Leroy Mah

A football fan, but an #LFC supporter. @AnfieldIndex writer/contributor & others; host of #AITalkingTactics & #AICommittee Podcasts.

Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

For a player like Mesut Özil, despite all the technical ability he possesses such as his elite ball control and dribbling ability, his vision and precise execution of passes – among many others – his career, at least whilst wearing a kit in Arsenal colours, will always be marred by fans labelling him as the player who “goes missing”, especially in big games. This still turns out to be the case even though there are other variables and factors such …
Breaking down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts - Part 2

Breaking down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts - Part 2

Any back-line - let alone the back-five of Liverpool's - will face adversities in the form of the high initial press in trying to lay the foundation for attacks. Jürgen Klopp's system for Liverpool works in a multitude of ways in order to overcome these adversities as mentioned in Part 1 here, but nevertheless, football is still a team game. It goes without saying that the five players in the aforementioned positions - both centre-backs, the full-backs, as well as the …
Sadio Mané's Absence and Liverpool FC's Options

Sadio Mané's Absence and Liverpool FC's Options

Sadio Mané has been a surprise blessing for many Liverpool fans. Despite his inconsistencies from past seasons still being seen in shades thus far, the Senegalese wide-player has been a great addition to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. Needless to say, he’s gone beyond proving himself to the Anfield faithful, many of whom had doubts of varying degrees with consideration to his price tag and especially given that he’s yet another Southampton recruit. In the next couple of weeks, Mane heads …
Breaking Down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts – Part 1

Breaking Down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts – Part 1

This series of articles aspires to explain and detail how Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side operate on an average basis in different areas of the pitch, scenarios, and for player(s) in different positions, i.e. being an attempt at dissecting the train of thought behind Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy and style at Liverpool FC. Foreword Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool is many things – an attacking powerhouse, a defensive error waiting to happen, a perpetually-moving unit, a horde-like gegenpressing team – you name it. Ultimately, …
How Gerrard Made Me a Liverpool Fan

How Gerrard Made Me a Liverpool Fan

This article is going to be a lot different than what I normally write up or tweet. It’s not going to be an analysis, it’s not going to be a tactical discussion, it’s not going to be a player profile, and it’s not going to be an opinionated piece that gets people to churn their thoughts. In light of Steven Gerrard’s retirement from football as a professional player, I felt it was only right to honour the incredible journey of …
Is Anyone Ever Dropped by Liverpool?

Is Anyone Ever Dropped by Liverpool?

Football, like any sport, is filled with drama both on and off the pitch. However nothing quite takes the cake for journalists and for mainstream media like drama involving players and their respective managers. “Wielding the axe” – one of many analogies used to describe the non-selection of players by a manager; but nothing sounds as imposing as the term “dropped”, perhaps because of how short and sweet it is. The concept of dropping players is often picked up by mainstream …
Captaincy at Liverpool Doesn't Matter

Captaincy at Liverpool Doesn't Matter

…Well, at least for now. Ever since the armband was awaiting its new bearer, the whole captaincy dilemma has spiked every time something happens on or off the field. When Jordan Henderson was announced as captain by the then-manager, Brendan Rodgers, the decision came under heavy scrutiny as Henderson is despised by a section of fans for his footballing ability (or lack of). From the Balotelli penalty incident, to underperforming in games and lengthy injuries, the reign of Henderson’s captaincy …
A Vital Attribute in a Liverpool Signing

A Vital Attribute in a Liverpool Signing

Just as the season came to a close, the floodgates open for everyone in social media – from journalists with real info, to journalists who make up info, to ITK’s seeking for acknowledgement – all looking for fame and recognition by football clubs’ respective fan base. Transfer-mania begins when you see every player under the sun being linked with your club and with Liverpool falling victim to the ‘2+2=5’ transfer algorithm; they are hardly shaded from the limelight. This may …
A Year On from Steven Gerrard

A Year On from Steven Gerrard

"Liverpool Football Club has been such a huge part of all our lives for so long and saying goodbye is going to be difficult, but I feel it’s something that’s in the best interests of all involved, including my family and the club itself.”
- Steven Gerrard, January 2015 The words that plagued Liverpool fans and impartial Premier League fans alike over a year ago; Steven Gerrard announced his departure from Liverpool FC and top-flight English football in favour …
The Daniel Sturridge Dilemma

The Daniel Sturridge Dilemma

I’ll cut straight to the chase: very few Liverpool players receive bipolar judgments from the Kop, and Daniel Sturridge is no different. “Sell him, keep him; bench him, play him” – the hymn that goes on rhythmically throughout the season without an end in sight. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jürgen Klopp adores Sturridge, at least to some extent. The Englishman’s show of frustration upon his removal from the pitch in the Reds’ 1-1 stalemate against high-flying Spurs …
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