AFC Bournemouth Vs Liverpool | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

AFC Bournemouth Vs Liverpool | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

The FA cup returns on Saturday as Liverpool fans make the 524 mile round trip for a 12:45 kick off against a team which they have never faced before. The Hosts Championship side AFC Bournemouth currently sit in 16th place in the table having not won in 4 league games. Bournemouth’s league record stands at 26 games played, 8 won, 7 drawn, 11 lost scoring 32 and conceding 45. Bournemouth were promoted to the Championship last season after finishing in 2nd …
Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen: The Dynamic Duo

Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen: The Dynamic Duo

Partnerships. Throughout the history of Liverpool Football Club, there have been many. Keegan and Toshack, Rush and Dalglish, McDermott and Souness, Aldridge and Beardsley, Fowler and Collymore, Hyypiä and Henchoz, Alonso and Mascherano, Gerrard and Torres, and of course the latest affiliation between Suarez and Sturridge. These combinations were/are at the heart of the success of their respective sides, and to look at the great European outfits, a similar pattern emerges. However, there is one possible pairing beginning to take …
Reviewing Liverpool's imbalance & openness in the 1st half vs Villa

Reviewing Liverpool's imbalance & openness in the 1st half vs Villa

 "It’s (the Premier League) less tactical, with more space, and more physical than in Spain. You don’t have to wait until the second half here for a game to open up and that is good for me." Michu
Traditionally, people think of English football as direct, as physical, as high intensity and sometimes a battle. But there's another aspect that is traditional to English football. And that's the openness within games. Whereas abroad, teams traditionally concentrate more on …
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool’s title winning credentials were all but written off, as Aston Villa boldly walked into Anfield to run the Reds ragged in what was possibly Rodgers’ worst tactical blunder since taking over from Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool lined up with a two man midfield and Villa simply ran Gerrard and Henderson for the entirety of the first half - the Reds were clearly missing the security of a natural defensive midfielder. The result was made doubly painful with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal …
Liverpool FC: The evidence of mental fortitude

Liverpool FC: The evidence of mental fortitude

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus by William Ernest Henley The difference that sets apart individual champions in the sporting arena from their competitors is, almost certainly, the mental strength to win against all odds. Its the mental fortitude that they each innately have to will a victory through. For teams though, building and maintaining this state …
AI Podcast | Episode 10: Let's Never Talk About It Again

AI Podcast | Episode 10: Let's Never Talk About It Again

Episode 10: Let's Never Talk About It Again Date: 21st January, 2014 On this week's episode we are missing regular host John Ritchie who is off sick! Kosha (@KoshaV) is back on the show as well as a return for Marco, Andrew Beasley and Dave Hendrick as he returns from his Russia search of M'Vila. For the first time the podcast is hosted by Gags (@AnfieldIndex)! Plus there's analysis of Liverpool's disappointing draw with Aston Villa in the Premier League as …
Steven Gerrard: Brendan Rodgers’ Biggest Challenge

Steven Gerrard: Brendan Rodgers’ Biggest Challenge

To many Liverpool fans, particularly of a younger age, Steven Gerrard and Liverpool are synonymous with one another. In fact, they are inseparable. They did not grow up with title winning teams of the 60s, 70s and 80s. There was no Kenny Dalglish, no John Barnes, no Ian Rush, only stories and the occasional YouTube clip of the brilliance these players possessed. Steven Gerrard is an icon to millions, and has given so many Liverpool fans of every age, moments …
Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

With a 2013 bolstered by tangible progress, Brendan Rodgers earned the trust of the mainstream Liverpool faithful. However, the 40-year-old manager is still learning the art of proper team selection -- if there's one big knock on Rodgers, it's his propensity to show seemingly blind faith in players that flounder repeatedly. In the doghouse after a catastrophic 2012-13 season, Martin Skrtel appeared destined to leave the club, with Napoli his most public suitor. However, Rodgers displayed unwavering belief in the …
AIPodcast Episode 9: Sexual Strikers!

AIPodcast Episode 9: Sexual Strikers!

Episode 9: Sexual Strikers Date: 14th January, 2014 On this week's episode we are joined by special guest Neil Jones from the Liverpool Echo talking about all things LFC. Enzo (@LiverBirdOfPrey) makes her debut on the show as well as a return for Jim Fishlock (@JimFish286) who replaces Dave Hendrick as he galavants in Russia on the search of M'Vila. As usual the podcast is hosted by John Ritchie and supported by Gags (@AnfieldIndex). Plus there's analysis of Liverpool's first win …
Stoke City Vs Liverpool | Betting Preview

Stoke City Vs Liverpool | Betting Preview

After consecutive losses on the road at the end of December, Liverpool will look to get their away form back on track on Sunday when they travel to the Britania Stadium. Stoke have surprised a few this season, with Mark Hughes attempting to instil a new brand of football (opposed to the rugby that was played under Tony Pulis) and has managed to, so far, avoid a relegation battle that many predicted. Liverpool, though, rightly go into the game as …
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