Opinion

Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, March 10, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates after the 2-0 victory over Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his Liverpool side for the make-or-break semi-final second-leg against Villarreal.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Leicester City’s stunning Premier League triumph couldn’t have come at a better time for Jurgen Klopp.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 17, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Bournemouth during the FA Premier League match at Dean Court. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Emre Can may return to action against Villarreal on Thursday.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. TUESDAY, MAY 3rd, 2005: Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop sing "You'll never walk alone" before before the UEFA Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg against Chelsea at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool face the familiar situation of having to overturn a first-leg away loss in the semi-finals of European competition at Anfield, where they look to record another historic turnaround against Villarreal.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Liverpool's Danny Ings looks dejected during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match against Carlisle United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Danny Ings returning to full training after an ACL injury, the young striker could play a variety of roles under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp forces a smile as he interacts with the crowd during the Premier League match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though Liverpool's frail defensive line was at fault for Sunday's 3-1 loss to Swansea City, their efforts were undermined by a non-existent midfield.
SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge looks dejected as Swansea City score the opening goal during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A much-changed Reds side lost 3-1 against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium, in a game that provided a mix of talking points.
SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following Liverpool's disappointing 3-1 defeat to Swansea City on Sunday afternoon, we assess how each Reds player performed at the Liberty Stadium.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Martin Skrtel has polarised opinion throughout his Liverpool career, but he deserves to leave Anfield with his reputation intact.
(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line his side up as the Liverpool manager makes his first trip to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City.
VILLRREAL, SPAIN - Thursday, April 28, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp salutes the travelling supporters after the injury-time 1-0 defeat at the hands of Villarreal CF during the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Returning home from Liverpool's Europa League first leg against Villarreal with a 1-0 loss, an overly cautious approach from Jurgen Klopp passed up a great opportunity.
VILLRREAL, SPAIN - Thursday, April 28, 2016: Liverpool's captain James Milner leads his side out to face Villarreal CF during the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool lost 1-0 to Villarreal on Thursday evening.
VILLRREAL, SPAIN - Thursday, April 28, 2016: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg match against Villarreal CF at Estadio El Madrigal. Back row L-R: Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Adam Lallana. Front row L-R: Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho Correia. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool almost grabbed the away goal, and almost came home with a goalless draw, but not quite.
VILLRREAL, SPAIN - Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg match against Villarreal CF at Estadio El Madrigal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Liverpool’s starting team could look when they take on Villarreal in the Europa League last-four on Thursday night.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 11, 2009: Liverpool's supporters on the Spion Kop display a banner calling for justice, before the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 supporters. (Photo by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jeff Goulding reflects on a historic day for Liverpool FC, the city, the British legal system - but above all, the families of the 96.
Villarreal's Tomas Pina, third from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring, during the Europa League, round of 32, second-leg soccer match between Napoli and Villareal, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

Spanish football expert Karl Matchett provides the lowdown on Liverpool's Europa League semi-final opponents, Villarreal.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Kolo Toure after the 3-0 victory over Manchester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Mamadou Sakho set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Jurgen Klopp should look to employ the talents of Kolo Toure as his replacement.

Christian Benteke returns to training this week, but is there any way back for Belgian at Anfield?
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Newcastle United's manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Chris Williams reflects on Saturday's draw with Newcastle, and looks ahead to a huge week for the club with the Europa League semi-final first-leg.
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)

On Friday, UEFA informed Liverpool FC that defender Mamadou Sakho is under investigation for failing a drugs test. Sports law expert Matthew Rogers analyses...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Looking at the stats behind dropping points from losing positions and how Simon Mignolet continues to be vital for the wrong reasons.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Newcastle United's manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Liverpool, not for the first time this season, threw away a two-goal lead to show the squad's issues - just as they'd started to show some consistency.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Newcastle United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Liverpool surrendered a two-goal lead to end their winning run against Rafael Benitez’s relegation battlers on an afternoon that provided pleased an infuriated in equal measure.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal against Newcastle United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

We rate the Reds after they disappointingly drew 2-2 with Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Everton during the Premier League match at Anfield, the 226th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his Liverpool team for the visit of Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi in action against Everton during the Premier League match at Anfield, the 226th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are set to be without striker Divock Origi for the rest of the season, leaving Jurgen Klopp to navigate a tough route to the Europa League final.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, August 13, 2009: Liverpool's manager Rafael Benitez during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Karl Matchett discusses why it hasn't quite worked out for Rafa since he left in 2010.

Jurgen Klopp marked his first Merseyside derby with a 4-0 win over Everton, providing a stark contrast to Liverpool's efforts under Brendan Rodgers in October.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge registered his 50th goal for Liverpool against Everton on Wednesday.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Everton's Aaron Lennon during the Premier League match at Anfield, the 226th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner continued his good recent form with a dominant display against Everton.