Opinion

Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.

The season may have ended in disappointment, but in the months leading up to the 2016/17 campaign, there's still plenty to look forward to...

With key summer target Mario Gotze set to slip through fingers, Liverpool may need to turn their attention to a host of alternatives. Gotze looked...
HARVARD, USA - Monday, July 21, 2014: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day one of their USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lazar Markovic's season-long loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce hasn't quite been as successful as he and Liverpool would have hoped, we take a look...
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 15, 2016: Liverpool's Sergi Canos in action against West Bromwich Albion during the final Premier League match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Continuing our end-of-season loan reports, we take a look at how Sergi Canos has fared during his season-long spell at Brentford. It’s often hard to...

Following reports linking Jordon Ibe with a move away from Liverpool, a summer departure seems a disappointing outcome for the youngster. The Reds are reported...

As we continue our player-by-player season reviews, we take a look at how new signing Marko Grujic fared at Red Star Belgrade. Grujic sealed his...

With Loris Karius taking the famous No. 1 shirt on his move to Liverpool, the goalkeeper is following some esteemed, and less so, names. Karius...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Villarreal CF. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andrew Ronan sees a foundation for next season and believes Jurgen Klopp has an advantage over his rivals despite the Europa League final defeat. In...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 6, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first goal against Crystal Palace during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Signed in a deal worth up to £29 million last summer, Roberto Firmino has proved his worth in his first season at Liverpool. When Firmino...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 11, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premier League match against Chelsea at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As Jurgen Klopp approaches his first summer as Liverpool manager, supporters need to trust the German in the transfer market. Mario Gotze isn't joining Liverpool...

With Loris Karius' move to Liverpool now confirmed, we get an expert view on the German goalkeeper. Karius' signing was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, acquiring...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 27, 2015: Norwich City's Andre Wisdom in action against Everton during the Football League Cup 4th Round match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Continuing our end-of-season reports on Liverpool’s loaned men, we take a look at how Andre Wisdom’s season with relegated Norwich panned out. Wisdom looked...
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg match against Villarreal CF at Estadio El Madrigal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Next in our 2015/16 player-by-player reviews is the Reds' first-choice left-back and recently criticised figure, Alberto Moreno. Where does he stand heading into the summer...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet celebrating the victory after 6-6 winning in penalties during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We continue our overview of Jurgen Klopp's key men in 2015/16 with Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet. Mignolet’s 55 starts between the posts this season...
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can in action against Sevilla during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As we continue our series of season reviews for some of Liverpool's key names, Emre Can stands out as a star of 2015/16. After a...
OSLO, NORWAY - Wednesday, August 7, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Alberto celebrates scoring the third goal against Valerenga during a preseason friendly match at the Ullevaal Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kicking off our season reviews on the Reds' loaned players, Spanish football expert Karl Matchett provides an extensive update on Luis Alberto's year at...
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sean Duffy on how squad deficiencies should now be crystal clear for Jurgen Klopp as familiar failings leave Liverpool exposed on biggest stage. I...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana scelebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We have been assessing how a number of Liverpool's key players performed in 2015/16, and Adam Lallana is the latest to go under the...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, January 25, 2016: Liverpool players lined up for penalties during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Stoke City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a numerical look back at Liverpool’s long, emotional, but ultimately unrewarding 2015/16 season. It’s been another rollercoaster campaign at Anfield, one that has...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren after the 4-1 victory over Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Continuing our reviews of Liverpool’s squad for the 2015/16 season, we focus on Dejan Lovren’s second year at Anfield. After a nightmare debut campaign on...
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 17, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the 2-1 victory over Bournemouth during the FA Premier League match at Dean Court. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With changes to come into play for English football’s loan system as of next season, we take a look at how the new rules...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 10, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner applauds the supporters after the 4-1 victory over Stoke City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As we continue our reviews of the Liverpool squad for the 2015/16 campaign, we turn our attention to James Milner’s debut season at Anfield. Arriving...
DORTMUND, GERMANY - Thursday, April 7, 2016: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho before the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match against Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Next up in our 2015/16 player-by-player reviews is Liverpool’s French centre-back, Mamadou Sakho. How did he fare throughout the season? Mamadou Sakho reached cult status...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 2015/16 season is done and dusted, with Liverpool's players enjoying varying degrees of success throughout the campaign. It proved to be a very up-and-down...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the 2015/16 season done and dusted, we are assessing how each Liverpool player has performed throughout the campaign.
NORWICH, ENGLAND - Friday, January 22, 2016: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne takes a throw-in against Norwich City during the Premiership match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

First up as we review a number of Liverpool players' 2015/16 season is £12.5 million summer signing Nathaniel Clyne. Despite only joining the club last...
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp looks dejected as Sevilla win 3-1 during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After seeing his side sign off the season with a painful final defeat for the second time, now is the time for Jurgen Klopp...
Mainz's goalkeeper Loris Karius gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FSV Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

With German goalkeeper Loris Karius poised to make the move to Liverpool this summer, the Reds will be signing a big talent. Karius was initially...
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner looks at the trophy as he leads his side out to face Sevilla during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Neil Poole believes this set of players is now largely damaged goods, but Jurgen Klopp is the man to make the wholesale changes needed...
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge looks dejected as Sevilla win 3-1 during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The stage was set in Basel. The historic city in Northwest Switzerland, with its population of circa 160,000, saw itself engulfed in a sea...