Liverpool's MVP: Pepe Reina | Opta Stats

Liverpool's MVP: Pepe Reina | Opta Stats

Nearly but not quite. That was the 2008/9 Barclays Premiere League season which made the hope in Red's hearts rise so very high. Certainly did mine. Saturday 14th March, as I entered the channel tunnel returning from a trip to Rotterdam, I was one happy red. I'd just had a text confirming a 4-1 humilation (to quote the BBC) of our bitterest foes in their own backyard. And was that right? Dossena had applied the coup de grace? Good times! …
Graft, Craft and How to Fill

Graft, Craft and How to Fill "The Lucas Role"

Getting the right mix of grafters and crafters is vital to a team's success. A grafter is the type of player who makes up for any failings in natural technical ability through sheer blood, guts and endeavour. Think Dirk Kuyt. On the opposite end of the scale you have crafters, players who have a very high level of technical ability but are are more tactile in their play. Jordan Henderson fits into this box. Liverpool's squad has many players who immediately …
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. …
Statistical Player Profile: José Enrique

Statistical Player Profile: José Enrique

Liverpool has long had a problem with the left-back position ever since John Arne Riise left for Roma in 2008. Yes we had Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua but neither succeeded in stamping their mark on the position, with injuries plaguing the one and the other just simply failing to live up to expectations …
Stewart Downing: The First Six Games

Stewart Downing: The First Six Games

Stewart Downing came to Liverpool with many fans feeling that we had settled for second best after United had signed Ashley Young. Some even intimated that, in replacing Downing with N’Zogbia, Villa had improved their first team for a fraction of the price. Dalglish has always insisted that Downing was his first choice, and a look at his first six games for Liverpool helps to show why this was the case. Downing made his debut against Sunderland on the opening …
Is Jamie Carragher Still a Certain Starter for Liverpool?

Is Jamie Carragher Still a Certain Starter for Liverpool?

At the age of 33, time is against Jamie Carragher. This season more than ever, his status as a first choice starter is under intense scrutiny. Big questions are starting to be asked openly by Liverpool fans about whether Carragher still warrants a place in Liverpool’s First XI. So, why are the murmurings of discontent growing louder by the week? Passing One part of his game that is heavily under the microscope is his passing. Indeed, season on season, Carragher’s …
Player Profile: Steven Gerrard

Player Profile: Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has been a stalwart and inspiration for our club for a long time, and on many occasion he had to carry the club on his shoulders alone. There hasn’t been a better ambassador for this club for a very long time, maybe not since King Kenny left the first time …
Downing & Enrique | Effectiveness Vs BWFC

Downing & Enrique | Effectiveness Vs BWFC

The left-wing has been an area of weakness for many years at Liverpool. But that problem looks to be resolved with Jose Enrique at left-back and Stewart Downing playing ahead of him in midfield. The pair link-up very well with each other and have settled into the starting line-up extremely well. In three league games, they've already proven why the club signed them with Enrique solid in defence and Downing excellent in attack. They were both instrumental in today's 3-1 …
Progress Report: Jordan Henderson

Progress Report: Jordan Henderson

[caption id="attachment_3130" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Hendo in action"][/caption] As Jordan Henderson left the field in the 61st minute against Sunderland, Lucas Leiva would have been excused for breathing a sigh of relief. The heat is off, a new whipping boy is in town. Henderson has received some harsh treatment on radio phone-ins, message boards and on Twitter since his first competitive hour in a Liverpool shirt. In assessing whether this criticism is justified, the first place to look at is his …
Andy Carroll - Big pressure, Big fee, Big man.

Andy Carroll - Big pressure, Big fee, Big man.

When Carroll was signed earlier this year, it is fair to say it was a "big" signing, for many reasons. Firstly, Carroll himself. 6ft 3, and 80kg. You only have to look at him to see his one big lad. Then there was his transfer fee. A record fee for us at £35million. Eclipsing the transfer of Suarez, which was confirmed not long before. And finally, who he was replacing. A "world class" striker, who despite his indifferent final 6 …
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