Forget Attack vs. Defence - Midfield Battle Holds The Key In Kiev

Forget Attack vs. Defence - Midfield Battle Holds The Key In Kiev

As the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid edges ever nearer, it is no surprise to see predictions being offered everywhere you look. When it comes to guessing how Saturday’s enormous match in Kiev will pan out, the general consensus is that it will be both sides’ vibrant attacks attempting to dismantle a couple of suspect defences. While there is definite truth in this, with the Reds and Los Blancos famed for possessing world-class attacking talent, it is …
Midfield the Key on the Road for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

Midfield the Key on the Road for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

From the very first day we all got our hands on the season’s fixture list, the run of three consecutive away games in December stood out as season defining right from the off: Tottenham (Away), Man City (Away), Chelsea (Away). Now that Liverpool are on the eve of venturing into this testing period, December’s away days status as ‘season defining’ has only intensified due to Liverpool current high position in the league. For the first time all season, the top …
Liverpool Midfield Comparison | Vs MCFC, MUFC, NUFC and NCFC

Liverpool Midfield Comparison | Vs MCFC, MUFC, NUFC and NCFC

Following Liverpool's defeat to Arsenal, and with their midfield being the decisive factor between the two sides, the Anfield Index team has put our own midfield under the microscope to see how they compare to our Premier League rivals using statistics from WhoScored.
Editors Note: Please note that this is the author's first attempt at using statistics in their articles.
The entire league has been split up into five groups: Group 1: Aston Villa, Arsenal, Cardiff City & Chelsea (Article written by Jon …
Does the 3-5-2 allow the Midfield more freedom?

Does the 3-5-2 allow the Midfield more freedom?

The 3 5-2 formation has been Liverpool's preferred formation in the absence of Philippe Coutinho. Although Coutinho’s return to the starting 11 is imminent that does not rule out the 3-5-2 being used in future games this season. In this article I will be discussing whether playing 3 centre backs allows the midfield to play with more creative freedom, which without star play-maker Coutinho is vital to the success of the football club. Liverpool lost their first game whilst using …