Liverpool FC: A lack of winners

Liverpool FC: A lack of winners

In February 2007 I met the woman who would go on to become my wife. Very quickly she was introduced to my obsession with football, and Liverpool Football Club in particular. Thankfully for me, she got onboard with this obsession almost from the off and has gone on to become a Liverpool supporter in her own right. During our time together she’s been a regular matchday companion for me at Anfield and even gone to the match without me on …
Philippe Coutinho: Good Riddance

Philippe Coutinho: Good Riddance

The 4-3 victory over Manchester City provided the Liverpool fanbase with a great deal of relief following the departure of Philippe Coutinho for £142 million only a few days prior. And to me, that was the end of the matter. Cheers for those stunning goals, it was a delight seeing a young Brazilian talent, once written off, develop into something special. But another transfer story in recent days - that of Alexis Sanchez, from Arsenal to Manchester United - was …
Key Stats from Liverpool 4-3 Man City

Key Stats from Liverpool 4-3 Man City

Liverpool saw off Manchester City in an absolutely staggering 4-3 win that might well rank as one of their best performances under Jürgen Klopp. But what were the key stats from this incredible game of football? Finishing Levels: Insane This was a game of absolutely brilliant goals. All four of Liverpool’s goals were outrageously good finishes, and the xG merely reinforced that. Liverpool’s total expected goals for the entire game was only 1.02 – and the total xG for their …
Observations as Liverpool and City produce a Classic!

Observations as Liverpool and City produce a Classic!

Liverpool and Manchester City went hammer and tongs throughout the 90 minutes as Liverpool edged the 7 goal thriller in a game which was once again one of the best advertisements for the Premier League as a whole. Liverpool thus break City's lossless streak this season. My key observations are below: Liverpool end the week on a sweet note Liverpool's week off the field had not gone particularly well, especially post Coutinho's sale to Barcelona. The Reds were linked to …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - Key Battles

After what seems like forever, Liverpool have had a whole week between two games, and the break couldn't have come at a better time than in the lead-up to a game against Manchester City, who have made a mockery of the Premier League this season. City have only dropped points twice this season but come into this game having not won at Anfield since 2003. For Jurgen Klopp's Reds, it has been an eventful week with a dream Virgil van …
Defending Set Pieces - A Statistical Analysis

Defending Set Pieces - A Statistical Analysis

It's silly season again. Time to double click on that football manager icon and see who the next football wunderkind is. Time to test your f5 button's durability. And most importantly time to complain about FSG and their transfer policy. I was thinking about writing on the hot topic but I as I have said before - I just hate narratives. So let's have a look at something positive that has been going on for a few months now - …
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - The Ultimate Test for Reds at Anfield

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview - The Ultimate Test for Reds at Anfield

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Andre Marriner Date & Time - Sunday, January 14th @ 16:00 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 2/1, Draw 11/4, Manchester City 23/20 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have been in very impressive form since mid-December. More importantly, it has been noticed by many, the Reds seem to be developing a bit of "steel" about them. Against Leicester, Liverpool came from behind to grab the win. In the Burnley game, Sean Dyche's men delivered the perfect sucker-punch with …
FSG Out? Be Careful What You Wish For

FSG Out? Be Careful What You Wish For

There is no doubt that Fenway Sports are investors first and sports fans second, but new owners would be far less likely to bring the riches of Gulf oil or Russian politics to the table and much more likely to take the club in the same direction as Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Portsmouth. Mo Chatra wrote for The Anfield Index an article called “Follow The Moore’s and Cash In”. It essentially made the case that Fenway Sports should sell …
Title Dreams are seeing Liverpool’s Form Overly-Criticised

Title Dreams are seeing Liverpool’s Form Overly-Criticised

Is there a set of football fans who crave a league title quite like Liverpool fans? I’m sure there are supporters of other clubs out there who feel similarly desperate - Napoli’s last triumph also came way back in 1990, for example - but it is almost hard to put into words what it would mean. It is an achievement that would take the biggest weight off both the club and our shoulders, bringing with it an unrivalled amount of …
FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

Today, I read a popular article on the Echo website titled 'FSG - how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players?'. It's undeniably an interesting read, but one that is misleading - though I do not hold the writer culpable for this. The very nature of the premise 'how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players' is unfortunately caught up with a great deal of misinformation that stems from the transfer orientated reporting of club business. The result …
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