Should Liverpool sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona?

Should Liverpool sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona?

Philippe Coutinho has been linked to Barcelona sporadically over the last 12 months, but the current speculation seems to be genuine and Liverpool are facing a battle to keep hold of arguably their best player. The club insist that he hasn't asked to leave Anfield, but Barcelona are increasingly confident that a deal can be agreed with the Reds. A prominent reason why the La Liga giants want to sign Coutinho in this window is linked to Neymar's uncertain future. …
Javier Manquillo Moves to Newcastle: Third Time Lucky in the EPL?

Javier Manquillo Moves to Newcastle: Third Time Lucky in the EPL?

When Javier Manquillo joined Liverpool on a two-season long loan in the summer of 2014, he was hoping for game time at Anfield, and perhaps a permanent move in the future. The Reds did not have a first choice right-back and it gave the Spaniard a great opportunity to shine. But it was not to be. Manquillo did not shine in the ten Premier League appearances he made and then Brendan Rodgers’ chopping and changing of the formations ensured that …
Andrew Robertson Can Free Up Milner for Other Duties

Andrew Robertson Can Free Up Milner for Other Duties

Pick up any speculative article about Liverpool’s transfers from last summer and one would assume that the only position Liverpool desperately needed to fill was left back. This was before Mamadou Sakho’s pre-season transgressions that have led to desperate tap ups this summer. It was also before Red Bull Leipzig and Naby Keita lit up the Bundesliga. Alberto Moreno had endured a torrid second half in the Europa League final and the clamour for a new left back amongst the …
Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

In the summer of 2012, Brendan Rodgers brought a player to Liverpool who remains the signing that has excited me the most in recent years when first announced. It was only a loan signing, but when Nuri Sahin arrived at Anfield, I was beside myself with joy. Here finally was the player in central midfield Liverpool had been crying out for since Xabi Alonso left. The three interim years had seen barren service for the players further up field. In …
Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Towards the end of last season, I came across the CIES Football Observatory’s rankings of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Dejan Lovren was rated the ninth-best centre-back in Europe, only behind Nicolas Otamendi in the Premier League. I wasn’t too far from putting my head through a wall when I read that. Similarly, Manchester City fans would have been bemused to see Otamendi at fourth in the list. I could see how Lovren made the …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
West Ham & Liverpool Target Raul Jimenez: Good Enough for the Premier League?

West Ham & Liverpool Target Raul Jimenez: Good Enough for the Premier League?

There are hundreds of foreign players that are linked with the Premier League every summer and there are few that haven't been watched by an English scout at one time or another. Raul Jimenez has been at the centre of speculation in recent weeks, as Liverpool and West Ham United have both been linked with the Benfica striker. It is unknown whether either club has a serious interest, but he is open to a move to England and it is …
Four Liverpool Players To Keep an Eye Out for in Pre-Season

Four Liverpool Players To Keep an Eye Out for in Pre-Season

The 2017-18 season is almost upon us and most of the Premier League's players will re-group next week to kick start their summer preparations. Jurgen Klopp is expecting the majority of his squad back next Wednesday when Liverpool's pre-season campaign officially kicks off. They start by facing Tranmere Rovers on the 12th July, before taking on Wigan just two days later in the second of two domestic fixtures. Liverpool will then fly out to face a range of opponents in …
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