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 …
Stats Analysis: Midfield Trios and Life Without Lallana

Stats Analysis: Midfield Trios and Life Without Lallana

*The stats in the article are gathered manually from Squawka. Minutes include stoppage time. Offensive, Defensive and Net rating are the totals per 100 minutes.  Last week I tried to analyse the performance of the different defensive lineups Jurgen Klopp has used this season. You can find the article here. With unfortunate events during the international break let's have a look at how Liverpool's midfield has done so far this season. Consistency There have been some injuries in midfield this …
Stats Analysis: Liverpool's Defensive Inconsistency

Stats Analysis: Liverpool's Defensive Inconsistency

Three quarters of another season have passed and it looks like Liverpool FC has the same old defensive problems. The team is on course to concede over 40 goals for the 7th straight season. That means that the last time LFC conceded less than a goal per match - you guessed it, Rafa Benitez was in charge. Jurgen Klopp has insisted that this season things have gotten better so let's take a deeper look. Goalkeepers Loris Karius was bought in …
Predicting The Final Top Six: Where Will Liverpool Finish?

Predicting The Final Top Six: Where Will Liverpool Finish?

Chelsea may be cruising towards the Premier League title in a frustratingly ruthless fashion, but there is still a huge amount to fight for at the top of the table. Granted, securing a top-four finish should never be seen as a giant achievement for a club of Liverpool’s stature, but being in next season’s Champions League is of huge importance. Rarely has the battle to qualify for Europe’s most lucrative and rewarding club competition been so exciting and unpredictable, with …
This is how Liverpool qualify for the Champions League

This is how Liverpool qualify for the Champions League

Liverpool need 77 points to qualify for next seasons champions league, that's not my words, a "super computer" has taken the rest of the fixtures of all the top 6 teams and worked out all the possible results and the team to get 77 points will 100% qualify for the Champions League. With 76 points, you're 94% chance of getting it. Last season, Man City got 4th with 66 points! Liverpool, right now have 52 points. That means we have …
Are Liverpool really THAT bad against the Premier League’s weaker teams?

Are Liverpool really THAT bad against the Premier League’s weaker teams?

Make no bones about it, Liverpool are far better against their top-four rivals than those in the bottom-half of the Premier League. The statistics show that, and we can see with our own eyes that that is the case. The Reds have undoubtedly been poor when a number of so-called lesser teams have stood before them this season, which has proved incredibly frustrating, especially when the title looked achievable at one point. Too often for opposing managers, it has been …
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Top four battle continues

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Top four battle continues

Liverpool's players will look to lift the morbid mood around the club with a positive performance at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, with three points really needed at a now-crucial time in the Reds' season. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Venue: Anfield Referee: Anthony Taylor Date: Saturday 11th February Time: 17:30 BST FORM Liverpool have won just one game in 10, away at Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup replay. They'd go on to lose at home to Championship side Wolves …
Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Georginio Wijnaldum: Ruthlessly Efficient

Georginio Wijnaldum: Ruthlessly Efficient

When Georginio Wijnaldum signed for a fee of £25 million, many saw him to be another attacking midfielder within the side, raising questions about what he could bring to the table given the current array of talent already at Klopp’s disposal. During his Newcastle days, Wijnaldum’s form was hugely inconsistent. Dipping in and out of games, he struggled to show his qualities on a week in week out basis. However, since moving to Anfield we have seen a completely different …
Where Data Meet Tactics: Ball Retention and Loss of Possession

Where Data Meet Tactics: Ball Retention and Loss of Possession

These words were written to accompany the following graphic, and provide further context to the data. https://twitter.com/AIUnderPressure/status/804631753591816192 Working Out The first important piece of context regarding this graphic is that it’s not based on passes. It’s based on losses of possession due to a poor touch or an unsuccessful dribble. The numbers were calculated by dividing losses of possession by total touches. As the graphic says: it indicates ball retention by looking at the number of touches per lost ball, …
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