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, …
Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Originally, a False 9 was a lone striker who, instead of staying high up the pitch like a traditional striker, would drop into midfield and look to drag the centre-back pairing into areas they weren't comfortable in to enable teammates to exploit the space they had created. Cesc Fabregas played it for Spain. Pep Guardiola used Lionel Messi in that role. Francesco Totti excelled in it for Roma. Even Manchester United used a variation of it with when they had Wayne …
Who is Liverpool FC Target Quincy Promes?

Who is Liverpool FC Target Quincy Promes?

James Pearce has linked Liverpool with a January move for Spartak Moscow attacker Quincy Promes. He's the latest in a long line of wide players to be linked with a move following various outlets reporting interest in Sardar Azmoun, Christian Pulisic and Cristian Pavon. The Liverpool Echo believe Spartak value Promes at around the £25 million mark and is the kind of attacking reinforcement Klopp is looking to bring in this January to cover the loss of Sadio Mane to …
Philippe Coutinho: The League's Best Playmaker?

Philippe Coutinho: The League's Best Playmaker?

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are enjoying an international break looking at all the teams in the Premier League being below them on the table. Liverpool are playing some irresistible attacking football at the moment. That has led to an unbeaten run that stretches back to August 20th, when the Reds were humbled at Turf Moor. At the heart of the Red resurrection this season has been that diminutive Brazilian magician, Philippe Coutinho. It is a much-repeated line that Liverpool are a …
Tactical Analysis - Roberto Firmino Liverpool's master of space

Tactical Analysis - Roberto Firmino Liverpool's master of space

In July 2015 Liverpool football club made a significant move in the remodelling of their squad with the signing of Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino for a reported £29M fee. Reaction was mixed amongst the Liverpool fan base with many questioning the acquisition of a player that was perceived as being not top four quality and who was coming from a club that did not play in regular European competition. These criticisms were not immediately allayed as the Brazilian gradually started …
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