Abdul Rahim

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

https://flyinggoalie.com

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 …
Mid-Nineties Liverpool Offer Manchester United Transfer Lessons

Mid-Nineties Liverpool Offer Manchester United Transfer Lessons

An interesting statistic hit the internet a few days ago. It cost Manchester United £820 million to assemble their current squad. At the start of the previous decade, when the Red Devils were holders of the Premier League having won three on the bounce, the cost was £238 million. The announcement of these figures startled readers, but given how the economics of football have changed in these ten years, they should come as no surprise. The only reason why we …
Battering Rams In Midfield The Differentiator For Liverpool

Battering Rams In Midfield The Differentiator For Liverpool

The love-in for Jordan Henderson has picked up steam in the last couple of months. After fears about his ability to stand in for Fabinho in December subsided fairly quickly, he also deputised for Virgil Van Dijk against Monterrey at the Club World Cup to prove that there wasn’t any job that was beyond him. In the final, his raking pass to Sadio Mane that set up Bobby Firmino’s winning goal was the cherry on top of an outstanding display …
Mesut Özil - A Revival In The Offing?

Mesut Özil - A Revival In The Offing?

There comes a time in an unfulfilled footballer’s career when he realises the futility of his ways. It suddenly dawns on him that a talent bestowed upon a select few has been squandered for years. The truth hits him like a ton of bricks and he resolves to focus his energies on fulfilling his destiny. He may not have a lot of time left in the game but by God, people would remember him for the pleasure he offered in …
The Death Of The Classic Number Ten

The Death Of The Classic Number Ten

When Lionel Scaloni was appointed caretaker manager of Argentina after a disastrous World Cup campaign, he claimed that the game was becoming more direct and that he was going to implant a style in that image on his side. After a year of disjointed performances and having been given the job permanently since, the former West Ham player’s team have looked the part in recent months. He has built a side in the way he promised and whisper it quietly …
Liverpool vs Brighton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Brighton Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Reds are matching Manchester City’s record-breaking 2017/18 side every step of the way this season. A win at Anfield on Saturday would take them to 40 points and they would join their rivals as the only teams to get there by the fourteenth-game mark in the Premier League. Liverpool are not playing with quite the same swagger as that Pep Guardiola team; City had scored forty-four and conceded only nine goals when they got there, but the mentality giants …
Leroy Sane Hugely Missed By Manchester City

Leroy Sane Hugely Missed By Manchester City

All the talk of crucial absences in the clash between Liverpool and Manchester City centred around Aymeric Laporte and Ederson. The Frenchman has left a big void in the centre of defence and the Brazilian’s distribution and shot-stopping abilities were definitely missed in the 1-3 defeat at Anfield. Liverpool though would have been happier that another player who has tormented them more than most was not going to take the field.  In this burgeoning rivalry between the two best teams …
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