Two months ago even the most optimistic Liverpool fan could not imagine his team being led by Jurgen Klopp for 78% of the season. Yet the fact of the matter is that after sacking of Brendan Rodgers earlier this month the Board moved swiftly and lured Jurgen Klopp away from his one year sabbatical. Klopp arrives at Anfield carrying on his shoulders the weight of resurrecting another fallen giant after his exploits with Borussia Dortmund. He inherited a very expensively assembled under-performing squad from his Northern Irish predecessor which he will attempt to mould into a well drilled footballing machine.
This weekend’s box office match is the showdown between the two most successful teams in the history of the English game. Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s enduring legacy was how he successfully knocked Liverpool off their perch. Yet the post-Fergie era hints at a similar fate for United as the one that befell their northern rivals. Both teams started this season with very high expectations. Manchester United embarks on their second season with LVG at the helm and a fan base that expects results after a number of high profile signings. Liverpool on the other hand appear to have perhaps learnt their lesson from previous transfer windows and have brought in a number of potential “signing of the season” candidates. This weekend’s clash is about much more than just the 3 points. It is about bragging rights and a long term rivalry – The question now is not about who is better equipped to win this match, but who will tactically nullify the opposition and come out on top? The answer to this question lies in the hands of the Manchester United manager. Read the rest of this entry »
Rodgers got his pre match tactics spot on. He was aware that Wenger has one preferred way of playing football and built his pre match preparation to counter that perfectly. With the exception of Ramsey’s disallowed goal – admittedly wrongful – Arsenal were no match to Liverpool in the first half. Liverpool dominated the first half because of 4 main players – 2 from either side – Chambers, Coquelin, Lucas and Can. Read the rest of this entry »
In recent years, Liverpool fans got used to signing high profile strikers. Every couple of years a new player comes in, carrying the burden of a high price tag and facing the unforgiving jury. Torres and Suarez were the obvious success stories, while Andy Carroll and Balotelli flopped. Benteke’s signing could go both ways depending on the style of football and team setup that Rodgers chooses for next season. Read the rest of this entry »