Keith Castelino | Editor - Premier League

Keith Castelino is featured columnist at TheHardTackle who follows the Barclays Premier League closely; but also keeps an eye out for India and the United States national teams, as well as Seattle Sounders in the MLS. He writes primarily on Liverpool FC.

Liverpool have successfully negotiated their first European fixtures under Jurgen Klopp and have hence avoided putting themselves into a must-win position like fellow Premier League big boys Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal put themselves in earlier this week. Sion, on the other hand, are in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages themselves - all they need to do ensure that they do not lose at home to Liverpool. Win, and they will, in fact, finish top of their group.

A 1-1 draw at home to Southampton was not a game worthy of the occasion, given  that it was Jurgen Klopp’s first home game as manager of Liverpool.  Here is a look at a few talking points from what was a rather drab draw at Anfield. Sloppy passing a recurring theme Both Liverpool and Southampton have talented attacking players further up the pitch, but the passing in build up play as well as on the counter was sloppy at best. Philippe Coutinho was the chief culprit for Liverpool, getting knocked off the ball far too easily. Adam Lallana’s performances may have pleasantly surprised Liverpool supporters so far, but he was often guilty of not picking the right pass or timing his run as well as he needed to, considering how well Southampton play the high line. On the other hand, Southampton are usually a much more fluid side than their passing at Anfield suggested. Most of Southampton’s positive attacking play seems to go through […]