Bissouma reaction: Some Liverpool fans will never learn

Bissouma reaction: Some Liverpool fans will never learn

If you're expecting a memorable summer in the transfer market at Liverpool, you're in for a horrible shock. Unfortunately, this isn't FIFA or Football Manager, so the Reds won't be splashing an endless stream of cash, as Jurgen Klopp's men look to bounce back from this most dispiriting of seasons. Given the impact that COVID-19 has had on football, and the fact that Liverpool are highly unlikely to be in the Champions League next year, some perspective is needed. It's …
Virgil Van Dijk's impact on Liverpool

Virgil Van Dijk's impact on Liverpool

When Liverpool paid a club-record £75million to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield, they hadn’t conceded fewer than 40 Premier League goals in a single season since 2009/10. On a couple of occasions, they’d even conceded 50.  To challenge for a place in the top four, teams generally had to finish with a goal difference of around +30. It is obviously a bit more complex, but if you look back over the years, that, more often than not, seems to …
Two Liverpool defenders step up rehabilitation from long-term injuries

Two Liverpool defenders step up rehabilitation from long-term injuries

Liverpool defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez continued their rehabilitation from long-term injuries at the AXA Training Centre this week. The official club site posted some pictures that should be hugely encouraging to Reds fans as we look forward to next season. Van Dijk and Gomez can be seen doing some light running and work with the ball in those photographs. The scars of the surgeries Gomez has undergone can be seen. The 23-year-old defender has suffered a fractured …

"Nobody should force that and nobody will" - Klopp gives his take on Virgil van Dijk's potential availability for the Euros this summer

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp insists that Virgil van Dijk's return from serious injury should not be rushed in any way this summer. Van Dijk has been out injured since Jordan Pickford's horror challenge on the defender in the Merseyside derby back in October. The Dutch international defender is now back doing some light jogging and will continue his rehabilitation over the coming months. Klopp was recently quizzed on Van Dijk's potential availability to play for the Netherlands in this summer's …
Liverpool Need To Address Lack of Height In Summer Window

Liverpool Need To Address Lack of Height In Summer Window

With so many defensive injuries, Liverpool's season has really suffered. It'll take no level of footballing comprehension to know that without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip for most of the season the Reds have suffered in a defensive sense. But so many absences in their back-line has hurt the Anfield club elsewhere. Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson -- the team's creative hubs -- have had to cut their attacking wings and play in a more reserved …
Virgil & The Reds' System

Virgil & The Reds' System

Virgil, Joe Gomez & Joel Matip represent a core defensive unit of players that have for the most part been unavailable this season. The ramifications of not signing a Dejan Lovren replacement, in the form of Wesley Fofana or an earlier acquisition of Kabak to add required depth now looks foolish. The system, the counter press, the personnel stripped from midfield to assist the back line and the utter disruption have left the reds often toothless since mid December. A …
Why Liverpool need Konate and Kabak

Why Liverpool need Konate and Kabak

Liverpool went from having no centre-backs to potentially having an abundance of them. Per The Athletic, the Reds are in advanced negotiations to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. If all goes to plan, he’ll be the eighth senior centre-back within the squad.   Granted, injuries have deprived Jurgen Klopp of his first-choice centre-back options this season, Liverpool do have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ozan Kabak, Ben Davies, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams on their books. Fabinho also …
No Champions League football could be blessing in disguise

No Champions League football could be blessing in disguise

It feels ridiculous even contemplating starting this article in all honesty. The reigning champions left licking their wounds as they limp through what has been nothing short of a horror show. Now, instead of what we all thought would be a season where Liverpool would make a stern defence of the trophy that had alluded them for 30 years. Instead, it's turned into a battle against the tide and the odds to even secure a top four finish. Things just …
Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's Underestimated Leader

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool's Underestimated Leader

Leadership comes in many forms. When you mention the word in the context of Liverpool, several names come to mind. Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Virgil van Dijk -- three of the four members of the first team's leadership group, along with Georginio Wijnaldum -- are all associated with being leaders, whether that's through their vocal presence or by virtue of their respect-commanding aura. A name you seldom hear mentioned when it comes to leaders in the Reds' squad is …
Liverpool's 'crisis' merits criticism but not an overreaction

Liverpool's 'crisis' merits criticism but not an overreaction

So apparently football really does determine your mood. After an awful run of results for Liverpool, they roared back on Tuesday night, making a formidable RB Leipzig side look as average as a mid-table Premier League side. That weight was instantly lifted, whether it be for Jurgen Klopp, his players or the supporters, as the Reds produced a performance that suggests they are back. Alisson responded well after a shocking couple of games; Trent Alexander-Arnold was influential; Ozan Kabak and …
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