How Klopp Has Made a Weapon of Versatility

How Klopp Has Made a Weapon of Versatility

“He is a brilliant player and I am happy that he can play…he has a defending brain and can do it in different positions, it’s good.”
Klopp said of Fabinho following his impressive performance at centre back against Brighton. It was a performance emblematic of Klopp’s plans coming to fruition. Indeed, if the Reds’ title challenge shows anything, it’s that long-term planning, with the right investment and right appointments, works. Philosophies, they work too. A sense of the …
Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Reds should restore seven-point lead at top

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview - Reds should restore seven-point lead at top

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Jonathan Moss Date & Time - Saturday, January 19th @ 15:00 Current Odds - Liverpool 4/25, Draw 13/2, Arsenal 12/1 Form Liverpool Form Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool got back to winning ways last Saturday at Brighton. Mohamed Salah was the hero, scoring the only goal of the game after winning the penalty himself, drawing Pascal Gross into a clumsy challenge in the box. Klopp hailed Liverpool's win at Brighton as one of the team's 'most mature' performances …
Ageism Is Working Against James Milner

Ageism Is Working Against James Milner

When a footballer hits 30, or at least in and around that age, something instantly changes in the way they are perceived by supporters. Every bad performance is suddenly due to their advancing years, every misplaced pass is because they’re not as young as they once were and they are used as target practice every time their side suffers defeat. Steven Gerrard even suffered from it, which says it all. This is something we are suddenly seeing come to the …
Brighton v Liverpool Preview - Potential banana skin on the coast for Reds

Brighton v Liverpool Preview - Potential banana skin on the coast for Reds

The Details Venue - Amex Stadium, Brighton Referee - Kevin Friend Date & Time - Saturday, January 12th @ 15:00 Current Odds - Brighton 8/1, Draw 9/2, Liverpool 3/10 Form Brighton Form After a three-game losing streak during December, Brighton are now undefeated in their last four matches in all competitions. Those games include an impressive win at Bournemouth in the FA Cup last weekend as well as taking four points from home games with Everton and Arsenal (1-0 and 1-1). Liverpool Form Liverpool …
Liverpool's Midfield - Still Not Consistent Enough

Liverpool's Midfield - Still Not Consistent Enough

Liverpool's unbeaten start in the league came to an end last week, which prompted old insecurities in the supporters. A lot of finger-pointing and scapegoating has taken place since. When the starting line-ups were announced there were only two ways it was going to go - the Reds don't lose, and nobody cares, or City beat us, and we all blame the midfield and Dejan Lovren. The Croatian is a topic for another day. I decided to look into how …
Liverpool 2018: The Coppack Awards

Liverpool 2018: The Coppack Awards

Look, this is a bit of a cheat. I’ll admit that. You see, your Anfield Index writers tend to pore over pages of data, argument and counter-argument before committing words to page or screen. That’s not to say that I don’t do the same, but the end of a year allows us to do something else—something which isn’t based on evidence but opinion. Spouting, if you will. Columnist friends tell me that you get one freebie like this every couple …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - This is the big one...

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - This is the big one...

The Details Venue - Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee - Anthony Taylor Date & Time - Thursday, January 3rd @ 20:00 Current Odds - Manchester City 26/25, Draw 14/5, Liverpool 13/5 Form Manchester City Form December proved to be a tough month for Manchester City as they suffered two league defeats in a row, at home to Crystal Palace and then away to Leicester City. City have only won two of their last five in all competitions, needing a penalty shootout to overcome Leicester City …
Scintillating Liverpool Are Sending Out A Statement

Scintillating Liverpool Are Sending Out A Statement

Well, that was something, wasn’t it? Liverpool clearly enjoy playing Arsenal, as Bobby Firmino turned the heat up to eleven, ably supported by Salah and Mané as ever, with Gini Wijnaldum – another player who always turns up to play Arsenal – dominating the midfield, as well as typically great performances from the likes of Robbo and VVD. In any case, Liverpool turned in an absolutely barnstorming display to see off Arsenal 5-1, a performance that evoked the best of …
Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool FC vs. Newcastle United FC; it's one of the most historic games in the Premier League, supposedly always meant to be a toe-to-toe, all-action, enigmatic thriller. Add in the magic of Boxing Day - a day which Liverpool have not lost a league match on for over twenty years - and the return of Rafael Benitez, and there was a recipe for something fantastic. Newcastle are not the force they once were though, and despite their manager, on a …
Fabinho and Henderson - an ideal midfield duo?

Fabinho and Henderson - an ideal midfield duo?

Fabinho's arrival on Merseyside was supposed to spell the end of Jordan Henderson as a Liverpool starter, despite the fact, the Liverpool No.14 retained the captaincy. However, the Brazilian's arrival might be what reignites the former Sunderland youngster's Liverpool career. The pair got the nod against Wolverhampton Wanderers, their first start as a two this season, and looked fairly dominant as the Reds extended their lead at the top of the table to four points. Up until that point, Jürgen Klopp …
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