Liverpool vs Swansea City Preview: Can Reds return to 2nd?

Liverpool vs Swansea City Preview: Can Reds return to 2nd?

Liverpool host Swansea City on Saturday looking for their first Premier League win of 2017, three weeks into it! Facing bottom of the table Swansea at Anfield is theoretically the best fixture that the Reds could have been handed this weekend, but there's always the worry of a slip up in this league. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Swansea City Venue: Anfield Referee: Kevin Friend Date: Saturday 21st January Time: 12:30 BST FORM With 21 games played so far, Liverpool have still only …
Did Coutinho pass the Centre-Midfield Audition?

Did Coutinho pass the Centre-Midfield Audition?

Philippe Coutinho in centre-midfield in a Jurgen Klopp side. It was an experiment many Liverpool fans had wanted to see for quite some time but it's unlikely many would have wanted the switch to happen under such circumstances. Adam Lallana, a player who was playing arguably his best football since signing for the Reds, limped off 20 minutes into the victory over Swansea with a groin injury. To the surprise of many Klopp opted to move Coutinho to a more withdrawn …
Observations from Liverpool's comeback win against Swansea

Observations from Liverpool's comeback win against Swansea

Four consecutive weekends now. That's how long Liverpool have resisted the urge to ruin my weekend. Life is good. I could get used to being able to watch Match of the Day safely in the knowledge we've taken 3 points away from our match. Not since 2013/14 have fans been afforded such a luxury and even then it wasn't so early on in the season. It's not like we're taking it for granted either, the win at the Liberty was …
Swansea 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Swansea 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Liverpool showed great character and resilience as they came back from a one goal deficit and a poor first-half performance to take all three points from the Liberty Stadium. Such wins show the mental toughness of the whole team, a trait which every champion team possess. This is how the Reds fared. Loris Karius (5) - Karius had far more action today than he did against Hull. His passing was not the greatest in the early part of the first-half as …
Liverpool and lessons from the past

Liverpool and lessons from the past

BOOM, BOOM! Was the sound we repeatedly heard from the mouth of Jurgen Klopp at Stamford Bridge following Jordan Henderson’s golazo this past weekend, and this has become a sound identifiable with that of Liverpool fans which signifies optimism one might say. Fans are excited (rightly so) by the start of the new Premier League season, as the Reds lie in 6th after a start that involved four away games, three trips to London and a game against the current …
Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles

Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles

After four points from the first two trips to London this season, Liverpool head back to the capital, this time to Stamford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side unbeaten in the league so far. Antonio Conte's men were in cruise control against Swansea on Sunday, but then pressed the self-destruct button, before Diego Costa rescued a point for them in South Wales. For Liverpool, it is about building some momentum and racking up as many points on the board …
Premier League Proven isn't always a negative

Premier League Proven isn't always a negative

The Transfer Window has been officially open for nearly a month now and Liverpool's two biggest signings have been players from within the Premier League. Both Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum arrived at Anfield for a combined £55 Million. Most Reds fans must have a strong feeling of deja-vu about such deals. Since Fenway Sports Group bought the club Liverpool have spent over £200 Million on Premier League proven players with varied success. Despite the questionable success of this tactic …
Europe and the League - Klopp's superb Juggling act

Europe and the League - Klopp's superb Juggling act

Liverpool's Premier League season petered out towards the end with all efforts going towards setting the players up to have the best chance possible of winning the Europa League. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp decided to field weakened sides in six of the last eight league fixtures, fully utilising the youngsters within the squad to enable the 'first teamers' longer breaks between games. Four wins, three draws and a single defeat isn't a bad return all things considered. It worked, to …
Emre Can, a risk worth taking?

Emre Can, a risk worth taking?

Less than a month ago, Liverpool had beaten Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in one of the most spectacular games in recent memory. Subsequently, Liverpool became favourites to win the Europa League and secure a Champions League spot, under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp. The following two league victories, against Bournemouth and Everton, led many to believe that Liverpool would coast their way through the remaining league games and Europa League semi-final matches without the injured Emre Can; but horrorshow displays against …
Prioritising the Europa League was the correct choice

Prioritising the Europa League was the correct choice

The last ten days haven't been Jurgen Klopp's most memorable as Liverpool manager. He saw his Reds throw away a 2-0 lead at home to Newcastle to draw 2-2, then had the misfortune of watching on as a series of individual errors undone what would've been an excellent European semi-final away draw and then to round off a miserable week relegation threatened Swansea dismantled a shadow Liverpool side securing a 3-1 victory. The frequency of fixtures coupled with injuries to several …
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