Opinion

Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool supporters leave in their droves as the Reds lose 3-0 to West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool's 3-0 loss to West Ham was yet another Anfield slip-up against a lesser side. It's an issue that has dogged the Reds for...
KINGSTON-UPON-HULL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Hull City during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The decision to let Lazar Markovic leave on loan is bemusing after Liverpool's lack of potency against West ham United, writes Jack Lusby.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after his mistake led to West Ham United's second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a miserable individual performance in Liverpool's 3-0 loss to West Ham United, Dejan Lovren is in trouble, writes Thomas Bolton.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after his mistake led to West Ham United's second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following Liverpool’s dreadful 3-0 loss to West Ham, Ben Twelves picks a number of discussion points from the Anfield humiliation. A truly miserable afternoon at...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia looks dejected after being sent off against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After Liverpool's miserable 3-0 Anfield loss at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday, Jack Lusby provides his player ratings.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool players form a pre-match huddle during the Premier League match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool return to action at Anfield this weekend to take on Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United. Here, Ben Twelves looks at selection options.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Daniel Sturridge returning to training at Melwood this week, Andrew Ronan discusses the importance of his latest return.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 2005: Liverpool fans during the UEFA Champions League Final Liverpool against AC Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jeff Goulding wants Liverpool fans to embrace the Europa League this season and get the Reds back to winning ways in Europe.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordon Ibe remains very much a work in progress at Liverpool, and it is crucial that we don't expect too much from him in a Reds shirt.

Neil Poole waxes lyrical about Liverpool's up and coming young talents but warns against the dangers of burdening them with too much expectation. When the...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini looks dejected as PFC Ludogorets Razgrad score a late equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After the news that Mario Balotelli finally ended his Liverpool nightmare, one would suggest his time on Merseyside was nothing less than perplexing.

Liverpool vs. West Ham - Kop magazine's Chris McLoughlin previews the game.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino made his full Liverpool debut with a start in Monday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal. Here, Jack Lusby assesses his performance.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After making his Premier League debut in Monday 0-0 draw with Arsenal, Jordan Rossiter has a bright future at Liverpool, writes Jack Lusby.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 17, 2015: Liverpool's Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring the second goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Henry Jackson sits down and assesses 'We're Everywhere, Us', a new book that follows Liverpool's 2014/15 campaign through the eyes of the fans.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 27, 2014: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli applauds the supporters as he is substituted against Everton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Liverpool the latest episode of the Mario Balotelli Show began with hope, excitement and promises.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool players form a pre-match huddle during the Premier League match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool's summer transfer business has given the squad a far more resolute and rounded look to it, which bodes better than 12 months ago. The...
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel applauds the supporters after the 1-0 victory over Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having now kept three clean sheets from their opening three games, Jack Lusby explores how Liverpool's defence have improved in 2015/16.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following Liverpool’s hard-fought draw against Arsenal,  Ben Twelves picks a number of discussion points from a challenging but hugely positive performance.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner and Martin Skrtel applaud the travelling supporters after the goal-less draw against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Another clean sheet marked a great start to the season as Liverpool drew 0-0 away to Arsenal, and here Jack Lusby praises the Reds' defence.
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 24, 2015: Liverpool players form a pre-match huddle during the Premier League match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool - LFC Player ratings from the Premier League game at the Emirates.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno, Roberto Firmino and Emre Can warm-up before the Premier League match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool take on title hopefuls Arsenal on Monday night. Here, we take a look at the possible team selection options ahead of the clash.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 19, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring the first goal against Besiktas JK from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Mario Balotelli's failed spell on Merseyside set to come to an end this summer, Jack Lusby explores the modern footballing maverick.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday September 2, 2012: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of Liverpool's important top-four battle away to Arsenal on Monday night, Jack Lusby spoke to Callum Perritt of The Gooner Ramble.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia in action against Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool travelling to north London to face Arsenal on Monday evening, Henry Jackson selects his combined eleven from the two teams.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and assistant manager Sean O'Driscoll during the Premier League match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a great start to the Premier League season for Liverpool, Karl Matchett assesses where they stand against their top-four rivals.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 8, 2014: Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers after his side are thrashed 5-1 during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Should Brendan Rodgers stick with his faltering 4-2-3-1 formation against Arsenal on Monday, Liverpool could be in for a long night, writes Henry Jackson. The...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 17, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A solid but unspectacular start to the season, writes Alex Malone, as he discusses the talking points from Liverpool's opening to 2015/16.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Friday, July 24, 2015: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against a Malaysia XI during a friendly match at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on day twelve of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could miss Monday's clash with Arsenal through injury, and here Jack Lusby explores options for cover.
SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, August 19, 2015: Liverpool's Joao Carlos Teixeira celebrates scoring the third goal against Everton with team-mate during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Haig Avenue. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool Under-21s drew 3-3 with their Merseyside rivals Everton on Wednesday night, with Joao Carlos Teixeira impressing for the Reds.