Liverpool's 2018/2019 Premier League Schedule - Analysis

Liverpool's 2018/2019 Premier League Schedule - Analysis

The fixture list is out: https://twitter.com/AnfieldIndex/status/1007310540669181952 You have probably already read reaction pieces and circled dates on the calendar. Even with the disappointing turn of events around Nabil Fekir failed (for now) transfer to Anfield the new season brings a lot of hope - a revamped midfield, a defence was very solid for over half a season and the magical attacking trio. But how about a more numbers-based approach on schedule. Last season, as part of my line up analysis …
How Klopp Could Unleash the Big Guns in the 4-2-2-2

How Klopp Could Unleash the Big Guns in the 4-2-2-2

A manager requires perpetual change if he’s to succeed in the savage land that is the Premier League. That’s the narrative that gets swung about on the regular, amidst pundits and fans alike. In Pep Guardiola’s first season, his tactical ministrations were seen as too imposing, not giving English Football’s top tier its due. Jose Mourinho has been accused of remaining “stuck in his ways” on multiple occasions; accusations which surprisingly were most stark in the Champions League against Sevilla. …
Loris Karius: Inside the Mind of a Goalkeeper

Loris Karius: Inside the Mind of a Goalkeeper

Recently, I found myself reviewing my notes for my FA level 1 coaching course, and came across the FA's "Four Corner Model" of long-term player development. In the four corners are "Technical/Tactical", "Physical", "Social" and, lastly, "Psychological". Very often, we focus on the technical/tactical and physical aspects of the game when we look at or analyse teams and players at the expense of those other two aspects, indeed, there's far more glamour and associability with the technical and physical sides …
Why Liverpool Should Court Courtois in a Chelsea Fire-Sale

Why Liverpool Should Court Courtois in a Chelsea Fire-Sale

Chelsea fans have had quite a storm blowing their way over the last few months, haven't they? A manager in disarray over his future after coming nowhere near to defending his league title and an owner refused a visa to the country that his club operates in. An FA Cup win managed to push the storm back a bit, but Thursday's announcement that they're postponing their stadium development due to an 'unfavourable investment climate' seems to have thrown the Blues …
Player Ratings as Liverpool are beaten at the Bridge

Player Ratings as Liverpool are beaten at the Bridge

Depressing that, wasn't it? I know we've got a certain other competition on our minds but the last few league performances have been dreary at best. Chelsea win 1-0 and we've got another Middlesbrough (H) job on our hands next weekend against Brighton. We should get it done but it'd be lovely if we didn't need to. Ratings, sorry if I'm harsh. Is Clyne worth the hassle? Loris Karius (6): Couldn't do anything for the goal, was fine apart from that. …
Sustainable Progression Clear to See as Liverpool March on in Europe

Sustainable Progression Clear to See as Liverpool March on in Europe

After the resounding, comprehensive display that was Liverpool's scorching 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City, it seems unfair to spend my time talking about 'sustainability' and 'mature growth', but I'm going to anyway. You'll hear and read many impressive things in the coming days, weeks, months and perhaps even years about the tie, but what it showed me was that Liverpool's natural progression under Jurgen Klopp is under no signs of slowing down. The Reds have seen too often in …
Player Ratings as Salah's Strike Downs Eagles

Player Ratings as Salah's Strike Downs Eagles

Palace away, I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy it. Six goals and two wins in the last couple of trips there, but have either been fun? Credit to Palace, their main strength is that they don't make it fun for their opponents. Able to soak up the pressure and then race forward with quick, powerful players, they're arguably the best designed of the mid-table teams to beat any of the top six. Except at the moment, they're …
Salah or Suarez: Who reigns supreme?

Salah or Suarez: Who reigns supreme?

28 league goals so far, and he doesn't seem to be slowing down: Mo Salah is blitzing his way through records as fast as he leaves defenders chasing dust on the pitch. It's truly remarkable, seeing Salah develop into a second striker, as Klopp looks to wean the very best out of his skills. But having scored every 85 minutes in the league so far, the inevitable comparison to Liverpool's last Golden Boot winner was always going to be made: …
Liverpool Against the Top Six - What Changed?

Liverpool Against the Top Six - What Changed?

Before the start of the season, Liverpool was on a 13 game unbeaten streak against the top 6, dating back to January 2016. In our first match against a direct rival, we dismantled Arsenal at Anfield, winning 4-0. In the eight top 6 meetings that followed the Reds only managed to win once, a bad run capped off by the frustrating game on Saturday. So what changed? Comparing to 2016/2017 *BCC - Big chances created; BCS - big chances scored; …
A Critical Look at Loris Karius

A Critical Look at Loris Karius

Please note that this article was written before the Southampton game. Over the years, Liverpool have had persistent goalkeeping problems that have ultimately contributed to the club being unable to make decisive surges forward to win silverware. Liverpool’s last trophy was won in 2012 with Pepe Reina between the sticks, and a year later Simon Mignolet was signed to assume the position for the club moving forward. Since then, Liverpool haven’t won any form of silverware and the current manager …
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