Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - a Stats Analysis: Part 2

Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - a Stats Analysis: Part 2

In part 1 of the lineup analysis, I had a look at our goalkeepers and defense. Part 2 will focus on midfield and attack. The midfield Even after Karius' nightmare performance in Kiev, the midfield is still Liverpool's weakest line going into 2018/2019. Emre Can is likely leaving, James Milner will be 33, Jordan Henderson is injury prone and not consistent, the Ox is injured, Gini Wijnaldum has a tendency to disappear at times and Adam Lallana had the worst …
Scouting Fabinho: Liverpool's New Anchor

Scouting Fabinho: Liverpool's New Anchor

Monday Night – UK time: Liverpool fans still reel from their Champions League final loss, yet they are motivated in their club’s resolve to use it as the platform for progress; a bump on the road to something special. Nobody quite knew just how quickly the Reds would get moving on that road, though. As photos emerged of their shiny new Brazilian midfielder, standing clad in that famous Red kit, every Liverpool fan in the world probably had the same …
What to Expect When Expecting a Naby

What to Expect When Expecting a Naby

It’s clearly an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan. A Champions League final in Kiev awaits, with the Reds once again at the forefront of European football’s greatest night. Meanwhile, the squad itself continues to grow and develop at the behest of its German architect, led by the season’s most scintillating attack. That’s not to mention the arrival of one of football’s most impressive young midfielders. When Liverpool signed Naby Keita from Leipzig, on the proviso that he would …
Emre Can: Yanny or Laurel?

Emre Can: Yanny or Laurel?

If you’ve somehow avoided listening to the viral clip below, maybe you’ve been trying to calculate the ideal combination of trains, planes and automobiles to get yourself to Kiev. Maybe you’ve had your head in YouTube clips of Nebil Fekir and Yerry Mina. Regardless, it's time to get with the program and listen to the clip. What do you hear? Is the voice saying "Yanny" or "Laurel”? https://twitter.com/bbcnews/status/997036626214780928 If you hear “Yanny,” you’re a normal person and if you hear …
Liverpool's Depth Issues Are Being Overstated

Liverpool's Depth Issues Are Being Overstated

A lot has been made of Liverpool’s depth issues recently, and particularly in attack. There are good reasons for this, as Liverpool have drawn three of their last four league games, two of them 0-0, as they attempted to balance crucial Premier League and Champions League fixtures. I myself wrote an article on the topic just a few weeks ago, after the goalless draw at Goodison Park. With the Reds 90 minutes away from a Champions League final and one …
Roma Rampage Offers a Glimpse of What Midfield Can Do

Roma Rampage Offers a Glimpse of What Midfield Can Do

Liverpool’s irrepressible front three once again stole the show as the Reds gloriously ripped Roma apart in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final but, for 80 minutes at least, it was close to a perfect team performance. As so often under Jurgen Klopp, a manager who licks his lips rather than quakes in his boots on the big occasion, the Reds raised their level for a massive game, unlocking the frightening extent of their offensive capabilities as the …
Liverpool Must Avoid Summer Repeat Of 2002, 2009 & 2014

Liverpool Must Avoid Summer Repeat Of 2002, 2009 & 2014

What do the summers of 2002, 2009 and 2014 all have in common? Liverpool ballsed up every one, that's what. On those three occasions, the Reds had a wonderful chance of kicking on after near-title-winning campaigns, only to come crashing back down to reality after recruiting poorly and allowing rivals to pull clear again. Gerard Houllier started off the trend 16 years ago, after a fantastic Arsenal team were forced to win their remaining 13 matches to clinch the Premier …
Could Gini Wijnaldum be Liverpool's Future Number Six?

Could Gini Wijnaldum be Liverpool's Future Number Six?

Setting the tempo, demanding the ball and creating passing lanes - that's not Gini Wijnaldum is it? When Jordan Henderson picked up a yellow card for tripping up Raheem Sterling in the second-half of the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Anfield, ruling himself out of the second leg because of suspension, Liverpool fans quickly turned to social media to express their concerns. With Emre Can definitely out of the second leg because of a niggling back injury, serious …
Liverpool's Underappreciated Midfield

Liverpool's Underappreciated Midfield

The consensus of this Liverpool team seems to be that the three attackers are world class, our defence still needs some serious work (although the emergence of Robbo, the signing of VVD and the form of Karius are mitigating this) and our midfield is … alright. The subject of our midfield is an interesting one, mostly because of the common criticisms and worries about our players. The most consistent criticism of our midfield is that it lacks an explosive punch, …
Liverpool’s One-Dimensional Midfield Highlights The Need For Naby

Liverpool’s One-Dimensional Midfield Highlights The Need For Naby

Last Thursday, Naby Keita was starring for RB Leipzig as they defeated Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in the Europa League. The Guinean laid-on a delightful assist for Timo Werner, gliding through the midfield before finding the forward in inch-perfect fashion, on a night that also saw him win all five of his tackles, complete five take-ons and enjoys a 93 percent passing accuracy. It was a midfield masterclass, during a season in which Keita has actually been criticised for downing …
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