Tom Holmes

Philippe Coutinho and the Value of Stats

Philippe Coutinho and the Value of Stats

I am a massive fan of stats. I am unabashedly a proponent of using stats to bolster analysis wherever possible, and I think that people who generally tend to avoid stats are missing a trick. Of course stats don’t tell you the entire picture, and there’s no substitute for simply watching the game but nevertheless stats are a valuable addition to any sort of football analysis, which is why it’s often frustrating that most pundits don’t fully utilise them, or …
Recent performances are not enough for Simon Mignolet

Recent performances are not enough for Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet found himself taking the plaudits for the second week running as Liverpool ground out a 1-0 win over West Brom, in which Mignolet made a tremendous save with ten minutes to go to keep Liverpool in front. This comes directly off the back of a match-winning performance last weekend, in which Mignolet denied Saido Berahino and Charlie Adam from close range to seal the points for his team. So the question is, do these performances change Mignolet’s standing …
Bold Klopp & His Risky Substitutions Pay Off

Bold Klopp & His Risky Substitutions Pay Off

One of the things that Jürgen Klopp is often criticised for is his substitutions. Klopp sometimes leaves his substitutions quite late in games and indeed often only makes one change, even when his team is losing. Whilst this has been the case throughout Klopp’s career, his decision to only make one change against Bournemouth has put this back into the forefront of people’s minds, especially given that Daniel Sturridge was an unused sub. Klopp’s rationality for this is twofold: he …
Who is Liverpool's Most Important Player?

Who is Liverpool's Most Important Player?

One of Liverpool’s problems this season has been squad depth, which puts an added importance to the team that features week in, week out. But which of Liverpool’s players is the most integral to this team, both this season and looking forwards? This article will look at five core candidates from across the team to assess the question: who is Liverpool’s most important player? Philippe Coutinho Liverpool’s season can be split into two segments: before Coutinho’s injury, and after Coutinho’s …
Liverpool in 2016/17: Has Progress Been Made?

Liverpool in 2016/17: Has Progress Been Made?

With an international break ensuring that there’s no Premier League football this weekend, and with nine games to go in a finely poised season, this is the perfect time to assess Liverpool’s season, where it’s at and what we need to do in our final few games, as well as our general development under Jürgen Klopp. This article will look at how the season has gone so far, what’s left for the club to do, and whether or not significant …
Klopp's Tactics: Pragmatism vs Idealism

Klopp's Tactics: Pragmatism vs Idealism

Jürgen Klopp has a footballing style and philosophy that he sticks to very rigidly. His high-pressing, high defensive line, fluid forward line 4-3-3 has been the default for him this season. However, there have been times when the style, the formation, and most importantly the tactics, simply haven’t worked for Klopp, and his tactical stubbornness, and dedication to his philosophy have been an issue for Liverpool this season. Whilst Liverpool’s poor form against smaller sides in 2017 has a number …