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 …
Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Daniel Sturridge: Give the Man a Break!

Daniel Sturridge: Give the Man a Break!

In a recent interview, Daniel Sturridge claimed that he believed he was Liverpool's best striker. Yet in the comments section below the online article, a debate raged over Sturridge again, with familiar words and phrases banded around. A select few are below: Arrogant Selfish Injury prone Poor attitude Incompatible Once again, Daniel Sturridge is criticised and hounded for doing next to nothing. It's about time we give this player a break. Daniel Sturridge, since arriving to the club has, in my …
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 …
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 …
Liverpool 2016/17 v Liverpool 2013/14: Only One Winner

Liverpool 2016/17 v Liverpool 2013/14: Only One Winner

Back in the summer, who really expected to be this happy about Liverpool by the time early November arrived? Come on, be honest. We all saw that daunting run of early fixtures, and when the joy of beating Arsenal was soured by the woeful result at Burnley, even a top-four challenge felt a long way off. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have been a revelation since their Turf Moor woes, though, going unbeaten in all competitions and topping the Premier League in …
Sturridge Has a Place in the Team, But He Might Not Like It

Sturridge Has a Place in the Team, But He Might Not Like It

I think I’ve pointed out in the past that I love this man. Daniel Sturridge, in my opinion, is the most natural finisher England have got. Forget Harry Kane, forget Jamie Vardy, forget Marcus Rashford. Sturridge is the best finisher of the lot. Those three all have their qualities but none can quite stick the ball in the onion bag with the same natural, predatory, instinctive incisiveness as our own Big Danny Sturridge. Would anyone else have snuck that goal …
Liverpool's Achilles Heel - Set Piece Woes

Liverpool's Achilles Heel - Set Piece Woes

Jurgen Klopp was right when he said Liverpool don't have a defensive issue. In the 12 months he's been with the club he's worked on making Liverpool, as a unit, much more resilient. For starters there are less holes centrally, you rarely see the backline exposed like you did under Brendan Rodgers. The team rarely seem to appear stretched and opponents are creating fewer chances against us in open play. Granted, so far this season Liverpool haven't really been tested defensively …
Nathaniel Clyne: Time to Celebrate Liverpool’s Most Reliable Player

Nathaniel Clyne: Time to Celebrate Liverpool’s Most Reliable Player

Nobody really grows up dreaming of being a right-back, do they? It is, quite possibly, the least glamorous position in football. The likes Carlos Alberto, Cafu, Philipp Lahm and Dani Alves have done their utmost to make it fashionable, but it has invariably been a role that goes relatively unnoticed, in comparison to goalkeeper, centre-back, central midfield, striker and pretty much any other position on the field. Even left-back is a little more mysterious and cool, due to left-footed players …
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