Liverpool's Attacking Flexibility

Liverpool's Attacking Flexibility

Hello again Anfield Index, it’s been a while. Eagle-eyed viewers that you are, some of you have probably noticed that Liverpool are scoring quite a few goals this season. My goal in this article is to explain to you how adjustments in personnel and tactical decisions have allowed us to both destroy ambitious opposition on the counter and, at times, to break our hoodoo on beating teams who only intend to sit deep for the entire game – some teams …
Liverpool FC - If You Build It, They Will Stay

Liverpool FC - If You Build It, They Will Stay

Nothing great ever happens in team sports without the supporting cast playing some role on many different levels. Being in the background is usually no longer enough. The supporting cast now needs to contribute more than just hang around waiting to be dragged to titles. Countless times in recent history we have seen the Most Valuable Player in a season miss out on the grand prize despite their stellar performances. In a world were loyalty is now the exception rather …
Immense Salah-Firmino Partnership Continues To Grow At Liverpool

Immense Salah-Firmino Partnership Continues To Grow At Liverpool

Great Liverpool attacking pairings throughout history roll off the tongue. Ian St John and Roger Hunt excelled in the 1960s, John Toshack and Kevin Keegan were the archetypal ‘Little N Large’ combo the following decade and Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush were perhaps the Reds’ greatest duo-in-tandem. Jumping into the Premier League era, Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore wreaked havoc for a short time, before Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres came so close to inspiring Liverpool to glory in 2008/09. …
Top-Table Liverpool Send A Message To Europe

Top-Table Liverpool Send A Message To Europe

When Sadio Mane’s second goal went flying into the back of Porto’s net, what had threatened to be a very, very good night at the office officially turned into something else entirely? For long spells of the first half, Liverpool were looking clinical, rather than dominant, but the third goal, so early in the second half, completely changed the complexion of the tie. And so, what had the potential to be a potentially sticky away fixture for Liverpool ended up …
Up the European Record Breaking Reds

Up the European Record Breaking Reds

What can we possibly even say about that? There aren’t enough superlatives to accurately describe what Liverpool did on Wednesday night. First appearance in the Champions League knockout stage in 9 long years? This was a performance and result that those who witnessed will still be talking about in 9 years’ time. Porto are certainly nobodies fool. They are unbeaten domestically and had only conceded 25 goals prior to The Reds' arrival at the Estadio do Dragao, and have scored …
Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool are one of the few clubs still undefeated within the Champions League, but few expected the utterly dominant display, away to Porto, which effectively ended the tie. How then did Liverpool approach the game? For while the scoreline suggests a brutal decimation of Porto, it was not quite that simple. The match was predominantly played within the middle of the pitch, with action zones, average positions and the touch maps reflecting that. Indeed, Liverpool may have had a majority …
The Latest In A Long Line Of Deadly Duo’s: Firmino and Salah

The Latest In A Long Line Of Deadly Duo’s: Firmino and Salah

Liverpool have long been blessed with tremendous attacking partnerships; there was Emile Heskey and Michael Owen, the brilliance of Torres and Gerrard, the magic of SAS and this season’s elusive ‘Fab Four’. Now, following the departure of Philippe Coutinho last month, a new partnership beckons for The Reds. Joining from Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres formed one of the most deadly partnerships in the Premier League alongside Steven Gerrard, netting 54 times between them by the close of the 2007/08 season …
Key Stats From Liverpool 5-0 Porto

Key Stats From Liverpool 5-0 Porto

Liverpool battered Porto 5-0 in a sensational game in Portugal, with Sadio Mané taking home the match-ball, but what were the key stats from the game? Goals, Goals, and somehow even more goals. Another week, another record broken by Mo Salah, who became only the 13th player to score 30 goals in a season for Liverpool, and the first since Luis Suarez back in 2014. Salah now has 30 from just 34 starts, and less than 3000 minutes. Whether or …
Observations as Liverpool Pound Five Past Porto!

Observations as Liverpool Pound Five Past Porto!

Five times! Words that Liverpool fans wish to change to six times this season and they're a step closer to realising the dream as the Merseysiders pounded Porto's goal FIVE TIMES! Liverpool's victories have been attributed all season to their fab four, erm three, but this win was about the entire team. Jurgen Klopp's selections are doubted weekly, but he was vindicated with his choice in the midfield and defence tonight. Here are a few of my observations on the game. …
Killer Goals and Kung Fu Kicks Power Liverpool in Porto

Killer Goals and Kung Fu Kicks Power Liverpool in Porto

Porto: Jose Sa, Ricardo Pereira, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Sergio Oliveira, Herrera, Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Tiquinho Soares - Subs: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane - Subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings, Matip REPORT After an unusually calm Liverpool performance against Southampton, no-one could blame supporters and The Reds players alike being tense for this first Champions League knockout round game since 2008/09. For …
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