Why Virgil Van Dijk is better than Sergio Ramos

Why Virgil Van Dijk is better than Sergio Ramos

Twitter can be a strange place. In the past, it was a place to share opinions. Now the majority use it as a platform to ridicule them. Football Twitter has seeped into normal, everyday Twitter. People want to either trigger you or they stick on a mask and start looking for easy retweets and likes for the win. Because of this, and the FUT generation, there's a lot of revisionism. Goalposts are generally moved to suit agendas, arguments or narratives. …
Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

This is the second year in succession that I'm sitting down to ponder how Liverpool were beaten at the Stadio San Paolo, but the circumstances feel different. Last season, it was more or less a case of a wretched team performance, but on the whole the Reds turned in a decent display at this time, even if their attacking bluntness returned. They only had themselves to blame in 2018, yet this time around they can legitimately feel hard done by …
Reds Rue Referee Replay Refusal in Reversal

Reds Rue Referee Replay Refusal in Reversal

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

International breaks can often pose a challenge for teams on a winning streak, with an unnecessary interruption to the rhythm of the side. Against Newcastle, for the opening 15-20 minutes at least, it seemed that was the case. Newcastle opted to launch balls into the wide channels, and fight for second balls, but it was an uncharacteristic mistake by the Liverpool defensive line, in an attempt to play Newcastle offside, which was then followed by an individual mistake by Alexander-Arnold, …
Is Van Dijk the Premier League's best-ever centre-back?

Is Van Dijk the Premier League's best-ever centre-back?

Has a Liverpool player ever received as much endless praise over a sustained period than Virgil van Dijk? The Dutchman has been an almost godlike figure at Anfield from the moment he arrived in January 2018, powering home a header in front of the Kop on his debut, against Everton no less. Since then, Van Dijk has transformed a leaky defence that used to concede comical goals into one of Europe's most solid back-lines. With the 28-year-old in the team, …
Fabinho: Banishing Ghosts of Emre Can - And Then Some

Fabinho: Banishing Ghosts of Emre Can - And Then Some

When Emre Can was allowed to leave Liverpool to move to Juventus in 2018, many questioned whether Liverpool had made a mistake. The German midfielder allowed his contract to run down before inevitably joining Juventus on a free transfer, leaving many fans scratching their head as to the club's decision to let him go. However, fast forward a little over 12 months, and a man by the name of Fabinho has not only quashed the above scaremongering from Kopites, but …
Tactical Analysis: Van Dijk Shines as Reds Pass Turf Moore Test

Tactical Analysis: Van Dijk Shines as Reds Pass Turf Moore Test

The stage was set for Liverpool to drop their first points of their new campaign. No sooner had the referee ushered the ball towards the centre circle to kickstart proceedings, than Sean Dyche was seen gesticulating towards his players to kick the ball long towards the Liverpool defence. Why? Well, as Sean Dyche pointed out without any concern for subtlety, the sun was shining directly into the eyes of Liverpool's defence and keeper. The message was clear: hit early long …
Virgil van Dijk - The Game Changer

Virgil van Dijk - The Game Changer

I have to start the article with a disclaimer - English is not my native language and I fear my vocabulary will fail me in describing just how amazing Virgil van Dijk is. It is a task even Shakespeare might have found impossible if he had to create a sonnet about Liverpool's number four. The Dutchman was voted UEFA men's player (also defender) of the 2018/19 season and PFA player of the year after leading the Reds to number six …
Burnley 0 Liverpool 3: Four Things We Learned

Burnley 0 Liverpool 3: Four Things We Learned

Liverpool maintained their impeccable record for this season with a 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moore. The Reds have been dubbed as one of the favourites clubs to clinch the Premier League title this season, with several betting apps indicating huge odds for the Mersey side club. The win took Liverpool's winning streak in the league to 13. Jurgen Klopp appears to be etching his name in the history books despite having a side looking less stronger than teams …
Joel Matip's impressive start to 2019/20

Joel Matip's impressive start to 2019/20

Liverpool’s win over Arsenal last weekend included several star performers in Jurgen Klopp’s side. Mo Salah was back to his very best as he scored two goals – one of which will be a contender for Goal of the Month, even if Sky Sports’ commentary failed to provide suitable audio commentary to the goal. Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho all performed at the high standards we have come to expect over the last two seasons. Van Dijk was …
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