Where Have Liverpool’s Late Goals Gone?

Where Have Liverpool’s Late Goals Gone?

Trace your mind back to this time last year, when Sadio Mane gave us all the most delightful of early Christmas presents at Goodison Park. The Senegalese’s last-gasp tap-in against Everton secured three invaluable points for Liverpool, and also set an impressive statistic at the same time. Mane’s strike was the Reds’ 29th last-minute winner since the Premier League’s inception in 1992 - more than any other side during that time, which may come as a surprise to many. Despite …
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 …
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 …
Rampant Coutinho Still Liverpool's Main Man

Rampant Coutinho Still Liverpool's Main Man

With their star-studded performance against Stoke, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah were once again the men in the lights. Salah, in particular, has seen himself lauded after just about every Liverpool game, following a phenomenal November, in which he scored eight goals from six games. Mane meanwhile, has once again been reminding Liverpool fans that he is a key man for the side, with two assists against West Ham, a brilliant goalscoring performance against Sevilla and then, of course, his …
Stoke City v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Stoke City v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

In two games in three days, Liverpool dropped late points to ensure that a critical phase of the season has not started too well. The optimism that followed the Reds' 4th win on the bounce last weekend has quickly given way to cynicism and a been-there-done-that feeling. But now that the first round of fixtures against the Top 6 is done and dusted, Liverpool have no excuses left. Jurgen Klopp needs his side to rack up the points over what …
Every Week

Every Week "Important" For Liverpool FC

Liverpool returned from the international break to begin their busiest period of the season with a 3-0 win over Saints to begin what has been labelled a hugely important week, ahead of a frantic run to January. Whilst this is, in my opinion at least, technically true, it’s also hugely misleading. Almost every week in the season can be (and has been) described as vitally important. It was important we did well against City. It was important we recovered from …
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Deserve Success

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Deserve Success

In 1775, amidst the uncertainty of America's fight for Independence, America's 2nd president, John Adams, wrote to his wife to advise of the struggles of the times. Adams represented approximately 1/3 of Americans at the time who believed independence was the right call and he was met with regular and stern opposition. Decisions were criticised, the small stones Adams was lifting to move the mountain were unrecognised - the people were impatient and everyone thought they knew best. Adams stuck to his …
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