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 …
Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

The importance of the holding midfielder to any Premier League title challenge has never been doubted. While flashier proponents of the footballing art have rightly been serenaded by fans, there has always been place for the likes of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Claude Makalele in a discussion about modern-day giants. Having the right player in the middle of the park has often proven to be the difference between ending a campaign as league winners or also-rans. Michael Essien’s injury …
Manchester City vs Liverpool | Community Shield Preview

Manchester City vs Liverpool | Community Shield Preview

The Community Shield is the curtain raiser of the football season and it features the two best teams of the 2018/19 season. Manchester City won both the Premier League and the FA Cup, therefore Liverpool have qualified for this game based on their second-placed finish. It will be great to see their rivalry renewed this weekend, with the pair likely to be competing at the very top of the division again. Manchester City have had another good summer, as they …
Liverpool Batter Newcastle United to Extend Lead at the Top of the Table

Liverpool Batter Newcastle United to Extend Lead at the Top of the Table

Liverpool hosted Newcastle United on the Boxing Day afternoon. Both the teams were in relatively safe positions. Liverpool were 4 points clear at the top of the table and Newcastle were 5 points clear of the relegation zone teams. As the afternoon games ended, Liverpool stayed at the top but increased their lead to 6 points, while Newcastle’s position did not change with respect to the relegation zone teams, as both Burnley and Huddersfield lost, while Fulham’s draw with Wolves …
Liverpool Vs Napoli Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Napoli Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The last time Liverpool beat Napoli at home in a group game of a European competition to ensure progress into the knockout rounds, it was the fourth matchday of the 2010-11 Europa League and a certain Steven Gerrard rose to the occasion, scoring a brilliant hat-trick and making sure that Liverpool were unsurpassable in the group. The Reds won the game 3 goals to 1 – a scoreline they will love to have on Tuesday when Carlo Ancelotti’s men come …
Manchester United & The Importance of Business Acumen in Football

Manchester United & The Importance of Business Acumen in Football

“You don’t spend £50 million on someone that you’re never going to play” remarked Julien Laurens when speaking on The Totally Football Show about Fabinho’s gradual integration into Liverpool’s first team. “Unless you’re Man United” quipped James Richardson in reply, to which the panel sniggered and jeered in agreement. How the mighty have fallen. The days of Sir Alex Ferguson posing an ominous figure on the touchline tapping away at his watch with sweeping attacking football and visiting teams fearing the …
Liverpool 4 Red Star Belgrade 0: The Midfield - A New Hope

Liverpool 4 Red Star Belgrade 0: The Midfield - A New Hope

These things come with caveats. Four goals and a clean sheet are never to be sniffed at, particularly in Europe, but you have to look at the opposition. Vladan Milojevic’s Red Star Belgrade set a high bar with a point against Napoli in the opening game of Group C, but it proved to be something of a false dawn. Following a drubbing in Paris and ill-disciplined performance at a 100% Red Anfield, it’s easy to see why they were a …
Why James Milner could be set for the best season of his career

Why James Milner could be set for the best season of his career

Liverpool have emerged as the most likely challengers to Manchester City after some eye-catching transfer business, but an unlikely player stood out during their opening day victory over West Ham United. James Milner has been an important player for the club since he joined on a free transfer in 2015. He has been used as a winger, central midfielder and left-back, thriving in every role. Although the 32-year-old has his limitations, there is no doubting his adaptability and work rate. …
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