Liverpool 2 Spurs 1 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Spurs 1 - Player Ratings

The last cup-tie we had, the player ratings piece here was different. Tonight, Sam McGuire is not on duty, and I am going to leave the novelties to him. In truth, it was a stunning game at Anfield. The fringe players responded to Jurgen Klopp's decision to put his faith in them by turning in a complete performance against a Spurs side who had also made similar changes for the game. Two Daniel Sturridge goals meant that Liverpool now only have …
Liverpool's Christmas Period Preview: Fixtures, youngsters, and fitness

Liverpool's Christmas Period Preview: Fixtures, youngsters, and fitness

It’s approaching that time of year again everybody. While it may only be the end of October, many Liverpool fans are starting to turn their gaze forward towards next month’s fixtures, as well as the dreaded Christmas period. In fairness though, there are quite a lot of mouth-watering fixtures to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. Following a start to the season featuring fixtures away at Chelsea, away at Arsenal, away at Spurs, and United at Anfield, Jurgen …
Player Ratings: Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

This was the fixture which many fans believe changed the momentum for Liverpool under Klopp last season. Liverpool 'celebrated' a late equaliser last time around, but today a point would not have been celebrated. It was heartening that Liverpool put in a dominant performance and deserved the full three points. This is how the Reds fared: Loris Karius (7.5)  Loris Karius began brightly, looking assured both with his kicking and catching. He made an excellent diagonal pass to Milner early …
Liverpool have Squad Depth to Cover for Injuries

Liverpool have Squad Depth to Cover for Injuries

Injury is a word I thoroughly hate, especially if it concerns a Liverpool player. We’ve been down this road before, particularly last season where we could field quite a strong lineup with the number of injuries the Liverpool squad had absorbed. We missed key players who were unavailable for very important fixtures, Mamadou Sakho walking off the pitch at Wembley during the Capital One Cup Final against Manchester City last season as an example. Once again, two months down the …
Klopp's Squad Changes Analysed - What a Difference a Year Makes

Klopp's Squad Changes Analysed - What a Difference a Year Makes

It's flown by hasn't it? Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manager doesn't seem like it was a year ago. Everything about him at the club still feels fresh and new but at the same time it feels like he's part of the furniture. It's testament to the man that he's managed to come in and change so much in such a short space of time. It's genuinely scary to think that if history repeats itself Klopp will only be here, at Anfield, …
Observations from Liverpool's comeback win against Swansea

Observations from Liverpool's comeback win against Swansea

Four consecutive weekends now. That's how long Liverpool have resisted the urge to ruin my weekend. Life is good. I could get used to being able to watch Match of the Day safely in the knowledge we've taken 3 points away from our match. Not since 2013/14 have fans been afforded such a luxury and even then it wasn't so early on in the season. It's not like we're taking it for granted either, the win at the Liberty was …
Swansea 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Swansea 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Liverpool showed great character and resilience as they came back from a one goal deficit and a poor first-half performance to take all three points from the Liberty Stadium. Such wins show the mental toughness of the whole team, a trait which every champion team possess. This is how the Reds fared. Loris Karius (5) - Karius had far more action today than he did against Hull. His passing was not the greatest in the early part of the first-half as …
Could Klopp use Emre Can in a Centre-Back Role?

Could Klopp use Emre Can in a Centre-Back Role?

Jurgen Klopp has shown just how ruthless he can be this season with squad selection when he dropped Belgian 'keeper Simon Mignolet in favour of Loris Karius for the match against Hull City. While the general consensus seemed to be Mignolet was on borrowed time after a series of errors last season and he was only starting this season because of the injury Karius picked up in pre-season it was still a bit of a 'wow' moment when the team …
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 …
It's Not How Much You Spend - But How Wise You Spend

It's Not How Much You Spend - But How Wise You Spend

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Michy Batshuayi, Granit Xhaka, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are among the names that are highly known across Europe for their quality, talent, and hefty price tag and/or wages, and they all have one thing in common with each other – they’re not currently associated with Liverpool Football Club. Jurgen Klopp clearly envisioned a plan in this previous transfer window, and while we aren’t privy to some of his ideas, the plan was in …
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