Ordinarily, a trip to the Middle East in mid-winter is used as an exercise – or excuse – to get some warm weather training in while enabling players to essentially put their feet up. But for Liverpool, two intense games in the space of 72 hours put paid to any notion of a mid-season jolly. Mind you, being crowned the best club team in the world will provide some crumb of comfort to the lads….
Monthly Archives: December 2019
Some Liverpool fans have taken a rather dim view of the Club World Cup, and view it as an unnecessary distraction from more important matters back on home soil. Certainly, travelling halfway around the world ahead of the typically packed festive fixture list is less than ideal.
There’s the old footballing proverb of the ‘routine victory’, which often turns out to be anything but.
The cliché gets dusted off whenever a team that is high up in the league meets one towards the bottom, especially on home soil, in what should prove to be a straightforward three points.
In the end, it was much ado about nothing for Liverpool despite the fraught circumstances of the 2-0 win over Salzburg in midweek. Defeat would have the defence of our Champions League crown end rather prematurely, and the Austrians came out of the traps fast with cruel intentions in mind.
One of the key ingredients in winning a league title is in having plenty of squad depth to cater for the unrelenting demands of the domestic and continental fixture list.
In the past, it’s an area in which Liverpool have fallen down on somewhat, but in 2019/20 we finally look to have hit the nail on the head. Evidence of that was clear in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth, with Jurgen Klopp making seven changes to the side that saw off Everton in midweek.
Well, that was easy. You never quite know how the Merseyside derby is going to go. Yes, we are flying at the moment and Everton are in the doldrums, but these bloodthirsty rivalries have a habit of bringing the best out of the underdog.
When we talk about quality football managers and coaching staff, what are the key attributes we tend to think of when analysing the best?
They need to have good management skills of course, and that innate ability to be able to motivate their players to deliver their best efforts – whether using the carrot or the stick methodology.
A good manager should be a strong tactician too, with a skill for knowing how to break down a stubborn opponent or match an opposition in a swell of confident form.