Where does Mo Salah sit in the history of Liverpool?

Where does Mo Salah sit in the history of Liverpool?

Last season, before a ball had been kicked, Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah for around £36 million from Roma, in a move that was seen as some well-needed reinforcement at the top of the pitch. Coming off the back of Liverpool’s year almost falling off a cliff with the loss of form and Sadio Mane during the 2016/17 season, many supporters welcomed the competition for places and backup that Salah brought to the table. “At least we’ve got a bit more …
Liverpool FC and Big Chances

Liverpool FC and Big Chances

Big chances are a crucial part of any Premier League team’s season. They help to differentiate the quality of a team. It expands nicely on the basic idea of xG that not all shots are equal. Bobby Firmino’s tap-in from a yard against Spurs was a better quality chance than when Denis Odoi shot from the halfway line against us for Fulham. So by looking at how many quality chances Liverpool are creating, and more importantly who is creating them, …
A Look at Football Through a Basketball Shaped Lens

A Look at Football Through a Basketball Shaped Lens

Data analytics have come forth in leaps and bounds over the last decade or so, as football clubs around the world seek to gain an advantage in securing titles, promotion and everything in between. Even ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce employed a team of data analysts during his tenure at Bolton Wanderers as a part of the sorcery used in his own version of the footballing dark arts. Taking a leaf out of the NBA analytics book, the following analysis shows the …
It's A Two Horse Title Race, Get Used To It

It's A Two Horse Title Race, Get Used To It

As the full-time whistle blew on Manchester City's first league defeat of the season on Saturday evening, it wasn't just Chelsea fans celebrating. Liverpool fans knew that a Chelsea win would leave the Reds out clear at the top of the Premier League for a week at least, N'Golo Kante and David Luiz providing the goods with two goals that knocked the stuffing out of City. However, some Tottenham and Arsenal fans were jubilant too. With Spurs defeating Leicester and …
How well is Jurgen Klopp rotating his Liverpool squad?

How well is Jurgen Klopp rotating his Liverpool squad?

No Salah, no Firmino and no Mane. The seven changes Jurgen Klopp made to his starting eleven at Turf Moor raised a considerable number of eyebrows last Wednesday, not least from myself. But subsequently, having collected six points from two potentially tough away fixtures against Burnley and Bournemouth, as part of a gruelling festive schedule are we right to think our boss is rotating the squad to perfection. For many years this is the one factor which has prevented very …
Top, But Liverpool Have A New Type Of Battle To Face

Top, But Liverpool Have A New Type Of Battle To Face

And with a single swish of a head the whole path of the 2018-2019 season changes course. Not many Reds like David Luiz and with good reason. His two spells at Chelsea, his less than exemplary performance against Germany in the 2014 World Cup and his likeness for winning a dubious free kick means there are few who hold him in high regard. Not so today. Today I could hug him until he complains to the relevant authorities. What a …
Joel Matip Must be the Man for Liverpool FC in Gomez's Absence

Joel Matip Must be the Man for Liverpool FC in Gomez's Absence

With Joe Gomez's fractured leg putting him out of action for six weeks, Jurgen Klopp has got a choice to make. It's not as if there was an attacking injury, with a flurry of names and formations available to the German. Liverpool's lack of centre-back's even rules out the chance of him switching to three at the back. There's only one question that Klopp and his staff must answer: Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip? Here's why I think it must be …
The Tale of Divock Origi and The Merseyside Derby

The Tale of Divock Origi and The Merseyside Derby

The Divock Origi substitution was getting close to the Joël Matip substitution when it comes to things that are almost a parody. Just as bringing Matip on in the 90th minute of any requisite game to shore up a 2-0 win doesn’t really make that much sense, neither does throwing on Divock Origi when you’re desperate for a goal or two late in games. It reeks of desperation. I even joked that Belgium were reaching into LFC’s desperation tactics book when …
Naby Keita Offers A Glimpse Into Liverpool’s Future

Naby Keita Offers A Glimpse Into Liverpool’s Future

It has felt like a long wait to see Naby Keita truly announce himself as a Liverpool player, but he’s gone and done it in emphatic fashion. After waiting a year for him to even join the Reds, and then having to sit and endure several months of iffy form and injuries, here he is! At Burnley on Wednesday, the 23-year-old was handed his first Premier League start since the 2-1 win away to Tottenham in mid-September. You could be …
Key Stats As Liverpool Come From Behind At Turf Moor

Key Stats As Liverpool Come From Behind At Turf Moor

Liverpool came from behind to see off Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor after an absolutely superb second-half recovery. But what were the key stats from a terrific second half display that saw the Reds keep the pace with City and move clear of Chelsea and Arsenal? Naby Keita Explodes Into Life What a player Naby Keita looks eh? Whilst the thread below has a selection of some of his stats from the game, what I found interesting was how quickly …
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