Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Liverpool's New Tactical Shape Offers Opportunity To Lesser Seen Squad Members

Jurgen Klopp sprung a surprise in Liverpool's recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City at The Etihad. After Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League a few days prior to the clash with Pep Guardiola's team, speculation was rife that Klopp may drop Roberto Firmino, one of his key lieutenants, and retain Jota in the starting team. As it turned out, though, the German picked both Firmino and the Reds' new signing from Wolves as the Champions …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool's goalless draw against Everton back in June - the first game of the restarted league season - was an intriguing affair in which Everton posed a number of tactical questions to Liverpool, and was able to slow down the red juggernaut. With Ancelotti's coaching clearly making a difference to Everton's performance, this game had an exciting tactical dimension to it. Yet despite Everton's superb form leading into this game, it was one which Liverpool dominated, with a number of …
Unlucky Liverpool Still The Team To Beat

Unlucky Liverpool Still The Team To Beat

If it wasn't for bad luck, Liverpool would have no luck. After the 7-2 drubbing away to Aston Villa, the Reds produced an excellent performance in their 2-2 Merseyside Derby draw at Goodison Park. Despite not winning the game, the defending champions can be happy with the elements of the game -- control, passing, attacking -- the majority of which they impressed in. Beggaring belief, ALL the big refereeing calls went in the favor of Everton -- Jordan Pickford inexplicably …
Key Stats as Reds frustrated at Goodison Park

Key Stats as Reds frustrated at Goodison Park

Liverpool were frustrated at Goodison Park, as a late VAR decision ruled out Jordan Henderson’s winner. Sadio Mané and Mo Salah had previously given Liverpool the lead before equalisers from Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the Blues a point. But what were the key stats from the match? The Thiago effect Having played just 45 Premier League minutes for Liverpool before tonight, Thiago could be forgiven for being rusty. However, rusty is the opposite of how he looked, as …
Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Where do you even start with that one? Quite simply the single worst refereeing performance in the entire VAR era. Liverpool robbed of 3 points at Goodison Park after a truly abhorrent display from the officials. Not only that, but the vile behaviour of the Everton players throughout the game looks to have inflicted serious injuries on two of best players, Virgil van Dijk and Thiago. However, despite absolutely everything going in the Blues’ favour and with their best team in decades, our unbeaten …
Observations as Liverpool robbed against Everton

Observations as Liverpool robbed against Everton

Liverpool drew 2-2 at Goodison Park in a typically tempestuous and controversial Merseyside derby. Sadio Mané and Mo Salah twice gave Liverpool the lead, before goals from Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin snatched a point for the Blues. But it was two marginal offside decisions that decided the game, as Jordan Pickford avoided a red card and Jordan Henderson’s late winner was chalked off. Here are the observations from the game: Liverpool aren’t as good defensively without their two best …
Reds step up training regime as some senior players return ahead of Everton clash

Reds step up training regime as some senior players return ahead of Everton clash

Liverpool continued their preparations for their trip to top-of-the-table Everton in the early game this coming Saturday. Jürgen Klopp and his coaching staff were able to work closely with several senior members of the first-team squad who are not away on international duty. Some good news is that Thiago Alcântara, Joël Matip and Sadio Mané all returned to training after being unavailable for the last few weeks (Thiago and Mané had COVID-19 while Matip was injured). Mohamed Salah and veteran …
Fitness update on Liverpool squad ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby

Fitness update on Liverpool squad ahead of this weekend's Merseyside derby

Liverpool should have Thiago Alcântara and Sadio Mané available for selection for this Saturday's clash with Everton at Goodison Park. Jürgen Klopp may also be able to bring Jordan Henderson back into the starting lineup but Naby Keïta will miss out after an initial positive test while on international duty in recent days. Keïta tested positive while with the Guinea national team during this international break. As of Monday evening, he was in isolation and awaiting the results of a …
Thiago Return Could Help With Liverpool's Adrian Woes

Thiago Return Could Help With Liverpool's Adrian Woes

Let's face it, with the exceptions of Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah, no one came out of Liverpool's 7-2 mauling by Aston Villa with their reputations enhanced. Most of the social media scorn, however, has been directed at Adrian. The accident-prone Spanish goalkeeper played an unfortunate role in the first of Villa's avalanche of goals. Although Joe Gomez's positioning and communication could have been better, Adrian sold his team-mate down the river with an under-hit pass to the defender in …
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