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16 Sep 2017

Liverpool vs. Burnely: Premier League - Confirmed Teams

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has stuck the knife into the concept of consistent team selection yet again by making seven changes for today's Premier League clash with Burnley. FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Can, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge. SUBS: Karius, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Henderson, Moreno, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke. The big news is that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been dropped to the bench. Explaining the changes, Klopp insisted: "It was about the intensity of the games and the quality of the squad. There’s no doubt that the line-up we found today is a very strong one. It’s a good situation. I told the boys already, this is a wonderful line-up but we shouldn’t rely on this. "It’s all about finding the right attitude. I know the boys are ready to work but we also need to be ready not to get frustrated if different situations don’t come through, and not lose confidence because this or that doesn’t wor

13 Sep 2017

Liverpool vs. Sevilla: Champions League - Confirmed Teams

As I'm sure many will agree, one of the keys to achieving defensive solidity is to (where possible) consistently play the same back four, and keep the same goalkeeper between the sticks for more than two games in a row. This is obvious to everyone with even rudimentary knowledge of football...everyone except Jurgen Klopp, that is, whose ingenious solution to Liverpool's damaging defensive instability is to keep chopping and changing the defence for no apparent reason. FULL TEAM : Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Can, Henderson, Salah, Mane, Firmino. SUBS : Mignolet, Milner, Coutinho, Sturridge, Klavan, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robertson. Atrocious decision to drop Mignolet. Yes, he conceded five goals against Man City, but he isn't the problem right now. Mignolet has been solid for the last 9 months, and he's certainly a better option than Loris 'caught in possession' Karius, who proved against Arsenal that he *not* the calming presence Liverp

12 Sep 2017

Guest Articles - Write your own post!

As you know, I've taken a step back from posting regularly, so it may be a good idea to move to a more user-generated system. This is something I've floated in the past, but Timp recently messaged me and suggested it as a possible option. You all have great ideas/insights into LFC, and offer passionate, interesting analysis of a variety of football-related issues, so why not submit your own articles? I have several other external guest writers lined up to submit articles, but the commenting community is the heart of the site, so it would be great to have some of you posting articles. A few points: * You can write whatever you like. Even articles like '10 reasons why Adam Lallana is better than Messi' are allowed; just expect a significant challenge from me in the comment section ;-) * It goes without saying, but there is no requirement to submit articles that agree with my view on LFC. In fact, I encourage you to write articles that directly conflict with my op

9 Sep 2017

Liverpool vs. Man City: Premier League - Confirmed Teams

LIVERPOOL : Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino. SUBS : Karius, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge. MAN CITY : Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker, De Bruyne, Silva, Mendy, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus. SUBS : Bravo, Gundogan, Mangala, Delph, Sane, Bernardo Silva, Foden. If Pep Guardiola is as negligent as Arsene Wenger - and every other boss who negligently plays an open game against Liverpool - then the Reds will run rampant during this match.

31 Aug 2017

Transfer Deadline Day 2017: Van Dijk, Lemar, Coutinho, and Oxlade-Chamberlain?

Damn, it wasn't a horrible nightmare. It's transfer deadline day, and Liverpool *are* still being strongly linked with Arsenal midfielder , winger , attacking midfielder , wing-back utility man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and, disappointingly, it looks like this proverbial 'Jack of all Trades' may turn out to be the Reds' final signing of the summer. Will Coutinho still be a Liverpool player in 14 hours? Will Jurgen Klopp spring any last-minute surprises? If the stars align, the Oxlade-Chamberlain deal will end in a stunning last-gasp collapse, but I'm not holding my breath...

27 Aug 2017

Arsenal vs. Liverpool: Premier League - Confirmed Teams

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dropped Simon Mignolet for today's Premier League clash with Arsenal. FULL TEAM : Karius, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. SUBS : Ward, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Grujic, Milner, Solanke, Sturridge. ARSENAL : Cech, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Alexis When asked prior to the game about the decision to leave Mignolet out of the squad, Klopp insisted: “[It is] to rest him. He didn’t want to rest, it’s not a problem. We spoke yesterday and I really thought it made sense. We wanted a situation like this; we wanted to have three strong goalkeepers...and they want to have games, so today Loris is starting.” * This smacks of change for change's sake, i.e. changing 'keepers just because Klopp wants to keep players happy rather than change through necessity. In any event, since when do goalkeepers need 'rest' just *four* games in

23 Aug 2017

Liverpool vs. Hoffenheim: Champions League Qualifier - Confirmed Teams

It's all change again for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp switching his team around for tonight's crucial Champions League clash with Hoffenheim. * FULL TEAM : Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino * SUBS : Karius, Klavan, Gomez, Milner, Solanke, Robertson, Sturridge * Despite Saturday's 1-0 victory over Cyrstal Palace, Milner, Sturridge, Gomez, Klavan, and Robertson are relegated to the bench. * Divock Origi and Mario Grujic don't even make the matchday squad. * It appears that Klopp was saving Moreno for this game. What a turnaround for the Spaniard. It's your funeral, Jurgen *Shudder* * Given his encouraging performance on Saturday, Robertson's omission is harsh. In my view, he should've retained his place. It's not like he needs a rest. Dropping Robertson after a good performance just disrupts his momentum, and slows down his integration into the team. * Klopp's pre-match vi

19 Aug 2017

Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace: Premier League - Confirmed Teams

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made five changes for today's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, and unsurprisingly, Dejan Lovren is one of the players dumped on the bench. FULL TEAM : Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge. SUBS : Karius, Lovren, Flanagan, Can, Salah, Solanke, Origi. When asked about the changes today, Klopp told reporters: “It was clear we had to make changes, especially with Trent. We cannot push him through all of the games...so that’s why we did it at the back. Daniel is back and that’s good news. I think it makes sense after a very good period pre-season then a short break with a little muscle thing that we bring him in immediately and use his quality. That’s the plan.” * It's great to see Sturridge in the starting lineup, but to be honest, I fully expect him to sustain yet another injury today. * Changing three of the four players in the back four doesn't exactly promote st

17 Aug 2017

Philippe Coutinho: After his transfer request, should Liverpool keep or sell? [Poll]

The Philippe Coutinho saga rumbles on, and despite the conflicting stories/comments arising on a seemingly hourly basis, one thing is unambiguously clear: Coutinho wants out, and his recent transfer request categorically proves this. Even if FSG pressgang him into staying for a few more months, the writing is on the wall, and whether fans want to accept it or not, Coutinho will be a Barcelona player sooner rather than later (as I've argued repeatedly for the last 18 months ). In April, I conducted a poll asking fans if Liverpool should sell Coutinho this summer. 57% argued YES , but only if the deal included Ivan Rakitic. Site regular Case has requested another poll to gauge the prevailing view amongst Reds fans, so here it is: survey service In my view, Liverpool should just sell Coutinho ASAP for as much money as possible. He is no longer the future of LFC, so there's no point keeping him. Plus, for all ability, Coutinho's goals/assists record has never been tha

15 Aug 2017

Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool: Champions League - Confirmed Teams

Same shit, different season? That's the way it feels after Saturday's defensive debacle at Watford, and after last season's defensive issues, fans have every right to feel dishearted at Jurgen Klopp's apparent failure to fix the Liverpool's set-piece problems. Tonight's Champions League game at Hoffenheim is clearly a must-win encounter, and with any luck, self-sabotage will not be on the agenda (again). Klopp has named an unchanged team for the game: FULL TEAM : Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino. SUBS : Karius, Klavan, Gomez, Milner, Grujic, Solanke, Origi. * Despite some typical defensive lapses against Watford, Moreno appears to be well and truly back in the frame, but, inexplicably, new signing Andy Robertson is once again missing from the matchday squad. * What is the point in spending £10m on a new left-back and then leaving him out of the squad?! It's not as if Robertson is ine