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 …
Hit-And-Miss Wijnaldum The Epitome Of Liverpool’s Season

Hit-And-Miss Wijnaldum The Epitome Of Liverpool’s Season

It’s impossible not to like Gini Wijnaldum as a person. If you dislike him, I am firmly of the opinion that there is something fundamentally wrong with you.  That cheeky smile, fantastic team ethic and winning mentality all make him one of the most popular figures at Anfield, and rightly so. Whether he’s taking on nine-year-olds with Philippe Coutinho, nutmegging strangers in the middle of Liverpool city centre or showcasing his fantastic tactical awareness, he’s a class act. There can …
Wijnaldum A Better Fit For Liverpool Than Emre Can

Wijnaldum A Better Fit For Liverpool Than Emre Can

After a positive 1-1 draw with runaway leaders Chelsea, many thought Liverpool had turned a corner, putting their dismal January form behind them to kick on and fight for a top four spot. However, the predictability with which Liverpool slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Hull City marked a new low for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are in serious risk of their season fizzling out into nothing. Much of the pre-match talk was about the return of Adam Lallana, Sadio …
Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

Giorginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool's Gini in a Lamp

In recent seasons, I think Liverpool’s transfer dealings – signings mostly – have been pretty poo. From Balotelli and Benteke to Carroll and Markovic, there have been a number of expensive signings bought for their individual quality rather than as crucial cogs in a cohesive machine. I think the aforementioned are all talented players, but Markovic spent some of his time under Brendan Rodgers at right wing-back, and I’ve never really known Liverpool to succeed on the route one, cross-pumping …