Opinion

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

Over half way into the season, PJ Vaughan provides an overview of the Liverpool under-18 players and who has impressed him so far in 2015/16.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks dejected as Arsenal score the second equalising goal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Is Klopp really happy with Mignolet as his No.1? If so, it would be the manager's first big mistake at Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against Rubin Kazan at Anfield. Back row L-R: Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can. Front row L-R: Alberto Moreno, James Milner, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho Correia. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Neil Poole ponders the question: To what extent does Liverpool’s first eleven need changing in the summer?
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 22, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard reacts after being fouled by Manchester United's Ander Herrera, but is amazingly shown the red card by referee Martin Atkinson during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ten more Premier League matches are on the horizon, and we make five bold predictions for the upcoming top-flight action.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joe Allen is starting to shake off his tag as a Liverpool laughing stock.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's celebrates scoring the second goal against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino's brilliant two-goal performance was undermined by some woeful defending in Liverpool's 3-3 draw against Arsenal, in alarmingly typical fashion.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first goal against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool battled back to claim a last-gasp point against Arsenal at Anfield on a night that will have pleased and frustrated Jurgen Klopp in equal measure.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen celebrates scoring the third equalising goal against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a thriller at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 29, 2015: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Swansea City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his Liverpool team on Wednesday night when Arsenal arrive at Anfield. The depleted Reds...
CARDIFF, WALES - Sunday, November 3, 2013: Cardiff City's captain Steven Caulker in action against Swansea City during the Premiership match at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While the arrival of Steven Caulker may be an underwhelming one for Liverpool supporters, the QPR centre-back is a shrewd acquisition for the short term.

You don't just have to challenge for the major honours here, you have to win them.

We take a look at the Reds' temporary signings since 2000.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 1-0 victory over Stoke City during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the winter transfer window in full flow and the chance for Jurgen Klopp to make adjustments to his squad, we take a look...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Liverpool's Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st leg match against Besiktas JK at Melwood Training Ground. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool face an injury crisis ahead of crucial Premier League matches at home to Arsenal and Man United this week.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge being fouled during the Premier League match against Norwich City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dan Holmes on Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool's top paid player and the man who gives the side a completely different dynamic up front.
EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Brad Smith celebrates scoring the second equalising goal against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The battling displays of Liverpool’s youngsters ensured the Reds remain in the hat for the FA Cup 4th round draw despite being held to...
EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Maguire and Brad Smith applaud the travelling supporters after the 2-2 draw with Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were held / held Exeter City to a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup third round with a very makeshift side showing plenty of positives.
EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's young players line-up to face Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A young and inexperienced Liverpool side drew 2-2 at Exeter City on Friday.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 8, 2015: The FA Cup trophy on display before the FA Cup 6th Round Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The FA Cup third round dominates the domestic action this weekend.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2013: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori warm-up before the Premiership match against Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his depleted Reds when Liverpool open their FA Cup campaign against the Grecians on Friday night.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Friday, July 24, 2015: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo 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)

Sheyi Ojo's loan at Wolves has been terminated early following Liverpool's injury crisis and the teenager falling out of favour at Molineux.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 20, 2012: Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in action against Reading during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rounding off our mid-season loan watch progress reports, we take a look at how Andre Wisdom has fared throughout the first half of his...
02.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkrichen, GER, UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifikation, Deutschland (GER) vs Oesterreich (AUT), im Bild ...Benedikt Hˆwedes / Hoewedes (Deutschland , Schalke 04). // during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round Germany vs Austria at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen 2011-09-02 EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Mueller ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

With Liverpool struggling with a number of injuries to their centre-back ranks this January, Jurgen Klopp may need to turn to the transfer market.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 1-0 victory over Stoke City during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool crippled by injuries, we take a look at whether Jurgen Klopp could make 11 changes against Exeter City.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Stoke City's Glen Johnson during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A Jordon Ibe goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory in Tuesday night's League Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke City, providing Jurgen Klopp with food for thought.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the first goal against Stoke City with team-mates during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool picked up a vital semi-final first leg victory against Mark Hughes’ side. Here's how we rated the Reds on the night. Stoke 0–1 Liverpool League...
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Having proved his ability to achieve in cup competitions at Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp can hope for silverware at Liverpool.
STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke is denied by Stoke City's goalkeeper Jack Butland during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds lock horns with Stoke in the League Cup final four on Tuesday night - we take a look at how the...
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the second goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Questions are increasingly being asked about the mentality of Liverpool’s players. Neil Poole explains why this means we should prioritise the cups over the...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 25, 2012: Liverpool's Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester City with team-mates Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool facing Stoke in the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, we look at how the Reds fared in their five most recent last-four showdowns.