Simon Mignolet: Top Four Hero?

Of all of the names that potentially carry Liverpool to Champions League qualification, Simon Mignolet would have been nowhere most peoples’ lists. The Belgian international goalkeeper is criticised regularly for the high frequency of his errors, and it would be fair (yet harsh) to state that the only reason hs is even in the team currently is because the man brought in to replace him, German Loris Karius, proved to be ...

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WBA 0 – 1 Liverpool: Match Reports & Player Ratings

 Round 33 of the 2016/17 Premier League season saw Liverpool play West Brom at the Hawthorns. Match Report For this game, Jurgen Klopp abandoned his three-at-the-back experiment from the previous match and went back to his usual 4-3-3. Simon Mignolet was in goal, Nathaniel Clyne (right) and James Milner (left) flanked Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren at the back. Lucas Leiva anchored the midfield completed by Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum. Philippe Coutinho ...

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Tracking Julian Brandt: Story so far…

Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt is a wanted man. ESPN FC talks to those who know him ahead of a potential summer bidding battle involving Liverpool. As a 5-year-old, Julian Brandt was more interested in picking the daisies off playing fields in Bremen, finding himself distracted in his first few training sessions. But his priorities quickly changed. Brandt began his football career at SC Borgeld -- an amateur team in his home city ...

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Why Sadio Mane is so important to Liverpool

By Andrew Beasley https://twitter.com/BassTunedToRed Last week’s news that Sadio Mane will miss the rest of the season left many fearing that Liverpool’s top four hopes would fade without their top scorer. Andrew Beasley crunches the numbers on what exactly the Senegal winger has provided this season.     The Reds hadn’t won any of the league matches that he had missed entirely this season, after drawing with Man United and Bournemouth, and losing to Burnley ...

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Cup of Joe: How Peter Moore Could Realign Liverpool

You know, I really don't have much time these days juggling my normal work with the day-to-day running of the site, posting up stories, constant promotion on Twitter to bring in awareness and new visitors, making snazzy promo videos, hosting and editing The FOARcast and participating in our Comments section...to squeeze in writing a new article.   But reading this article about Peter Moore, the new Liverpool CEO titled: Peter Moore Talks Leaving ...

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From looking certain to fail, Liverpool now seem destined to succeed

In one of this season’s strangest managerial instructions, Jurgen Klopp’s message to his players before they faced Stoke City was that they needed to “forget they have to play like Liverpool.”   As odd as that order was, his team carried it out to the letter for 45 minutes before realising that they had taken his directive far too literally. By changing their mindset and their approach, Liverpool also turned the result ...

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Stoke City 1 – 2 Liverpool: Match Report

Just three days after the midweek disappointment, the Reds were in action again, away to Stoke City, playing their 32nd league game of the season. Without Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, with Roberto Firmino judged to be fatigued and Philippe Coutinho just coming back from illness, Klopp picked a rather unusual lineup, arranged in a 3-5-2:   Matip was in the centre of defence flanked by Lovren and Klavan, the trio of ...

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Lineup For Stoke

Written by: Under normal circumstances the only time Alberto Moreno should be the answer to a question is when it’s “which Liverpool player in 15/16 on realising the referee hadn’t noticed he had fouled a Norwich player in the box, decided to help him out and pushed him over again?” These are not normal circumstances. Jordan Henderson is not yet fit, Adam Lallana is not yet fit, Phillip Coutinho is ill, Sadio ...

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Should Liverpool use Sakho as bait to sign Virgil van Dijk?

Phil Thompson wants to see Liverpool use Mamadou Sakho as bait to help sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer. Sakho hasn't played for the Reds for 12 months and was loaned out to Crystal Palace in January, where he has impressed, and Anfield officials are hopeful of recouping as much as £30m for the centre-back. Sakho has won all four of his Palace games since joining Sam Allardyce's side and ...

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Liverpool 2 – 2 Bournemouth: Match Report & Player Ratings

Round 31 of this season’s Premier League handed Liverpool the chance of paying Bournemouth back for what the Reds had suffered at the hands of Eddie Howe’s team at the beginning of December. It was also an opportunity for the Reds to improve their chances of Champions League qualification for the next season, considering the other fixtures of this round. With Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all unavailable, Jurgen Klopp ...

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Your lineup for Bournemouth?

Assumptions: Emre Can recovers from his full body bruise and is able to participate - http://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/news/can-has-a-full-body-bruise-reveals-klopp Matip recovers from a niggly back injury complaint - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/matip-klopp-can-liverpool-injury-12845688 Sturridge is fit but not match fit to start Little messing around as possible from the previous game If Coutinho is back in form, then Firmino will also be back in the goals - Samba Boys Theory! Divock is saying and doing all the things which signify some ...

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Can Liverpool Hobble Over The Finish Line And Grab A Top Four Spot?

Last weekend felt like the hump. If Liverpool could just get out of that Everton match with three points and no big injuries, they could finally breathe easy, knowing that the remainder of their schedule was weak and well-spaced enough to form a clear path to the top four and a Champions League spot, a fine result given how fiercely competitive the Premier League has been this season. Liverpool did ...

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British managers are overrated by English clubs – and the stats back it up

Forget what pundits say: foreign managers do better in across all four divisions of English football – even though clubs seem to hold them to higher standards What does he know about the Premier League?” Two decades on from Arsène Wenger’s arrival from Japan it remains a sneer posed as a question whenever an unknown overseas manager comes to England. Paul Merson and Phil Thompson’s visceral reaction to Marco Silva becoming ...

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How Liverpool struggled to get the best of Lazar Markovic

After three appearances in the IBWM100 from 2012-14, Lazar Markovic has struggled to cut it on the big stage Considering all the recent talk about Liverpool’s inability to sign a forward player in January, it’s a surprise that one such completed move almost went under the radar. Lazar Marković, still a Liverpool player, had his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon cut short, and returned to his parent club. He was back ...

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The Rise & Fall & Rise of Iago Aspas 

Iago Aspas' time in England isn't remembered too fondly by Liverpool fans, but in Galicia he is very much a local hero. The Celta Vigo striker speaks to Sky Sports about his time at Anfield, playing with "spectacular" Luis Suarez, saving Celta as a teenager, and returning to play in his "house" years later... When a young player leaves his boyhood club for the bright lights of one of Europe's elite ...

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Ronnie Moran would have loved some marking

Ronnie Moran, whose life and work were celebrated at Anfield on Saturday, was part of a management team which obsessed about fixing weaknesses and hated to talk about winning, so it is reasonable to reflect on what there was to worry about in the victory which extends Everton’s winless run at Anfield to 18 years. Jurgen Klopp was surprisingly frank about the problem. Set-pieces were “still a question for us to ...

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Liverpool’s perilous top-four mission

It was a curiously blasé mood around Anfield at the end of Jurgen Klopp’s third consecutive Merseyside derby win, appreciative applause rather than hysteria ushering the victors from the pitch. Perhaps it was the sheer predictability of it. Yet again Liverpool were warned the neighbours were coming to bully them on their own turf. Yet again it never materialised. Everton landed a few bruises - a couple of Liverpool players threatened to ...

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Coutinho schools Barkley

"One player was in control and knew exactly what he was doing; the other was Ross Barkley." Mark Ogden on Coutinho's role in Liverpool's win. There is undoubtedly a quality player somewhere within Ross Barkley, but it must be galling for the Everton midfielder to realise that his direct rival in Liverpool red, Philippe Coutinho, spent the Merseyside derby showing him just how far he has to go to before he ...

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton: Match Report

The day – Saturday, April 1st 2017. Early kick-off game. The venue – Anfield. The opponent – Everton. Round 30 of the 2016/17 Premier League season featured the 228th  Merseyside Derby, with Liverpool hosting their bitter rivals from the other side of Stanley Park. Both teams were hit hard by injuries for this game, and neither Jurgen Klopp nor Ronald Koeman were able to name their preferred line-ups. Klopp opted to retain his ...

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Is Danny Ward the man Liverpool are searching for?

Could the Wales international stopper be the answer to Liverpool's goalkeeping conundrum? Away from the worldwide exposure Liverpool receive amongst the higher echelons of the Premier League, Huddersfield Town are experiencing a fantastic Championship campaign thus far - with many a Terrier supporter eyeing promotion to the promised lands of the top flight for the first time in the team's history. One of the major contributors to the Yorkshire club's successes this ...

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Is Moreno’s Liverpool career over or does he have two months to save it?

Schalke's Sead Kosalinic is among those on the radar to replace Spaniard with just two league starts all season Liverpool's Alberto Moreno has just two months to save his Anfield career. Spain left-back Moreno flew to Tenerife with the Reds this week as they hit the sun for a training camp designed to give those players not required on international duty a warm-weather workout. And the 24-year-old finds himself needing to impress manager ...

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The chance to alter the narrative of Klopp’s first full campaign has arrived

Double figures, then. Ten not out. Hoist your bat into the air, salute the crowd and savour a job well done. Whatever happens between now and the end of May, Liverpool will have emerged from 10 matches against the other members of the top six unbeaten. Five wins, five draws and enough cause to believe that that record could have been bettered. They were the superior team in the 1-1 draw ...

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Overnight Revolutions In Football Don’t Exist

Guardiola and Klopp were always going to need time to implement their tactical revamps The fashion these days is to knife a manager at the first sign of trouble. Nobody is allowed to build, nobody is allowed to learn from a mistake. Move to a new country, take over a new team, try to adapt to a new environment, and if you're not winning titles six months later you're a fraud. ...

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Tactical Focus – Manchester City v Liverpool

A tactical look at how the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool will be won and lost. For neutrals or fans of AS Monaco, the Champions League match on Wednesday night was a tremendous occasion full of impressive attacking football. On the other hand fans of Manchester City suffered through a defeat on away goals that further exposed the defensive fragility of this expensively assembled squad and continued the ...

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Raheem Sterling v James Milner

This Sunday's top four tussle pits together Manchester City's and Liverpool's number sevens. Both are playing against their former clubs and both have scored six Premier League goals this season. But will Raheem Sterling or James Milner come out on top at the Etihad? We take a look at the stats to find out... Despite Milner playing left back this season, he can match or better Sterling in some of the attacking stats ...

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Is Philippe Coutinho struggling as badly as people suggest?

Jurgen Klopp termed his side’s win against Burnley on Sunday as “the first ugly victory” of the season. Liverpool had barely scraped past the worst traveling side in the league with two fairly lucky goals and all Liverpool fans were just thankful for the three points. Indeed, if you followed the match only on social media, you may be forgiven for believing that Liverpool had actually lost against another bottom ...

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Where does Hendo rank amongst the best ball winning midfielders in the PL?

If a team is able to dominate in midfield, they can dominate and control a game. Almost every club has a ball-winning midfielder to call upon, or a player who effectively fills that niche for their side. But which players within the English topflight are capable of rivalling N’Golo Kante when it comes to snatching back possession and taking command of matches from the middle of the park? Every Premier League club’s ball-winning midfielder ...

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Gaited Prescience?

Liverpool were dealt with the news that Jordan Henderson faces the next couple of weeks sidelined with a foot injury after images emerged of him on crutches. The midfielder missed The Reds’ victory over Arsenal last weekend and was once again absent for the 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday. And, after the match, manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that Henderson will miss next week’s massive match against Manchester City and has ‘no ...

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Is Coutinho holding Klopp’s plans back?

Written by one called "Alex Hams" Philippe Coutinho remains Liverpool's best player, but he doesn't score the goals to be a part of Jurgen Klopp's front three. The name opposition managers and players fear most when they line up against Liverpool is most likely Philippe Coutinho. Nicknamed ‘The Little Magician’ by Reds fans and lauded for his technical prowess, the Brazilian can do things with a football few others in the Premier ...

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Opposition View – Liverpool v Burnley

Making the impossible possible? [ap_spacing spacing_height="20px"] Despite Sean Dyche's positive spin on the recent Swansea defeat, you will not get many Burnley fans going into Sunday's game against Liverpool expecting anything other than yet another away defeat. Burnley's away record this season has not been acceptable but can the Clarets make the impossible, possible? Liverpool accumulated a club record number of Premier League points in the first half of this season, the Reds are ...

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When does the wage bill buck stop with FSG?

How do you solve a problem like Liverpool's wage bill? Football and finance is an issue so thorny, those who dare delve into it come out of the other side looking like porcupines. Yet despite that, few topics elicit such a polarising opinion as money, as proved with the reaction to Liverpool’s wage bill in 2015/16. No splinters from fence sitting, here. Two clear camps formed following the news the club’s wage bill ...

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Emre Can: too little, too late?

Ian Doyle looks at Liverpool's young German midfielder and wonders what the future holds for him at Anfield He was, in the eyes of many, fortunate to still be on the pitch come full-time on Saturday. But is Emre Can close to hearing the final whistle on his Liverpool career? The midfielder has been a polarising presence for much of his time at Anfield ever since signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer ...

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The Work Rate of Adam Lallana

As Liverpool comfortably defeated Arsenal on Saturday at Anfield, Arsenal admittedly were far from their best, particularly in an appalling first half display. During Liverpool’s 3-1 win, the Gunners could never take control of the game through their traditional method of dominating possession, especially through the centre of the pitch. Whilst every Liverpool player performed well at the weekend, one man in particular stood out and ensured the Arsenal players would never ...

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For the win against Arsenal to mean anything, Liverpool must exorcise Burnley ghost

No more embarrassing slip ups for Reds At least the current closure of Lime Street Station ensured that poor old Arsene Wenger avoided any repeat of falling on his backside on the platform like the last time his Arsenal side were beaten at Anfield but for Liverpool such undignified slip-ups have been an all too common theme this season. The Frenchman has long been an admirer of the Reds home ground, declaring ...

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Why is Liverpool’s performance on the field nowhere near that of a top ten European club?

By Simon Hughes And so for Liverpool, Burnley at Anfield next Sunday becomes the acid test and that, it is fair to say, is a sign of the times. Having defeated Arsenal, Jürgen Klopp was in a reflective mood. He thought back to Liverpool’s beating Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, and contrasted it with the wider feeling that followed two days later having played against a lesser opponent. “We won 1-0, if ...

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World class players no longer want to move to Anfield

By Chris Bascombe At some point over the next few months, Jurgen Klopp will sit with his recruitment team and hold Anfield’s annual ‘what are we going to do now? Discussions about how to improve the squad for next season are frequent, of course, but there comes a point when decisions must be taken on the number of signings required and the calibre of player who can be lured. Recent results have left ...

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Jordan Henderson: The Role & Significance

The Player Ever since his arrival at Liverpool FC in the summer of 2011, Jordan Henderson has been much debated among the fans and media, and was also the subject of much back-and-forth thinking by Brendan Rodgers, when the Northern Irishman replaced Kenny Dalglish in 2012. As Rodgers started his reign and began his reshuffle of the team, several players got axed, and Henderson was very close to getting there himself. However, ...

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Looks like Ancelotti was right after all…Liverpool needed a new spine

We’re not suggesting for one minute that we don’t want Jurgen Klopp in charge, or even that we’d prefer Carlo Ancelotti – but what the Italian told FSG when they first considered him for the job is enlightening. The legendary Italian, on course to add a Bundesliga title to his ones in Italy, England and France, was on our shortlist to replace Brendan Rodgers back in 2015. At the time, Paul Joyce ...

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The disconnect between Football Operations and Commercial activities at LFC

Liverpool's hot start to the season led to complacency regarding how the club was run. It's clear there needs to be an attitude adjustment. There have been plenty of ups and downs in Jurgen Klopp's 18 months as Liverpool manager. In 2017, things have levelled out and the fear at Anfield is that the team is flatlining. The scale of Klopp's over-achievement in the early weeks of the season has been laid ...

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The Leicestering Festering Podcasting Couch – Podcast collaboration with LFC Podcasting Couch

  I'm joined by Joe Bloggs of Fields of Anfield Road (@foarsite) and Nigel Ingram (@nigital_03) as we try and make some kind of sense of the LEILIV loss. To make things easier and somehow more concise, I ask our guests: Q: What are the top 3 things that contributed to our downfall in that game We review the results of my poll on Twitter asking: Q: How many of the starting XI against Leicester ...

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Klopp needs to change his Liverpool transfer policy this summer

We learned nothing new from watching Liverpool on Monday night. Nothing at all. All that the defeat to Leicester City did was underline what we already knew about this team. The top teams have a balance. They can play football when they’re allowed to, and they can battle and scrap when they’re not. Look at Chelsea. The perfect balance. They can outplay you or outfight you. When you play in the Premier League, you ...

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Myth busting PL champions’ traits

They say to win the Premier League you must score the most, concede the least, and have a 20+ goal striker. You need a mix of youth and experience, you must beat the teams around you, and of course, you have to spend the most dosh. But are these just false assumptions, or real, title-winning traits? Sky Sports take a deeper look, and you may think again before blurting out the following ...

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Liverpool must be ruthless and seize on confusion and calamity at Leicester

Now that Claudio Ranieri has been sacked, there's no telling what state Leicester will be in on Monday. Liverpool must be ruthless no matter what. Liverpool's task against Leicester City on Monday night has perhaps been made more difficult by the champions' -shock decision on Thursday to part company with manager Claudio Ranieri. When the sides met earlier in the season at Anfield, Liverpool made short work of the defending Champs with ...

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Balotelli’s stats at Nice are mirroring his Liverpool contribution

Thought this was an interesting article. For all his swag... Balotelli, is as always, Balotelli. He won't change. /Joe   The Italian was hailed for resurrecting his career earlier this season but there is solid evidence that his productivity is like it was at Anfield Ligue 1 title hopefuls Nice were dealt a savage blow earlier this week with the news that leading goal scorer Alassane Plea will be out until the end of the ...

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Liverpool still need to integrate their mental game with their tactical

All four of Liverpool's league losses have come against teams in the lower half of the table. A leading sports psychologist explains their issues.   As impressive as Liverpool's 2-0 win over title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur was, the performance and result took nobody by surprise. Indeed, the Reds are unbeaten against the top-six sides in the Premier League this season, boasting the best record in the mini-league with Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and both Manchester ...

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The FOARcast #13 – Or The One Where Myths Were Busted

Listen to The FOARcast #13 - Or The One Where Myths Were Busted byFOAR on hearthis.at      Myths discussed on this special edition 'Mythbusters' episode: [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] 1. You cannot gegenpress an entire season! 2. Henderson is dogshit and not a world-class player! 3. FSG do not care about signing top players only moneyball targets! [ap_spacing spacing_height="20px"] Music featured on this episode: [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] 1. Everybody's Insecure - Happiness is a Warm Blanket - Peanuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQZilj7V1q4 2. Opening Theme - Mythbusters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztEkd1tdBmM 3. Myth ...

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All I want for next Christmas is a brand new Brandt

It’s no secret that Julian Brandt has emerged as Liverpool’s no.1 summer target and it’s clear the club will do all they can to snare the 20-year-old German at the end of the season. But how much do we know about the flying inside-forward? His performance against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night told us much about why Jurgen Klopp is so desperate to secure him, despite Bayer Leverkusen losing 4-2 to Diego ...

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Liverpool might circle Leicester like a Vulture

Liverpool aren't alone in poaching top players from teams that get relegated. They'll get a good look at Leicester's options on Monday. When Liverpool take on Leicester City next Monday, Jurgen Klopp might be paying closer attention than usual to some of the opposing players. Claudio Ranieri's men are in real danger of being relegated just 12 months after their improbable title-winning season. It's quite remarkable, really; they were fighting relegation two ...

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Lallana must be utilised properly

Adam Lallana has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool, but just as important as him staying at Anfield, is him staying in the right position. In the 15 matches in which the Southampton academy graduate has played in central midfield, the results tell their own story. The Reds have picked up 2.2 points per game (a 24% improvement on their overall return), scoring 40 goals (50% improvement), conceding 16 (20%). In ...

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Is Alberto Moreno a Bus Breaker?

It must be said, Liverpool have been on and off lately. That’s putting it rather mildly. To have such fantastic showings against Chelsea and Spurs, and then to produce…whatever THAT was against Wolverhampton and Hull; it’s indicative of a side with a fantastic plan A – one that gets the better of most teams who want the ball, but without a proper plan B. Of course; the idea that every football team ...

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Mane’s first goal against Spurs: Perspective

Due to the winter crisis (not to use the word “slump” again), a debate had arisen among the fans and pundits naturally, about the possible causes for it, and especially due to its duration and consequences, an opinion has surfaced that Klopp was a “one-trick pony” and that his methods and tactics had been found out. After watching the first goal Sadio Mane scored in the 2-0 win over Tottenham on ...

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Mario Gotze has experienced a fall from grace

Thought this was interesting piece given our new link with Mario Gotze...   Mario Gotze will be forever remembered as a national hero for scoring the decisive goal in a World Cup final. The German midfielder also once played an integral role in a successful Borussia Dortmund side, but times have since altered. As after a disappointing past 18 months, Gotze is no longer fawned upon. The World Cup is the most prestigious ...

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Judgement Day Part Deux

  And then God created the orgasm… So that Woman can also moan even when they are happy   For woman we can easily add Football fans because let’s face it, are we ever satisfied and completely happy? We always want that little bit more. Remember the predictions before the season started; top 4 was everyone’s goal with the odd good cup run and possibly wining some silverware.  Yes, yes Joe and I predicted ...

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The FOARcast #12 – or The Men of La Manga

Listen to The FOARcast #12 - Or The Men of La Manga byFOAR on hearthis.at    What we discussed: Is Klopp's reason for a heavy Winter schedule a valid enough explanation for our form dip? What needs to happen between now and the end of the season to secure top four? Looking to the next three games - Leicester, Arsenal, Burnley - a bit of a deja vu? Everything's the worst - ...

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Liverpool are the worst of the top six when it comes to defeating a parked bus

By Bass Tuned to Red   Liverpool’s win against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend was obviously well received by Reds everywhere, but at the same time it didn’t teach them anything new about the strengths and weaknesses of their team. Jürgen Klopp’s men have been ruthless this season against teams who play a high line, as Spurs did to suicidal effect at Anfield, but they have seemed toothless against the low block favoured ...

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Liverpool would thrive in CL; it’s just getting there that’s the issue

Liverpool would be perfectly suited to life in the Champions League, they just need to get there. When Barcelona were having their pants pulled down by PSG on Tuesday night, someone in the office where I was working said to no-one in particular, “When did Barcelona last lose 4-0?” Of course, as a Liverpool fan, I had an instant response. “Er, I think you’ll find we beat them 4-0 in August,” I ...

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POLL: Who has the most to prove to Klopp at La Manga?

There will be no more rotating or resting players by Jurgen Klopp. This rollercoaster season has 13 weeks remaining and Liverpool have 13 Premier League matches which will determine whether they secure Champions League qualification. Barring injuries or loss of form, it’s likely to be a settled Reds side. Klopp will be going full throttle towards the finish line. With Liverpool only fighting on one front, those on the fringes of the squad ...

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Why the break at La Manga is crucial for Liverpool

Will Liverpool’s mini-break make all the difference? The stats suggest it might. Adam Bate looks at the numbers that reveal Jurgen Klopp’s men are a very different proposition when they have had seven days or more to prepare…   Liverpool's Monday Night Football trip to Leicester is scheduled to take place 16 days after their previous fixture. That's bad news for the Foxes because when Jurgen Klopp's team are well rested they ...

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Why Liverpool beat the big boys – but can’t win the league

Liverpool got their season back on track with a win over Spurs at the weekend, but it also highlighted a strange quirk around their form. Alex Hess investigates. The chant of “Can we play you every week?” tends to be delivered to rivals fairly ironically, but in Liverpool’s case it should be a sincere request. The freewheeling win over Tottenham on Saturday evening left them in the rather bizarre position of ...

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Liverpool’s knack of beating the best but not the rest continues against Spurs

In answering their critics, Liverpool validated much of the criticism they have received. If an impressive and merited victory over Tottenham Hotspur maintained their strong form against their top six rivals, it served also to underline their status as reverse flat track bullies. Put them up against the strongest and they invariably perform; pitch them against the weakest and the tendency is to wilt. While the sixteen points they have taken in ...

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It’s Deserved, But Is It Smart? The Adam Lallana Contract Conundrum

Over the last couple of days, various media outlets have released reports that Adam Lallana is going to be signing an extended contract at Liverpool. The England international first arrived at Anfield in 2014 following a big money move from fellow Premier League side Southampton, and despite a slow start initially he’s gradually become an integral part of the exciting unit that Jürgen Klopp is putting together. Assessing his performance during ...

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Foot In Mouth Desease

Written by: Keith van Vollenhoven  It is the curse of the modern day footballer and lest we forget, the retired footballer trying to stay relevant.  Why oh why do they have to state the obvious, why say anything when you have been so GOD dammed awful since the turn of the year. Everyone knows it, the results speak for themselves and no matter how much they talk about it, it will ...

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Luiz’ Free-Kick & Hull’s First Goal – Analysis, Opinion, Conclusion

After some very good displays over the course of the season, Simon Mignolet has now come under redoubled fire from his critics after conceding two very, shall we say, interesting goals.  So, after three and a half years at the club, we all know well what kind of a 'keeper Mignolet is. As has been said many times, an excellent shot-stopper, very unreliable with set-pieces and decision-making. He had improved his ...

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Is transfer spending the sole solution to Klopp’s struggles?

Spending in the transfer market isn't the sole solution to Liverpool's problems. Liverpool's awful 2-0 defeat at Hull City had the standard effect of sparking intense disapproval of the usual suspects. The players' efforts were dismissed in scathing terms. Even Jurgen Klopp -- immune to any substantial criticism so far -- was being doubted on social media. The main barrage was reserved for the club's owners. Their somewhat restricted spending during recent transfer ...

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The FOARcast #11 – Or The One With Bloodless Wrist Slitting

Listen to The FOARcast #11 - Or The One With Bloodless Wrist Slitting byFOAR on hearthis.at      What we discussed: 1. Brief thoughts from each FOARcaster about the previous week. 2. Examining the various reasons being discussed for the slump: - The players are not good enough & the manager trusts in them too much - The tactics have been figured out and are no longer effective - Gegenpressing is not sustainable in the PL as it ...

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About those ‘leaked’ FSG emails…

James Pearce on why owners have made some mistakes but some of the fury is misplaced Liverpool supporters are angry and frustrated and rightly so. Since the turn of the year the wheels have come off. Jurgen Klopp ’s side haven’t just dropped out of the Premier League title race, they have also vacated the top four and been beaten in both domestic cups. Standards have slipped alarmingly. Momentum has been squandered. Weaknesses ...

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It has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis

Without being too dramatic, although some Liverpool fans take the term drama queen to the extreme at times. In short, we went from annus mirabilis in 2016;  wonderful year; to annus horriblis in a matter of days in 2017 as our Queen, the real one, not Edward, mentioned in 1992, marking the 40th anniversary of her accession . It also seems we are stuck in a weird reality of Groundhog Day, ...

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Have Liverpool gone from ‘Sign Reus’ to ‘Sign Hart’?

Fans have spoken on their desire to see the Manchester City man at Anfield The great goalkeeping debate rages on. Like some sort of teenage vampire fanfiction, Liverpool fans have found themselves divided into two camps. Team Simon Mignolet or Team Loris Karius. But there is another groundswell gathering pace, both on social media and in the pubs post-match. Sign Joe Hart. It hasn’t quite gathered the momentum of the annual ‘Sign Reus’ campaign, but ...

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Turning Roberto Firmino into Robert Firmindowski should be number one on Klopp’s lengthy Liverpool to-do list

Oh it’s grim right now. Very grim. A season of hope and no little expectation has come crashing down around Liverpudlian ears, and the nature of that crash is threatening to derail all of the good work that Jurgen Klopp has done. And he has done a lot, it is just getting increasingly difficult to remember any of it. Yet had this season been in reverse, and the recent poor results suffered ...

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How Real Madrid and Liverpool FC helped Manchester United post the Munich Disaster

59 years ago several Manchester United players lost their lives in the infamous Munich disaster while returning from their game against Red Star Belgrade. The beautiful game has given fans across the globe a spectacle to cherish whenever the players have taken the field. From glorious World Cup final matches, to non-league encounters between two local sides, football has united millions and has formed an unbreakable bond between fans of all ...

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Plenty of ignominy or insanity at Liverpool?

Einstein may have been a relativity smarty-pants but he had insight into stupidity too. Didn’t he define it as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results? Or was he talking about insanity? At Liverpool Football Club, it’s become impossible to separate the two. It’s been tough, the last 27 years. Neutrals will have no sympathy at all since we used to act Billy Big Balls in the ...

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Liverpool: Lost and Rudderless in 2017

Hull City were the latest side to deny Liverpool a first league win of 2017 as the same old problems came to the surface for Jurgen Klopp's men at the KCOM Stadium Jurgen Klopp, even when Liverpool have been at their most irresistible, has batted away bold proclamations and eschewed from framing any performance as the ultimate reference point for his blueprint. But there was one fixture the German termed “near perfect” this season for his ...

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Are Liverpool one defeat away from a crisis?

Liverpool must put recent woes behind them and Arsenal have to respond at Chelsea, while Man United and Spurs cannot afford more dropped points. January was a bad month for Liverpool, who lost three consecutive home games and exited two cup competitions. Indeed, the only side they beat in nine games last month was League Two club Plymouth. In terms of the Premier League alone, though, talk of crisis has been slightly ...

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January 2017 Review: It’s Been a Cold Winter

January – the first month of the year... Usually signifies a new beginning. Well, hopefully not this time. At least when Liverpool FC are concerned. There has been plenty to see, nothing really to celebrate. This whole month was full of experiences we need to learn from, and move on as quickly as possible. It seems that everything that could have gone wrong – for the largest portion of the ...

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Mourinho is obsessed…and it’s classic Mourinho

Classic distraction from Portuguese as his side fail to close gap on Reds It was classic, petulant Jose Mourinho. As soon as the final whistle sounded at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening operation ‘divert attention away from a miserable result’ commenced. On the back of his recent dig at Jurgen Klopp following the German’s complaints about the wind at Anfield upsetting his side’s rhythm, Mourinho claimed that the Liverpool boss gets preferential treatment ...

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Watch out for these five Liverpool transfers next summer

It's February 1 - but the transfer talk will begin again very soon Transfer deadline day is over. The yellow ties are back in the box for another few months. But don't expect the transfer talk to end. It will start again very soon, and familiar names will begin being mentioned in the same breath as Jurgen Klopp's transfer plans. Here are five Liverpool transfers you can expect to hear about this summer.   Julian Brandt Leverkusen's ...

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Learn to defend or more fans will lose faith

One Reds fan took to the radio in midweek to hit out at the German and he is in a minority - but right now, all Liverpool's verve and possession counts for nothing because they can't keep the ball out   Dave, a Liverpool fan, was outraged. Ringing a national radio station after the midweek defeat by Southampton, he called for Jurgen Klopp to be sacked. With an accent that sounded more Thames ...

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Six years, not Six months!

By Chris Bascombe They are good. . . just not good enough. When Fenway Sports group bought Liverpool in 2010, if you had said the Merseyside club would reach six semi-finals, three cup finals and finish runners-up in the Premier League over the next seven years, there might have been a cautiously enthusiastic response. Many would have considered it a solid foundation on which to build - particularly if the promise of ...

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More Klopp Type Players Needed

By Chris Bascombe There’s a reason the phrase about a season ‘being a marathon rather than sprint’ is a cliché.   The architect of the expression must have seen the 19th century equivalent of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, dipped the quill in the ink pot and remarked how there is no point coming out dashing after the starting pistol if your head is wobbling and you’re scrambling to find a water stop halfway through ...

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Liverpool tactical analysis: What has gone wrong?

Liverpool's season suddenly stands on a knife-edge. The expectation of an EFL Cup final date with Manchester United was ripped away from them by a shock defeat against Southampton on Wednesday night. Winless in three games in the Premier League since a stirring victory over Manchester City on New Year's Eve, Jurgen Klopp's side host leaders Chelsea - with the gap standing at an already daunting 10 points. With one win in ...

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Emre Can or Cannot?

The clamour for Emre Can to be dropped is getting louder and louder. A lot of fan opinion suggest that his performances have arguably been average and that he slows down our attack and frequently loses possession. Selected in midfield ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum as Liverpool crashed out of the League Cup on Wednesday night, it was gloves off for a lot of highly opinionated Liverpool supporters regarding the 23 year old. Supporters ...

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Southampton success or Liverpool failure?

This is more a Southampton focused piece but I felt the perspective for us Liverpool fans is important because that's all we have right now.../Joe   Southampton overcame Liverpool to reach the EFL Cup final. In the aftermath, the story should be exactly that. Not about Liverpool and their failures. [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] Southampton were the clear underdogs ahead of their two-legged EFL Cup semifinal tie with Liverpool. In the end, the underdogs won out ...

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The FOARcast #9 – or The One Where Bigger Is Really Better

Enjoy our first FOARcast of the year with a truly multi-national group of FOARcasters! Eric (Onyx) - Netherlands Ves - Serbia Keith - South Africa Christian - Germany Will Howell - UK Hosted by Joe - Outer Space   What was discussed: What's gone wrong with Liverpool and can we recover in time? (Part 1) How do we manage and improve our form with currently available personnel? (Part 1) Is Klopp's idealism interfering ...

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Opposition view: Liverpool vs Southampton

As the Saints go into arguably their most important game in 14 years, Dan, a Saints supporter, takes a look at their chances as they head to Anfield to take on Liverpool. After Sunday’s much needed win over Leicester City in the Premier League, focus turns to a season-defining clash with Liverpool under the lights of Anfield, an iconic stadium for a game that will hopefully be iconic for Southampton. A ...

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Klopportunity Knocks For A Liverpool On The Rise

Chris Tobin looks beyond a disappointing defeat to Swansea to see the exciting bigger picture for Liverpool under Klopp. With the psyche of the modern fan it will always come down to managing expectations, a season where Chelsea have surpassed even their own expectations, a season that without such a run would see five teams within a win and a loss of each other, Liverpool are not doing so badly. More ...

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Liverpool: ‘Great Expectations’ or a ‘Tale of Two Cities’?

There’s a Charles Dickens book title which pretty much sums up Liverpool fans’ hopes at the start of every season. There are always 'Great Expectations' around Anfield, and that’s what makes the failures hurt more. What are the current failures, though? Because you don’t need to be a blustering White House official to see that the current season has been a positive one, if only you want to see it. At this ...

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If You Can’t Support Liverpool When They Lose or Draw, Then Don’t Bother

Utterly embarrassing. Shameful. Disgraceful. No, I’m not talking about the Liverpool performance against Swansea, I’m actually talking about the supporters’ reaction to it. So-called “supporters” of Liverpool FC, were absolutely raging, fuming with disbelief – criticising the players, the manager, the board, absolutely anyone that they could attach some ‘blame’ to. “Klopp doesn’t know what he’s doing.” “Klopp out!” “Must sell Clyne, Klavan, Lovren and Mignolet!” “We NEED new players!” “Henderson crap. Again.” “Top four and the season is over.”   Get a ...

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Are Liverpool having trouble clearing their own high bar?

By Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph     The problem with Liverpool is they were too good at the start of the season. Rewind to last summer, and reasonable aspirations were set to challenge for fourth. While Liverpool’s squad improved, so, too, did everyone else’s – all comfortably outspending the frugal Jürgen Klopp. Then, Klopp’s side started doing eye-catching stuff, such as winning away at Arsenal and Chelsea, outplaying Tottenham Hotspur and battering mediocre opposition ...

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Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge must take their chances vs. Swansea

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge have struggled of late, but Liverpool need them to get some confidence back against Swansea. Liverpool may not have set the world alight as they laboured to a 1-0 third round FA Cup replay win at League Two Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday night, but there was actually much for Jurgen Klopp to be happy about. First and foremost, his team are into the next round. Ultimately that's ...

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How did Liverpool’s youngsters perform during Plymouth FA Cup tie?

Sheyi Ojo Made his first senior start of the season in the game at Anfield after missing five months with a back injury. The 19-year-old missed Liverpool’s best chance when he headed straight at McCormick from six yards and Plymouth’s plan to sit deep and frustrate did not suit the promising forward. He came on for the last 20 minutes of the return fixture and was lively, even earning praise from his ...

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Do Liverpool lack killer instinct?

Jurgen Klopp has hit on a style of play which benefits greatly from having a forward line of attacking midfielders rather than out-and-out strikers. Liverpool maintained their status as the Premier League's highest-scoring team when James Milner's sixth successful penalty of the season sealed a 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday. Milner's spot-kick took the Reds to 49 goals to stay top of the scoring charts after Arsenal had drawn level on ...

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How Klopp focused on Lovren to exploit United’s weakness

By Tony Barrett He had his side working on it all week in training If the corresponding fixture last season made Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Liverpool inevitable, this season's instalment served to underline both the progress that he has made and the distance that he and his team still have to travel. A 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford is rarely a negative result for Liverpool and it wasn't on this ...

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Are these the five battles which will decide the game on Sunday?

It's Manchester United vs Liverpool on Sunday, but how will the game be decided? In these five areas, we think: 1. Henderson vs Herrera  Liverpool aren’t the same when Henderson doesn’t play and if he is fit and starts against United, as it is expected he will, Ander Herrera must focus on preventing the midfielder from setting the tempo of the match. Henderson has made more passes and more sprints than any other ...

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Difference between Klopp and Jose? Creating multi-functional players.

By Richard Jolly - https://twitter.com/RichJolly   Jose Mourinho was playing to the gallery. It was music to their ears. It was the Portuguese’s unveiling at Old Trafford and he came prepared to differentiate himself from Louis van Gaal without actually naming his predecessor. “I am more a manager that likes specialists and not so much the multi-functional players,” he said. This comment was guaranteed a good reception. Manchester United had endured enough of versatile footballers ...

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The Edge Klopp Holds Over Jose

THE edge Jurgen Klopp can take into Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United, John Stones returns to Goodison Park and all the details for this week’s Premier League matches. Liverpool may have stalled somewhat of late but Jurgen Klopp can take one key edge into the club’s upcoming clash with Manchester United. That is, his superb head-to-head record against Jose Mourinho. In his six clashes with the United boss, Klopp has claimed three wins, ...

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Mailbag: Can Liverpool players sustain Klopp’s style?

The Liverpool at full strength are strong offensively but even at full strength there are question marks against the defence. Last night they were missing 3 key players and Coutinho was only fit enough to be on the bench and that’s a problem for them plus their style of play is physically draining and the best 10 outfield players will struggle to maintain that level of physicality through a whole season. If ...

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