Abdul Rahim

Football Writer. I chronicle the growth of football in India at my blog, Flying Goalie.

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Sheffield United vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Sheffield United vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The last time these two squared up against each other, Diego Jota was just about to go on a scoring run that would bring him six goals in four matches. That streak coincided with Liverpool’s ascent to the top of the league table and after securing wins in their first three Champions League games along the way, the Reds were flying. It was also a time when Jurgen Klopp and Chris Wilder got along famously. The two men had lavished …
Are Manchester United In A Title Challenge?

Are Manchester United In A Title Challenge?

By winning at Turf Moor on Tuesday, the Red Devils top the Premier League table for the first time since the opening day of the 2018-19 season. Given that they played the first game that weekend with Bournemouth bettering their result only a few hours later, only the most diehard supporter would have drawn any comfort from that brief stay at the summit. Manchester United eventually finished thirty-two points off the champions, Manchester City, come the end of the season. …
A Fabinho-Shaped Hole In Midfield For Liverpool

A Fabinho-Shaped Hole In Midfield For Liverpool

Where would Liverpool be this season without Fabinho? It is plain for everyone to see. As soon as the Brazilian was hooked off at the end of the first half against FC Midtjylland last week, the Danish team were all over the Reds like a bad rash. The previously ineffectual Sory Kaba terrorized a young backline as the home side chased an equalizer first, and then a winner. It says a lot about the qualities of a player when he …
Opportunity For Gomez In Van Dijk Heartache

Opportunity For Gomez In Van Dijk Heartache

Joe Gomez. 23. Champions League and Club World Cup Winner. Premier League Champion. That makes for impressive reading. The former Charlton Athletic player has already built up a CV which proved to be beyond many a Liverpool stalwart. There are quite a few of these young Turks going around at the moment – those hauling in trophies that belie their tender ages – in Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Alphonso Davies and Gomez’s own teammate in Trent Alexander-Arnold. These players are …
Is Football Going The Basketball Way As A Spectacle?

Is Football Going The Basketball Way As A Spectacle?

In the 2004-05 season, a team arrived that revolutionised the sport: their previously unheralded coach popularised a playing philosophy rooted in fluid passing and frantic pace. The rules of the game had changed a few years before to encourage more offensive systems and with players pushing the boundaries of what was physically possible, the Seven Seconds Or Less rule took the league by storm. The system was based on the belief that the best opportunity to score was within the …
Wijnaldum Exit Would Hit Liverpool Badly

Wijnaldum Exit Would Hit Liverpool Badly

Gini Wijnaldum did not have a great Community Shield. But then, no one expected a team two weeks into pre-season to play with any rhythm or consistency and every Liverpool player’s performance on the day reflected that. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence exacerbated matters further and the Reds seemed bereft of ideas until Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino entered the fray on the hour mark. The game provided those who bemoan the lack of creativity in Liverpool’s midfield with an opportunity to …
Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

Why Can't Elite Teams Defend Anymore?

A video of Alphonso Davies went viral when football returned to the Bundesliga in May. In a crucial encounter against Borussia Dortmund which eventually tipped the league title Bayern Munich’s way, the left-back made an astonishing recovery run dispossessing Erling Haaland in the box while he was poised to score. With the striker having a head start of 12.5 meters on him, Davies caught up in 3.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 35 km/h. The Canadian’s speed had …
Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

I am a Liverpool supporter and hugely appreciative of Jordan Henderson. In fact, I wrote a piece on his value to the Reds more than a year ago. Well before he got to lift four trophies and made the Hendo-shuffle such an attractive proposition to kids everywhere. He’s an all-round good egg and as Adam Lallana highlighted this week in an emotional farewell interview, a captain who takes responsibility for the club in good times and bad. Given his backstory, …
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