal to add to the tally” from some. A 5-0 win in years gone by would have been lauded to the roof, but this has just become the norm under Jurgen Klopp. It no longer feels special to trounce a fellow top-flight club, or Champions League opposition, for that matter. We are all well aware of …
Liverpool's New-Found Squad Depth Paying Dividends

Liverpool's New-Found Squad Depth Paying Dividends

Since Liverpool stopped ruling English football in 1990, there are many reasons why a return to the summit of the game has continued to evade them. There have been dreadful signings, bemusing managerial appointments, unprofessional squads and rivals spending vast chunks of money, among many others factors. One of the Reds' greatest Achilles heels has been a lack of squad depth - something that has held back many of their best teams over the last quarter of a century. The …
Jurgen Klopp's

Jurgen Klopp's "defensive" tactical tweak

Coming off the back of that defensive implosion at Wembley, something had to change. Personnel, defensive set-up, a mixture of both, just something. Throughout the week there was talk of Klopp making sweeping changes to his back line, Karius in goal, Gomez at CB and Trent back in at right-back were all credible suggestions but all fairly unlikely. Despite an enforced late change with the injured Dejan Lovren being replaced by Ragnar Klavan it looked as though the Reds would …
Fantasy Premier League Insight: GW9 - City Flying

Fantasy Premier League Insight: GW9 - City Flying

With GW8 behind us, let's reflect on what transpired and MY WORD! what a game week. All the focus was on Anfield as two Juggernauts did battle; the match itself was a let down as it finished honours even. The games to follow produced some of the more unexpected results Man City once again showed us why they are pretty much nailed on for the title, smacking seven goals past Stoke City. Even with Aguero out, City assets just keep …
What do we expect to see of Jon Flanagan?

What do we expect to see of Jon Flanagan?

Once hailed the ‘Scouse Cafu’ for his solid season in 2013/14, in which he played Left Back for the majority of the season, Jon Flanagan now finds himself Liverpool’s fourth choice Right Back.  He earned himself a call-up to England’s World Cup team for his terrific campaign, albeit he only made an appearance coming off the bench in a warm-up friendly against Ecuador. Just how has he found himself become so low in the pecking order? Through no fault of …
Manchester City v Liverpool - Livin' it up at the Etihad?

Manchester City v Liverpool - Livin' it up at the Etihad?

The Details Venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee - Jonathan Moss Date & Time - Saturday, September 9th @ 12:30 BST So, the international break is over and ‘real’ football returns this Saturday. Liverpool kick the Premier League weekend off in the early game at Manchester City. This game has often turned out to be one of the more exciting Premier League fixtures in recent years and Saturday’s encounter promises more of the same. Form Both sides have seven points …
Selling Coutinho Hurts Liverpool's Rising Image

Selling Coutinho Hurts Liverpool's Rising Image

In January of 2013, when Liverpool announced the signing of a young Brazilian playmaker from Inter Milan, I read the article on my computer screen and said "Coutin-who?" I knew I'd heard the name, knew it had been associated with words like "flop" and "bust," and when I heard he had joined for around £8.5 million, I thought it was nearly ten mil in the bin. Oh my days was I wrong. The young Brazilian has since blossomed into one of …
How Will Liverpool Survive Early Fixture Congestion?

How Will Liverpool Survive Early Fixture Congestion?

Now that Liverpool’s Champions League qualification opponent has been drawn the club know they will have two matches against Hoffenheim slotted between their opening three Premier League weekends.  The Reds will have very little time to prepare, recover or to sign players before the international break on August 28th. Saturday, August 12th - Away - Watford Tuesday, August 15th - Away - Hoffenheim Saturday, August 19th - Home - Crystal Palace Wednesday, August 23rd - Home - Hoffenheim Sunday, August 27th - Home - Arsenal August 28th …
The Importance of Keeping Coutinho

The Importance of Keeping Coutinho

In recent years, Liverpool have acted too much like a small club in the transfer market. The club has developed a reputation for signing high potential players to eventually sell-on for higher fees once those players reach close to their maximum output. Since 2009, Liverpool have lost Xabi Alonso, Mascherano, Sterling, Torres and Luis Suarez for a total of around £235m after signing those players for around £72.2m. This may be considered by some to be good business, as Liverpool …
Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Liverpool's Two Ways To Build A Squad

Transfers in football often seem reasonably straightforward. Building a squad is easy - you just isolate areas in your squad where you need another player, either because you’re a player short or because your strongest player in that area is a weak link in the squad. Then... you buy a suitable player. But over the last few years, building a genuine squad has proved problematic for Liverpool. Partly because they’ve bought poorly, partly because there was a lot of deadwood …
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