Wednesday , July 28 2021

The rise of Andy Robertson, Gary Neville's obsession and other things that were missed from Liverpool's season so far



We are now 12 matches into the Liverpool Premier League season.

Jurgen Klopp's side remain unbeaten in the competition which sits in second place and two points from Manchester City leaders to the international break.

There are many memorable moments during each match – Roberto Firmino's last winner against Paris Saint-Germain to name just one.

Roberto Firmino from Liverpool scored the winner against Paris St-Germain
Roberto Firmino from Liverpool scored the winner against Paris St-Germain

There were also many funny and interesting incidents that didn't quite attract the attention of everyone concerned at the time, which ECHO had highlighted in times when we lost pieces after each match – think of Mohamed Salah's special embrace when a young man ran across the throw at him during the match West Ham.

Besides that there are also themes that are running throughout the Reds campaign so far – and some of them are worth mentioning.

Here are five outstanding things you might miss from Liverpool's season to date.

Dejan Lovren has an impact off the field

The Croatian center-back may not have much playing time this season – injuries and competition for places are to blame – but that doesn't stop him from making an impact elsewhere.

First came his comments about him being one of the best defenders in the world that rocked a number of people and entered into the heads of several well-known players including Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos then did not mention Peter Schmeichel too.

Dejan Lovren and Sergio Ramos
Dejan Lovren and Sergio Ramos

He then left face emoji in the comments of the Champions League post when they announced Sergio Ramos as a defender this season.

It was quickly followed by doubling in comments & # 39; the best defenders in the world & # 39; and excavation at the Real Madrid center-back.

At that time Lovren lamented that his own mistakes were highlighted more than that of Ramos.

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It prompted Ramos to get involved and dig a little back – despite the fact he claimed that he would not …

He also repeatedly spoke Salah and developed a bromance with Egypt, while also describing how well other Liverpool teammates were in the process.

Developing a close relationship with Salah can make Egyptians feel more at home and that in itself is good news because why should you play elsewhere if you can play soccer with your friends?

Getting into the heads of Liverpool's rivals and keeping the best players in a happy club is a strong impact in anyone's book.

The success of Andy Robertson plays on the left

Duo Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold became the main attackers for the Reds. Because most Liverpool midfielders did not create enough opportunities, input from the defensive players proved to be very important.

Like that opportunity, with each setting a goal against Fulham, both Alexander-Arnold and Robertson matched their assist benefits for the entire 2017/18.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson from Liverpool during a training session at Melwood
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson from Liverpool during a training session at Melwood

And with five players, the Scotland international is Liverpool's top scorer so far this season.

That is proof of how Robertson has come and made that position, which has hit Liverpool for almost the last 25 years, his own.

In the past it has become an area that allows such players to be limited as Aly Cissokho, Julian Dicks and Paul Konchesky to carve out Anfield's career.

Emiliano Insua, Gregory Vignal, Christian Ziege and Jose Enrique all have different levels of success there too.

This is the position that midfielder James Milner has played there for the entire season because of the lack of decent options.

Riyad Mahrez from Manchester City struggled to hold possession with Andy Robertson from Liverpool during a Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield

Robertson, an athletic left back, was struggling to get into the Liverpool squad 12 months ago, with Jurgen Klopp choosing Alberto Moreno behind four, because the summer signing from Hull continued to adapt to how his new club wanted him to operate.

But the injury to Moreno – who in the form of his own Liverpool career before the setback – opened the door for Robertson to develop in December last year.

And it's fair to say he hasn't looked back since.

After Fulham won in their post-match media assignments, which saw Alexander-Arnold hand over the men's award match to his wing-back counterpart, Scouse immediately returned to talking about friendly competition between the two.

"It's a long season and the competition brings the best of us," Alexander-Arnold said. "It's healthy and we have jokes about it, we encourage each other to be the best we can."

The couple then shared a joke when Alexander-Arnold gave Robertson an award, with Robertson saying: "He's the best person to give it!"

Long maybe his small battle with Alexander-Arnold continued.

Incredible impact from the signing of the cheapest summer

Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated after scoring during a match between Liverpool and Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated after scoring during a match between Liverpool and Fulham

It's not hard to see that Xherdan Shaqiri is one of the best players of the Liverpool season so far.

For anyone who watches the Reds you will see a positive difference made by the Swiss playmaker after he arrived at Melwood for 13 million pounds, following Fabran £ 40 million, £ 54 million Naby Keita, and Alisson £ 56 million to Merseyside.

It was clear to everyone that he had a big impact at Anfield but how good he was was extraordinary.

Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Naby Keita
Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Naby Keita

A question for all of you, first, from Liverpool fans and statistician Andrew Beasley.

What two goals against Fulham have in common with the following selection? The trio against Southampton, the first three in the victory over the Red Star, and Sadio Mane's first goal against Cardiff?

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You will not be wrong if you say they all scored at Anfield. It would be fair to note that they were all netted in a match that Liverpool hoped would win too.

But perhaps the most important aspect of these nine goals was that they scored 204 minutes in which Liverpool had Roberto Firmino's quartet, Mane Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri on the field together.

Liverpool scored every 32 minutes when Philippe Coutinho and his colleagues spent time together, but they have found the net every 23 minutes with their current quartet attacking.

Every true and realistic comparison with the four Reds key from the first half of the season must wait a while longer but it happens.

A long-running obsession with Gary Gary Neville

Another day, another story about the former Manchester United defender who made Sky Sports proudly talk about Liverpool.


There is no doubt that you may have noticed one or two things that Neville has said about Liverpool this season, although as far as you have, you will be forgiven for losing some of that.

From positive comments to sneaky excavations, he seemed unable to help but gave up when the opportunity that emerged from the 43-year-old had talked a lot about Jurgen Klopp's team.

It all began in the summer when Xherdan Shaqiri was linked with a move to Liverpool and Neville could not help but crossed during the World Cup calling the Swiss playmaker "unprofessional" and saying he was "not a fan". Although the comment was quickly silenced by Shaqiri himself.

Fast forward to the first day of the season and scholars snore about the arrogant Virgil van Dijk – admitting he was wrong about the Dutchman – and the threat the Reds gave to the team.

Skip a little more and you see Nevile made to eat his words again in a Liverpool shirt signed by Shaqiri directly on TV.

Jamie Carragher all smiled as he revealed Shaqiri's shirt
Jamie Carragher all smiled as he revealed Shaqiri's shirt

He also repeatedly spoke of the possibility of Liverpool winning the Liverpool title and then saying Liverpool must ignore the Champions League – for confusion just about everyone including Klopp.

Which was followed by claims about Trent Alexander-Arnold who suffered fatigue – was dismissed by his own right back – and then came the Twitter question and answer session.

Claiming he was bored on the train he held a 15-minute Q & A with football fans and couldn't help but praise Liverpool but proved the old habits to be difficult when getting excavations at the Reds.

He chose van Dijk as one of his two best defenders in the world and said that the three Liverpool forwards were better than Manchester City but were given the choice to answer every question he asked, he chose the difficult what you would ask, which read: " Will you not Salford win the league and so does Liverpool? Or does Salford not go up and Liverpool not win the league? "

Neville, who joined the Conference club responded with a third option and wrote: "I prefer Salford to be relegated than Liverpool won the league."

The latest chat about Liverpool coming through the Neville podcast when he outlined the problem for Liverpool is not that they did not win enough matches but it seems they are the only ones who can take points from City.

Pep Guardiola's team are on track to become the first top team to defend their title since 2008/09 and that, said Sky Sports expert, is because Citizens only have one opponent who can frustrate them – Liverpool, with the rest struggling to win points.

We think that only covers most of Neville's comments …

Liverpool's international reach and their star

Mohamed Salah showed his dagger at Melwood

Liverpool Football Club has a global appeal and it's no secret.

In fact, how many players in countries around the world have been highlighted on several occasions this season and that is quite surprising.

First of all there is insight into how much Salah is loved in Egypt.

The picture reveals the extent of Mohamed Salah's fame after an amazing performance against Cardiff in the Premier League

Manchester United fans Marwan Ahmed posted pictures on Twitter of a stadium in an African country where two teams will play.

The picture shows a giant screen in the ground that is live streaming of the Reds match against Blue Birds – and the conclusion why it was done is because of playing in the game.

The broadcast was aired more than four hours before two Egyptian teams were ready to play.

Then came Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was given an extraordinary prize to support his return to full play fitness – Senbazuru.

The gift, which literally means a thousand cranes, was given to the Liverpool midfielder by the Liverpool Japan Support Club.

The amazing structure is the arrangement of 1,000 origami cranes held together by a rope.

The ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be given the wishes of the gods.

Of course there was also a pre-season when Liverpool fans filled the 101,000 Big House stadium in America when they took on Manchester United.


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