Futsal can play a big part in English football: we need to exploit it

The England national side – or more specifically it’s lack of success – is something that gets discussed on a regular basis by fans and pundits alike. Earlier in the month, England’s U20 team became the first England team since 1966 to win a major trophy, but since then a putrid performance from the seniors against France soon dampened any optimism as quickly as it had arrived. The lack of confidence is not unfounded. Almost everyone has an opinion on why England are failing, but the bottom line...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah deal edges closer to completion as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ponders Anfield switch

There have been strong reports overnight that Liverpool are close to completing the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. The former Chelsea winger, who turned down a move to Merseyside in favour of signing for the London club when Liverpool were first interested under Brendan Rodgers, could be a Liverpool player as early as next Tuesday. Reports in his native country suggest that a medical has already been booked in at the club’s Melwood training ground, with a fee finally agreed with AS Roma...

Opinion: Liverpool's Joe Gomez decision must be the right one this summer

Joe Gomez was regarded as one of the best young talents in the country when he arrived at Liverpool from Charlton in 2015, for a fee of £3.5 million. Brendan Rodgers was a huge admirer at the time, and wanted him to come straight into the first-team setup. Gomez established himself in the first eleven for a period when he first arrived, but then suffered a cruciate ligament injury when on international duty for England under-21’s. Once he returned, an Achilles injury was a further set-back...

Kylian Mbappe should be a priority target for Liverpool this summer

Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is just 18 years old, but has this season grown into one of the most potent attackers in European football. This time last year, very few people had heard of him, but now he is sought after by every major team on the continent having scored 26 league goals in France, as well as scoring six times in the Champions League, including in the knock-out stages against Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. The usual suspects in the form of Real Madrid...

Extrapolating the data: Spurs ace on course to surpass record at the age of 31

Harry Kane has had another stellar season for Tottenham, and is one of his country’s key men too. It is hard to believe he is still only 23. Following his first season with Spurs, many people thought he would be another ‘one season wonder’, but how wrong they were. After his third season in a row as Tottenham’s top scorer, having won the Premier League Golden Boot in the last two seasons, he has established himself as one of the very best in the world. Kane is not just a goal scorer, but has a...

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Reds seal top-four spot thanks to Wijnaldum, Coutinho and Lallana

Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League for only the second time in the last seven years, with goals from Gini Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana ensuring a comfortable victory over already-relegated Middlesbrough. Anfield was noisy and expectant from the start, with the home side knowing a win would guarantee fourth spot. Aspirations of coming third were quickly quashed when Manchester City were 4-0 to the good at half-time, but had you offered any Liverpool fan fourth...

Preview: Liverpool v Middlesbrough

At the start of the season, had you offered any Liverpool fan a home game against an already-relegated side going into the final weekend of the Premier League season, knowing a win will guarantee Champions League football next season, they would have taken that without a second thought. That is the exact situation that they find themselves in, and the Reds need to take full advantage. Home games against the lesser sides are the reason that Liverpool did not push Chelsea for the title this...

Manchester City are leading the way in women's football and now it's time the rest followed

There was a record crowd at Wembley stadium last week, as 35,000 people turned up to watch the women’s FA Cup final, which was won by Manchester City. The FA gave out free tickets to children and the game was also live on BBC as people tuned in to watch City convincingly beat Birmingham 4-1. Thirty-five thousand might not sound like much, but this was a big step forward: it is only the third time the women’s cup final had been held at Wembley. Not long ago the same fixture was being played at...

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool: Sturridge and Coutinho put Liverpool on the brink of the Champions League

Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi helped Liverpool beat a depleted West Ham side by four goals to nil. The Reds have now won four out of five games they have played in London this year, drawing the other one, meaning they are unbeaten in a season in the capital for the first time since the 1988-89 campaign. With Arsenal having won 4-1 away at Stoke yesterday, the...

West Ham v Liverpool Preview

Let’s start with the maths: Liverpool head into their final two fixtures knowing for certain that victories against West Ham at the London Stadium and Middlesbrough at home on the final day guarantees Champions League football. There is a scenario where they can guarantee it this weekend, although that would require a Stoke City win over Arsenal on Saturday evening, followed by a Liverpool win, and then Manchester United failing to win away at Tottenham in Spurs’ final game at White Hart Lane...

Liverpool 0-0 Southampton: Milner left to rue penalty miss as Saints hold Liverpool again

Southampton kept their fourth clean sheet against Liverpool this season this afternoon to slow down the Reds top-four challenge. The Saints never looked likely to score themselves, as they simply held on for a draw; such tactics from Claude Puel perhaps are an indication as to why his future is up for debate among fans. This is certainly a more pragmatic Southampton side than under previous managers like Mauricio Pochettino. Liverpool began the game with urgency and were on the front foot...

Preview: Liverpool v Southampton

The next stage in Liverpool’s quest for the Champions League is arguably the toughest test in their run-in, with the visit of Southampton on Sunday followed by a trip to West Ham and a final-day hosting of Middlesbrough. Seven points from the last nine should be more than sufficient. The Saints have already beaten Liverpool in both games of the EFL Cup semi-final this season, before they lost the final to Manchester United, whilst the reverse league fixture at St Mary’s ended 0-0...

Watford 0-1 Liverpool: Can wonder goal puts Reds back in the driving seat

Liverpool have won three consecutive away games for only the second time since Jurgen Klopp took over at the end of 2015, with a magical goal from Emre Can the difference between the two sides down at Vicarage Road. Prior to this weekend, the expectation was that Liverpool would have dropped to fifth position by the time they kicked off, but poor results for both Manchester clubs on Sunday meant this was a chance to extend their lead in third place, rather than having to play catch up...

Chelsea star is the perfect alternative to Liverpool's top defensive target this summer

Liverpool, there is no doubt, are in the market for a new centre-back this summer. Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have done little wrong this season, but both are prone to injury and have missed numerous games. Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva, who have deputised, are both ageing and perhaps on the way out, whilst Mamadou Sakho has no future with the Reds. Top of Liverpool’s list is Virgil van Dijk, a player who would tread a well-trodden path to Anfield from Southampton should he makes the move, but...

Watford v Liverpool Preview: Pressure likely to be all on Liverpool by the time Monday night’s game is underway

By the time the game begins on Monday evening, both Manchester United and Manchester City will have already played. With Swansea and Middlesbrough their respective opponents, it is far from beyond the realms of possibility that Liverpool will have dropped to fifth place by the time they kick-off. Arsenal will also have already played, but they face a tricky trip to in-form Tottenham...

Klopp is only interested in the perfect signing and that is a gamble

We simply have to put this behind us and move on. Sometimes you have a bogey side, and Crystal Palace have won three in a row at Anfield now. A goal or two from Christian Benteke was inevitable too. Palace beat Chelsea away only a couple of weeks ago and they are a good side going forward in particular, but there is no doubt that had we turned up we would have taken the points, which makes it so disappointing. Right from the start, Liverpool did not really look at it. The crowd was quiet...

Liverpool Under-23’s 3-2 Manchester City Under-23’s: Woodburn-inspired Reds come from behind to beat City in thriller

Liverpool’s under-23 side overcame the significant challenge of Manchester City this evening with a late goal from Matty Virtue the difference between the two teams. Substitute Virtue will receive all the plaudits, but in truth it was Ben Woodburn, still only seventeen, who was the real star. The Welshman was the best player on the pitch by some distance, and looked like an...

Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace: Benteke returns to haunt Reds and take Champions League qualification out of their hands

Not for the first time, a match against Crystal Palace proved to be the stuff of nightmares for Liverpool, as former striker Christian Benteke struck twice to give the Eagles the win. The game began as anticipated, with Palace sitting deep and Liverpool dominating the ball. There were no clear-cut openings very early on for the home side, but equally no scares at the other end...

Liverpool v Crystal Palace Preview: Injury-stricken Liverpool aim to overcome rejuvenated Palace

Anfield will play host to a Liverpool team depleted in defence and a Crystal Palace side lacking a key man themselves, in the on-loan Mamadou Sakho, who is ineligible against his parent club, this Sunday. Lucas, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip are all doubtful for Liverpool having missed training today, meaning Joe Gomez is likely to have to come in at the back. The defender is a more than capable back-up in terms of ability, but has been injured for many months and is still not back to 100% fitness...

West Brom 0-1 Liverpool: Happy Easter for Reds as Roberto Firmino fires Klopp’s men to victory at the Hawthorns

West Brom 0-1 Liverpool: Happy Easter for Reds as Roberto Firmino fires Klopp’s men to victory at the Hawthorns Liverpool secured a huge three points this afternoon as Roberto Firmino’s header shortly before the break was sufficient to ensure the win. They are now nine points clear of fifth placed Everton and sixth placed Manchester United, although the latter have three games in hand. The first half was a largely uneventful affair, with Divock Origi trickling a shot towards goal, and West Brom...
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