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Roma Defeat Reveals That Liverpool Won’t Be (re)Built In A Day

Watching Liverpool play their pre-season games over the past month has been like, erm, watching Liverpool play ever since I started following them in 2004. Frustration, frustration and more frustration is what comes with following a team as unpredictable as the Reds. For every blistering performance they put in, there will be two poor performances that ultimately leaves us with one step forward and two steps back.

All the good work that Klopp’s men put in against Tramnere, Fleetwood, Wigan Huddersfield, and Milan gave us fans the kind of encouragement that we so desperately needed following our dismal Europa League final defeat. But who were we kidding, the manner in which we succumbed to defeat against Chelsea and Roma reminded us to not get our hopes to high.

mignoletLooking back on our performance against Roma though, I’d say that it was clearly a game of two halves. It would be unfair to say that we played badly because we looked pretty slick in the first half. We looked sharp going forward although the same cannot be said about our play at the back

Liverpool started the game slowly but after a spell of pressure from the Italians, we managed to turn it around by inducing a similar spell of pressure on our opponents. The outcome from all those attacks, however, was absolutely nothing. If we’re to find success this season, we’re surely going to have to find a way to convert attacks into goals.

As Klopp put it in his post match conference, the game, which was an extremely open affair, could have been 6-5 by the time the referee blew for half-time. One man who could have (and should have) had his name on the scoresheet was Daniel Sturridge. The England forward had a couple of gilt edged opportunities that came at the end of some intricate build-up play that even  our next opponents would have been proud of. Sturridge, though, failed to convert any of these chances to keep the scores stuck at 0-0.

klopp sadWith Liverpool putting together a good spell of pressure that led to a couple of good chances for us to score, the most predictable and infuriating thing happened. Roma scored against the run of play as Edin Dzeko scored a goal very similar to the one Eder scored in Portugal’s victory over France in the final of Euro 2016. To our credit, Sheyi Ojo pulled us back on level terms after a good set-piece with barely a minute left until half time.

The second half, however, turned out to be one to forget as Liverpool lost their attacking flair due to the 10 substitutions that Klopp made during the break. Unsurprisingly, a relentless spell of pressure from Roma then ultimately paid off as Mohammed Salah managed to hit the back off the net after a horrendous mix-up at the back between Andre Wisdom and Simon Mignolet. Making the best of whatever time was remaining, Danny Ings went closest to an equaliser as his smart header from a delicious Coutinho free-kick drew a good save from Roma ‘keeper Ellison.

But before you know it, that was that, and our trip of the States ended as it had started, in disappointment. How our 2016-2017 season ends, however, is yet to be seen and we can only hope that the boys can finally learn to maintain some consistency. Judging by our performances over the course of this pre-season, we still have quite some way to go before we can truly term ourselves as one of the Premier League’s top dogs, but hopefully, that day is sooner rather than later.

Liverpool FC Transfer Window Review: Karius and Mane

With Liverpool’s pre-season preparations well and truly underway, we continue to take a closer look at the signings that our club has made over the summer. While the last article featured an in-depth analysis of Marko Grujic and Joel Matip, today we’ll be taking a look at Loris Karius and Sadio Mane. Continue reading Liverpool FC Transfer Window Review: Karius and Mane

Liverpool FC Transfer Window Review: The First Two Summer Signings

After a summer packed with some mesmerising international football, club football is back in the spotlight as our favourite teams begin their preparations for the upcoming season. Liverpool, like any other ambitious side, have lined up a whole host of friendly fixtures all over the world as they bid to get back into shape ahead of what should be a crucial season for Jurgen Klopp.

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While the results obtained during pre-season are not of much importance, the performances put in by the players can often go on to be the reason why they make, or fail to make the starting XI. The same goes for our new signings, who offered their first glimpse of themselves as legions of Reds all over the world looked on to get a taste of what was to come from them in the coming season.

Today, we’re going to take a look at two of the stars who were signed by Jurgen Klopp over the summer, while the remaining two will be covered in our next article.

  1. Marko Grujic

20-year-old Serbian Marko Grujic shot into the limelight back in the beginning of January after becoming  Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as the manager of Liverpool. The little-known midfielder, however, did not join up with the Reds in the winter as he ended the season with Red Star, guiding them to league success.

Since joining up with the Reds earlier this month, Grujic has had a fortnight to acclimatize himself with life in England. The giant midfielder made his Reds debut just last night as he won acclaim for a fantastic individual performance as Liverpool romped to an easy 5-0 victory against Fleetwood Town.

Grujic was the best player on the pitch after earning his side a penalty, hitting the woodwork before finally grabbing a goal on his Red’s debut. Jurgen Klopp has described the youngster’s debut performance for the Reds as a “dream” and he’s already left us Kopites salivating at the prospect of seeing him do well for us.

  1. Joel Matip

Cameroon international Joel Matip became the second signing of the Jurgen Klopp era after he was snapped up on a Bosman back in February of this year. The 24-year-old Schalke man developed a big reputation for himself back in Germany and his free transfer is thought to have saved Liverpool at least 15m pounds.

The commanding defender joins the Reds as an established international who could easily have joined any club as per his desire. Like Grujic, Matip only joined up with his new team earlier this month. Matip, however, unlike Grujic, did not have too memorable a debut during our win over Tranmere. The former Schalke man did not have to do much and the most memorable action by the player was the foul that he committed just 30 seconds into the game. His display against Fleetwood is equally unremarkable as he did not have to exert himself too much.

In Matip’s case though, we need to remember that the player is coming back from minor ankle operation and it will be unfair to judge him too early. Despite a lack of intense action, Matip looked assured at the back and seemed to be doing well with his partner in the heart of defence, Dejan Lovren.

 

LvG’s attempts at mind games ahead of derby show signs of a man surviving by the skin of his teeth

When Liverpool beat United at Old Trafford by four goals to one in the 2008-2009 season, Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres, along with Andrea Dossena and Fabio Aurelio, were instantly raised on to an untouchable pedestal that no one could budge them off. Continue reading LvG’s attempts at mind games ahead of derby show signs of a man surviving by the skin of his teeth

The burning question: With Skrtel now injured, I ask, exactly how good is this guy?

As Martin Skrtel limped off the Vicarage Road turf a little while before half time during our humiliation at the hands of Watford, Jurgen Klopp was faced with yet another challenge in his already abundant list of problems. Continue reading The burning question: With Skrtel now injured, I ask, exactly how good is this guy?