Illustrating Liverpool’s Pressing on Vardy, Mahrez and Kante

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Many have stated that Liverpool victory over Leicester City was down to the Foxes having a bad day at the office. I happen to disagree, Liverpool’s pressing on the day was very impressive and the illustrations below will help explaining exactly how Liverpool went about their stifling Leicester at Anfield on Boxing Day.

Liverpool Pressing Vardy Mahrez Kante

The images below are supporting information to the podcast we have produced on the site. You can have a listen to the podcast via the embed option below or downloading via the link below.

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Pressing KeyThe heat maps below have been used via the Daily Mail’s Opta Match Zone so a massive thank you to them for this service as we wouldn’t be able to provide these images with out them.

For the first time ever we’ve meshed together AnfieldIndex’s pressing stats and heat maps via the Daily Mail to bring you analysis of the game that you’ve never seen before. You’ll see that using Opta’s on-ball heat maps and our very own off-ball pressing stats brings to the fore how Liverpool negated Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Kante of Leicester as Liverpool became the first team to prevent the Foxes from scoring in a Premier League game this season.

The podcast embedded above has all the analysis and the images below support the content so please do have a listen and any feedback either on this article on the @AnfieldIndex Twitter account is appreciated!

Liverpool Pressing Vs Riyad Mahrez Heat Map

Mahrez Vs Can Coutinho Moreno Mahrez vs Firmino Mahrez vs Full Team Mahrez Vs Henderson Can

Liverpool Pressing Vs Jamie Vardy Heat Map

Vardy Vs Can Coutinho Moreno Vardy Vs Full Liverpool Team

Liverpool Pressing vs Kante Heat Map

Kante vs Can Coutinho Moreno Kante Vs Full Liverpool Team Kante Vs Henderson Can Kante Vs Henderson Lallana Clyne

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  1. Great article and insights from your podcast. Sheds a completely different light to what is visually consumed during a game. The natural tendency of a football audience would be to see only the on-ball activity. Keep up the great work!

    Cheers, global_MHA

  2. Gags – Excellent stuff mate, even though you on your own. What you are collecting and disseminating needs to be appreciated more by the fans. Football is like chess, in order to win the game/war you will have to make sacrifices. The off ball stats, will I believe shed so much light on this and what Klopp is trying to instill in this team. Players like Lallana probably won’t score the goals the fans want, but the stats will reveal that he is doing the work so that the chances are created for others to score same with Firmino and Coutinho. Opta should hire you!

    • Hi Alan, thank you for taking the time to respond with those kind words! I’m hoping we can create some sort of a Pressing Index haha – want it to be my own thing not someone else’s if you know what I mean? Thanks again and we’ll continue to try and analyse the game as best as we can!


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