How a Second Striker Can Help Liverpool Break Down Low Blocks

How a Second Striker Can Help Liverpool Break Down Low Blocks

With Liverpool having one of the most feared attacks in Europe for the past season, we are seeing more and more teams sit back and defend deep against us. Although the past season has seen us improve in the way we play against these type of sides there are still too many occasions when the team's patterns of play and types of attack become way too predictable. Games at home to Burnley and Manchester United and away to Newcastle and …
Liverpool 3-1 Torino - Player Ratings from the last pre-season friendly

Liverpool 3-1 Torino - Player Ratings from the last pre-season friendly

Liverpool beat Torino 3-1 at Anfield in the last game of their pre-season calendar, as Jurgen Klopp's men found it a little harder than it was against another Italian side at Dublin in the weekend. Fabinho missed an early penalty, but first-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum put the Reds in command before Andrea Belotti's header put the Italian side back in the game. Daniel Sturridge then scored late in the second half to seal the win for …
Is Michael Edwards as Important to LFC as Jurgen Klopp?

Is Michael Edwards as Important to LFC as Jurgen Klopp?

When Michael Edwards first came to the front of most Liverpool’s fans' minds was the summer of 2017, when Edwards’ tenure as Sporting Director exploded into life with the signing of Mo Salah, the first of many extraordinary signings that Edwards has secured as Liverpool’s chief transfer man. But of course, Edwards has been in the picture longer than that. He was announced as Sporting Director in November 2016 and played a pivotal role in the signing of Sadio Mané …
The Good and the Bad of Liverpool's Pre-Season

The Good and the Bad of Liverpool's Pre-Season

This summer was an important one for many Liverpool players vying for their futures at the club; Divock Origi had returned from a sub-par loan at Wolfsburg while Dominic Solanke's tally of one goal left him in a precarious position. Then there's the perennially injured Adam Lallana whose gone from guaranteed starter to a player left in the lurch with Liverpool progressing immensely in an attacking sense via a scintillating trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. With …
Liverpool and the Meaningless Friendlies

Liverpool and the Meaningless Friendlies

Many years ago in the days when he was a footballer rather than a TV host and the online taunter of phone hackers, Gary Lineker belittled the idea of a glorious pre-season goal. His view was that, given a finite number of goals in any striker’s career, you want your thirty yard volley to be in a vital match - maybe a semi-final or in injury time in a final. You don’t want it against Alfreton Town’s youth team in …
What to Expect From Xherdan Shaqiri - A Statistical Analysis

What to Expect From Xherdan Shaqiri - A Statistical Analysis

The dust is starting to settle again following Liverpool's signing of Shaqiri. The transfer came as somewhat of a surprise for many and thus it is not surprising that many questions still remain unanswered. What position will he play? What does he do? How will that work at Liverpool? What is so magical about this dwarf? [caption id="attachment_35549" align="aligncenter" width="508"] Well, that’s just brilliant. He thinks he is a mime too. Moving a fridge are ya Shaqiri?[/caption] Well before we …
Xherdan Shaqiri: A Multi-Faceted Low Risk, High Reward Buy

Xherdan Shaqiri: A Multi-Faceted Low Risk, High Reward Buy

With England now out of the World Cup and the impending realisation that football will in fact not be coming home, attentions will return to the summer transfer window with fans desperate for further incomings. Naby Keita and Fabinho drew widespread optimism amongst Liverpool fans, enhancing belief that Klopp can secure his first piece of silverware and mount a real challenge on the Premier League title. Shaqiri meanwhile, seems to have polarised opinions; a mixture of buoyancy and despondency, the …
Why Not Shaqiri?

Why Not Shaqiri?

Ever since Liverpool were first linked with Xherdan Shaqiri, I have found myself one of a large portion of Liverpool fans who were at once disappointed with and confused by the prospective signing of the Swiss international. Six years ago this would have been an exciting signing, with Shaqiri the prospect in high demand across Europe. Indeed, if the Liverpool of six years ago was here today, this might still be an exciting signing.  But it’s not summer 2012 and …
Prioritising the Market - Analysing Liverpool FC's Weaknesses

Prioritising the Market - Analysing Liverpool FC's Weaknesses

So there’s a consensus amongst Liverpool fans about which positions the club will look to – and must – strengthen this season. The five positions that need to be addressed – or at least considered – this summer were: goalkeeper, centre-back, defensive-midfield, attacking-midfield and back-up winger. Essentially, we’re looking to replace Karius, either upgrade on Lovren or provide another option to rotate with him, replace Emre Can, replace Phil Coutinho, and provide some support to Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino …
Fantasy Premier League Insight – Season So Far (Part 2)

Fantasy Premier League Insight – Season So Far (Part 2)

Season so far (Part 2) Welcome back to the season so far in the Fantasy Premier League! In this part, we'll look at the rest of the league... GW1 GW2 GW3 GW4 GW5 GW6 GW7 Manchester City W D W W W W W   Manchester City have proven why they are backed to win the Premier League this season. Excluding the draw with Everton and the narrow win against Bournemouth, City have been flawless with 22 goals in their 7 …
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