Set Piece Toothlessness Hindering Liverpool After Defensive Injury Nightmare

Set Piece Toothlessness Hindering Liverpool After Defensive Injury Nightmare

Liverpool's defensive injury crisis has hindered them in so many ways this season. Losing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip has obviously hamstrung the defending champions in defence, not that you would necessarily know it from the goals conceded column. The break glass in case of emergency defenders -- Fabinho and Jordan Henderson -- have coped admirably with their new tasks and Liverpool, on the whole, have been solid at the back. The 7-2 evisceration at Villa Park, …
Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign Ben White

Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign Ben White

After the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, it was inevitable that the names of several centre-halves would be bandied about and linked to Liverpool. Sven Botman, David Carmo, Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahim Konate have all been suggested as antidote's to the Reds' personnel shortage in the heart of their defence. Perhaps the name most regularly circulated in the media, though, is that of Brighton and Hove Albion's Ben White. According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, the …
How big of a loss has Virgil van Dijk been to Liverpool this season?

How big of a loss has Virgil van Dijk been to Liverpool this season?

It would be hard to deny that Liverpool’s season took a dramatic turn during their Merseyside derby clash with Everton in the Premier League back in October. There are a number of reasons as to why that fixture stands out in the memory of those that follow the Reds, and not for all the right reasons. The match ended up being drawn 2-2 however it was marred by a number of controversial decisions. Thiago Alcantara saw his start to life …
Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign David Alaba As A Centre Half

Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign David Alaba As A Centre Half

David Alaba has been linked to, among other clubs, Liverpool regularly recently. The Austrian defender is in the final six months of his contract with FC Bayern and can now negotiate with foreign clubs ahead of a possible free transfer in the summer. It was expected that Alaba, 28, would join Real Madrid but the Spanish giants -- who are also in negotiations to renew the contract of Sergio Ramos -- reputedly cannot pay the versatile defenders' €12M per annum …
Eder Militao: A Loan Option For Liverpool

Eder Militao: A Loan Option For Liverpool

Injuries to the defence have hampered Liverpool so far this season, even if it has barely shown on the respective Premier League and Champions League tables. An injury sustained by Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby was the beginning of a run of rotten luck with injuries that is unprecedented in its scale in the club's modern history. Joe Gomez joined van Dijk on the sidelines -- where the likelihood is both will spend the majority of the, if …
Sven Botman: The ideal centre-back for Liverpool?

Sven Botman: The ideal centre-back for Liverpool?

Lille tend to be shrewd operators in the transfer market, especially when it comes to selling. Yet the feeling was they’d allowed Gabriel Magalhães to leave the club for a knockdown price having only pocketed £27million for the in-demand centre-back. Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton had all been linked with the Brazilian but it was Arsenal who stumped up the money to bring him to England. What many didn’t realise at the time was the Ligue 1 side had already signed an …
Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Gambling, by its very nature, doesn't always come off. There can be no debate that Liverpool -- after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg -- gambled when they didn't sign a centre half last summer. Instead, the Reds pushed the boat out to sign Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern and planned on using Fabinho as their fourth choice centre half. Now, with long term injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez that strategy looks shortsighted, …
Ultimate test of Van Dijk-less Liverpool arrives at Man City

Ultimate test of Van Dijk-less Liverpool arrives at Man City

Can you think of a more high-profile, damaging injury to a Liverpool player than Virgil van Dijk's at Everton? I'm not sure there has ever been one that has had the potential to define an entire season like Van Dijk's, such is his colossal stature at the club. Having had him available throughout almost all of his nearly-three-year stay at Anfield, we now have the horrible prospect of not seeing him in a Liverpool shirt again for almost a year. …
Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips was picked as the man of the match award in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday last. The performance -- and individual plaudits -- represents somewhat of a redemption for the 23-year old centre-half. With 12 Championship clubs chasing the Bolton natives’ signature in the summer, Phillips -- who had been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield -- saw the writing on the wall for his Liverpool career. However, a move never materialized -- with Swansea …
Thiago And Passenaccio Approach Could Help Ease Liverpool Defensive

Thiago And Passenaccio Approach Could Help Ease Liverpool Defensive

Despite remaining undefeated, with a record of three wins and a draw -- the tie coming courtesy of some of the worst officiating you will ever see, even with the leg up of video evidence -- October feels like a cursed month for Liverpool. The defensive compartment of Jurgen Klopp's team, in particular, were flooded in misfortune. Virgil van Dijk, the Reds' talismanic Totum of backline dominance, was injured by a horrifically reckless challenge by Everton's Jordan Pickford. The Champions …
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