Opinion

Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.
MILAN, ITALY - Tuesday, March 10, 2008: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard MBE in action against FC Internazionale Milano during the UEFA Champions League First knockout Round 2nd Leg match at the San Siro. (Pic by Andrea Staccioli/Propaganda)

With Liverpool's Europa League last-32 clash with Besiktas on Thursday looming large, we rewind eight years and look back at the night the Reds...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 14, 2015: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho celebrates after the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Cup 5th Round match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With criticism of the on-ball ability of Mamadou Sakho still rampant, Jack Lusby revisits his testament to Liverpool’s graceful centre-back. It is one of the...
11.11.2011, Turk Telekom Arena, Istambul, TUR, UEFA EURO Qualifikation, Tuerkei (TUR) vs Kroatien (CRO), im Bild Slaven Bilic // during the UEFA EURO qualifying football match, between Turkey (TUR) and Craoatia (CRO) at Turk Telekom Arena Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey on 11/11/2011. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Pixsell/ Slavko Midzor..***** ATTENTION - OUT OF GER, CRO *****

Liverpool’s next Europa League challenge comes in the form of Turkish giants Besiktas, and here Jack Lusby provides an overview. View image | gettyimages.com Liverpool welcome...
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 return to European action this week, but not in the competition we'd like to have been. Rowan Dix isn't very enthused at the...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in action against Chelsea during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It's a little over two months since Simon Mignolet was dropped for an "indefinite period" by Brendan Rodgers. Josh Sexton looks at how his...
MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, November 4, 2014: Liverpool's Kolo Toure in action against Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kolo Toure has confirmed his retirement from international duty and returns to training with Liverpool after African Cup of Nations duty on Monday. Ben...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 10, 2014: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the third goal against Borussia Dortmund during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The recent dip in form and fitness of Philippe Coutinho shows why he may need a Raheem Sterling-style break, writes Jack Lusby. With Liverpool facing...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 14, 2015: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho celebrates after the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Cup 5th Round match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We pick five talking points from Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Crystal Palace on Saturday night. Another step towards Brendan Rodgers’ much-coveted...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 14, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno and Mamadou Sakho celebrate after the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Cup 5th Round match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool produced an excellent FA Cup comeback against Alan Pardew’s Eagles thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. We rate how each...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 31, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

My apologies to Kopblog regulars. It’s been over 2 months since the last blog was published. In that time there has been a new...
BOSTON, MA - Wednesday, July 25, 2012: AS Roma's Miralem Pjanic in action against Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, the second match of the Reds' North American tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers has been spotted on a trip to Italy this week, and Jack Lusby selects Roma’s Miralem Pjanic among the players he should...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 23, 2014: Crystal Palace's captain Mile Jedinak scores the third goal against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds revisit bogey ground Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon for their fifth round FA Cup tie against Alan Pardew’s side. Ben Twelves...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, August 25, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho Correia and Daniel Sturridge look dejected as Manchester City score the opening goal during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson could all benefit from a rest ahead of important fixtures ahead; Jack Lusby discusses Brendan Rodgers' rotation...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 18, 2014: Liverpool's owner John W. Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti before the Premiership match against Aston Villa at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Si Steers outlines the many reasons why Liverpool's current owners may present us with our best chance of sustained success. SEE ALSO: Henry Winter on FSG Brian...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the third goal against Fulham from the penalty spot during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It's a year to the day since Liverpool's dramatic 3-2 win over Fulham, which sparked a sensational run of form for Brendan Rodgers' side....
LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, December 16, 2013: Daily Telegraph journalist Henry Winter receives the Writer of the Year Award at the Football Supporters Federation Awards Night at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by Steve Welsh/William Hill/Propaganda).

As part of our look at Liverpool owners FSG and why they may be Liverpool's best chance of success (read here), Si Steers speaks...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 22, 2010: Liverpool's Legend Kenny Dalglish and Brian Barwick during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match against Northampton Town at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As part of our look at Liverpool owners FSG and why they may be Liverpool's best chance of success (read here), Si Steers speaks...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Real Madrid CF's Alvaro Arbeloa during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup trip to Crystal Palace this weekend, Jack Lusby stresses why it is far more important that Brendan Rodgers focusses...
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)

Daniel Sturridge made his first Liverpool start since August in Tuesday night’s win over Spurs, we assess his performance and the impact he will...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 11, 2014: Liverpool supporters' banner 'Digger 10' of John Barnes on the Spion Kop before the Premiership match against Newcastle United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Our friends at 5 Times are taking their legends night to Bristol on 9th April and they're offering one lucky This Is Anfield reader...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, February 6, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Everton during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, the 224th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Given the impact Jordon Ibe has had since being recalled early from a season loan at Derby County, we take a look at Liverpool's...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli [hidden] celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mates during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool earned a crucial 3-2 win over fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham on Tuesday evening, and Henry Jackson selects five topics of discussion from...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In a night full of positives as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield, Jack Lusby highlights the role Lazar Markovic and Jordon Ibe...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After Liverpool’s 3-2 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur, Jack Lusby provides player ratings for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Brendan Rodgers seems to have found his...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 31, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the second goal against West Ham United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool host Spurs in a must win game on Tuesday night as the Reds look to close th gap on the Champions League places....
LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action against Chelsea during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With in-form midfielder Lucas Leiva facing a spell on the sidelines with injury, Jack Lusby discusses Brendan Rodgers options. Liverpool were rocked after Saturday’s Merseyside...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, February 6, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard leads his side out for his last ever Merseyside Derby during the Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park, the 224th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Matthew Lucas is looking for Brendan Rodgers to strengthen his centre-midfield options in wake of the Everton performance showing how we need more beyond...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 14, 2012: Liverpool and Everton supporters during the FA Cup Semi-Final match at Wembley. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After Merseyside Police's predictions of disorder prove unfounded, Jeff Goulding discusses his fears about segregation and the future of the derby. It was 14th April...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, February 6, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Everton during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, the 224th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After an impressive display at right wing-back in the Merseyside derby, Jack Lusby asks whether Jordon Ibe can challenge for the role. Billed universally as...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, February 6, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia is fouled by Everton's James McCarthy, who was shown a yellow card for the challenge, during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, the 224th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds were held to a frustrating goalless draw by a negative Everton side at Goodison Park, and Ben Twelves picks a number...