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 …
Has Klopp Found the Perfect Balance with his Full-Backs?

Has Klopp Found the Perfect Balance with his Full-Backs?

Since Nathaniel Clyne suffered a serious back injury in pre-season there has been a lot of uncertainty as to who Klopp will view as his first choice full-backs. Would he favour Alberto Moreno or new signing Andrew Robertson at left-back and on the right-hand side would he opt for the more attacking Trent Alexander-Arnold or more defensive minded Joe Gomez? With Klopp recognising Robertson would need time to settle into a new system Moreno was given the opportunity to prove …
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 …
Liverpool FC - Financial Analysis

Liverpool FC - Financial Analysis

Amidst the furore of the January transfer window, the UEFA European Club Footballing Landscape report was published, a report which UEFA assert is 'like no other publication of its kind'. In terms of scope and depth though, it supersedes the analysis of the oft-quoted Deloitte Money League, which I broke down with respect to Liverpool FC here. That being said, I would recommend you read that first, as an introductory piece, to provide some context to the following discussion. For …
TAA's display against Porto proves he's ready to contribute now

TAA's display against Porto proves he's ready to contribute now

As Liverpool steamrolled their way to a fine Champions League win in Portugal, it was easy to let the performance of young Trent Alexander-Arnold go under the radar. With Liverpool's front three in scintillating mood, aided by the revival of James Milner's legs, the 19-year-old went about his job with diligence, adding another impressive performance to the gallery. Already in his young career, Arnold has been thrust into some big games. His Premier League debut came away at Manchester United, …
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 …
Can Liverpool Balance Infrastructure & Intent?

Can Liverpool Balance Infrastructure & Intent?

On an otherwise tranquil day last April 9th, the most persistent, never-ending LFC Twitter storm was kicked off by the Echo’s Ian Doyle. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a mere passing squall in comparison to the furore that Doyle kicked off. It was that day when his article entitled, “Liverpool won’t spend £100m this summer, it will be nearer £200m,” hit the interwebs. https://twitter.com/iandoylesport/status/857630310183424000 As they tend to do, LFC Twitter gave Doyle a lot of grief that day, and …
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 …
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