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 …
Dominic Solanke Needs a Championship Season

Dominic Solanke Needs a Championship Season

Liverpool FC’s first signing of the 2017 summer window left many supporters scratching their heads. Rumours of major incomings were being tossed all over social media, which made sense given the momentum that Jürgen Klopp was able to generate following the 2016-2017 season. The Reds were able to finish top-four in the EPL and were guaranteed Champions League for the 2017-2018 campaign, hopes were high. When the announcement that the Reds first signing was Dominic Solanke, the then 19-year-old academy …
How Naby Keita could follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps at Liverpool

How Naby Keita could follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps at Liverpool

After 10 months and three days, Liverpool fans finally get the chance to see more and more of Naby Keita as he officially starts life as a Red. The combative Guinean international is today taking part in his first full day at Liverpool’s Melwood training facility along with the rest of the squad who are available to report to pre-season training. Fabinho, the second of two central midfield additions to the squad this summer, was alongside Keita in reporting for …
Jordan Henderson's Progress And How It Might Be Halted

Jordan Henderson's Progress And How It Might Be Halted

After a commanding performance for his country, Jordan Henderson is finally beginning to get the level of recognition he deserves. Lining up as the midfield linchpin for his country, Henderson has been presented with an excellent opportunity to impress a significantly broader audience and dispel lasting, and indeed frustrating, misconceptions about his game. For many who don’t watch Liverpool on a weekly basis, Henderson is synonymous with mediocrity, inefficacy and, above all, his sideways passes. Those individuals tend to assume …
Mascherano to Fabinho: The Long-Awaited Revival of the Defensive Midfielder

Mascherano to Fabinho: The Long-Awaited Revival of the Defensive Midfielder

Some players are real bastards of the game, plying their trade with the kind of snide and underhanded disregard of the rules that causes outright fury from opposition fans. (See Sergio Ramos for details). Yet, they’re also the type of player you desperately want in your team. A player who’d go the extra mile, commit the cynical foul and take the booking when the team needed it most. Those individuals are invaluable, doing the dirty side of the game to …
Trent Alexander-Arnold: The Rise of a Local Star

Trent Alexander-Arnold: The Rise of a Local Star

A local lad from West Derby, Trent Alexander-Arnold embodies the very spirit and culture of the city of Liverpool. Growing up within walking distance of Melwood, he would watch Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher through cracks in the wall. He knows the city, its people and its values: he just gets it. Since Gerrard and Carragher retired there’s been seldom home-grown lads making the grade at Anfield. Two players not just loved for their undoubted ability, every time …
Liverpool's Attack: From Down Right Disaster To Destructive In Just Three Years

Liverpool's Attack: From Down Right Disaster To Destructive In Just Three Years

Cast your minds back to the gloomy 2014/15 season in which Liverpool parted ways with the talismanic figure of Luis Suarez, replacing him with Rickie Lambert and the ever egotistical Mario Balotelli. From goals galore in 2013/14 to a troublesome goal drought the following season, Brendan Rodgers' side went from a team that could do no wrong to one devoid of attacking verve. The £16million move for Balotelli was a gamble that never paid off, with the forward scoring his …
Losing Phil Coutinho is Inevitable

Losing Phil Coutinho is Inevitable

“Liverpool will never progress if they keep selling their best players”. 
We’ve all heard this argument before. And on many levels, it has merit. How could you possibly hope to improve if you are forever losing your best player? How can you be strong when you are continually weakening your team? And what a weakening it would be, because to lose Phil Coutinho is to lose arguably the most gifted player in the Premier League. Sure, there will …
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 …
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