The Liverpool Tribune: January 2017 ".
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Saturday, 21 January 2017

HEAVY METAL FOOTBALL? MORE LIKE SOFT CELL

Liverpool's alarming loss of form resulted in a First Home defeat to relegation strugglers Swansea who earned all three points at Anfield at noon on Saturday in a 3-2 loss.

It has been obvious that Klopp's new ultra-cautious tactics have not worked against Sunderland where we could only manage a draw, Plymouth 0-0 & a 1-0 replay victory followed by a negative performance against Man Utd in which we gained a point.

Boom! Jurgen as you called it when we were beating teams for fun both home and away, bringing us to nearly the top of the League Table.

Gone now is the attacking football, the pressing and triumphant approach is dead in the water.

Klopp's tactic's of late have been to play it around the backs and look for an opening.

Playing the ball around the defenders only invite teams to seize the initiative and go on the offensive.

Bournemouth, Sunderland, Plymouth twice and now Swansea have seen this new tactic and have decided to attack the new hesitant Liverpool.

Gone are the days when we would have put sides like this to the sword.

A major re-think by the Liverpool Manager is needed and soon.

Can and Wijnaldum do the same job in midfield, drop one of them,
Jorden Henderson has become ultra-negative in his role as Captain, back-passing far too much instead of passing the ball to his forwards, it needs to change soon.

Klopp needs to find a way to integrate Daniel Sturridge into his first team, leaving him on the bench for a home game against lowly Swansea was a bad mistake by the Manager.

Unless we improve our performance levels and approach we have no chance of beating  Southampton in The League Cup this week.

Then Jurgen Klopp you may wonder about the lack of noise at Anfield once more.




Friday, 20 January 2017

MATIP CLEARED TO PLAY V SWANSEA BY FIFA: POSSIBLE TEAM WITH HIM IN IT

Good news as FIFA have relented and allowed Joel Matip to play for the team that pay him his wages Liverpool Football Club.

Klopp and the club have acted maturely throughout this saga. Matip had stated in 2015 that he had no desire to play for The Cameroon again, yet they picked him for their African Cup of Nations squad leaving him and Liverpool in limbo.

The Liverpool manager was openly tempted to play him in the 1-0 win at Plymouth, a game he was fit and able to play in, thankfully he didn't and now he is free to play against Swansea at Anfield at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon.

As well as Klavan has played, Matip is a step-up in class and his return alongside the improving Dejan Lovren will be a boost for the side.

Expect Coutinho to return in place of Wijnaldum possibly in midfield with Sturridge and Firmino upfront.


Paul Clement's Swansea are bottom of the League, will they park the bus or will they attack us?

Lets hope for an emphatic victory on Saturday afternoon.

Also welcome back Stevie G.




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

DON'T PLAY MATIP AT PLYMOUTH JURGEN

The limbo that Joel Matip finds himself in is bizarre.

The player retired from playing for the Cameroon in 2015 yet was called up for The African Cup of Nations this Winter and again, turned down their request and remains at Liverpool, fit and ready to play.

I will not repeat all the quotes from Jurgen Klopp on the subject except to say that if he is picked to play against Plymouth in the FA Cup replay this evening, Liverpool could be in a world of trouble.


FIFA, even under new President, Gianni Infantino are notoriously pedantic, unwieldy and slow to issue guidance on football matters.

They will do nothing until Friday at the earliest about Matip's entitlement to play for Liverpool.

But rest assured, should Klopp play him in the FA Cup tie against Plymouth, then investigations, the threat of sanctions, bans even expulsion from the Cup will be slapped on Liverpool and they will occur immediately.
That's FIFA for you Jurgen, don't risk the wrath of an Empire, play Gomez and Emre Can in defence instead.  


Saturday, 14 January 2017

POSSIBLE LIVERPOOL TEAM V MAN UTD

Despite our recent downturn in form in mainly Cup competitions, Liverpool face Old Trafford foes in Man Utd and Jose Mourinho, a man who likes to park the bus against Liverpool be it with Chelsea or Man Utd.

Expect a different approach from Utd on Sunday afternoon, they are on a very good run with Ibrahimovic leading the way in terms of goals and attacking threat, Mata and Pogba also pose problems to any team and while they may sit in 6th in the table, they are on the rise again on 39 points, five behind Liverpool going into this encounter.

Liverpool enjoyed a great start to the Season beating Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs along the way to send them into second before stuttering displays against Bournemouth, West Ham and Sunderland left people wondering if this is another nearly Season or will it be a triumphant one under Jurgen Klopp.

                                Possible Liverpool Team


Lets hope the recent trend of performances and results are reversed and that this Liverpool side can defeat Utd and Mourinho this Sunday to return to second in the League again.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

WORRYING TREND CULMINATES IN LOSS TO SOUTHAMPTON

Its fair to say that Liverpool haven't been playing well lately.

Tonight's defeat 1-0 at Southampton has borne that out as a Nathan Redmond goal was enough to condemn Jurgen Klopp's side to defeat in The EFL Cup first-leg at St. Mary's.

Liverpool's style and tactics have perceptively changed lately, from the all-attacking, pressing, free-flowing football in the first half of the Season, we have suddenly become a defensive, predictable pedestrian team which back-passes far too often and results are suffering.



It all seemed to start with that 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth: Our expansive, attacking football that day was undone by poor defending and it was a capitulation that had echoes of the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace in our 2014 Season with the Title at our mercy,
Jurgen Klopp's side have become too cautious and outright negative in their games since then, yes we are still second in the Premier League, but how long will we stay there?

With Man Utd to come on Sunday and Chelsea to play this month also, this new approach may well be exposed. 

Different Manager, different players, yet nowadays we are playing the same type of insipid, negative football that gets you nowhere as a team and nowhere as a club.

The loss to Southampton wasn't terminal but unless the performances and style of football changes, it will be.

   

Sunday, 8 January 2017

KLOPP'S KIDS FAIL TO BEAT DEFENSIVE PLYMOUTH

I had a bad feeling about this fixture all week, Jurgen Klopp's promise to play a youthful side was true; Ejyria, Trent Alexander Arnold, Ojo, young Woodburn all started along with the more experienced Lucas Leiva, Can and Origi.

What we witnessed was a lethargic, lateral and ineffectual performance against an utterly defensive Plymouth team defending for their lives.

Defend it they did, despite Liverpool-lite having 85% possession, they rarely troubled the Plymouth goal keeper in 96 minutes of football at Anfield.




Klopp offered his apologies but the Plymouth manager was in a much more exuberant mood:    "It is probably one of the best defensive performances Anfield has seen," said manager Derek Adams.


"We limited Liverpool to not many opportunities. We dealt with them well and the players have worked extremely hard.
"It would be naive as a manager to come to Anfield and think you can go at top class players.


"We are a League Two club, they are a Premier League club with players at international level.
"We allowed them time but didn't allow them space.


"This was about a team performance. We had 13 players and they all deserve a huge amount of credit."


Liverpool dominated possession but did not do enough to trouble goalkeeper Luke McCormick, as Klopp's youngsters found their way blocked by a green wall of players.

"They could have had 90 per cent if they wanted, the game plan was to not let them score," added Adams, who is already looking forward to the replay at Home Park.
Asked what Liverpool could expect in the return fixture he said: "Welcome to the real world." 

The real world indeed, an ultra-negative manager with ultra-negative tactics, no pride in that.



Wednesday, 4 January 2017

SPURS DO LIVERPOOL A FAVOUR BY BEATING CHELSEA

Tottenham Hotspur did Liverpool and the chasing pack a massive favour in beating runaway League-leaders: Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane, Delle Alli scored both goals.

Liverpool's 2-2 draw away to Sunderland does not now look as bad as it did at the time with the gap between Chelsea and Liverpool now down to five points.

The Reds face a massive month ahead: playing Man Utd & Chelsea aswell as Plymouth in the FA Cup on Sunday and Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final next Wednesday. 



  Despite so many key players like Henderson, Matip, Coutinho, Sturridge and ManĂ© unavailable, we have to some how find a way to win all these games if we want this Season to be a success. 



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