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FIFA 18: An Analysis of Liverpool Players' Stats

FIFA 18: An Analysis of Liverpool Players' Stats

Tuesday will see the worldwide release of the world's most popular football simulator, FIFA. Released annually, FIFA's dominance of the virtual football world continues and, despite subjugation to Pro Evolution Soccer for a brief period a decade ago, EA Sport's most celebrated title shows no sign of slowing down. To keen players, FIFA 18 differs vastly from its predecessor, 17. Improved dribbling, crossing and skill moves are the most notable changes in gameplay and, despite issues with goalkeepers (ridiculously ineffective, …
A Guide to Jurgen Klopp's Midfield Set Up

A Guide to Jurgen Klopp's Midfield Set Up

Thanks to the internet, football fans from all over the world are able to voice their opinions on any, and every, topic relevant to their chosen football club. The growth of social media sites, in particular, provides all fans with voices which, although generally considered a positive, can lead to debacles such as the tracking of those planes and cars shuttling potential transfer targets. Overall, however, the input fans now enjoy as a result of the evolution of social media …
Why the last piece of LFC's puzzle is a ball carrying midfielder

Why the last piece of LFC's puzzle is a ball carrying midfielder

Liverpool have kicked off the 2017/18 season in some style, taking seven points from a possible nine in the Premier League whilst cruising through their Champions League qualifier with surprising ease. Moreover, off the pitch, the rejection of Catalan advances on Phillipe Coutinho in conjunction with big money bids for Thomas Lemar and Naby Keita (the latter, of course, being successful) seems to indicate a refreshing, positive attitude from Liverpool's heirarchy that bodes well for the future. Liverpool, it seems, …
Klopp's Liverpool remain on track but concern for Sturridge is justified

Klopp's Liverpool remain on track but concern for Sturridge is justified

It's taken just over a year for the belief in Jurgen Klopp's ability to guide Liverpool to brighter days. Liverpool's inability to capitalise on a favourites' chance to reach the final of the League Cup earlier this week completed a run of seven games without a victory and, in the eyes of some, provided all the ammunition required to point the proverbial gun at Liverpool's charismatic manager, safe in their opinion that doing so is perfectly reasonable. It isn't, of course. …
A Left-Back, Wide Forward and Value for Money the Priority In January

A Left-Back, Wide Forward and Value for Money the Priority In January

Liverpool head into the January transfer window safe in the knowledge that their start to the 2016/17 Premier League season has reached, and possibly surpassed, the expectations of the majority. Coming out of the Merseyside derby on Monday night, Liverpool find themselves 12 points better off than after the same amount of fixtures last season - an achievement made all the more impressive when considering that the fixture list, after the Anfield redevelopment, is considered by many to be more challenging than …
Liverpool supporters need to see the bigger picture

Liverpool supporters need to see the bigger picture

Being a Liverpool fan has never been, nor ever will be, an easy ride. The reds dominated English and indeed European Football for large portions of the 1960, 70s and 80s but, perhaps inevitably, currently find themselves languishing behind a pack of teams growing in terms of footballing credentials and, naturally, wealth. Over a decade and three managers since Liverpool last won a major trophy, Jurgen Klopp’s reds are, once again, gearing up for an assault on England’s most desirable …
The Captain and Klopp: The Virtue of Patience

The Captain and Klopp: The Virtue of Patience

Rome was not built in a day. Any long-standing success is, usually, the product of a carefully planned and executed strategy and, unfortunately for some, the phrase rings true in the world of football. Liverpool Football Club's reputation alongside other European giants is not a result of recent results, it is the deserved product of a past decorated with titles and success which have generated a worldwide fan base and solid foundation upon which to build and rebuild. This foundation …
Georginio Wijnaldum: Slow Starter or Solid Signing?

Georginio Wijnaldum: Slow Starter or Solid Signing?

Georginio Wijnaldum was signed from a relegated Newcastle United this summer in a transfer that was, to most, unexpected. The Netherlands international, who signed for Newcastle only last summer from Eredevisie outfit PSV, carried with him a reputation for drifting in and out of games a long with a price tag exceeding the 20 million pound mark. It was this, understandingly, that underlined many Liverpool fans' hesitation towards the transfer and, three league and three league starts into Wijnaldum's Liverpool …
Jurgen Klopp's System May Have No Place for Daniel Sturridge

Jurgen Klopp's System May Have No Place for Daniel Sturridge

For the first time in over a decade, Liverpool boast a vast array of striking options.   Gone are the days where the likes of David N'gog, Iago Aspas or Andriy Voronin would be forced to deputise in the absence of Liverpool's first choice striker - currently, Liverpool have four strikers capable of leading the attacking line, and doing it well. Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge have all been used to spearhead Jurgen Klopp's 4-3-3 and, …
Taking Risks Key to Liverpool's Success This Season

Taking Risks Key to Liverpool's Success This Season

Liverpool’s start to their 2016/17 Premier League campaign has, with pinpoint accuracy, summed up what fans have come to expect from Jurgen Klopp’s reds – inconsistency. A breath-taking attacking performance that was enough to see off top four rivals Arsenal was followed by a toothless display away at Burley and, unfortunately, it is from the latter fixture that most lessons can be learnt. Liverpool’s defeat at Turf Moor highlighted the importance of a back-up strategy. Against Arsenal, Klopp’s favoured gegen-pressing …

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