Liverpool V Man City | A Tactical & Stats Preview

Liverpool V Man City | A Tactical & Stats Preview

This week the billions of Manchester City come to town, and what a game it promises to be. I'm not sure what it is about City, but they don't seem to attract the same envious jealousy that Chelsea attracted when oligarch Roman Abramovich arrived on the scene and bankrolled the Stamford Bridge outfit with his odiously acquired petro-roubles. Maybe it's the fact that we get a perverse satisfaction from seeing that lot down the East Lancashire Road get their knickers …
Goals From Midfield Crucial To Success | Liverpool FC Opta Stats

Goals From Midfield Crucial To Success | Liverpool FC Opta Stats

For years under Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson Liverpool were accused of being a one-man, and later two-man, team as the goals of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres helped the Reds to continue to compete at the top table with only Dirk Kuyt and briefly Yossi Benayoun helping to break their monopoly on the team’s goals. The arrival of Kenny Dalglish as manager, the purchases of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, the sale of Fernando Torres and a long-term injury …
Lucas Leiva | The Brazilian Against The World (Stats analysis)

Lucas Leiva | The Brazilian Against The World (Stats analysis)

Lucas Leiva, the player Liverpool fans love, and others love to hate. Recently though, the unBrazilian Brazilian has become a bit of a legend to Liverpool fans, and has become a pivotal part of Liverpool’s midfield …
Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 | The Story via Player Influence Pitch Maps

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 | The Story via Player Influence Pitch Maps

Liverpool FC's third consecutive away victory was impressive at Stamford Bridge today. Not only was it a third consecutive away victory it was also two in a row at Stamford Bridge which not many teams have accomplished in the modern era. The victory stretches Liverpool's unbeaten run to nine in all competitions and seven in Premier League games. There will be a match report coming up on Anfield Index in the next day or so from Ravi Amin so I …
Liverpool FC | What's stopping Pepe Reina?

Liverpool FC | What's stopping Pepe Reina?

With Liverpool sat in sixth place, three points off of fourth placed Chelsea and an inferior goal difference to the sides above them in the table, what do we need to improve on to get into a Champions League spot? A meagre goal difference of +4 has stemmed from home draws with Sunderland, Norwich and Swansea. While the attackers have failed to perform their duty of finding the net this season, the defence has also made costly mistakes and one …
Liverpool FC | Is an ‘outdated’ system the way forward?

Liverpool FC | Is an ‘outdated’ system the way forward?

Upon Kenny Dalglish’s return as Liverpool manager in January 2011, many supposed experts suggested that the club legend had been ‘out of the game’ for too long.  Whatever that term is meant to mean, Dalglish soon proved that it was nothing to worry about.  Improved performances led to improved results as Liverpool made a late surge for 4th place, something which was a distant dream during the nightmare that was Roy Hodgson’s spell as manager. Primarily, Dalglish set his team …
Liverpool | Will Be Flying High If They Expose Chelsea High-Line

Liverpool | Will Be Flying High If They Expose Chelsea High-Line

During the summer one of the key attributes that many fans felt the team was missing was raw pace and the ability to break forward quickly and hit teams on the counter attack. While Liverpool FC's front four of Maxi, Meireles, Kuyt and Suarez was effective thanks to the quartet’s fabulous movement and intelligence, none of the four possessed tremendous speed and it was obvious that this needed to be rectified if Liverpool were to move on to the next …
Daniel Agger | Liverpool FC defender compared against Premier League Rivals!

Daniel Agger | Liverpool FC defender compared against Premier League Rivals!

Daniel Agger arrived at Liverpool in 2006 from Brondby for a fee of 6 million Pounds. His growth at Liverpool has been apparent and many consider him to be one of, if not the best central defender in the Premier League. However, his career in Merseyside has been plagued with injuries that have left him on the sidelines for much of the time he has been there. Liverpool supporters have been patient though; as they were with Torres and are …
Liverpool’s Defensive Line – With and Without Carragher

Liverpool’s Defensive Line – With and Without Carragher

There has been an ongoing debate for some time now about the impact Jamie Carragher’s lack of pace has on the Liverpool defensive line. There is a theory that Carragher holds the line deep to prevent younger, quicker attackers stealing a march on him on the break. Carragher’s calf injury has inadvertently helped us find out whether this is true. By looking at the Liverpool defensive line with Carragher (against Norwich) and without him (against West Brom) we can test whether the theory has any basis in reality. …
Liverpool V Swansea | Football Is A Simple Game? A Tactical Preview

Liverpool V Swansea | Football Is A Simple Game? A Tactical Preview

The great man Shankly once said "football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple". Was there a truer word ever said? This week is Liverpool V Swansea City, two sides who really like to get the ball down and pass and move. In Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rogers we have two managers who try to instill a certain …
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