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 …
Liverpool FC and the Perfect Storm of Misfortune

Liverpool FC and the Perfect Storm of Misfortune

There has never been a time when football fans have been more informed. The omnipotent connectivity of the internet provides access to supporters from all over the world daily information on the happenings of their club. Not only that, the prevalence of statistics websites -- such as FBRef -- means people are privy to a lot of data that would have been inaccessible to most people outside of the football industry. The quality of the discourse surrounding football has doubtlessly …
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

Excuse: a reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offence. For some bizarre reason, excuses are viewed as negatives these days. I don’t quite understand why given, per the definition, it is a justification as to why something has happened. Obviously, these truths can be embellished and this might why people seem to associate excuses with lies, but, ultimately, an excuse provides context.  Context is often overlooked in football. This is usually tied to stats, but general narratives …
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 Rodrigo De Paul

Why Liverpool Shouldn't Sign Rodrigo De Paul

Liverpool have been linked to innumerable players throughout the course of the transfer window. The spotlight of speculation has mostly focused on the defensive compartment after the serious injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. The uncertainty over Georginio Wijnaldum's future, however, has lead to several midfielders being linked to the Reds. Among the names most bandied about are Brighton and Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma and Lille's Renato Sanches and there is merit to the idea of acquiring …
Can we really criticise freakishly unlucky Liverpool?

Can we really criticise freakishly unlucky Liverpool?

Sour grapes. That's what any rival supporter will tell you. But it's not, is it? Liverpool started the season as reigning Premier League and world champions, as well as recently dethroned Champions League winners, looking primed for another dominant campaign. No key players departed, those below them in the table didn't look remotely scary and silverware appeared likely for the Reds again, whether it be domestically or in Europe. What has materialised in the last five months, however, has been …
Liverpool signing Ben Davies appears well-suited to “quarterback” role

Liverpool signing Ben Davies appears well-suited to “quarterback” role

After days of nothingness mainly made up of endless scrolling through Liverpool Twitter (presumably), Michael Edwards was evidently moved enough by fans’ pleas to leap into action with deadline day looming. With fears the team’s season was slipping further away with every new injury at the back and its knock-on effects through the rest of the team, Liverpool have signed Preston North End defender Ben Davies as part of their attempts to fill their once-gaping void at the centre-back position.  …
Stop Playing Thiago As The 6, Liverpool

Stop Playing Thiago As The 6, Liverpool

The medium to long term losses of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk and the continued inconsistencies in Joel Matip's fitness record doesn't only impact Liverpool in defence. Of course, regularly not having three defenders of that calibre is harmful to a team's prospects of keeping clean sheets. But it's the Reds' midfield that has borne the brunt of the defences injuries. Fabinho, who has excelled in the new role that he's learned on the hoof, has had to moonlight …
Liverpool & Their Horses For Courses Centre Halves

Liverpool & Their Horses For Courses Centre Halves

It looks as if Liverpool, barring a late plot twist, will stick with what they have in the centre half department of the team. After injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez -- both of which are serious enough to keep the duo out for most of the, if not all of, the season -- it was widely expected that the Reds would look to replenish their defensive stocks in the January transfer window. Whether there is a lack …
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