Stefan Vasilev

A lifelong LFC supporter who loves the use of stats in football.

Klopp's Gamble and Liverpool's Creativity

Klopp's Gamble and Liverpool's Creativity

It has been over a month since a certain Brazilian left for Barcelona. A month of ups and downs, as it more often than not is for Liverpool supporters. From managing to snap Manchester City's win streak to losing to Swansea and another early exit in the FA Cup, to snatching a draw from the jaws of victory last week (still salty about that one), to our first 2-0 win in a year. At the end of the day, we …
VAR | Liverpool's first exposure to it and why it's here to stay

VAR | Liverpool's first exposure to it and why it's here to stay

It's fair to say that every supporter of every club feels like their beloved team has been robbed by refereeing decisions this season. I can certainly say that about every single Liverpool supporter. Football is the most popular sport in the world and yet it is the only major sport to not have some form of video review. The governing bodies of the game decided to catch up with the rest of the world and viola - VAR. The VAR …
Defending Set Pieces - A Statistical Analysis

Defending Set Pieces - A Statistical Analysis

It's silly season again. Time to double click on that football manager icon and see who the next football wunderkind is. Time to test your f5 button's durability. And most importantly time to complain about FSG and their transfer policy. I was thinking about writing on the hot topic but I as I have said before - I just hate narratives. So let's have a look at something positive that has been going on for a few months now - …
Liverpool's Goalkeepers - A Statistical Analysis

Liverpool's Goalkeepers - A Statistical Analysis

You probably won't believe me but I had the idea for this article way before the Arsenal game. I had even started gathering the stats from the different sites before the game started. The article was due last Thursday but I decided to postpone it for this week so I get a sample size that is a little bigger. And then Simon Mignolet allows a goal that he could have realistically saved with a header - the ball was that …
Liverpool's Attack - A Stats Analysis

Liverpool's Attack - A Stats Analysis

After a string a good results the struggles of September and October are seemingly gone. The mighty Reds are on a 3 game winning streak in all tournaments that saw them score 10 goals and concede just 1. A lot of supporters and writers urged patience during the string of underwhelming results in autumn throwing around expected goals. And indeed even without the more advanced statistic the Reds fired blanks on too many occasions - failing to win several games …
Daniel Sturridge - Not Done Yet

Daniel Sturridge - Not Done Yet

Daniel Sturridge is quite possibly the biggest what if in recent Liverpool football club history. Last week the still only 28-year-old scored his 100th (and 101st) goal in club football. 71 of those goals have come in his 131 matches for the Reds over the last six years. This sentence tells you all about the striker's career - a lot of goals scored in very few games. Sturridge arrived at Anfield together with Philippe Coutinho in the winter of 2013, …
Liverpool Supporters: From Doubters to Believers and Back

Liverpool Supporters: From Doubters to Believers and Back

I was one of the doubters, I'm not going to lie. The last months of the Brendan Rodgers era were depressing. The team let the manager down, the fans down but most importantly they let the one true icon for a generation of supporters down in his last season. FSG decided to stick with the Northern Irishman while giving the boot to the backroom staff. A decision that at the time looked baffling. But maybe Jurgen wasn't ready. Maybe there …
Liverpool FC - The Wasteful Comeback Kings of England

Liverpool FC - The Wasteful Comeback Kings of England

Another game has passed and the mighty Reds fired blanks yet again. Somehow the ball didn't go in Spartak Moscow's net a second time. The mixture of feelings after such is hard describe. LFC managed to fight back after going 1-0 down. The result is not fatal in any way - reaching the knockout phase is still fully in our hands. The build up play was very good. And yet you can't help but feel we let one slip away …
Klopp and his substitutions - lacking impact from the bench?

Klopp and his substitutions - lacking impact from the bench?

The 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday saw Liverpool wrap up the most disappointing week of the season so far.  The usual combination of a complete defensive meltdown - 3 of our 4 defenders should take blame for the Burnley goal, and missed chances led to two points dropped against a side that rarely wins away from their home. There is a lot to get frustrated about over the last three games. Bad luck against Manchester City followed by a …
FSG - Learning From Past Mistakes?

FSG - Learning From Past Mistakes?

Things have changed a lot in Liverpool football club and in football in general since Fenway Sports Group acquired the Reds back in 2010. FSG themselves have evolved as owners after trying several different approaches in managing the organization within the club with questionable success. It is still too early to rate this summer's deals (or the lack of them). Some supporters are cautiously optimistic, for others failing to sing a starting caliber centre-back is inexcusable. LFC went after top …
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