Liverpool 0-0 West Brom: Tactics and Stats

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom: Tactics and Stats

Days after a disappointing result in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool lined up against West Brom, in a game which many called a "must-win" fixture. Liverpool lined up with the full Fab Four, despite reports of Coutinho and Firmino not being fully fit for the derby, only a few days prior, and a hamstring strain for Salah. Despite their phenomenal goalscoring average when playing together, against West Brom it didn't quite click. What went wrong then? On initial viewing, I bemoaned …
Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview - Away from Anfield and Back to Winning Ways?

Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview - Away from Anfield and Back to Winning Ways?

The Details Venue - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth Referee - Andre Marriner Date & Time - Sunday, December 17th @ 16:30 GMT Current Odds - Bournemouth 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 1/2 Form Bournemouth Form Bournemouth's last home win was a 4-0 trouncing of Huddersfield Town. Since then they have drawn three and lost two, with one of each of those at home. Eddie Howe will surely have been impressed by his side's efforts at Old Trafford on Wednesday when they were unfortunate to …
Liverpool 0-0 West Brom: Player Ratings

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom: Player Ratings

Liverpool recorded a 0-0 draw with West Brom at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Jürgen Klopp named the “Fab Four” in his starting XI as Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino returned. It wasn’t the best first-half performance from the Reds and they went into the break level, with little action of note. It was a similar story in the second half too, though a disallowed goal was ruled out for Dominic Solanke.  Liverpool are neatly bookending the year to match the …
How on earth did Liverpool draw with Everton?

How on earth did Liverpool draw with Everton?

40 goals in the previous 11 games for Klopp's Liverpool and 18 years since Everton last won at Anfield: as the game entered the 75th minute, it appeared that wait would have to go on, until the FA Cup 3rd round fixture at least, as Liverpool were absolutely cruising. The reflected such a reading of the game too: 79.4pc possession, 964 touches (to Everton's 384), 23 shots to 3, 88pc pass accuracy to Everton's 50pc, and 644 complete passes, to Everton's …
Liverpool v West Brom - Reds to right the wrongs from Derby Day Disappointment

Liverpool v West Brom - Reds to right the wrongs from Derby Day Disappointment

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Paul Tierney Date & Time - Wednesday, December 13th @ 20:00 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 2/9, Draw 6/1, West Brom 14/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool missed a golden opportunity to jump into 3rd place in the league at the weekend. Chelsea and Arsenal both dropped points and it was only the Reds' failure to capitalise on their derby domination that led to them dropping two points in what should have been a comfortable …
Poor Decision Making All Round For The Reds On Derby Day

Poor Decision Making All Round For The Reds On Derby Day

79% of possession, 23 shots and 12 corners and yet somehow, Liverpool came away with just a point against The Ev. Jurgen Klopp delivered a roll of the dice before kick-off, opting to demote Philippe Coutinho and Bobby Firmino to the bench in favour of Dominic Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain. A double pivot of Henderson and Milner raised some eyebrows, too. Still, there was more than enough firepower out on the field to expose a youthful looking Everton back line. Mohamed …
Strange (Mersey) Sides - Liverpool 1 Everton 1

Strange (Mersey) Sides - Liverpool 1 Everton 1

I would have been a bit disappointed at 1-0, to be honest. That sounds mealy-mouthed, doesn’t it? Being all sniffy at a one goal win against the other lot from across the park, but such was the paucity of Everton’s defence and attack (including the slowest forward line in their history) that I wanted at least four by half time. They were begging to be put away, absolutely begging. Add a snowy Merseyside and Big Sam ™ with his aerial …
Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

Observations as Liverpool are Left Sick from Toffee

For 70 minutes, it was a Christmas party. The snow fell, the scoreboard looked pretty and the Kop sang a merry tune. Liverpool players, picked in order to combat the sub-zero conditions, were far superior to those they came up against. They were quicker than the Blues, stronger than the Blues, better technically than the Blues and ahead of the Blues, for the most. But it wasn't enough. A ball up the pitch, some contact and a penalty. 1-1, knocking …
Liverpool 1-1 Everton - Reds drop points in the Derby

Liverpool 1-1 Everton - Reds drop points in the Derby

Mo Salah scored a brilliant goal, and Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot as Liverpool were held to a frustrating and slightly unfair 1-1 draw in a tense, hard-fought Merseyside Derby. Tactically speaking, Everton will have been largely happy to sit back and let Liverpool control the game. And whilst the Reds did clearly dictate, dominating possession and having all of the chances, Everton largely frustrated them. That’s not to say that Liverpool didn’t have chances, with James Milner having …
Player Ratings As Liverpool Squander Three Points in the Merseyside Derby

Player Ratings As Liverpool Squander Three Points in the Merseyside Derby

Liverpool drew 1-1 in the Merseyside Derby, dominating their local rivals from start to finish but failing to show it via the score-line. Mohamed Salah got himself on the score-sheet again for his 19th goal of the season, equalling his tally for the entire of last season at Roma, with a stunning solo effort prior to the first-half interval. In truth, Jurgen Klopp's side should really been out of sight by the second-half but a lack of cutting edge saw …
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