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% …
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… …
Suarez & Carroll - Liverpool Vs Sunderland: Eye into future?

Suarez & Carroll - Liverpool Vs Sunderland: Eye into future?

Suarez and Carroll. Two signings, for the price of one (well, almost). For weeks, we have waited to see them play together. They have been talked up as the latest little and large combo, many of which we have seen over the years. Due to injury, and ineligability, we have been unable to see this partnership in all it's glory. But against Sunderland, we finally got to see them both, from the start …
Class of 08/09 - Midfield Comparison Part II

Class of 08/09 - Midfield Comparison Part II

In this instalment we're going to discuss tackling, possession duels, interceptions, blocks and fouls conceded or won. As you know this is going to fit right into Javier Mascherano's. You'd not expect this one to be close at all and expect Mascherano to be far and away the better tackler out of the three …
Class of 08/09 - Midfield Comparison Part I

Class of 08/09 - Midfield Comparison Part I

"We've got the best midfield in the world!" is what reverberated in Anfield and mainly on the Kop in the heights of Rafael Benitez's reign at Anfield. The song mentioned Xabi Alonso, Momo Sissoko, Gerrard and Mascheranoooooooooo! We loved that song, we loved that midfield quartet. Since then we've undergone a total transformation in midfield, no longer does it have the passing range of Alonso or the terrier like tackling of Mascherano or Sissoko …

Could Charlie Adam be our new Alonso?

Since Alonso's big money departure to join Spanish giants Real Madrid, we have never quite come to terms with his loss. Many actually believe this has caused our decline over the last few seasons …
Lucas Leiva - Which side of the divide?

Lucas Leiva - Which side of the divide?

SamSports looks at Lucas Leiva's performances earlier this season, during the Roy Hodgson era. How has he done? Why should his performances be classed as impressive? Where can he improve? All those questions answered in this article …
The statistical demise of Steven Gerrard

The statistical demise of Steven Gerrard

A statistical look at Steven Gerrard's ups and downs over the last three Premier League seasons …
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