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 …
Individual Inconsistency Continues To Haunt Liverpool

Individual Inconsistency Continues To Haunt Liverpool

Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder if Liverpool actually enjoy doing things the hard way. Sunday’s insipid 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace was one of the poorest showings of the season, at a time when such a flat display was inexcusable. Jurgen Klopp had a bad day at the office, making his substitutions too late and seemingly failing to get his players revved up for the occasion. Far too many Reds were nowhere to be seen on the …
Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Just as it looked like we were pulling clear in the race for top four, Crystal Palace rear their ugly heads again. It was so inevitable, wasn't it? Well, maybe not if you've got some optimism, something I'm certainly lacking after that performance. Can Sadio Mane have my leg? I didn't observe him, but here's what was on offer at Anfield... Top four gets that bit trickier Oh dear. If Manchester United win the derby and their games in hand, …
Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

It was a case of two steps forward and one step back for Liverpool, who's Champions League hopes took an almighty blow as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his old club. After a lacklustre opening to the game, Philippe Coutinho put the hosts in front with a stunning long-range free kick to seal his 10th goal of the season. It should have been 2-0 when Roberto Firmino squared the ball to an unmarked Emre Can but the German failed …
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: Reds must deal with Eagles in the air

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: Reds must deal with Eagles in the air

Liverpool face their final game in a three week run against aerial threat as they take on Sam Allardyce's Crystal Palace this Sunday. If Liverpool can take three points they'll take another big step towards securing a top four place, on a weekend where many around them don't play in the league due to FA Cup commitments. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday 23rd April Time: 16:30 BST FORM Liverpool are flying right now, although you might …
Title Obsession Is Clouding Liverpool Supporters’ Judgement Of 2016/17

Title Obsession Is Clouding Liverpool Supporters’ Judgement Of 2016/17

Few sets of supporters crave something as much as Liverpool fans crave a league title. It really is a drug.  For 27 years, we have waited and waited for the curse to end, but unlike most footballing records, this one seems destined to last forever.  We have had to watch Man United dominate the English game for two decades, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City have also notched up nine league titles between them. Even Blackburn and Leicester have had …
Gritty, Gutsy Reds Refusing To Falter In Quest For Top Four

Gritty, Gutsy Reds Refusing To Falter In Quest For Top Four

Stoke and West Brom were always going to be two tough games. With both sides renowned for their defensive attributes, coupled with Liverpool's inability to create space against teams who sit deep, Premier League rivals would have been licking their lips at the possibility of Klopp's side stumbling at the final hurdle. They'll have been left blissfully disappointed then, with Liverpool taking another giant step towards a return to the Champions League on Sunday. 1-0 down at Stoke with a more …
Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

The end is near, isn't it? Liverpool were barely troubled by any West Bromwich Albion set-piece. Liverpool scored off a set-piece against West Brom. But, the bigger picture is crucial. It was another massive win for the Reds in the race for the top four, as they eked out a 1-0 victory. This was the first time that Liverpool had won at The Hawthorns in ages. Here are the main talking points from the game, as Liverpool went back up …
West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

Disciplined, dogged and gritty. Those are probably the best three words to describe Liverpool's performance against West Brom. It was by no means the eye-catching, fluid football we've come to expect from Jurgen Klopp's side, but a moment of quality from Roberto Firmino was enough to seal another three points and bring The Reds a step closer to Champions League qualification. Simon Mignolet - 8 Had very little to do in between the sticks, but when he was called upon …
Liverpool's not-so-secret, secret weapon

Liverpool's not-so-secret, secret weapon

After this past weekend's win over Stoke, I was a guest on the post-match Nina Kauser Show here on Anfield Index and was asked if it was Liverpool 'winning ugly'. Although it was certainly an ugly win, I did say that I felt when I think of 'winning ugly', I think of teams such as ours under Rafa Benitez, the Man United teams of the 1990's or Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in his first reign there; even Arsenal under George …
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