Liverpool: Winning Ugly - why it's not such a bad thing

Liverpool: Winning Ugly - why it's not such a bad thing

Winning Ugly is a term that has been around the game of football forever. In modern history, it is usually associated with tactics employed by the likes of Jose Mourinho or Sam Allardyce.  Some clubs like West Brom and previously Stoke under Tony Pulis build their whole style of play on this abstract "footballing philosophy" Its basically a style of play devoid of any real aesthetic appeal, but one that is pretty effective [at times]. Get-the-ball-into-the-net-how-ever-you-can-and-defend-with-your-lives is the foundation principle. A …
What went wrong for Arsenal against Liverpool?

What went wrong for Arsenal against Liverpool?

Arsenal were swept aside with ease at Anfield on Saturday evening as Arsene Wenger's side struggled to overcome their bogey team. The two teams have had a long-standing rivalry but there was an elevated sense of competition last weekend as both clubs are in prime position to challenge for a top four finish at the end of the season. It was Liverpool who gained the advantage though, as all three points moved them back into a Champions League qualification spot …
Is Gini Wijnaldum less effective away from home?

Is Gini Wijnaldum less effective away from home?

One of the main criticisms of Gini Wijnaldum during his time at Newcastle United was that he failed to contribute away from home, with all of his 11 league goals coming at St James' Park. This was brushed aside as being caused by the team's bad form on the road, but the Dutch international is having similar problems at Liverpool. There have been a number of fans commenting on his poor performances away and how he looks like a different …
How Liverpool beat Spurs | Key Stats

How Liverpool beat Spurs | Key Stats

After the defeat at the KCom Stadium at the hands of a fighting for survival Hull City, Jurgen Klopp had said several things. He had talked about how Liverpool needed to “give a reaction” against Spurs in the next match and how Liverpool were still in hunt at least of a top-four finish to the season. Without specifying it as such, he had even laid out the template of what he thought would be a great reaction. In the lengthy …
European qualification is possible but Liverpool need to strengthen

European qualification is possible but Liverpool need to strengthen

Liverpool still have a chance of securing a Champions League qualification spot but recent performances suggest Jurgen Klopp will need to add to his squad if they hope to compete in Europe for more than one season. The Merseysiders were not knocked out of two cup competitions in the space of a week following disappointing defeats against Wolves and Southampton at Anfield. It followed a run of poor form which saw Liverpool pick up just one victory since the turn …
Why Liverpool Are Right In Not Pursuing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Why Liverpool Are Right In Not Pursuing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

While the world was preparing for the new year celebrations, and Liverpool were preparing for a footballing marathon, the transfer rumour mills that are seemingly always turning and churning through up an interesting combination – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverool, in January. The rumour claimed that Liverpool were interested due to Coutinho’s continued absence and especially due to the absence of Sadio Mane throughout the month of January as he will be away on national duty. It went on to claim …
Adam Lallana – Will He Be Missed at St. Mary’s?

Adam Lallana – Will He Be Missed at St. Mary’s?

Liverpool’s 2016-17 season is different to 2015-16 in many ways. The number of games they have won in the first eleven game weeks, their winning streak, great performances against top as well as bottom teams and the list goes on. One small detail that is also different this season is that Liverpool in this season seem to head into international breaks on a high, while last season and especially the one before that, it seemed that Liverpool were destined to …
Should Wayne Rooney start for United against Liverpool?

Should Wayne Rooney start for United against Liverpool?

As the international break draws to a close, question marks over Wayne Rooney's future heightens. The England captain has been in the headlines all week after he was dropped from the starting XI of the national side which faced Slovenia on Tuesday evening. After an apparent poor run of form for his club and country it seems Gareth Southgate may have unleashed the first of many blows to come Rooney's way in the near future. The interim England manager made …
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