Aug 262016
 

After a tough week, Liverpool have the task of travelling to North London on Saturday lunchtime to take on Tottenham Hotspur in a difficult league encounter. This article looks that challenge, and how I see the game panning out. After the last league match, Liverpool need to put in a strong performance so fans can reinstall their trust in the league campaign. Some fans comments on social media after the Burnley game would have you believe that relegation was imminent. It was a very poor performance, but one thing we do know as Liverpool fans is the inconsistency of the side continue reading

Aug 212016
 
Klopp Toppled as Clarets Flow, But the Gloom is Too Soon

Embed from Getty Images Klopp off his head! This would be just one of the headlines were the papers run by certain Liverpool fans after the loss against Burnley on Saturday. Embed from Getty Images I’d like to say it was the minority of them but I’m really not that sure. Usually sane, patient fans reacted with unusually high levels of gloom after the Reds suffered a humiliating defeat against the newly promoted team. Not humiliating because of the scoreline but due to what seemed like an almost apathetic (or pathetic, take your pick) performance. Following the enthralling win over continue reading

Aug 202016
 

When it comes to Alberto Moreno, it seems that Liverpool fans either defend him or cannot wait for a new left back to be bought and move him on. Embed from Getty Images There are many players who split opinions among LFC fans, such as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana, but none seem to suffer the spiteful of comments that Moreno has been on the receiving end of. When Liverpool purchased the player in 2014 for a reported £12 million, I was pleased with the signing. I had seen Moreno play for Sevilla, and I liked continue reading

Aug 192016
 

After a fantastic entertaining opening game of the season for Liverpool, this piece looks at with the preferred formation of 4-3-3 in its simplest form. I ask the question: Is the current midfield balance correct to fit Liverpool’s strengths and weaknesses? On Sunday, Liverpool started with a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.  Henderson played as the deepest of the three, and in my view put in a decent performance. He used his athleticism to get him into positions to break up play, and he used the ball intelligently when in possession. Embed from Getty Images continue reading

Aug 132016
 
Liverpool's Unsigned Brands & The Klopp Factor

A recent episode of KopCast discussed the idea of marquee signings, and those players across the football world who are themselves as much of a brand as their clubs are. Zlatan, Götze World Cup Final Goalscorer™, Özil’s Face, Ronaldo’s 8-Pack, Neymar, Adebayo “The Beast” Akinfenwa. The big name signing is something which seems to regularly evade Liverpool, but it might be the case that the club just don’t go after this type of player. The podcast raised the idea that the biggest signing in the last few years has been non other that the manager, Jurgen Klopp. Embed from Getty Images It continue reading

Jul 292016
 
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 - Stateside Tactics

Liverpool began the stateside leg of their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in Pasedena, Los Angeles, California. Gary Cahil’s header from a Chelsea corner was the only goal of the game, and it harked back to LFC’s set piece troubles in recent seasons. Embed from Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s men continued with the 4-3-3 formation used during the majority of the pre-season games so far. Left sided defender Ragnar Klavan made his first appearance for the club, which meant captain for the day Dejan Lovren shifted to the right side of defence. Lovren had previously played on the continue reading

Jul 152016
 
Liverpool FC & The Jordan Henderson Dilemma

Summer always brings plenty of chatter around football – who goes, who stays, which player fell out with the manager, which manager lost the dressing room, etc. As Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tightened the information leaks coming directly from the club, there’s decidedly less hard gossip to talk about. One topic that has circled around the social globe recently, however, has not only sparked much debate, but has an immense impact on the future of the squad – the captaincy. Before we delve into this topic, a small disclaimer: while there doesn’t seem to be as much clout or continue reading

Jul 132016
 

The Euros are finally over, and if you haven’t given up on football out of sheer despair after watching Cristiano Ronaldo lift the trophy, then you’ll have realised that the transfer window has sparked into life. Whilst signings have been taking place since the football season ended, now’s the time things begin to get serious. And with some huge managerial names joining the Premier League this season, you can bet your bottom dollar that huge money will be exchanging hands for some of the most exciting players on the planet. Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte will join Jurgen continue reading

Jul 092016
 
Match Report & Tactics: Liverpool's 1-0 Friendly Win at Tranmere Rovers

Liverpool kicked off their first full season under the management of Jurgen Klopp with a friendly away to local side Tranmere Rovers. An impressive, surprisingly sharp display from Danny Ings was the highlight of the game, but there were plenty of encouraging signs from a few of the club’s academy players. Embed from Getty Images The German manager attended the game fresh from signing a new six year contract, and used 22 players during this training exercise against National League (5th tier) opposition. Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation surprised a few people, but this fairly simple system is one which is often continue reading

Jul 072016
 

Having not played a single minute of football at the European Championships in France, Emre Can was brought into the German side for their massive semi-final tie versus the hosts. The versatile Liverpool man, who’d spent much of last season in midfield under the management of his compatriot Jurgen Klopp, was listed as a defender when Germany submitted their squad prior to the tournament. For this game, however, Germany manager Joachim Loew called upon Can to provide a physical presence in midfield against France’s much talked about midfield duo. Both Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba have been linked with big continue reading