Abdul Rahim

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

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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, …
Minamino Ready To Step Into Firmino's Shoes

Minamino Ready To Step Into Firmino's Shoes

Leading up to Liverpool’s recent fixture against Arsenal, the TV broadcaster showed highlights from the Reds’ 5-1 trashing of the same opposition at Anfield towards the end of 2018. Much like this season, Roberto Firmino had not scored at home for more than eight months but delivered a virtuoso performance on the night and the only hattrick of his Liverpool career. What struck me most was his behavior after tucking in a 65th minute penalty that secured his hattrick. While …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After a comprehensive victory over Crystal Palace, Jürgen Klopp built this fixture up by claiming that TV records would be broken with everybody and their dogs tuning in to watch the two best teams in the country. The prospect of the champions-elect claiming their first title in thirty years at the home turf of the holders certainly would have had television executives excited. Alas, it was not to be as City’s loss to Chelsea a day later handed Liverpool the …
Thirty-Two Years Following Liverpool - A Chronology

Thirty-Two Years Following Liverpool - A Chronology

1988 - Red shirt with Candy splayed across the front, a seven-year old is hooked. 1989 – Hillsborough in April and Michael Thomas in May, it is all too much for a kid to take. 1990 – My favourite player, John Barnes, lights up the league and King Kenny tosses the tracksuit aside for a final appearance as Liverpool win Number Eighteen. I could get used to this. 1991 – Kenny stuns by leaving midseason and club legend, Graeme Souness, …
Could Pogba And Fernandes Play In The Same Starting Eleven?

Could Pogba And Fernandes Play In The Same Starting Eleven?

The disruption in March to the Premier League season came at the worst possible time for Manchester United. They had just built up a head of steam over the previous six weeks which culminated in the glorious defeat of the current champions, Manchester City. When United thumped LASK in the Europa League a few days later, they had gone eleven games unbeaten in all competitions and were arguably the form team in England. A lot of the upturn in fortunes …
Do Not Expect Bundesliga Starlets To Hit Ground Running

Do Not Expect Bundesliga Starlets To Hit Ground Running

In the middle of May, football returned to Germany with a surreal Rivierderby. In a match estimated to be the most-watched league fixture in the country’s history, Borussia Dortmund thumped Schalke 04 in playing conditions without precedent. It also provided the larger world with more glimpses of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, two players heavily linked with moves to the Premier League in the near future. The performances since of these two players, along with Timo Werner of RB Leipzig …
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