European Opposition Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Niko Kovač

Without Dutch International Virgil Van Dijk on their return to Champions League action, the Reds face a difficult task against Bundesliga challengers Bayern Munich at Anfield this coming Tuesday. With injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Klopp will be forced to field a makeshift centre-back partnership with Joel Matip and Fabinho, although, given the latter's stellar performance in the role against Brighton, albeit less prestigious opposition, perhaps one shouldn't ...

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Bournemouth Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Eddie Howe

With the latest against Pellegrini's West Ham, its been a couple performances to forget for Liverpool. Though one would imagine the club's fortunes will change in the upcoming Anfield clash with Bournemouth. WHERE ARE BOURNEMOUTH NOW? Coming off the back of two consecutive wins including a highly impressive, if unexpected, 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth now face a tough run of fixtures with title challengers Liverpool and Manchester ...

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Leicester City Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Claude Puel

Following a goal glutz of an affair between Palace and Liverpool, the Reds will be hoping for a more routine experience against their latest opposition from the East Midlands - Leicester City. WHERE ARE LEICESTER CITY NOW? Having been the victim of a last minute goal in the other 4-3 thriller last weekend at the Molineux, the pressure is mounting on Claude Puel to deliver the points. With only one win in ...

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The Winter Window: Liverpool Must Remember Past Errors

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

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Closeup: Tactics, Stats and Nuno

Ahead of Liverpool's visit to the Molineux, we're going to take an in-depth look at Nuno Espírito Santo's in-form Wolves, who host the Reds off the back of three consecutive wins (including an impressive home victory against Chelsea). Where are Wolves now? Having propelled Wolves back to the top tier of English football last term, in his first season in at the helm, Nuno has delivered a similarly encouraging start to life in ...

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Top Five Spanish Reds

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

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Fear and groaning: Life at the Top for Liverpool

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

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Harry Wilson: Why Klopp has to ignore the noise

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

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Liverpool’s Five Greatest African Players

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

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Fixture changes for the Reds announced

Liverpool have seen a number of fixtures moved from the originally published times due to the announcement of the televised picks of Sky Sports and BT Sport today. The Merseyside Derby has been moved to Sunday December 2nd at 4:15pm by Sky Sports, which in turn has a knock-on effect for the trip to Turf Moor to play Burnley, moving it 24 hours to Wednesday 5th of December, and it's not ...

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Liverpool FC: A ‘One-Man Team’ No Longer

Billed as a heavyweight Champions League fixture between two of Europe's most exciting sides, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain's opening group stage match lived up to high expectations. Providing the perfect response in the dying moments of the game, Roberto Firmino fired away Liverpool's third to seal top spot of Group C in yet another brilliant Anfield European night. In my last article, following Gary Neville's comments, I talked about how Liverpool could ...

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Jurgen Klopp and the Modern Footballer

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

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Free Transfers: Liverpool’s mixed bag

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

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She Returns…

As the World Cup carried on and the silly season of transfers was underway, there was only one thing that occupied my mind: Liverpool FC. My first and only love had gone on her annual summer break, and for thirteen weeks I was devastated. Not being able to spend time with her while the once-in-every-four-years side love’s attempts at entertaining and taking care of me simply failed to satisfy my needs ...

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Joe’s Chance

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

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Ante Coric was a medical away from signing for Liverpool

Ante Coric has revealed that he was a medical away from joining Liverpool this summer, but the lure of Champions League football was too much to turn down. Liverpool was linked with signing Coric for much of the early stages of the transfer window, but the Croatian midfielder has revealed that he didn’t join the Merseyside club as the opportunity to play in the Champions League with Dinamo Zagreb was too ...

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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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Pochettino: we are focusing on fitness rather than tactics in training!

Mauricio Pochettino has warned that Tottenham Hotspur are still some way from playing their best football this season. Spurs host Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, having taken four points from their first two games. But with so many Spurs players back late this summer, Pochettino said that his training sessions are still focused on fitness, rather than tactics. Only after the international break will they be able to focus on fine-turning ...

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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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Get your FFL and FPL picks in!!!

With no Friday night game to look forward to, Week 3 gets underway on Saturday with the lunchtime kick-off between Spurs and Liverpool. There are two clashes at opposite ends of the table as Manchester United travel to Hull and Palace host Bournemouth, while Chelsea face Burnley and West Ham go to City. Saturday Tottenham v Liverpool 12:30 Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off features two sides that have realistic aspirations for the top four. Spurs, ...

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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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What do Liverpool still need to do before transfer window closes?

It's under a week until the transfer window closes, so what do Liverpool still need to do? Having conceded five goals in their first two games of the Premier League season, defence seems to be the area of priority for the Reds. We look at what they have done so far this summer and what could happen before the 11.30pm deadline on August 31. Ins Sadio Mane (Southampton, £36m), Loris Karius (Mainz, £4.7m), Joel Matip ...

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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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Live Game Cafe! EFL Cup: Burton v Liverpool

It's the first ever meeting between the two sides. When is Burton v Liverpool? The game gets underway at 7.45pm on Tuesday August 23. Where is Burton v Liverpool? The 6,912 seat capacity Pirelli Stadium will host the fixtureBurton welcome the Premier League big-hitters to the Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent. What TV channel is Burton v Liverpool on? You can watch the match live on Sky Sports 1 with coverage starting at 7.30pm.   Discussion on possible lineups here: https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-fieldsofanfieldroad/whats_your_lineup_for_the_league_cup_match_versus_burton/   Join ...

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Liverpool £800m takeover: China Everbright Limited not looking to buy Reds

Exclusive: The state-backed Chinese firm told IBTimes UK that it was not bidding to buy the Reds. China Everbright Limited has told IBTimes UK that it is not looking to buy Liverpool and denied knowledge of such a deal. It was earlier reported that the Chinese firm was planning a takeover in a deal worth about £800m ($1.05bn). According to the Sunday Times, the state-backed financial services conglomerate was discussing the takeover ...

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Burton v Liverpool – Three things to look forward to

Neil Jones takes a look ahead to Liverpool's League Cup clash with Burton After league disappointment on Saturday, cup optimism on Tuesday. Liverpool begin their EFL Cup campaign in Staffordshire, taking on Championship side Burton Albion. The most successful team in League Cup history, and finalists last year, the Reds will be keen to continue their rich heritage in the competition under Jurgen Klopp. It's a new ground to tick off the list ...

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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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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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“If One Game Would Change My Mind, Then I Would Be A Real Idiot”

Jürgen Klopp isn’t planning on spending any more money any time soon. The clamoring amongst supporters for the club to spend more money on defense seemed to reach a fever pitch this weekend when Liverpool lost to newly promoted side Burnley at their home ground. Jürgen Klopp and Alberto Moreno both have gone on the defensive this week leading up to the match, with the boss saying that he is happy ...

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Klopp to make changes for Burton Albion cup tie

Matip, Grujic, Origi and Can in line for starts in League Cup second round tie Jurgen Klopp is set to ring the changes for Liverpool’s EFL Cup tie at Burton Albion. The Reds make their first trip to the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday night for the second round clash, against Nigel Clough’s newly-promoted Championship side. Joel Matip is expected to make his competitive debut for the Reds having been on the bench for ...

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The Estonian F.A. Have Emailed To Reject Brian Kerr’s Claims About Ragnar Klavan

This morning is the gift that keeps on giving. We arrived bleary-eyed to the office this morning, only to have eyelids jolted apart by the mother of all wars between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.  To add to our delight, we then checked our emails, and found this fantastic email sitting in our inbox. If you read the site yesterday, you will have noticed that confirmation filtered through that Liverpool were, indeed, ...

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Zero won tackles, zero interceptions won: Milner struggles for Liverpool

The midfielder struggled at left-back in the loss to Burnley. James Milner endured an afternoon to forget as his Liverpool side were beaten by Burnley this weekend. The midfielder made a return to Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI as they travelled to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. He found himself in an unfamiliar role though as the German elected to play him at left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno. Burnley's Dean Marney in action with Liverpool's ...

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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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Liverpool FC owners hire advisers after Chinese approach – FT.com

The US owners of Liverpool FC have appointed financial advisers after an unsolicited approach by a consortium led by Chinese investment firm Everbright and PCP Capital Partners, the private equity firm founded by Amanda Staveley. Fenway Sports Group, led by John W Henry, has hired Allen & Co, the boutique investment bank, to advise on discussions over the acquisition of a substantial stake in one of England’s most storied football clubs, people close to ...

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Match Report: Burnley 2 – 0 Liverpool

The Reds who enjoyed a thrilling victory over Arsenal on the opening day of the new season were brought back down to earth with a bang after defeat to Sean Dyche's side Sam Vokes and Andre Gray scored their first Premier League goals as Burnley stunned Liverpool with a superb 2-0 victory at Turf Moor. Playing on the road again as a result of renovation work at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's men were ...

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Six worst offenders in Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley – from the bad to the very worst

In the space of a week, Liverpool’s start to the new Premier League season have gone from the sublime – a 4-3 away win against Arsenal on the opening weekend – to the ridiculous: a limp, turgid 2-0 slump of a defeat to Burnley. After their blistering, buccaneering start against the Gunners, Jurgen Klopp’s team were tipped to challenge for the title by their most optimistic fans and overwhelmed admirers among ...

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Jurgen Klopp is probably in love with Linda Pizzuti Henry

Ahead of Liverpool's second game of the season, Jürgen Klopp outlined how his side will make the next step. “I love clean sheets,” he declared. “It looks different but I love it! I would never accept conceding goals before a game, to be honest. I’ve never chosen a line-up where I’ve thought, ‘OK, maybe we can score five but with these guys we will concede four.’ I never did this...   Meanwhile... https://twitter.com/Linda_Pizzuti/status/755058036964782081 https://twitter.com/Linda_Pizzuti/status/506088193050308608 https://twitter.com/Linda_Pizzuti/status/633380947279396864 Source: Jürgen ...

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Tom Werner on Liverpool’s summer signings and funds available to Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool FC chairman on transfers, strategy and why Jurgen Klopp is a winner Chairman Tom Werner believes Liverpool have bought “real quality” this summer and insists money is available for Jurgen Klopp to add to his squad before the transfer deadline. The Reds have made six signings during the current window with Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum the most high profile new arrivals. “I think our supporters see that the players Jurgen has ...

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Tom Werner: Liverpool is not for sale – we’ve made a commitment to Klopp

Reds chairman says owners won't sell up as they eye bright future at Anfield Chairman Tom Werner insists Fenway Sports Group remain fully committed to restoringLiverpool to former glory as he declared: “This club is not for sale.” In a wide ranging exclusive interview with the ECHO, Werner addressed the recent speculation about takeover bids from Chinese investment groups. Werner says the American owners have no intention of selling the club they bought ...

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Klopp says Sturridge doesn’t need to change as striker prepares for Liverpool return

England striker has trained all week after missing opening weekend win Jurgen Klopp insists Daniel Sturridge doesn’t need to change to fit his Liverpool blueprint as the striker returns to the squad for Saturday’s trip to Burnley. Sturridge is expected to feature at Turf Moor after missing last weekend’s thrilling 4-3 win at Arsenal. The England international was available for the opening game but after a minor hip problem Klopp decided he would ...

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Klopp: Guts are key to a title challenge from Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp believes guts are the key to competing for the title and he will have more time for analysis this season Jürgen Klopp has a simple solution in his attempt to turn Liverpool into title contenders: footballing Yakult. The Anfield manager, having begun his first full season at the club, is hoping that the key to future development is a stronger collective gut. Liverpool travel to Burnleyon Saturday after ...

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Klopp refuses to compare Coutinho with Suarez after Arsenal heroics

Philippe Coutinho may be the man of the moment at Anfield, but his manager, Jurgen Klopp, is not rushing to join in the clamour that followed the Brazilian's magnificent performance in the opening weekend's 4-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. A stunning free-kick equaliser that proved the catalyst forLiverpool to sweep aside Arsene Wenger's men in a 20-minute spell after the break had a breathless social media conjuring the ...

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Preview! Burnley vs Liverpool

Liverpool made a stunning start to the new season of the Premier League, beating Arsenal in their own back yard by a solitary goal and will be looking forward to continuing a decent performance in their next game, when they travel to Turf Moor to take on the newly promoted Burnley side. The Jurgen Klopp coached side began the game on a poor note. However, they put up a spectacular attacking ...

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The view from Burnley: ‘We’ll have no problem getting fired up’

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Burnley tomorrow, we asked Clarets fan Mark Bowering to give us the lowdown on the opposition. The Reds began the Premier League season with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Arsenal last Sunday, while Sean Dyche’s side saw their first game back in the top flight spoiled by a late Leroy Fer goal as Swansea City won 1-0 at Turf Moor. Liverpool have won all four previous Premier ...

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Klopp hints at Danny Ings inclusion ahead of Burnley clash

Jurgen Klopp has appeared to suggest that Danny Ings has a chance of being involved in our game against Burnley this weekend. Ings missed the vast majority of last season with a knee ligament injury, but has quietly been working to regain full fitness throughout the summer after making a brief return cameo against West Brom on the final day of last season.  “I like Danny,” Klopp admitted. (via Echo) “I talked to ...

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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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The Karius Comeback

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has stepped up his recovery as he bids to return from the broken hand which ruined the start of his new career in England. Karius cost Liverpool £5million. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has stepped up his recovery as he bids to return from the broken hand which ruined the start of his new career in England. The Germany Under-21 international cost Liverpool £5million when he arrived from Mainz ...

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Hendo knows best! Says Coutinho Can Become An Elite Player.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson believes Philippe Coutinho can be world-class. We’ve all enjoyed it. We’ve all enjoyed the magic and the swagger. And those quick, little bips. You know, the bips when he’s kind of in a pickle and then -bip- he bips and he’s off? Philippe Coutinho has been a mainstay in thisLiverpool team for gosh darn ever and has been a big part of the club’s success. But we ...

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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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