The battle for Ben Woodburn’s international services

Ben Woodburn’s anticipated rise to fame has ignited a familiar battle over a young star’s international allegiance.  November’s League Cup quarter-final win over Leeds saw the 17-year-old break Michael Owen’s record to become Liverpool’s youngest ever goal scorer. His name has refused to go away ever since. The forward’s talent has been common knowledge amongst…


The forgettable but important goalkeeping battle at Liverpool

Loris Karius versus Simon Mignolet isn’t the grueling battle that triggers the imagination to run wild nor is it the battle that demands the spotlight, but it is a battle that has turned into a problem.  A good problem, a problem this side needs, a problem Liverpool haven’t had for some time and a problem…

Emre Can, Liverpool

Why Emre Can’s versatility deserves more credit

Emre Can’s hair is more impressive than Steven Gerrard’s. There, comparisons between the two put to bed and reasonably concluded. Sorry, Stevie. It was the playing styles of the two that were being compared? Right, sorry again, Stevie. That changes things, not the fact that Can’s hair is immaculate, though. There were fears for a…

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool

A belated reflection of a year of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Many will argue it was never entirely a case of ‘turning doubters to believers’ and I’m sure the very manager who promised such a feat upon his arrival at Liverpool has witnessed a greater sense of, previously hidden, optimism than first expected. What was required, however, was the right man to help unveil and unleash…

Philippe Coutinho, Ander Herrera, Liverpool, Manchester United

Dropping Philippe Coutinho deeper

A recent suggestion to ‘drop Philippe Coutinho’ during a discussion with a Liverpool fan online was greeted with bemusement and the kind of mockery only Manchester United fans who believe Wayne Rooney should be playing in central midfield, are worthy of. Aspects of my Mum’s personality threatened to break through; “No, no, let me explain”…


Method to Liverpool’s attacking madness against Leicester

Very rarely last season did an opposition’s attacking set up disrupt Leicester’s defensive shape in the fashion Liverpool did at the weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s side strived to further its progress from simply being labelled a high pressing, hard-working set of players to being an explosive and an increasingly ruthless force. Only the run of games…


How big a player can Sadio Mane be for Liverpool?

The news of Sadio Mane’s injury scare makes it the ideal time to reflect on just how important he can be for Liverpool this season and how big a miss he will be when absent. Fans expected great things from the former Southampton man upon his arrival but few could have predicted his explosive Premier…