Liverpool 3 - 0 Maribor: Patience the most important virtue again

Liverpool 3 - 0 Maribor: Patience the most important virtue again

The Details Date: 1/11/17 Venue: Anfield, Liverpool Background Liverpool came into this game as hot favourites after disposing of the same opposition 7-0 in Slovenia two weeks ago. They could all-but-guarantee qualification to the knockout stages with three points tonight and maintain pole position at the top of the group ahead of Sevilla. Klopp would have the opportunity to rest some regular starters and give some much-needed game time to fringe players. Oxlade-Chamberlain would get his chance from the start but …
Liverpool v Maribor - Damage Limitation the only aim for Slovenian Champions

Liverpool v Maribor - Damage Limitation the only aim for Slovenian Champions

The Details   Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia) Date & Time - Wednesday, November 1st 2017 @ 19:45 BST Current Odds - Liverpool 1/25, Draw 20/1, Maribor 50/1 Form Since the 7-0 win in Slovenia, Liverpool have again displayed some jarring inconsistencies in their team performances. They were well beaten at Wembley by Spurs while showing a more patient, professional side to their game against Huddersfield. Lovren and Mignolet, among others, had a nightmare at Wembley, however, Klopp stuck by …
Expected Distribution - Who Are Liverpool's Creative Sources?

Expected Distribution - Who Are Liverpool's Creative Sources?

The AI Under Pressure team produced a graph showing what the ratio of expected goals per 90 minutes played and expected assists per 90 is for each player in the squad in the Premier League. Below is Simon Brundish’s tweet with the attached graph (each line on the graph is 1.0 xG+xA p90). The purpose of this article is to attempt to draw some conclusions from it, with the immediate disclaimer of sample size attached. https://twitter.com/SimonBrundish/status/924370359595479042 Starting logically then, at …
Heavy Metal Isn't Klopp's Only Football

Heavy Metal Isn't Klopp's Only Football

On the Anfield Index Pro Post-Match show after Liverpool beat Huddersfield 3-0, Simon Brundish talked about how the idea of Liverpool needing to play fast, flowing football every single game is a complete myth. He also highlighted our excellent form at the back end of last season where Liverpool had to grind out results, rather than simply playing through other sides. The full soundbite is below: https://twitter.com/AnfieldIndex/status/924673863308447745 One big takeaway from Liverpool’s 3-0 win defensively has been how Joe Gomez …
Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield: A Tactical Breakdown

A calming remedy to the farcical display at Wembley against Spurs, but a hurdle which Liverpool were always expected to jump over rather comfortably. Liverpool's 3-0 victory, for the opening 45 minutes threatened to be a washout, as the Reds struggled, with an all-too-familiar drabness. In the second-half though, Liverpool sprung into life, with both Sturridge and Firmino scoring, and Wijnaldum capping the display off towards the end. But this was a break from some of the patterns we've seen …
Liverpool 3 Huddersfield 0 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 Huddersfield 0 - Player Ratings

Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, responding well after a dismal first-forty five threatened to increase fan frustration. The Reds went into the game with a lot of pressure having delivered such a poor performance against Spurs last week and it seemed all too familiar a story when their lack of impetus enabled Huddersfield to defend comfortably for the first period. However, some stern words from Jurgen Klopp at half-time saw the game spark into life with …
Liverpool 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town: Patience shown to topple Terriers

Liverpool 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town: Patience shown to topple Terriers

The Details Date: 28/10/2017 Venue: Anfield, Liverpool Background Today, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool welcomed David Wagner's Huddersfield Town to Anfield. Klopp, surprisingly, had decided to keep the same defensive setup that faced Spurs. However, a change was forced as Lovren ended up getting injured in the warmup. Klavan came in to replace him. Coutinho was also out with a slight muscle injury, giving Sturridge a rare league start for the Reds. Wagner set his Huddersfield team up much as expected with …
Gini Wijnaldum - Improve Or Be Dropped

Gini Wijnaldum - Improve Or Be Dropped

I'm not usually a fan of criticising or singling out a player for a poor performance - especially considering the reactionary nature of some Liverpool supporters on social media or at the stadium. However, a string of below-par performances simply cannot be ignored. And in Georginio Wijnaldum's case, it's no different. The Rotterdam-born central midfielder has a dexterous side to his game, but he also at times fails to stand up and be counted. The Dutchman signed for Liverpool in …
Liverpool Supporters: From Doubters to Believers and Back

Liverpool Supporters: From Doubters to Believers and Back

I was one of the doubters, I'm not going to lie. The last months of the Brendan Rodgers era were depressing. The team let the manager down, the fans down but most importantly they let the one true icon for a generation of supporters down in his last season. FSG decided to stick with the Northern Irishman while giving the boot to the backroom staff. A decision that at the time looked baffling. But maybe Jurgen wasn't ready. Maybe there …
Player Ratings as Liverpool are thrashed at Wembley

Player Ratings as Liverpool are thrashed at Wembley

On a day where Premier League records were set for attendance and fixture with the most goals, Liverpool were beaten, and beaten hollow by an enterprising Spurs team. The error-filled Liverpool's defence gifted goals like charity and paid for it. Read below if you care about ratings after such a performance. Simon Mignolet (2) - Really poor decision making for the first goal. As a keeper, if you make a decision to charge out, you need to win the ball, …
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