Is Mohamed Salah's start to the season being underplayed?

Is Mohamed Salah's start to the season being underplayed?

When Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah for £36.9m on 22nd June 2017 it wasn’t to the kind of fanfare one would expect for a club record signing. Sure, many Liverpool supporters were made up with the transfer, but it didn’t feel huge in its magnitude. It didn’t reverberate around the league. Certainly when you consider what was to follow. By the end of the transfer window, Mo Salah would prove to be only the 10th most expensive signing of the summer. …
Liverpool FC and The Dreaded U-Shape

Liverpool FC and The Dreaded U-Shape

Liverpool's last two matches have both ended with impressive score-lines, with six goals and none conceded. However, despite the two 3-0 wins, both of Liverpool's performances have been somewhat flat and lacklustre. The opponents in these past two matches both opted to employ low defensive blocks with no real intention to play or score a goal, so Liverpool had the relatively simple task of having 90 minutes to basically break those teams down. However, although that may appear simple, and …
Alberto Moreno - A Man Reborn

Alberto Moreno - A Man Reborn

If you want to find the best possible example of a stubborn football fan, find someone who really, really doesn’t rate Alberto Moreno. We live in an age where we all pride ourselves on being right about certain players, managers and teams, and admitting you may have actually been wrong about one, or simply giving them praise or criticising them, seems impossible. This is painfully apparent with Moreno, who has gained a legion of loyal haters incapable of doing anything …
West Ham United v Liverpool Preview: Reds to make Bilic walk the plank?

West Ham United v Liverpool Preview: Reds to make Bilic walk the plank?

The Details Venue - London Stadium Referee - Neil Swarbrick Date & Time - Saturday, November 4th @ 17:30 BST Current Odds - West Ham 4/1, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 8/13 Form West Ham have been as inconsistent as Liverpool in the opening 2/3 months of this season. After losing their first two league games, they have just lost three of their most recent 11 games in all competitions. They've lost two of their last three home games (0-3 v Brighton, 2-3 v …
Jurgen Klopp's

Jurgen Klopp's "defensive" tactical tweak

Coming off the back of that defensive implosion at Wembley, something had to change. Personnel, defensive set-up, a mixture of both, just something. Throughout the week there was talk of Klopp making sweeping changes to his back line, Karius in goal, Gomez at CB and Trent back in at right-back were all credible suggestions but all fairly unlikely. Despite an enforced late change with the injured Dejan Lovren being replaced by Ragnar Klavan it looked as though the Reds would …
Liverpool 3-0 Maribor - Player Ratings from Liverpool's defeat of Maribor

Liverpool 3-0 Maribor - Player Ratings from Liverpool's defeat of Maribor

Liverpool produced a carbon copy of the weekend performance against Huddersfield, to put themselves in control of Group E in the UEFA Champions League. After an insipid first-half display, goals from Mo Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds a 3-0 win over a plucky Maribor in the rather quiet confines of Anfield. The win means that Liverpool can book a place in the Round of 16, with a win against Sevilla on Matchday 5 in Spain. Here's …
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 …
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 …
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