Liverpool vs Manchester United - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Manchester United - Key Battles

The big night draws ever closer. Battle lines have been drawn. The two most successful teams in English football clash on Monday Night… And what a clash it will be. Both teams have undergone changes in personnel in some form or the other, but the tension and rivalry remains the same. Nay, it actually gets more intense with each year that passes! These are some of the duels we are likely to see in this, the most watched/spoken/fought about football match in the world. …
The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

The Left-Back Comparison | Premier League's Most Influential Left Backs

And Lord Carragher said unto Lord Neville at MNF, "I look at fullbacks and think, there's only two things for a fullback- you're either a failed winger or a failed centre-back. No one wants to grow up and become a Gary Neville." Wonder what Gareth Bale or Paolo Maldini have to say about that. The job of a modern day full-back is unbelievably demanding, which also coincides with the dearth of world class fullbacks. The fullbacks are responsible for providing …
Bench Warmers to Benchmarks: The EPL's Unlikely Heroes in 2016/17

Bench Warmers to Benchmarks: The EPL's Unlikely Heroes in 2016/17

This seems to be the Chinese year of the underdog. No, not the team of underdogs, THAT title belonged to Leicester City last season. This is redemption hour for the previously isolated, regularly ridiculed individuals; Fringe players who seldom grab the headlines for the right reasons and often grabbed them for the wrong ones.  The tables have turned. Yep, the unlikeliest of heroes are stepping up. Maybe it’s just a case of managers using their star man as decoys to throw opposition managers off, but …
Liverpool's strength in numbers under Klopp

Liverpool's strength in numbers under Klopp

Although this season is still in its early stages, some players have stood out for their respective clubs. For Liverpool, as a fan, I've found it refreshing that rather than just one or two players standing out, it's been a handful and much more of a team effort, than outstanding individual displays. Here though, is a look at some of those who have helped Liverpool's impressive team effort thus far. Adam Lallana is a player that can divide opinion and …
Liverpool Show a Winning Resolve Against Swansea

Liverpool Show a Winning Resolve Against Swansea

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool left Swansea City's Liberty Stadium with more than just three points on Saturday lunchtime, they left with a sense of affirmation that perhaps, just perhaps, talk of them being genuine contenders this season might have some foundation to it. What the Reds showed in their narrow victory was an element of resolve rarely seen over the past few years, but something that is becoming more prevalent under the German's reign at Anfield. Liverpool are gradually becoming a …
Attacking quality or defensive disaster in the Premier League?

Attacking quality or defensive disaster in the Premier League?

The 2016-17 season is in full flow and already it's thrown up some astonishing results. Arsenal's 3-0 victory against Chelsea last weekend was unpredictable, whilst Liverpool's impressive start to the campaign continued with an emphatic 5-1 hammering of Hull City. Even Manchester United fans wouldn't have expected to beat the defending champions 4-1 and it was the eleventh time this season a Premier League team scored four or more goals past an opponent. The opening weekend alone saw 28 goals …
Liverpool 2016-17 Season Preview

Liverpool 2016-17 Season Preview

Liverpool begin the Premier League season with a lot of hope pinned on the team. No European distractions means the side is expected to finish in the top 4 with many even expecting the side to make a title challenge. It is a recurring pattern as a Liverpool fan - a season outside the Champions League but plenty of optimism for the next season. This year, however, the presence of a top class manager in Jurgen Klopp means there is …
The evolving expectations of modern midfielders

The evolving expectations of modern midfielders

The modern game has changed the way football is played and although simplicity is still the most effective form of strategy, creativity and flair is encouraged. More and more teams are demonstrating new styles of football and as a result, the roles of the players have adapted in recent times. The team isn't split into defence, midfield and attack but there are elements of each role within another. The traditional 4-4-2 is still used but there's now a common need …
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