Lucas Deserves More From All Of Us

Lucas Deserves More From All Of Us

A Sky Sports Man of the Match award at last.  Forget the 2010 Liverpool FC Young Player of the Year Award and the Golden Samba awarded from the Kop last season; that man of the match award from Gary Neville and co after the Manchester City match must mean that Lucas Leiva is finally a player befitting the Liverpool shirt. That’s what it seems from the media coverage, anyway. After suffering an injury against Chelsea last Tuesday, just 50 hours …
The Challenge Facing Jay Spearing

The Challenge Facing Jay Spearing

Following the sad news that Lucas Leiva will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Liverpool's recent Carling Cup quarter-final victory at Chelsea, Kenny Dalglish faces a dilemma: just who can fill the current player-of-the-year's boots? Perhaps a replacement will be drafted in during the forthcoming transfer window, but before that can happen the Reds have six league games to negotiate in December, and that's before you consider a triple-header with Manchester City …
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 …
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 V Chelsea | A Super Sunday | Statistical Preview

Liverpool V Chelsea | A Super Sunday | Statistical Preview

After an international break which seemed like an eternity, next up for Liverpool is a difficult away trip to Stamford Bridge. We are of course no strangers to Chelsea considering the amount of times we have played them in the league and Champion's League over the last number of years. So expect some players to be quite familiar with each other by this stage. I would expect this game to be a cracker given the fact that both Villas-Boas and …
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 …
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 …
Maxi Rodríguez | The unluckiest man in Liverpool

Maxi Rodríguez | The unluckiest man in Liverpool

[caption id="attachment_3881" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Maxi Rodríguez"][/caption]  Maxi, Maxi Rodríguez runs down the wing for me. Well, not this season he doesn't. The subject of one of the Kop's favoured songs and the hero of the closing games of the last season, Maxi Rodríguez has played only 13 minutes in the Premier League in 2011/12. It seems hard to fathom for someone who seemed to be so integral to the way the 'new' Liverpool played as the 2010/11 campaign wound down, …
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