Why Roberto Firmino is so important to Klopp’s Liverpool

Liverpool have made a habit out of developing talented attackers throughout the years. The club’s history is just littered with rough gems who have turned into diamonds during their time at Anfield. It must be environmental. Very few clubs in world football can boast that they’ve had the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge on their books. There’s a player at the club ...

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From Doubters to Believers with a side order of Patience…Please

5 games into the prem and even the RBB’s (razor blade brigade) have a slight spring and positivity in the posts. It’s very easy to understand why, as along with City, we have to be the most attractive teams to watch and the most successful going forward. After all, as armchair managers of the highest calibre it’s our right to be entertained, unlike scum who have to watch Maureen park the ...

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Liverpool Optimism Pointless Until They Start Ruthlessly Beating Weaker Sides

If you’re a Liverpool fan, you’re probably feeling pretty sweet about yourself now aren’t you? Maybe you looked at that particular run of five fixtures at the start of the season and thought you’d do well to get any away victory against Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea. You may have thought at least one of those games would result in a defeat. And it wasn’t as if they had a heavy artillery of ...

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Liverpool bereft of a superstar, and shining brighter than ever because of it

Alex Hess looks at how Liverpool's era of megastars is seemingly over - and how the club is all the better for that. Eighteen years ago, a terrified Steven Gerrard scampered onto the Anfield pitch for the first time. “I was sh*tting myself,” was how he recalled the occasion. He needn’t have been: almost instantly, his match-winning talent was clear; the flip-side was that his team came to rely on it just ...

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Klopp’s love-in shows up Jose…

Adam Lallana lives in a house opposite Jurgen Klopp. They joke around. "He takes my post sometimes," laughed Lallana on BT Sport, "and sometimes I'll take his." On Friday, after a signature Liverpool display at Stamford Bridge, Klopp was darting around hugging his players. Each responded enthusiastically. Lallana took a running jump into his manager's arms; not since Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze had we seen such emotion expressed through dance. ...

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Why does Liverpool struggle against the smaller teams and how can this be solved?

For a team aspiring for a top four finish, as Liverpool are, consistency is a vital component. Although, as we have seen over previous seasons, stringing together a good run of form often seems hard to come by for the Reds. As has been demonstrated by the mixed start to the season, Liverpool often follow wins against some of the league’s top teams, with disappointing performances against the sides competing lower ...

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Klopp has transformed them all…

Liverpool boss Klopp is turning midfielders into defenders and showboats into workhorses Think back to the end of last season, and the assessments that started to form over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad. There was a lot of work to be done, mostly in the transfer market. A new left back was crucial; so, too, a real presence in midfield. Simon Mignolet needed proper competition, the team lacked pace, and maybe even a ...

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The Liverpool Squad – Part 3: Central Defending

In the third part of our analysis, we come to the heart of defence. Kolo Toure and Martin Škrtel have departed, while Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan have arrived. So, how does that part of the squad look now? Dejan Lovren The Croatian international has had a tremendously upward trajectory at the club so far. Part of the “Southampton project”, he came to Liverpool for somewhat hefty fee of £20million. Extremely hefty at ...

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All-action Jordan Henderson revels as Jurgen Klopp’s holding midfielder vs. Chelsea

Jonathan Wilson on Jordan Henderson’s all-action midfield display and the Liverpool captain’s role as the holding midfield player for Jurgen Klopp. The commonly held view was that Jordan Henderson had answered his critics. He scored a brilliant goal – not just a long-range strike but one that was guided up and around Thibaut Courtois into the very top corner. He was his usual thrum of energy. He had 82 touches, more than ...

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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: The good, the bad and the relaxing

The Good After ballooning the ball over the crossbar from 12 yards against Leicester last Saturday, it’s clear Jordan Henderson has since been working on his trajectories. Hit the ball from about 25 yards instead of 12 and those mo-fos fly in. Simple. Honestly, what a goal though. Another baby nearly fell out of Mrs Neil, that goal was so wildly celebrated in our house. And she’s not even pregnant. It’s the goal ...

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Generosity – The True Spirit of Football

On Monday evening, Everton defeated Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, thanks to a second half hat-trick from Romelu Lukaku. However, the game itself and its result fell out of focus soon after the final whistle, as Everton announced a £200,000 donation to the cause of Bradley Lowery, a five-year old Sunderland fan battling cancer for the second time. Liverpool’s fierce rivals and neighbours from across Stanley Park also pledged ...

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Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Who has the stronger lineup man for man?

It’s been billed as the next big tactical clash on the Premier League calendar – Antonio Conte up against Jurgen Klopp in a battle that will evolve into the defining fight of the race for top four later this season. Both Chelsea and Liverpool see themselves as clubs who belong in among the Champions League teams with their managers charged with delivering top-level European football as a priority, but which side ...

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Opposition View: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Stamford Bridge's first Friday night fixture of 2016-17 comes against the Premier League's most spectacularly Jekyll and Hyde team. What can they expect? The Season Just Gone Liverpool’s 2015-16 looked so promising and ended up being incredibly frustrating. Every high was swiftly followed by a low and every low was as depressing as each high was electrifying. Brendan Rodgers’ reign came to an unceremonious end in October and the arrival of Jürgen ...

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‘Parking the bus’ – A few ways to beat the tactic

An insight into how one can defeat teams that park the bus. Chelsea unexpectedly beat Liverpool at Anfield last season with a scoreline that suggested a comfortable victory. That performance won them the League Managers' Association (LMA) Performance of the Week award, an award given to the best performance over all four divisions of English football. What a fitting response to all those critics who questioned their style (or a lack ...

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Conte’s 3 Point Masterplan To Choke Klopp’s Pressing Game

Juergen Klopp would have fond memories of Stamford Bridge, where he registered his first ever win, a 1-3 victory at the expense of Jose Mourinho in 2015. Tony Conte, however, wouldn’t be in a giving mood, and would be looking to deconstruct the German’s patented geggenpressing, by summoning the Italian quality of obstinacy. Here’s how. #1 The Low Block The ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, in his memoirs of Art of War, wrote something ...

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Introducing Liverpool’s New Raumdeuter | Klopp’s Very Own Thomas Müller

They come in peace. Or that’s what they want you to believe, until you’re mollycoddled into a false sense of security, and then ZAP! PEW! PEW! PEW! AAARGH! BOOM! That’s precisely how a Raumdeuter goes about his business. Looking relatively uninterested, and unassuming, loitering all over the pitch, almost in a leisurely stupor, and then out of nowhere, he teleports himself into the box, and gets himself at the end ...

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The Importance of Gini Wijnaldums Solid, If Unspectacular, Role In The Liverpool Team

Mario Gotze, Mahmoud Dahoud…Georginio Wijnaldum. The progression of Liverpool’s supposed midfield targets varied somewhat as the summer went on, with Jurgen Klopp eventually splashing out £30 million on the latter from Newcastle United, and it’s fair to say the move was not heralded by all as the answer to the Reds’ midfield woes.   While the Dutchman has certainly shown his capacity at international level as well as with the Magpies at ...

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Why Liverpool Fans All Hate Chelsea

After the very enjoyable win against champions Leicester City, the reds are back on the road again for the Friday night game at Stamford Bridge. These games always get the fans going since Chelsea have developed into a big rival for Liverpool over recent years. It has not always been the way though….. Man United and Everton have always been the big rivals for Liverpool and always will be, whether we are ...

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Should Coutinho get a recall at Chelsea?

The front three for Liverpool against Leicester were sensational - how do you change that? Before the debate, a disclaimer: Philippe Coutinho is not known as O Magico, the magician, because he can saw a woman in half or make elephants disappear. He does not take to the field in a top hat, before plucking a white rabbit from it. His moniker, rather, derives from his ability to saw defences in half, ...

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Liverpool midfield doing the business: Henderson, Lallana and Wijnaldum all improving

Hopefully Liverpool can keep going in this fine vein of form come Friday night football. This will be a real test for this questionable midfield. The Liverpool midfield three are doing ever so well to keep critics at bay. Captain Jordan Henderson, engine Adam Lallana and silent killer Georginio Wijnaldum, are improving game by game. In previous articles I said something needs to change in order to get better results. Seems the ...

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A fan’s perspective of the new £115 million Main Stand

Aaron Curry discusses Anfield's new Main Stand as he viewed it from his seat on Anfield Road. On Saturday, Liverpool convincingly defeated reigning champions Leicester City in a 4-1 win in front of a gigantic new Main Stand. I attended the match itself and, as good as the performance was, there was a clear buzz around the ground even before a ball had been kicked. Of course, we have always had an ...

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The Liverpool Squad – Part 2: The Full-Back Problem

Unlike the much changed situation concerning goalkeepers,  the full-back problem still seems far from anything desirable. If anything, the squad in this position seems even thinner than it was last season. Brad Smith (permanently) and Jon Flanagan (on loan) have left the club. It was probably the right thing to do for the two youngsters, in order to get some crucially important game-time as the next step in their development. ...

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The Liverpool Squad – Part 1: The Goalkeeping Situation

Is Liverpool's squad improving? The goalkeeper position has certainly been one of the more troublesome issues of the last several seasons, in fact ever since Pepe Reina left. It is probably the area of the pitch where Liverpool had least suitable cover or competition for the starting spot. Is that about to change? Here we look at the options available to Jurgen Klopp. Simon Mignolet The one that so far had the privilege ...

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Why Roberto Firmino is worth £29 million and more

Matthew Johnson explains why Roberto Firmino is proof you shouldn’t judge new players straight away. The Brazilian international, who signed for the club for a fee of £29 million in 2015 from German outfit Hoffenheim has become one of Liverpool’s best and most important players for Jurgen Klopp. However, when he first arrived under the management of former manager Brendan Rodgers he didn’t look like he suited the Premier League and ...

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The key battles: Where Liverpool v Leicester will be won and lost

The champions travel to Merseyside this weekend, and these individual match-ups will go a long way to deciding the outcome. Traditionally, Anfield has not been a happy hunting ground for Leicester City. The Foxes have not won there since 2000, and it was one of only two away grounds on which they were defeated during their remarkable league-winning campaign last time out. Claudio Ranieri’s side return to Merseyside this Saturday in the ...

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It is only this season that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will make his mark and should be judged

The German's first challenge is to find consistency, a style and a rhythm which brings the best out of his players Jurgen Klopp is not easy to forget. His passion, touchline histrionics and press conference soundbites all go together to make up the loud personality of the Liverpool boss. But amid all the talk of new superstar managers like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, no-one should forget Klopp or that it is his ...

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Stats reveal Drinkwater outperforming Henderson despite England snub

Is Big Sam picking players based on form or the club they play for? Should Liverpool's Jordan Henderson have been given the nod ahead of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater in Sam Allardyce's England starting XI last Sunday? If current form is anything to go by - probably not, despite Big Sam's passion for sports science and stats. Allardyce opted to pair Henderson with Tottenham's Eric Dier in the centre of midfield against ...

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A tale of false dawns and broken promises – how Liverpool’s stadium dilemma was finally resolved

New Main Stand gives Anfield a long overdue increase in capacity to 54,000 It dominates the skyline on the drive up Oakfield Road. A huge, imposing structure which has transformed Liverpool Football Club’s iconic home. Some 20 months after construction company Carillion got to work with 5,000 tonnes of steel and 1.8million bricks and blocks, the impressive new Main Stand is getting ready for its big unveiling. Friday’s official opening, attended by owners Fenway ...

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Analysing the Surprise Selections Jurgen Klopp Has Made So Far at Liverpool

One month into his reign as Liverpool manager, Jurgen Kloppsat and reflected on his start to life on Merseyside, and the changes that he had made and were required in the future, attesting that, given the structure implemented by his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, there were only minor tweaks to oversee. "What I said about the beginning is we have to turn the small screws, so that’s what we’re doing," he told ...

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Lucas Leiva Or Jordan Henderson? Who Should Play In The Pivot For Liverpool?

With three games gone in the Premier League, things don’t look all that great for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s men were expected to charge out of the gate, especially after their win on opening day but the Reds have faltered in their next two fixtures. The Reds were humbled by Burnley and then had a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at the Lane. While Liverpool’s attack hasn’t clicked, their defence isn’t doing any ...

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Is this the deep lying playmaker we’ve been searching for?

Allan Rodrigues de Souza started for Brazil against England Under-19s last night, and interestingly – was the only Liverpool representative on the pitch, with the likes of Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent not used by Aidy Bothroyd. Brazil won 2-1, with Allan playing over an hour before he was substitued, but it was the role he was deployed in that interests us most. The teenager, who’s currently on loan at Hertha Berlin ...

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Why new-look Anfield will be key to Liverpool’s top-four hopes

Reds must make most of home advantage this season A lot has changed since Liverpool last walked off the Anfield turf. Back in the second week of May, an injury-time goal from substitute Christian Benteke ensured Jurgen Klopp’s side signed off their home campaign by avoiding defeat to Chelsea. That would prove Benteke’s final significant act as a Liverpool player, the Belgian eventually moved on to Crystal Palace. Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Brad Smith ...

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LIVE! The FOARcast #1

https://youtu.be/IktfI-mjxnA LIVE TODAY AT 16:00 CET Some topics to be discussed: Thoughts on the now closed Transfer window Current issues with the Liverpool squad including the dreaded LB question Liverpool squad vs the rest of the top teams Interesting player watch (e.g. so far in the 3 PL games or on Int'l duty) Q1 posed by Barney - Fan ownership of football clubs: http://www.foarsite.com/first-foarcast-show-post-questions/#comment-2871193930 Q2 posed by herrdoktorprofessor - regarding strength of midfield: http://www.foarsite.com/first-foarcast-show-post-questions/#comment-2871438787 ...

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Tactics, not transfers: What Liverpool boss Klopp should work on at Melwood

Klopp no longer has transfers to distract him, so what needs working on? Tactics and training, not transfers. Jurgen Klopp has been consistent in his belief, even at a time when there were calls for Liverpool to dip into their positive net spend and splurge. Speaking to the Mail this weekend, the German boss reiterated his desire to bring success to Anfield with graft with cones, rather than chequebooks. “Now everyone wants an £80million ...

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Georginio Wijnaldum: Slow Starter or Solid Signing? – AnfieldIndex.com

Georginio Wijnaldum: Slow Starter or Solid Signing? By Jake Rodd Georginio Wijnaldum was signed from a relegated Newcastle United this summer in a transfer that was, to most, unexpected. The Netherlands international, who signed for Newcastle only last summer from Eredevisie outfit PSV, carried with him a reputation for drifting in and out of games a long with a price tag exceeding the 20 million pound mark. It was this, understandingly, ...

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The Curse of the International Break

Firstly let me be absolutely clear, I hate International breaks with a passion, especially when we have just finished a major tournament and have just started the new season. Its ludicrous, 3 games into the season and there is an international break. It makes no sense, it infuriates most fans, especially Liverpool supporters with our motto, “We are Scouse, Not English”, and what the exact purpose is, is beyond me.  ...

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Finally Mario! Nice at Nice?

I read this headline: Mario Balotelli ends Liverpool nightmare by joining Nice It should have read: Liverpool end Mario Balotelli nightmare by selling him to Nice https://twitter.com/Agent_Willie/status/771094327791673344   I heard that Nice even fired off some fireworks to welcome Balo - or so he'd like to think! A video posted by Mario Balotelli???? (@mb459) on Aug 31, 2016 at 2:09pm PDT   Remember the last time Balo and fireworks were mentioned in the same sentence? Sadly, his career never got off ...

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Liverpool were patient waiting for Daniel Sturridge – now it’s his turn to be considerate to Jurgen Klopp

The presence of an extremely talented individual player often seems to be a cause of pain as much as serenity for managers. When there is a gulf in class between a footballer and his team-mates, there is an inevitable potential for tension. Every individual match-winning performance becomes the focus of attention; press conferences become single issue events lavishing praise on the player; injuries are perceived as catastrophic and recoveries a source of ...

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August 2016 Review: A New Beginning

Or is it? August 2016. Like any other August, the Premier League season starts. This time it was anticipated with a bang and a flash, due mainly to the arrival/return of star managers to the competition, joining several already present, with every single one of them and their respective clubs setting their aims very high. Many different predictions were shouted and debated, as every fan of every club had his/her own ...

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“Liverpool damaged me!”

A stark statement...but plausibly true on every count. Being a Liverpool supporter for close to fourty tears has made me an expert in seeing Aberrations in normalcy and Excuse craftsmanship par excellence. Our eyes have been dimmed from success for so long that we tend to seek out some measure of negotiation with whatever has happened and is happening. Remember the Kubler-Ross model from my last piece? This is the bargaining phase ...

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Analysis: Is the Jurgen Klopp effect at Liverpool just smoke and mirrors?

THE perception is that Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool since he arrived at the club last October. He’s taken them to two cup finals, overseen some fantastic performances and has struck up an instant connection with the fans. Owners FSG liked what he’d done so much that they extended his seven-month-old contract and tied him to the club until 2022. Liverpool and the 49-year-old German, it’s said, are perfect for each other. The Kop ...

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Why the Klopp clock is now ticking for Sturridge

Striker must change if he wants to be centre of attention... Rarely can a Liverpool player have generated disproportionate debate in comparison to time on the pitch as Daniel Sturridge. That's not to say the Reds striker doesn't contribute. 54 goals in 95 appearances is evidence of that. But given half of his Anfield career has been spent on the sidelines, the column inches Sturridge commands far outweighs that of players who've featured ...

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Klopp vs. Pochettino: similarities and differences

Rivalries and grudges are fired in the furnace of regular competition over similar goals, and in recent years, as Tottenham Hotspur have sought to move in on a top four promised land Liverpool once claimed as their own, tensions have grown. Both sides have had to contend not only with a veritable glass ceiling set ahead of them by the richest teams in the Premier League but also each other. It was ...

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Football: Winging it | The Economist

China and the beautiful game The tally of Chinese investment in foreign football clubs since January of last year now stands at $2 billion, according to Rhodium Group, a consulting firm. The sums keep growing. The biggest deal yet was the takeover of AC Milan for $820m by a mainland consortium, announced on July 5th. Chinese money has also cascaded towards individual footballers, who often join the world’s best paid. The ...

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Chat with the Opposition – Spurs vs Liverpool

With excitement building as this weekend’s game against Liverpool approaches, I thought I’d find out what the mood is in Kloppville. I caught up with Barry, a friend’s father and a life-long Red who can remember St John, Toshack and Dalglish as well as Ruddock, Scales and Carroll so is in a great position to comment. First of all, what do you make to Liverpool’s start to the season? Three away ...

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Sturridge & Milner: Similar Statements, Different Reactions

Daniel Sturridge is the second Liverpool player to speak out about his personal dissatisfaction of being played out of position this season. But fans are far less willing to let Sturridge’s comments slide. Milner “[Jürgen Klopp and I] had a conversation about it and I told him it’s not my favorite position and not one I particularly like playing. But he’s the manager and if he wants me to play there, I’ll ...

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Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou or MamaDon’t? – What Lessons Liverpool Fans Can Learn From Punk Band, The Clash

“People I grew up with are either in prison or in jail.” – Mamadou Sakho, 2013 The subculture of punk stems from the depravity of the society that festers it, a deep-seated resentment for the establishment, and a disproportionate response to rebel. Mamadou Sakho has always been a punk, but never a rebel without a cause. An extension of his identity that starts high from his Mohawk, to the tip of ...

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Sturridge’s comments about being played out of position are being sensationalized

Daniel Sturridge banged two goals in for Liverpool playing centrally just days after being deployed as a winger and the Englishman has voiced his dislike for playing on the wing. The issue is that his comments are being slanted by various news outlets as being impetuous.   Sturridge is the only player in the Liverpool squad to have scored 20 goals in a single Premier League campaign and yet he is being ...

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Liverpool should keep Sakho: Klopp shouldn’t offload a leader

Mamadou Sakho seemed to have really put his foot in it this time if reports are true that he’s to leave Liverpool on loan. According to The Mirror  Liverpool are ready to listen to loan offers for Mamadou Sakho. This has been the most surprising news to date for me this silly summer. We are well aware of Sakho’s mischievous activity during pre-seasons and the one that hit us most: last year’s doping ...

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Liverpool vs Spurs: Sturridge or Origi?

Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, but who should Jurgen Klopp deploy as a striker? You’d think having several good attacking options would be brilliant for Liverpool, but it actually just creates chaos when one doesn’t perform as expected. When Daniel Sturridge played a wider role against Burnley, many criticised him for dropping too deep and not being as involved in our attacks. While I did say that ...

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Why Joe Fagan deserves to be remembered as one of football’s greatest

Seemingly forgotten outside Liverpool due to the shadows of Shankly and Paisley, Joe Fagan deserves to be recognised for his pioneering, successful career. The demeanour and actions of Joe Fagan were of a modest man who would give his time to anyone. No job was beneath him, and to have passed him in the street as he made the short walk from his house to Anfield you might not have looked ...

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The understated, unrivalled perfection of Bob Paisley

Football has its greats. It has its brilliant players. Modern or otherwise, you can always argue love for one, or dislike for another. Even now, in the era of Lionel Messi, argument can be made, if not won, about Cristiano Ronaldo being a better player. Brilliant players will always exist. The light of a brilliant player will always shine bright. Their glow may flicker and wane, but the candle will continue to ...

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“Intelligent Pundit” – an oxymoron or just a moron?

I was going to write a piece called the Night of the Long Knives after the Burnley fiasco but have not got the energy. Suffice to say the game was like kissing your grandfather good night and he slips a tongue inside your mouth, complete shock followed by disgust and disappointed, then concern that he’s actually losing it.  It’s one game people, let’s keep the faith just a little bit ...

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Of Deflated Sails and Steely Determination

Ever been punched hard in the gut? Happened to me once in school when I was 11 years old. A known school bully during PE just came over and thumped one. Fell face first into the dirt, gasping for air - felt like I was dying and my lungs had collapsed. I didn't die of course, and could breathe normally again after a couple of minutes. Seems like that's how everyone ...

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Liverpool fans: Understandable frustration or overreacting pessimists?

Daniel White discusses whether or not Liverpool fans are justified in feeling frustrated after defeat to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday. Saturday saw Liverpool lose 2-0 to Burnley and many fans went into a state of meltdown. Which poses a question; is the wide spread panic justified or are some fans just being over dramatic? It’s a question that is almost impossible to answer due to the wide range of ...

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Get Sturridge In The Box (and here’s why) | Bass Tuned To Red

As Liverpool passed themselves into endless cul-de-sacs whilst on their way to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley, one of their many issues became painfully apparent (and not for the first time): Daniel Sturridge was not in or even near the box enough. The Reds (or should that be the toxic greens) completed twenty-two passes in the Burnley box, which on the face of it is a decent total; Liverpool only bettered ...

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Coutinho is one of the biggest culprits of poor decision making

You’d expect Sean Dyche to give the square root of f**k all, but Jurgen Klopp must have been wondering just how his side conspired to lose 2-0 against Burnley on Saturday. Using statistics as a basis for defining your opinion might be a dangerous game, but the away side at Turf Moor had 26 shots to Burnley’s three, 12 corners to one and 80.4% of possession. Since Opta’s data began ...

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Bill Shankly: it’s not how you arrive, it’s how you leave

The feature is part of The Masterminds series Great managers have a way with words and wit. They are governed by a sense of honesty to put their craft and players before all else. William “Bill” Shankly was born and raised in a tiny mining community in Scotland’s Ayrshire mine network of villages. The village of Glenbuck shaped Shankly’s personality, work habits, morality, and sense of duty. As the youngest brother of five ...

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Groundhog Day. Familiar Failings, Familiar Result.

Does anyone else feel like it's Groundhog Day? You wake up day after day, in the same day...so much so you dread waking up? That's because you get the sense that you know what's ahead...the same outcomes, no matter what you do, no matter what you say. Nothing seems to have any effect. Over and over and over again...   Welcome to life as a supporter of Liverpool Football Club. No matter how ...

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Three things that are holding Liverpool back from being a top team

Michael Baddeley discusses what is holding Liverpool back from being a top side. How did we expect anything different? We go out and blitz Arsenal at the Emirates and then go to Burnley and lose 2-0. It was the most Liverpool thing to do. Media and fans, to an extent, act like it was a shock, but lets face it, it really wasn’t was it? Lets be real here, yesterday was a reality ...

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Christian Benteke: The Wrong Player At The Wrong Time

By this evening, it seems almost certain that Christian Benteke will no longer be a Liverpool player The £32.5m Belgian international, the then-second (now third) most expensive signing in the club’s history, leaves with a somewhat indifferent record of 9 goals in 29 Premier League appearances. By the end, he was the Plan B, the last resort by Jürgen Klopp thrown on to generally be big and try to force a late goal. Sometimes ...

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Do the worst clubs have the best fans? Scientific research suggests that might be the case

Loyalty to a football club is heightened by defeat as well as victory, a study has found. The shared pain of losing binds fans together as much as the euphoria that comes with winning, say psychologists. Despair and joy can be so intensely felt that both emotions cause fans to identify strongly with the club they support. The phenomenon, termed “identity fusion”, helps explain why fan loyalty is often so deeply entrenched, even ...

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Is Markovic in last-chance saloon?

Markovic was the only player unaccounted for at Arsenal - so what does the future hold? In the embryonic stages of the Premier League season, there is a fixation on the future; a desire to peer into what the campaign holds. In truth, the squad Jurgen Klopp named against Arsenal reveals very little about his long-term plans. Roberto Firmino will not always play as the main man up front, there is no ...

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Arsenal vs Liverpool: The Tactical View

A tough match for both sides to start the new season, but certainly more so for Arsenal who entered the match without either Mertesacker or Koscielny at centre back, leaving Calum Chambers and Rob Holding to fill in. Along with that, Wenger opted to leave Granit Xhaka on the bench with a midfield three of Coquelin and Eleney behind Ramsey in Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1. For Liverpool, who had a first and relatively ...

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It’s time for Coutinho to step up

Sometimes in football you go into a game with a plan and it doesn’t quite work out. Everyone is tentative, the touches are poor and the decision making is below par. The opposition are passing like you’re not even there and you need something, anything to get you going and get back into the game. Sound familiar? It is exactly how Liverpool approached the first half away at the Emirates. In games ...

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Liverpool & Left-backs. A failed romance.

Defensive role has hampered Reds for years... but is there an answer to their ongoing woes? It’s right up there with “it will take time” and “this could be the final piece of the jigsaw”. When writing about Liverpool during the Premier League era, the phrase “problematic left-back position” would surely win awards for repetition. Such has been the unwanted longevity of an issue successive Reds managers have struggled but ultimately failed to ...

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You Never Walk Alone…Unless you are Moreno

Have to say I hope we have a few straight forward wins as the old ticker cannot take this type of excitement week in week out. What a fabulous start to the campaign and what an even better result. The movement, linking play and individual brilliance was truly phenomenal for a season opener, yes and it’s obvious I am trying to ignore all the errors along the way. It has never ...

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Stop bullying Alberto Moreno!!!

Ian Doyle, James Pearce and Neil Jones take a look back at Sunday's win at Arsenal and the issues still facing Jurgen Klopp Well, Liverpool fans. Out from behind the sofa yet? Sunday's topsy-turvy win at Arsenal was a remarkable, ridiculous way for the Reds to begin their first full Premier League campaign under Jurgen Klopp. If it was a sign of things to come, then there aren't likely to be many fingernails ...

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Jurgen Klopp and the Psychology of the Touchline Manager

  Reacting to his Liverpool side's enthralling 4-3 win away toArsenal at a sun-drenched Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp admitted that he had made a "big mistake" on the touchline after his side netted three goals in 14 second-half minutes. The German joined celebrations for Sadio Mane's excellent solo strike, Liverpool's fourth of the afternoon, lofting the £30 million summer signing in the air as he was applauded by his ...

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Why Klopp plays Firmino up top over rival strikers explained by Liverpool analyst

This is mighty interesting for us. It answers a lot of questions Liverpool fans have regarding why Jurgen Klopp often chooses to deploy natural attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino as our centre-forward when he has the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings as options. More than that, it suggests the Brazilian will be our starting striker in big matches throughout 2016/17, over the Englishmen or the Belgian hotshot. ESPN pundit Stewart ...

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How Jurgen Klopp Transformed Liverpool After The Regressive Rodgers Era

Jürgen Klopp felt a shiver of footballing deja vu after Liverpool were defeated by Sevilla in the Europa League final last May. The Spanish outfit won their third successive Europa League after Coke’s quick-fire, second half brace hushed angry cries from Liverpool fans of penalties that might have been. Hopes of the club competing in Europe had been vanquished before the Reds had the opportunity to truly envisage what the following season may entail. However, Jürgen Klopp’s heavy involvement with ...

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Battle of the bosses: How did Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte & co rate on the first weekend of the PL season?

The first full weekend of the Premier League underlined why this is being billed as the year of the Galactico managers. Sportsmail looks at how they all fared in various aspects. ANTONIO CONTE (Chelsea 2-1 West Ham) Tactics: The Italian is renowned for playing 4-2-4 or with wing-backs but adapted to 4-3-3 with Oscar chosen ahead of Cesc Fabregas in the engine room. Also, with Eden Hazard and Willian – neither natural wingers – ...

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Two Liverpools – AnfieldIndex.com

Two Liverpools - By Karl Koppack for AnfieldIndex.com How was it for you? I won’t lie to you. I’m still in shock. I’m not sure what happened at the Emirates yesterday, but when things calm down and the bruises on my toes fade (Alberto Moreno/skirting board incident) I’ll hopefully be able to wrap some reason and sense around Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4. Personally, the biggest change was my level of arsedness. I’m a ...

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Sadio Mane – The Stats: 16 duels won, 92.9% pass-accuracy

Liverpool defeated Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane put in a stunning performance on his competitive debut for the club as his side edged out Arsenal 4-3 in an entertaining openingPremier League clash at the Emirates. The Reds headed in to the encounter in high spirits following a decent pre-season campaign which saw them defeat Spanish giants Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley among other good results. Jurgen Klopp has spoken ...

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Roberto Firmino – Year Two

Demetri Smith takes a look at how Roberto Firmino has progressed since signing for Liverpool last season. Liverpool came away from the Emirates against a depleted Arsenal side with all three points for only the second time in 16 years with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane taking the plaudits from pundits and fans alike. However, one man stood out to me, our ‘striker’ Roberto Firmino. Rewind a year ago and Firmino was ...

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Can Liverpool’s new-look attack spearhead them to success?

Jurgen Klopp begins his first full season in English football with competition fiercer than ever. However, after a summer of spending and a full pre-season of integrating his methods, fortunes may There were glimpses last year of Klopp’s high pressing game, or ‘gegenpressing’ as he refers to it. Their sublime double over Manchester City in the league and home games against Arsenal and Everton were prime examples. At the Emirates yesterday, ...

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Chaos Theory: Why Attack Is Liverpool’s Best Form Of Defence Following Arsenal 

If Arsenal’s panic-stricken start to the season was a predictable one, then they needed Liverpool to draw that panic out of them. The Gunners have got clear and preventable problems of their own making, of course, but the sight of 10 black Liverpool shirts careering around the pitch, hunting down the ball or throwing themselves into challenges – sometimes all three in the same penalty area if you’re Alberto Moreno – ...

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Adam Lallana: How a change in role makes him and Liverpool more difficult to work out

Lallana seems to be operating in a more orthodox midfield role having been more advanced last season. If you look at the transfer business undertaken by Jurgen Klopp in the summer, and seen how his side set up from his arrival in October - you could easily have thought Adam Lallana was a player that could struggle to get into the starting XI. For much of last season he operated as part of ...

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Liverpool Formations & Positional Depth Chart

Great article below on the Season 2016-17 Preview as well as looking at Formations and Tactics. Particularly the following Positional Depth charts vis-a-vis formations were interesting.   Tactics and Formation Once again, we enter a season not entirely sure of what Liverpool's best XI, or preferred formation, actually is. This is one of the (many) downsides of needing to sign three, four, five new starters every summer. It *seems* that 4-3-3 will be the most ...

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Liverpool have set a new Premier League record!

The breathtaking stat that shows this is definitely Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool team now One game, seven goals, no glasses and a whole lot of running. Sadio Mané lighting the place up, Philippe Coutinho on bloody fire and last year's runners up cast aside like limp rag dolls. As starts to a season go, it doesn't get much more heavy metal than this. It doesn't get much more Jurgen Klopp than this. Liverpool ran through ...

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Hey Liverpool…defending is pretty important too!

Here’s the opening quote for the entire season’s columns. Cut out to keep and tape in every week. Ready? Football teams must defend. If we’re back on the rollercoaster Rodgers designed and Suarez built (then dismantled) at least give us some notice to stock up the medicine cabinet. Dampening the ardour of fans so early on, especially after winning at such a jinxed ground, might seem callous. A bit like dressing up as ...

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FOAR Writers 2016/17 Season Predictions…

Proud to present our first ever FOAR Writers 2016/17 Season Predictions! Feel free to throw Rotten or Fresh tomatoes in the comments! :) [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"]       Liverpool Chelsea Manchester City West Ham Manchester United Spurs My reasoning for this is that both Liverpool and Chelsea have only the Prem to concentrate on and will be very hard to beat, especially come the end of the season when the games come thick and fast. ...

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Klopp can show that money isn’t everything

Amid all the bluster and the extreme examples of ruthlessly displayed wealth, one question refuses to retreat before the swagger of Jose Mourinho and the cult-like reverence for Pep Guardiola. Quite simply it goes like this: could it happen again? Not, surely, under the avalanche of money that has been the response of Manchester United and Manchester City, in particular, to the astounding triumph of Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City. Yet at the ...

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No excuses for Jürgen Klopp as he kicks off season with ‘his’ Liverpool team

Seven recruits have arrived at Liverpool this summer but the emphasis has been on a steady evolution for their Premier League opener at Arsenal Jürgen Klopp has deprived himself of a convenient excuse should Liverpoolfail to advance in his first full season in charge. “This is my squad now,” he said. “This time it is my team.” And this is not a manager who measures “his team” by signings alone. A £70m-plus ...

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Why keeping Lucas Leiva is a good move

Matthew Johnson explains why keeping Lucas Leiva is a good move. There has been a lot of speculation this summer window regarding Liverpool’s number 21, and whether a concrete offer from Turkish giants will lure Lucas away from Anfield. However the Liverpool Echo report that the Brazilian isn’t going anywhere. Lucas arrived in the summer transfer window of 2007 from Brazilian outfit Gremio. He struggled to live up to the so-called ‘hype’ at ...

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KeithSA OpEd | A New Dawn – Season Promo – 16/17

[yt4wp-video video_id="fEoDkL4PnCk"] [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] WE ARE BACK! [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] The foreplay is officially over. We have been tantalised and titillated; shown glimpses of exceptional skill, breath taking movement, speed, but equally, we have seen moments worthy of the Keystone Cops. It is now down to the serious business of getting results. No more excuses, no more, it’s just pre-season relax; they have had 3 training seasons a day. No more they are still getting ...

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Part 3: Most Compelling EPL Season? Answer > The Next One!

Quietly, steadily, Part 3 of this light-hearted look at the new season is upon us, so, without further ado... You know what, scrub that, let's actually have some ado. Writers, narrators, awards MC's alike, are all quick to dismiss ado. I've always wondered why and vowed that one day, ado wil have it's day. Ado day ("don't dey doe")... [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] Ahem, Part 3, here we go. [ap_spacing spacing_height="20px"] Having steadfastly stuck to the ...

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3 reasons why Liverpool will beat Arsenal this weekend

Michael Mongie provides three reasons as to why Liverpool will beat Arsenal in the opening game of the season. The 2016/17 Premier League season has been eagerly awaited almost since the minute the 2015/16 season ended. Having the Euros to watch during the off-season alleviated our depression somewhat but we can all agree there is nothing like the Premier League. I am pleased to say that this weekend we can get ...

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Could Marko Grujic be a starter next season?

Alex Rogers discusses whether or not Marko Grujic can become a starter for Liverpool next season. I think we can all agree that Marko Grujic is a great signing. Even though all that we’ve seen him is in preseason, he has impressed hugely, getting himself on the score sheet more frequently than we probably expected. Yes, even though it is just preseason, it’s clear to see that Grujic is an absolute animal. ...

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What can a foreign visitor expect at Liverpool’s Anfield?

In Summary As the players marched onto the pitch, Couzen and Barlow’s major warning 24 hours earlier descended on us from the Kop End. It started like a church choir, slowly engulfing the entire stadium like a wild fire. “When you walk through a storm,” the Kop sing, “Hold your head up high… And don’t be afraid of the dark… “Walk on, walk on (I was walking with them here)… With hope in ...

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