Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

In the summer of 2012, Brendan Rodgers brought a player to Liverpool who remains the signing that has excited me the most in recent years when first announced. It was only a loan signing, but when Nuri Sahin arrived at Anfield, I was beside myself with joy. Here finally was the player in central midfield Liverpool had been crying out for since Xabi Alonso left. The three interim years had seen barren service for the players further up field. In …
Xabi Alonso - These Boots were made for Passing

Xabi Alonso - These Boots were made for Passing

"The Pass Master." Not just a mere title, Xabi Alonso is the personification of perfection when it came to passing. In a time before stats made a player, his superb ability on the ball was mind-blowing. Accurate passing truly defined him. His time at Liverpool had passed a long while ago, yet he is remembered as if he had never left. Some are saying that even now, in the twilight of his career, there is no one in central midfield currently …
Why is Steven Gerrard such an anomaly and not the norm?

Why is Steven Gerrard such an anomaly and not the norm?

They say players like Steven Gerrard come once in a generation. When it comes to England and their talent production belt, is it more like once and never again? When the former Liverpool Captain “Stevie G” announced his retirement last week Thursday, accolades and tributes started pouring in from all over. Some of the biggest names in football took some time out to say goodbye to one of the best players ever to play the modern game. Twitter was abuzz, #StevenGerrard …
The Premier League influence on Spain

The Premier League influence on Spain

Ever since Rafa Benitez took over as Liverpool manager in 2004 and brought the likes of Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia with him, there has been a steady stream of Spanish players plying their trade in the Premier League. Whilst Barcelona and Real Madrid caught most attention as Spain enjoyed their golden period that saw them win the 2008 and 2012 Euros, along with the 2010 World Cup, the Premier League also contributed towards those squads. Whilst many of the …
5 Summer Signings to Improve Liverpool

5 Summer Signings to Improve Liverpool

Liverpool’s season promised a lot but delivered very little. Most of the players that were brought in the summer window last year were getting to step into the bigger leagues and a chance to make a name for themselves at one of the most iconic clubs in the world.  The success rate in the transfer market for the Merseyside club is not high and that could be down to the reason that the players that have left were never adequately …
FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

12 Premier League stars are among the nominees for the FIFA World XI of the year 2014. But which ones could realistically get the honour of being one of the 11 players standing on the stage in Zurich at the FIFA Gala event on January 12th? The Premier League nominees are: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya …
Spain vs Holland Match Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Spain vs Holland Match Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014 | Group B

Group B is a hotly anticipated group and it's easy to see why with the opening match being a repeat of the 2010 final. Of course Spain won on that occasion and they've gone from strength to strength since, winning their last three major tournaments, while Holland have struggled recently as they try and bring through a new generation of Dutch footballers. Both will be worrying about their group as they also have to face the much fancied Chile side, …
Is Steven Gerrard back to his best? | Stats Compared to Xabi Alonso

Is Steven Gerrard back to his best? | Stats Compared to Xabi Alonso

After crashing out of the Europa League despite a very impressive second leg performance against Zenit at Anfield, Liverpool lost their last opportunity to get some silverware this term. Although Brendan Rodgers and his players still have a chance of finishing fourth in the league, it seems to be unlikely as it'd take a really poor run of form from their rivals and a series of good, consistent displays from the Reds. Some fans aren't letting another disappointment overshadow this …
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