Opinion

Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 19, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the FA Cup Semi-Final match against Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the summer transfer window open, and plenty of business already done, Henry Jackson outlines four areas Liverpool must strengthen next.

The latest in our Liverpool Lifetime XI challenge series is This is Anfield columnist Aaron Cutler, whose lineup is a feast of modern-era talent.
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 10, 2015: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Sunderland during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speculation has surfaced over a potential Anfield exit for Lazar Markovic this transfer window, but Ben Twelves argues that he must stay at Liverpool.
HARVARD, USA - Thursday, July 24, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers with first team coach Mike Marsh and assistant manager Colin Pascoe during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day four of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In less than four weeks, Brendan Rodgers has gone from a seemingly perilous position to being the one who will decide his own fate at Anfield.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 4, 2015: Liverpool's Emre Can in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by Chris Brunskill/Propaganda)

With just over a month to go before the beginning of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Jack Lusby makes 10 predictions for Liverpool's summer.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 17, 2011: Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt celebrates scoring an injury time equalising goal from the penalty spot against Arsenal during the Premiership match at the Emirates Stadium. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Numerous Liverpool players down the years have split opinion among fans, and Henry Jackson takes a look at some of the most divisive Reds stars.

We get the lowdown on Sean O'Driscoll, who is to be appointed as Liverpool's new assistant manager.

From disillusioned to optimistic, the signings of Roberto Fimino and Nathaniel Clyne have given us positivity ahead of the new season, writes Craig Hannan. View...
Jordon Ibe has returned from loan at Derby in excellent form (Photo: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With one likely to leave this summer and the other lauded as the new saviour, Aaron Cutler discusses the danger in comparing Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.
05.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, Training, FC Liverpool, im Bild Schriftzug "UEFA Europa League", steht die zweithoechste Spielklasse der UEFa vor dem aus? // Banner "UEFA Europa League", is the second highest division of UEFA out before? during Training of Liverpool FC before the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/05. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

Liverpool are set for another season away from Champions League football and will instead join the Europa League at the group stage next season.

Next up to take the Liverpool lifetime XI is Paddock season ticket holder Dan Holland. Lifetime XI challenge rules: Pick a team of players that...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, June 2, 2012: England's James Milner in action against Belgium during the International Friendly match at Wembley. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With James Milner given Liverpool's famous number seven jersey, Henry Jackson wonders if the 29-year-old will struggle like others have in the shirt. Many of...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 2, 2015: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Queens Park Rangers during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Selling Raheem Sterling for £50 million would not impact Liverpool like the sale of Luis Suarez did, argues guest writer John Hablitz.

Following persistent links with Real Madrid's Asier Illarramendi, Jack Lusby explores whether the Spanish midfielder is the right addition for Liverpool.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 4, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Allen, Lazar Markovic, Lucas Leiva and captain Jordan Henderson look dejected as Arsenal score the third goal before half-time during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are making waves with their incomings in the transfer market, but who will they sell? Jack Lusby looks back over who could leave this summer.
13.08.2011, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim, GER, 1.FBL, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs BvB Borussia Dortmund, Roberto FIRMINO (BRA), 1899 Hoffenheim am Ball..// during the match from GER, 1.FBL,TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs BvB Borussia Dortmund on 2011/08/13, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim, Germany..EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ A.Huber ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Following the exciting summer signing of Brazil's Roberto Firmino, guest writer Connor McKitrick explores just why the forward can be great for Liverpool.
28.08.2010, Estadio La Rosaleda, Malaga, ESP, Primera Division, FC Malaga vs FC Valencia, im Bild Salomon Rondon the Malaga forward in action. EXPA Pictures © 2010, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ M. Gunn

With links currently moving between the pacy and the powerful, Liverpool need to identify the type striker they want to sign this summer, writes Jack Lusby.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Rickie Lambert in action against Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Nathaniel Clyne very much on Liverpool's radar, we spoke to Southampton season ticket holder Richard Brereton to get the lowdown on the 24-year-old.
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The capture of Roberto Firmino has seen the club set a welcome precedent, and it must provide the benchmark for more transfer success, writes Ben Twelves.

Liverpool have reportedly held talks with representatives of Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino this summer, and here Jack Lusby explores his talents.
Danny Ings and James Milner Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With four players already signed and many others linked with moves, Henry Jackson selects Liverpool's best possible XI for the opening day of 2015/16. The...
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Brondby IF during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Likely facing his last chance to impress at Liverpool this summer, Tiago Ilori can still establish himself under Brendan Rodgers, writes Jack Lusby.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, February 11, 2008: Blackburn Rovers's David Bentley in action against Arsenal during the Premiership match at The Emirates Stadium. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Propaganda)

A missed transfer target doesn't always turn out to be a bad thing, as Danny Gallagher shows with these examples! It’s that time of year...
BOLTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 4, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the winning second goal in injury time against Bolton Wanderers during the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match at the Reebok Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While it all seems to be doom and gloom around Liverpool this summer, Jack Lusby finds 10 reasons for supporters to be optimistic in 2015/16.

Next up to take the Liverpool lifetime XI challenge is Jeff Goulding - with some tough choices to make after watching the Reds through...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 24, 2013: Tottenham Hotspur's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in action against Manchester City during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

PJ Vaughan doesn't see value in signing players outside the top four teams in the Premier League - with recent history proving it to be a poor strategy.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st leg match against Besiktas JK at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It's been a very quiet month since Liverpool were humbled 6-1 at Stoke, with Brendan Rodgers giving no interviews or quotes to the press - why the silence?
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Firmino might be nice, but Liverpool have much bigger priorities this summer.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 14, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As Liverpool's transfer focus continues to centre around "Premier League-proven" players, Jack Lusby explores whether this is the right approach.
HARVARD, USA - Thursday, July 24, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers with first team coach Mike Marsh and assistant manager Colin Pascoe during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day four of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It's over a fortnight since Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh were relieved of their duties, Liverpool must appoint the right replacements to Brendan Rodgers'...