A Missing Link For Liverpool

A Missing Link For Liverpool

Lots has been made this season over the transformation of Adam Lallana into the finest English footballer currently within the Premier League. Like many at Anfield, Lallana hasn’t been without his critics since joining from Southampton, but he has overcome them spectacularly, fitting seamlessly into Jurgen Klopp’s high intensity style of football. The German’s admiration for Lallana’s work rate was evident right from his first game in charge and that bond has gone from strength to strength over the past …
Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

It’s true what they say you know. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my concerns surrounding Jordan Henderson operating in the number 6 role for Liverpool but it’s clear as day he’s been missed in recent matches. In games against Sunderland, Plymouth (admittedly with a shadow starting XI) and Southampton the midfield have looked lethargic, pedestrian and predictable. The complete opposite of what we’ve come to expect from a Jurgen Klopp …
Analysing Emre Can's Performance Against Sunderland

Analysing Emre Can's Performance Against Sunderland

The disappointing 2-2 draw against Sunderland was the first Premier League match Liverpool have been without Jordan Henderson all season. The captain has been a bit of a divisive figure amongst fans since Jurgen Klopp moved him to a slightly more withdrawn role, which has seen him operate as a number 6. He's expected to break up play, cover the space vacated by the attacking full-backs and start attacks. He does the former two aspects of that role well but …
Gini & Emre: Why Do We Have To Choose One Or The Other?

Gini & Emre: Why Do We Have To Choose One Or The Other?

Imagine not being able to love both Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso at the same time. Or Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher. That would be mad, wouldn't it? Bizarrely, however, this is the position we find ourselves in with Liverpool’s current midfield generals Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can - two brilliant but hugely contrasting footballers. Given the tribal nature of the modern fan, a fair chunk of supporters seem to either be on Team Gini or Team Emre, and nothing …
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, …
Jordan Henderson and Out of Context Stats

Jordan Henderson and Out of Context Stats

In hindsight it was probably definitely naive of me to write an article highlighting my concerns about Jordan Henderson's ability on the ball when the opposition press him. I was under the impression that you were allowed to point out a player's weakness and not simultaneously hate him. But alas, it was perhaps a quixotic idea and simply not practical. In the article, which you can read here, I voiced my concerns about Henderson in that deepest midfield role, how he's …
Henderson - A Leader At Last

Henderson - A Leader At Last

Happy Klopp anniversary everyone! Ok, I'm a little late. Sorry. Nonetheless, during these lengthy and joyous annual celebrations of Anfield life under Klopp, I’ve decided to take a look at our captain, Jordan Henderson, and what’s changed for the skipper under his manager. As he hardly played under Rodgers last season due to injury, it’s pointless comparing him to the couple of games he featured in so my statistical comparisons will be between this season and the 2014/15 one for …
What Constitutes a Good Season for Liverpool FC?

What Constitutes a Good Season for Liverpool FC?

With all the positivity around the club at the minute, and with the Reds in imperious form, I find myself strolling around all day with a cheeky little grin planted firmly on my face. The team are playing with a swagger and it's evident that every single player understands exactly what his job is at any given moment. The boss having had a full preseason with the lads is proving to be a massive bonus. His addition of Andreas Kornmayer …
Liverpool v Hull City: Key Battles

Liverpool v Hull City: Key Battles

Liverpool have won three games in three after the first international break of the season, and the last league victory at Stamford Bridge would have been a huge boost to everyone at the club. On Saturday, the Reds welcome Hull City to Anfield for the second home game of the season. The Tigers have got only one point from their last three games, after two stunning wins to start their season, in what has been a period marred by off-field trouble …
The Captain and Klopp: The Virtue of Patience

The Captain and Klopp: The Virtue of Patience

Rome was not built in a day. Any long-standing success is, usually, the product of a carefully planned and executed strategy and, unfortunately for some, the phrase rings true in the world of football. Liverpool Football Club's reputation alongside other European giants is not a result of recent results, it is the deserved product of a past decorated with titles and success which have generated a worldwide fan base and solid foundation upon which to build and rebuild. This foundation …
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