Jurgen Klopp and His Naby Keita Conundrum

Jurgen Klopp and His Naby Keita Conundrum

Naby Keita joined Liverpool with much fanfare in the summer of 2018. The Reds pursued the Guinean for the entirety of the summer of 2017, but with his club Red Bull Leipzig, reluctant to sell, a compromise was reached that the English club would pay a £10M premium and sign the midfielder the following summer. Given Keita's imperious two-season stint in the Bundesliga -- he also played Champions League football in his second season in Saxony -- it was easy …
The Thiago & Fabinho Partnership: The Midfield of Liverpool's Future

The Thiago & Fabinho Partnership: The Midfield of Liverpool's Future

Finally, for the first time since October, Fabinho played as a defensive midfielder in Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League last 16 win over Red Bull Leipzig. The Brazilian, who, due to the Reds' huge injury toll, had operated in the centre half role for the majority of the season. The 27-year-old mostly excelled in the heart of the defence, but he was sorely missed in the engine room. But with the signing of Ozan Kabak -- not to mention Ben Davies, …
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Observations as Fernandes downs improved Reds

Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Observations as Fernandes downs improved Reds

Defeat at Old Trafford, but at last reason to be optimistic. Going forward, Liverpool started to tick again. Having been benched in midweek, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino responded commendably. Salah was the finisher and Firmino the architect as the Reds scored twice at Old Trafford for the first time since 2014. This time, they were undone by defensive errors and an admittedly magnificent winning goal from Bruno Fernandes. But they travel to Spurs with something to build on. The …
Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

On Monday night the Champions travelled down to St Mary's to face a depleted Southampton side, who were without a number of key players, such as Alex McCarthy, Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams. The Saints lined up in a 4-4-2, in which they looked to press Liverpool's backline. Ralph Hassenhutl's team were also instructed to form a box around the deepest midfielder, Thiago, who would be pressed from all four players whenever he received the ball. As he passed the …
Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings as VAR drama denies Reds a derby win

Everton 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings as VAR drama denies Reds a derby win

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Everton at Goodison Park, after a dramatic final few minutes, which saw Jordan Henderson's would-be winner cancelled out by VAR for offside. Sadio Mane gave the Reds an early lead, which was soon pegged back by Michael Keane. Mo Salah put the Reds back in front in the second half, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin brought Everton back level for a second time. Mané set up Henderson for what would have been the winner, but Liverpool were denied …
Two New Signings, Two Statement Victories - September 2020, The Month That Was

Two New Signings, Two Statement Victories - September 2020, The Month That Was

THIAGO ... THIAGO ALCANTARA!!! The summer's most anticipated, or drawn out, depending on your point of view, transfer has been complete. News broke late of an evening that Liverpool had agreed a fee for Spanish midfield wizard Thiago Alcantara, and while we had long expected Thiago Thursday we instead got Thiago Friday. And fucking hell, it was fun. But before we start drooling over him again, let's go back to the start of the month. Liverpool got themselves ready for …
Thiago Could Have Lessons For Liverpool's Jones

Thiago Could Have Lessons For Liverpool's Jones

For an incalculable number of reasons, the signing of Thiago Alcantara is a huge boost for Liverpool. On the pitch, off the pitch, for dressing room morale and from a marketability viewpoint, the 29-year-old Spaniard could -- and should -- prove an extremely valuable acquisition for the Reds. But perhaps the biggest impact that the former FC Bayern midfield linchpin could have is on the young players in the English Champions' squad, especially the likes of Curtis Jones. Steven Gerrard, …
Why Thiago Could Be Liverpool's Robin van Persie

Why Thiago Could Be Liverpool's Robin van Persie

After losing the 2011-2012 Premier League title on goal difference to Manchester City, Manchester United looked to improve their firepower by signing Arsenal forward Robin van Persie. The acquisition of the Dutchman -- who arrived at Old Trafford for a fee of £22,500,000 -- proved to be inspired with the Red Devils romping home to the title the next season, scoring the most goals and finishing eleven points over their Manchester neighbours. Van Persie, who was 29 upon his arrival …
Why Lallana Role Could Offer Thiago Encouragement

Why Lallana Role Could Offer Thiago Encouragement

Jurgen Klopp sprang a surprise in the pre-season of 2018/2019 by using Adam Lallana as the deepest midfielder. Despite the fact the Reds manager hinted at it in the press, Liverpool fans had to pick their jaws off the floor when they saw Lallana -- an attacking midfielder for all his career to date -- lining up against Lyon as the deepest midfielder in a midfield three. Many saw it as a quirk of pre-season, as Klopp mirroring Rafael Benitez …