Tactical Analysis: Breaking Down Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool

Tactical Analysis: Breaking Down Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool

It took some doing for Liverpool to best their most ridiculous performance of the season, but somehow they managed to do it. Unlike the Sevilla fixture though, Liverpool only surrendered control for a brief handful of minutes: but that was more than enough for Arsenal to sweep in and turn the game on its head. Yet, were it not for a few moments of madness, we would likely be here, hailing a magnificent performance from Liverpool, once again. https://twitter.com/Caley_graphics/status/944324234150645765 https://twitter.com/GoalCharts/status/944894603110514688 In …
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 …
Key Stats from Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Key Stats from Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Liverpool were frustrated again as they registered another 1-1 draw at home against opposition that they really should have been beating. But what were the key stats from the Merseyside Derby? Salah Leads From The Front Once again, it was the Mo Salah show at Anfield. Despite only playing 67 minutes, Salah notched six key passes, seven dribbles, and seven shots. His influence on the game was clear as he was Liverpool’s most dangerous player, scoring an absolutely world class …
The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

The Magnificent Seven: How Liverpool Trounced Spartak

Since September, in our match analyses, we've concluded more often than not that Liverpool's performances have warranted better scorelines, that the underlying performances have actually been rather good, even despite the growing discontent with Jürgen Klopp's side through October as the team struggled, with a particular low-point against Spurs, and even into November as Liverpool conceded late on to Chelsea, familiar angry voices, from last season's winter rut reemerged. After 32 goals in 9 games, I have one question for …
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 …
FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

Today, I read a popular article on the Echo website titled 'FSG - how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players?'. It's undeniably an interesting read, but one that is misleading - though I do not hold the writer culpable for this. The very nature of the premise 'how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players' is unfortunately caught up with a great deal of misinformation that stems from the transfer orientated reporting of club business. The result …
Picking apart Liverpool's lunchtime problem

Picking apart Liverpool's lunchtime problem

Liverpool's thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday left the Red side of Merseyside feeling sick to their stomachs. One, two, three four and five, City brought the rain - not the scattered showers - after Sadio Mane was sent for an early bath. For many, it ruined their weekend. Losing at Saturday lunch often see's Match of the Day cancelled, and the Saturday night pints are a drowning of sorrows rather than a celebration. And then you've …
Liverpool Always One Step Behind Until they Fix Their Shaky Foundations

Liverpool Always One Step Behind Until they Fix Their Shaky Foundations

Ask any Liverpool fan, or any football fan for that matter, about where they want their team to be challenging and they’ll give you the same answer. Naturally, they want to be vying for the title, mounting an assault on the domestic cup and pushing for that all-important Champions League trophy. In order to do that, you need to have water tight foundations and carry real authority and verve going forward. Liverpool have such prowess in the final third of …
Analysis: Mohamed Salah compared to Sadio Mane

Analysis: Mohamed Salah compared to Sadio Mane

When I look back at the 2016/17 season one of the things many Liverpool fans bemoaned was the lack of a Sadio Mane back-up. When the Senegalese was missing, either due to international duty or injury, the Reds lacked pace and power in the team as well as a real goal threat. With the news breaking that Liverpool are close to signing Mohamed Salah the team at AI Under Pressure decided to look at the stats for both Mohamed Salah and …
Will Reds Come Up Short with Phil In Midfield?

Will Reds Come Up Short with Phil In Midfield?

The run-in to the 2016/17 season gave Liverpool fans a tantalizing view of what’s to come with Phil Coutinho’s move into a central midfield position, picking the ball up from the back and ending the careers of several would-be tacklers on his way forward. With 3 goals to go with an assist in the last two games there is a lot for Reds supporters to be excited about. Coutinho's West Ham highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8On5xZihFg Quotes from Klopp suggest that Phil will …
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