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 …
Liverpool 5 Hull 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 5 Hull 1: Player Ratings

After a dynamic one-off performance on the Match Ratings column (a la Moreno) from Sam McGuire in the midweek cup game, we are back to the usual dour, weekly match ratings piece (a la Milner) from yours truly. 9 goals in 2 games at home. Conceded 2 unnecessary goals at home. Clearly we are doing things the Liverpool way. Another breath-taking performance at home as Liverpool swatted away the challenge from Hull. There were worries pre-game if we would falter …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Chelsea

Observations from Liverpool's win against Chelsea

The Reds, as they so often tend to do, made hard work of what should've been a pretty straight forward situation. A hard fought 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge is something to savour, but had Liverpool maintained their concentration levels throughout it could've, and should've, been much more comfortable and I wouldn't have had to watch, rather awkwardly, with one eye closed for the final 25 minutes. But a win is a win and Liverpool have now taken 10 points …
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

A game of two halves if there ever was one, as the Tricky Reds displayed multiple facets of their game as Liverpool ground out another away win at Chelsea, the second on the bounce. Lets see how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6) - Wretched first half from Mignolet as he was his usual dithering self on the ball. He was flapping at the crosses and almost repeated the ignominy of carrying the ball beyond the touchline himself. It is quite …
Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Tough game expected under Friday night lights

Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview: Tough game expected under Friday night lights

Liverpool's seemingly endless run of tricky games continues on Friday, as they visit Chelsea in their fourth away game, fifth in total, of the Premier League season thus far. Seriously though, when are we going to get a nice run of fixtures? Soon, actually, ish. Once Chelsea are out of the way, it's Hull and Swansea before the easy task of Manchester United at home. So, plenty to look forward to, but all eyes now turn to Friday's clash. FORM …
Liverpool 4 - 1 Leicester City - Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 - 1 Leicester City - Tactical Analysis

The start of the 2016/17 season has been largely underwhelming for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and indeed for the clubs fans. A high octane start in the win at Arsenal was followed by a largely ineffectual performance against newly promoted Burnley. The last game before the international break saw Liverpool somewhat unfortunate to come away from a trip to Tottenham with only a 1-1 draw. Finally after the league has paused to catch its breath after the international break we …
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