Klopp’s Reds: Built to last

Why Liverpool should not be too despondent this season, if they get near, yet so far to the title once again. After Manchester City's demolition job over a spineless Chelsea side last weekend, former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness declared that the Reds would have to win each and every one of their remaining games, if they were to beat City to the title this season. The fiery Scot may not ...

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Clyne and Solanke’s departures are another sign of Liverpool’s progress

Liverpool's transfer activity is underway in January with Dominic Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne both departing the club for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth.  The news of either player's exit shouldn't come as any great surprise to Liverpool fans as both players were trapped on the periphery of Jurgen Klopp's plans and struggling for game time. What we can take from their departures is yet more evidence of just how far the squad has ...

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The Winter Window: Liverpool Must Remember Past Errors

For the third time in the history of the Premier League, Liverpool managed to lead the rankings at Christmas.  The verdict is pretty unanimous that this current crop of Reds is the finest assembled since 1990.  The results have been superb and the performances increasingly impressive as Liverpool have remained unbeaten in the league. A seven point lead has got so many fans jumping for joy and daring to dream, however ...

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LFC Advent Calendar 22 – Emiliano Insua

There could be no worse time for a youngster to break in to the Liverpool first team than those turbulent years of 2009-2011. As the club went through trauma that so nearly crippled it, a host of players came and went leaving little or no mark. Stability and progress were miles off, and it’s of little surprise that some decent young players fell through the cracks. Emiliano Insua had emerged on ...

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LFC Advent Calendar 19 – Ryan Babel

Fewer Liverpool players encapsulate the maxim 'what might have been' better than Ryan Babel.  The man from Amsterdam arrived at Rafa Benitez’s juggernaut in 2007 for £11.5 million, after earning rave reviews in Europe. None other than Marko van Basten had made some, perhaps unhelpful, comparisons to Thierry Henry as Babel roared through the Eredivisie and into the Dutch National Team.  Not bad for a player who’d only been in the ...

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Match Winners

Just over a year ago, on the 21st of November, 2017, a second-half fightback from Sevilla stunned Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.  A breathtaking display of first-half attacking brilliance was undone by some absolutely mindless defending as Liverpool capitulated.  The draw that night in Andalucía had the all the hallmarks of everything that was wrong with Liverpool. Just a few weeks earlier, a 5-1 drubbing at Spurs ...

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Match Winners

Just over a year ago, on November 21, 2017, a second-half fight back from Sevilla stunned Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.  A breath taking display of first half attacking brilliance was undone by some absolutely mindless defending as Liverpool capitulated.  The draw that night in Andalucía had the all the hallmarks of everything that was wrong with Liverpool. Just a few weeks earlier, a 5-drubbing at ...

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Top Five Spanish Reds

The Rafalution in 2004 opened the doors to an influx of Spanish talent joining Liverpool’s ranks.  The boys from the Iberian Peninsula added to a memorable era between 2005 and 2009 when Rafa worked his magic to make us one of the continents finest clubs. Here’s a look at, and some appreciation for, the best Spanish players to wear El Rojo Famoso. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'PTgRdpOjTzFBH7iKKCj_lQ',sig:'E4Qqwn5SbNwSnuNZafQvFXVxCBtusinAyi-qGUDJV2U=',w:'594px',h:'400px',items:'77056649',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Alvaro Arbeloa ...

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Fear and groaning: Life at the Top for Liverpool

On 1st December, 2008, boos and jeers greeted Liverpool following a 0-0 draw with West Ham at Anfield. A chilly and frustrating night saw Liverpool held by yet another determined, average team to come to Merseyside and defend like A.C Milan circa 1990. Despite the draw, we still topped the league in December and were in good shape under Rafa Benitez, despite the corrosive influence of Gillet and Hicks. It wasn't ...

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Liverpool’s five worst bogey teams

In honour of all the spooky business going on today and of course, the ghost of Luis Garcia's goal, here is a look at the five teams that give Liverpool fans the wilies. Club's who aren't necessarily at the top of the football tree, but still capable of somehow inflicting pain and torture on our beloved club!  In no particular order, strap yourselves in for The Red's most feared bogey teams. Hull ...

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The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

Assessing where the likable Croatian stands this season.  There are fewer divisive defenders to represent the club than Dejan Lovren. Restored to the starting XI against Cardiff at the weekend, Lovren put in a wobbly display. A couple of times he put his colleagues under pressure with sloppy passes and he lost his man for Cardiff's goal. They may appear like minor issues in an otherwise comfortable romp at Anfield, but the bigger ...

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Harry Wilson: Why Klopp has to ignore the noise

It's been a whirlwind month for Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson. The highly rated Welsh International has been making spectacular headlines on some of the biggest stages. His top class free kick for Derby against Man United at Old Trafford stunned our fierce rivals in their League Cup exit. He subsequently followed that up with another pearler against Republic of Ireland in Dublin last week. Return These wonderful goals coupled with a few frustrating ...

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Liverpool’s Five Greatest African Players

Over the past two decades, players from the African continent have become increasingly important in the Premier League. Liverpool have their own, growing history of Africans at the club. They have made a telling contribution to the club's success on the pitch. It's now unlikely to see a Liverpool starting XI without an African import on the team sheet.  In recent years, we have been recruiting some of the continent's top ...

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Three Years with Klopp: Some Perspective

In football you are only ever a few negative results away from a crisis. According to some, Liverpool’s winless run of four games is a warning sign that things are not quite right. Panic buttons have been well and truly pressed as Liverpool failed to be at their creative, menacing best against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. While some of the comments are not inaccurate, the disregard for the progress seen ...

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Another little reminder for Liverpool

So Liverpool have come out of the other side of two showdowns with Chelsea in the same week.  No two English sides have faced each other more often in competition action since the turn of the century and once again the viewing public have not been left down. Liverpool have endured contrasting experiences in each game it’s fair to say. From the sour disappointment of a cup exit last Wednesday night, ...

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Sturridge’s Forgotten contribution

Last Tuesday night we were all treated to a glimpse of a player who was supposed to have been long gone by now. As PSG were expertly subdued at Anfield, Sturridge led our front line with real menace and hunger. It was the kind of performance we weren't expecting to see from him ever again. Injuries and progress had sadly left Daniel Sturridge struggling for a foot hold in the squad ...

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Liverpool’s Five Best South American Imports

Liverpool's investment in South American talent has been a bit hit and miss to be honest. However, it is fair to say, that when we have got it right the effects have been memorable and spectacular. With a combination of grit, flare, passion and real quality, the best products of that football mad continent have been almost tailor made for the Kop. Here's a look at five of our best imports. 5. ...

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Taking Care of Trent

Taking care of Trent:  Liverpool’s young gem is a talent that we cannot afford to squander We all enjoyed the video that emerged last week of Liverpool’s most talented youngster comfortably out classing his senior England colleagues in some training ground showboating.  The ease and confidence at which Trent was able to showcase his ability was yet another pleasant reminder of just how gifted and important he is to our future ...

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Out Muscled

On Saturday in the late summer warmth of the East Midlands, Liverpool did what all teams with title aspirations should do. Winning without playing at the top of your game is crucial, in previous years we've simply been incapable of doing it. However, encouragingly, Liverpool were able to grind out a win despite being in their opponents shadow for most of the match While the three points, Gomez and Alisson's antics ...

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Last chance already for Solanke?

If Sturridge came out guns blazing to impress Klopp and save his floundering Anfield career this summer, then the same cannot be said for his fellow forward Dominic Solanke. Sturridge showed that despite his ceaseless run of cruel injuries, he still has wonderful technical ability. His finishing remains sharp and he showed that there was actually something to salvage in his Reds career, just as it looked at it's natural end. By ...

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Custodians

On Thursday this week news broke that FSG had rejected an Abu Dhabi based consortium’s interest in purchasing Liverpool Football club.  The men behind the bid had connections with City’s owners; one of them was actually a cousin of Manchester City sugar daddy Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  The £2 billion bid would have been the largest sum ever paid for a football club and would likely have seen Liverpool ...

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Jurgen Klopp and the Modern Footballer

“I have often heard the theory that Shanks would not have been able to cope in an era when players earn £100,000 a week. I don’t agree. He knew how to handle footballers because it was in his blood” Ian Callaghan's words on the legendary man who built our club up from the ruin it had become is an intriguing insight in to the imposing Scot.  They are also relevant to ...

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Ragnar Klavan and the Underappreciated Reds Defenders

In a deal which Liverpool may come to regret at times this season, Ragnar Klavan has been allowed to join Italian outfit Cagliari for £2 million.  The Estonian was a solid deputy, offering capable cover and experience on the pitch whenever he was called on over the past two seasons.  Many of us assumed that would carry on regardless for in this campaign, however Klavan was apparently hungry for first ...

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Free Transfers: Liverpool’s mixed bag

Yet again Jimmy Milner had us all purring with another wonderful display, against West Ham last weekend. The evergreen veteran is showing no signs of age and his obvious desire to win and drag the club over the line means he has massively endeared himself to the fans and his manager. His free transfer from City in 2015 arrived at a time when supporting the club came with a prescription for anti-depressants. ...

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Joe’s Chance

Why Joe Gomez can maximise his chance as Liverpool's first choice centre-half With three of Liverpool's five senior central defenders laid off with injury, opportunity has finally extended its hand to Joe Gomez. After his apprentice years at full back, he now has the chance to establish himself as a regular starter along side Virgil Van Dijk. At least until the current crisis eases. It feels like Gomez is a lot older ...

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Extra Ingredients

Liverpool now have the talent to compete at the top, what they need is the know-how and that little bit of luck. Much has been made of Liverpool’s pursuit of the very best players in 2017 & 2018.  The signings of Salah, Van Dijk, Keita, Alisson and Fabinho are examples of a ground shift by the club.  Half measures and second rates transfers will no longer cut it with a manager ...

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