Fullbacks comparison (Johnson & Kelly) Part II

Fullbacks comparison (Johnson & Kelly) Part II

The first part of this two part series concentrated on defending and some shooting stats. In this second instalment we're going to be concentrating on the creative aspects of Glen Johson and Martin Kelly's play. We'll be covering passing, chances created, crossing and successful dribbles …
Lucas - He doesn't pass it forward, does he?

Lucas - He doesn't pass it forward, does he?

The longest myth going about Lucas, has been that he only plays the simple pass, and this is mainly sideways, or back-wards. This brief post is aimed to demonstrate he really doesn't, and I have taken 3 randomly selected games from this season which Lucas featured in to help explain …
Full Back Comparison: Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly & Glen Johnson

Full Back Comparison: Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly & Glen Johnson

Liverpool's defense has suffered some serious injury blows in the last few days. Daniel Agger has been ruled out for the rest of the season whilst both Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly will miss the majority of it as they're facing another three to four weeks out. We thought it was a good time to compare our fullbacks but this time with a twist. So in this two part series we're going to compare Glen Johnson with Martin Kelly and... Glen Johnson. Yes, you read that right. We'll be comparing Glen Johnson the left back to see how he's performed in this position since Kenny Dalglish arrived at the club against his performances at right back. Martin Kelly's introductory season in the Premier League which was bolstered by Kenny's arrival …

A victim of versatility – Raul Meireles

Player transfers were one of many things Liverpool managed poorly last summer, as Christian Purslow and Roy Hodgson oversaw some woeful signings and ludicrous sales. The arrivals of promising prospects Jonjo Shelvey and Danny Wilson were tied up by Rafa Benitez, who also sanctioned the signing of Bosman flop Milan Jovanovic. Following the Spaniards sacking, Hodgson and Purslow were active in the market themselves. Joe Cole and Fabio Aurelio were signed on free transfers, but in deals that will cost the club a lot of money in the long term; wages of approximately £90,000 per week for Cole and a two year deal for the injury prone Aurelio. The remaining signings were Paul Konchesky from Fulham for slightly more than £3m, Christian Poulsen from Juventus for £4.5m, Brad Jones from Middlesbrough for £2.3m and Raul Meireles from Porto for £10.7m. Leaving Liverpool was a raft of former Academy and Reserve Team players, the wantaway Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera and Javier Mascherano, but also Alberto Aquilani, after just one season of adaptation in England and the promising Argentine international Emiliano Insua, both on loan …
Daniel Agger - Too good to keep?

Daniel Agger - Too good to keep?

In the 2006 January transfer window, Daniel Agger moved to Liverpool from Brondby for what was a club record fee for a defender, at £5.8m. Agger made his Liverpool debut that February against Birmingham City, a match which also saw the ‘second coming’ of Robbie Fowler. However, the Dane was limited to just 4 appearances for his new club that season due to injury …

The statistical tale of Maxi Rodríguez

Despite this seasons ups and downs there has been almost one constant in the side, Maxi Rodríguez. Our number 17 has featured in 24 of our 31 premier league matches, joint in 5th place with Glen Johnson for season appearances. But many people question why Maxi continues to be selected and feature so heavily in the side. To start with Rodríguez actually has a positive effect on the team, in the 24 games he has featured in the side has a 52% …
First Half Stats - West Brom Vs Liverpool FC

First Half Stats - West Brom Vs Liverpool FC

Welcome to another Match Day on AnfieldIndex.com, finally we have some stats to produce after a two week lay off since the excellent result at the Stadium Of Light. Please find below the first half statistics from the Liverpool FC game, at the Hawthorns, Vs West Bromwich Albion. We haven't provided any context to the statistics as of yet as we are busy compiling the statistics and bringing them to you. You'll find the basic statistics from the match below! …
Class of 08/09 - Midfield Comparison Part 3

Class of 08/09 - Midfield Comparison Part 3

The third, and final, instalment of our nostalgic look at the midfield trio of the 2008/2009 season will concentrate on their performance in the attacking third of the pitch. We'd expect Xabi Alonso to be ahead in the race for most creative central midfielder out of the three. Xabi's passing, whether it be a simple pass or a long ball, was always of the highest quality. We'll look at how much of his passing helped in creating chances for Liverpool FC in the season 2008/2009 and how his midfield partners did in comparison …

Andy Carroll: Heading For Greatness?

Prematurely writing off youngsters like Emiliano Insua...

Prematurely writing off youngsters like Emiliano Insua...

“We’ve got the only Brazilian that can’t play football!” “It’s clear that he’s not going to make it.” “Not Liverpool class.” “We’re not going to win a title with him in the squad!” “Would he get into our rivals teams? No.” Are just some of the comments I’ve heard or read. Others can’t be written down… …
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