The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

It’s good to be a Liverpool supporter right now. The team is top of the table after the first matchweek, and the opener could not have gone any better. The additions in the summer appear to be spot on, and the team looks truly up for it this season. But it’s not 100% sunshine and rainbows for Liverpool at the moment as the club seems unable to go too long with some drama. While Salah’s multi-tasking driving skills may be …
Liverpool Need to Take Advantage of World Cup Hangovers

Liverpool Need to Take Advantage of World Cup Hangovers

The Premier League season starts in just a few days. And the spectre of the World Cup still hangs over the Premier League’s top six. This was a World Cup in which the Premier League’s top teams all had plenty of players not just participating but going the distance – and certain teams will benefit from that. Liverpool need to be one of the beneficiaries. It’s expected that Roberto Firmino and his Brazilian teammate Alisson Becker will start against West …
Jordan Henderson: Starter or Sub?

Jordan Henderson: Starter or Sub?

In the age of hot takes and constant critics, any player or team can divide opinion. So, when a player comes along who is given a central role at a big club but does not fit neatly into preconceived notions of what a star should do, then controversy instantly follows. Enter Jordan Henderson, Liverpool captain and England vice-captain. For experienced observers, Hendo’s game and quality aren’t that big of a mystery. For Liverpool fans, we know what he is at …
Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this and the World Cup is all but over. On the whole, it’s been a triumph. The home nation’s journey to the quarter-finals have made it interesting domestically – ever the hallmark of a good World Cup – and the introduction of VAR have kept all but the usual blowhard pundits happy. True, the majority of the big teams went out early, but that did little to reduce the intrigue of the fixtures. There …
Dejan Lovren: Immense Self-Belief or Just Unnecessary Hubris?

Dejan Lovren: Immense Self-Belief or Just Unnecessary Hubris?

"From my point of view, people said I had a difficult season but I don't agree. "I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League. Now with my national team, we are in the final. "I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense."
The mouth that Liverpool fans so dread has opened again. Only this time, it is a Croatian fan’s worry, not …
A Long and Red-Empty Summer

A Long and Red-Empty Summer

It’s only been four weeks since Liverpool lost the Champions League final, and yet I miss football. I miss Mo Salah and Sadio Mané and Bobby Firmino all playing together and not trudging through games for their international sides. I miss big Virgil bossing the defence. I miss the Scottish Roberto Carlos. I miss Liverpool. At first, you almost feel relieved. A weekend off. A chance to breathe. A few weeks of being able to plan your social life – …
A Bitter Sweet End To Salah's Season Will Fuel Hunger For 2018/19

A Bitter Sweet End To Salah's Season Will Fuel Hunger For 2018/19

A scintillating first season on Merseyside, Mohamed Salah stole the headlines in a record-breaking campaign that saw him secure the PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year as well as the lion's share of Liverpool POTM awards. With 41 goals to boast, the King, as he shall forever be known, beat Harry Kane to the illustrious Golden Boot. It's some trophy cabinet he's racked up. It's truly remarkable what Salah has achieved in such a …
Jordan Henderson's Progress And How It Might Be Halted

Jordan Henderson's Progress And How It Might Be Halted

After a commanding performance for his country, Jordan Henderson is finally beginning to get the level of recognition he deserves. Lining up as the midfield linchpin for his country, Henderson has been presented with an excellent opportunity to impress a significantly broader audience and dispel lasting, and indeed frustrating, misconceptions about his game. For many who don’t watch Liverpool on a weekly basis, Henderson is synonymous with mediocrity, inefficacy and, above all, his sideways passes. Those individuals tend to assume …
Liverpool and the World Cup - Pros and Cons

Liverpool and the World Cup - Pros and Cons

The World Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the sporting calendar. It’s the most popular sporting event in the world and is watched by hundreds of millions, if not billions worldwide. For many football fans, it’s the pinnacle of the sport and the pinnacle of sport in general. But for a lot of football fans, it’s not that. Many fans of club football have different priorities, especially in England where the national team are less fondly regarded and …
Patience As The World Cup Disrupts LFC's Spending Spree

Patience As The World Cup Disrupts LFC's Spending Spree

For Liverpool fans it’s an exciting if slightly impatient time. Naby Keita and Fabinho are set to join the club on the 1st of July, symbolising a complete restructure in the club’s midfield. Fans are still expecting upgrades in every position – defence, midfield and attack – with the possibility of an upgrade on Loris Karius also in the works. But the issue is that this year, the transfer window is shorter. The World Cup is underway, and the window closes …
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