Strange (Mersey) Sides - Liverpool 1 Everton 1

Strange (Mersey) Sides - Liverpool 1 Everton 1

I would have been a bit disappointed at 1-0, to be honest. That sounds mealy-mouthed, doesn’t it? Being all sniffy at a one goal win against the other lot from across the park, but such was the paucity of Everton’s defence and attack (including the slowest forward line in their history) that I wanted at least four by half time. They were begging to be put away, absolutely begging. Add a snowy Merseyside and Big Sam ™ with his aerial …
Key Stats from Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Key Stats from Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Liverpool were frustrated again as they registered another 1-1 draw at home against opposition that they really should have been beating. But what were the key stats from the Merseyside Derby? Salah Leads From The Front Once again, it was the Mo Salah show at Anfield. Despite only playing 67 minutes, Salah notched six key passes, seven dribbles, and seven shots. His influence on the game was clear as he was Liverpool’s most dangerous player, scoring an absolutely world class …
Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

For 70 minutes, it was a Christmas party. The snow fell, the scoreboard looked pretty and the Kop sang a merry tune. Liverpool players, picked in order to combat the sub-zero conditions, were far superior to those they came up against. They were quicker than the Blues, stronger than the Blues, better technically than the Blues and ahead of the Blues, for the most. But it wasn't enough. A ball up the pitch, some contact and a penalty. 1-1, knocking …
Liverpool 1-1 Everton - Reds drop points in the Derby

Liverpool 1-1 Everton - Reds drop points in the Derby

Mo Salah scored a brilliant goal, and Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot as Liverpool were held to a frustrating and slightly unfair 1-1 draw in a tense, hard-fought Merseyside Derby. Tactically speaking, Everton will have been largely happy to sit back and let Liverpool control the game. And whilst the Reds did clearly dictate, dominating possession and having all of the chances, Everton largely frustrated them. That’s not to say that Liverpool didn’t have chances, with James Milner having …
Player Ratings As Liverpool Squander Three Points in the Merseyside Derby

Player Ratings As Liverpool Squander Three Points in the Merseyside Derby

Liverpool drew 1-1 in the Merseyside Derby, dominating their local rivals from start to finish but failing to show it via the score-line. Mohamed Salah got himself on the score-sheet again for his 19th goal of the season, equalling his tally for the entire of last season at Roma, with a stunning solo effort prior to the first-half interval. In truth, Jurgen Klopp's side should really been out of sight by the second-half but a lack of cutting edge saw …
The Merseyside Derby Preview - Key Battles

The Merseyside Derby Preview - Key Battles

After the business was taken care off in style in European competition on Wednesday, Liverpool return to Premier League action with something maybe a little more serious at stake - local bragging rights. Also, the continued singing of "Merry Christmas, Everton!" over the festive period. There is no time to sit back and rest on the laurels of the 7-0 spanking of the Russian champions that must have made Europe take notice of the attacking force that this team is, …
The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

Since September, in our match analyses, we've concluded more often than not that Liverpool's performances have warranted better scorelines, that the underlying performances have actually been rather good, even despite the growing discontent with Jürgen Klopp's side through October as the team struggled, with a particular low-point against Spurs, and even into November as Liverpool conceded late on to Chelsea, familiar angry voices, from last season's winter rut reemerged. After 32 goals in 9 games, I have one question for …
Liverpool Flying After Superb Post-Spurs Response

Liverpool Flying After Superb Post-Spurs Response

When the final whistle blew at Wembley Stadium on October 22nd, there was a feeling of complete and utter dejection if you were a Liverpool fan. The Reds had been battered 4-1 by Tottenham, and on an afternoon that saw Dejan Lovren fall to pieces, Simon Mignolet make errors and the entire team show a complete lack of fight, a top-four challenge seemed unlikely. Spurs were being tipped to be Man City’s closest title challengers, while their beleaguered opponents were …
Overhauling Liverpool’s Historic Lack of Goals

Overhauling Liverpool’s Historic Lack of Goals

Over the years and certainly in the Premier League era, Liverpool fans have become accustomed to defence first football. The Liverpool of the Premier League have played football that is predominately tight, cautious, balanced and astute. There's nothing wrong with that defence first mentality, but how many league titles did it result in? None. Arguably Liverpool's most renowned managers since '00 are Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, as these two managed the club for a combined twelve years in the …
Tactical Versatility, Naby Keita and a Sign of Things to Come

Tactical Versatility, Naby Keita and a Sign of Things to Come

Horses for courses With Jurgen Klopp showing an encouraging level of pragmatism following the Spurs game, he deserves a great deal of credit. Whilst his squad is not yet at the level he would want, he is maximising what he has at his disposal. An interesting recent tactical development is the use of the 442, arguably a precursor for things to come next season. Many have spoken about a 4231/424, but essentially Klopp used a fluid 442 against West Ham …
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