Liverpool’s Search For The Second Shaqiri

Liverpool’s Search For The Second Shaqiri

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool opted to trigger the £13.5m relegation release clause in Xherdan Shaqiri’s Stoke City contract in July 2018. The Swiss winger had long been linked with Liverpool, from his Basel days throughout his stints at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, so the Reds’ interest in the player may not have been surprising. The question posed by many, however, was whether Shaqiri, the man, would have the correct character and attitude to play second fiddle to Liverpool’s …
Liverpool Player Ratings: End of Season Edition - Part Two

Liverpool Player Ratings: End of Season Edition - Part Two

Here we go again, back for part two as I conclude my player ratings for Liverpool's season. You can find part one here, whilst Anfield Index Pro subscribers can find Adam, Tom and I guided by the lovely Kay as we join together for a Rate, Don't Hate, end of season special two-parter. Virgil van Dijk was, unsurprisingly, the high scorer in part one of these ratings, but will anyone else achieve a perfect ten as we delve into the …
The key areas Klopp will strengthen in the transfer window

The key areas Klopp will strengthen in the transfer window

Alas, it's here: silly season. The transfer rumour mill is in full swing and the window hasn't even been open for a week. It will undoubtedly be another crucial window for Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool, as they look to cement their place as contenders to Manchester City's Premier League throne. Rumours are already rife about who will and won't be joining the Reds over the coming weeks, and whether it will or won't be a busy window again this year. …
With possibly six games to go this season, do we know Liverpool's best midfield trio?

With possibly six games to go this season, do we know Liverpool's best midfield trio?

As Liverpool's season reaches boiling point, Jurgen Klopp has some big, big decisions to make regarding the midfield heartbeat of The Reds' team for the remaining games. Not counting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who is still recovering after a year out due to a horrific knee injury - Liverpool have seven midfielders to choose from for their Premier League and Champions League run-ins. The seven midfielders available to Herr Klopp are Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, James Milner, Adam …
No More Conservative Midfields for Liverpool

No More Conservative Midfields for Liverpool

This title race is killing you, admit it. All the times Liverpool were buried in sixth, meagre and irrelevant seem like the golden days of old compared to the ninety-minute-long heart attack Liverpool fans are forced to endure on a weekly – sometimes bi-weekly – basis. Bring Hodgson back, for God’s sake. Seeing as that’s unlikely, and seeing as Liverpool are firmly stuck in a title race in which they have to make up the ground, the nerves have manifested …
What's going on with Xherdan Shaqiri?

What's going on with Xherdan Shaqiri?

Many thought he was almost certain to start against Fulham on Sunday, but when Adam Lallana was included in Klopp's starting XI, the recent whispers around what is going on with Xherdan Shaqiri grew just that little bit louder. The Alpine Messi was not so long ago enjoying his best spell since joining Liverpool in the summer, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 11 games over the winter period, but his form then seemed to drop and his …
Observations as Liverpool Show Tenacity to Dismiss Talk of Losing Their Bottle

Observations as Liverpool Show Tenacity to Dismiss Talk of Losing Their Bottle

Liverpool ensured they remain hot on the tails of title rivals Manchester City with a 4-2 win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon. Despite the blistering conditions, the wind wouldn’t impede Jurgen Klopp’s side this time out, with braces from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino enough to overturn the early deficit. Indeed, it was hardly the best start for the Reds, with another contentious refereeing decision threatening to deliver a potentially pivotal twist in the title race. A day after Raheem …
Klopp's PlayStation Midfield

Klopp's PlayStation Midfield

You know, I’d already got this article in my brain long before I saw this tweet from Michael Caley, the brain behind Caley Graphics xG maps. Caley is a brilliant football analyst and the insight that he offers in this tweet backs up other data that I’ve seen in other places, but the simple fact is as follows. Nevertheless, before I get into some of that data, I want to outline the point of this article. Klopp has been tinkering …
Everton 0-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Everton 0-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

A goalless draw at Old Trafford last weekend meant Liverpool's once-comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League table had been whittled down to nothing. They no longer had any margin for error. But it was a case of mistakes aplenty in the Merseyside Derby, and now the title race is out of their hands. The Reds preserved their 17th clean sheet with relative ease, but paid for a lack of creativity and, most of all, composure. In truth, …
Bargain Basement Buys That Liverpool could go for this Summer

Bargain Basement Buys That Liverpool could go for this Summer

It's no secret that the foundation of Liverpool’s recent success has been their excellent transfer business. Prior to the capture of Virgil Van Dijk for a world record transfer fee for a defender and the following summer spending spree which saw four new faces walk through the Shankly gates, Michael Edwards and co conducted much savvier business via calculated risks including the now irreplaceable Mo Salah. The Egyptian king’s value has skyrocketed to such an extent since his arrival at …
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