Strikers: Value for money? (Suarez, Bent, Torres)

Strikers: Value for money? (Suarez, Bent, Torres)

Last updated: 5th April 2011 Another update to this article for you all as it's received such good feedback. A week makes a massive difference in football and as you can see, from the stats below. Darren Bent has been the main beneficiary thanks to his two goals, against the bitter blues of Merseyside, this weekend. He further improved his stats because the two goals were his only shots in the game therefore improving his accuracy as well as minutes per goal ratio …
The Future Is Red - Liverpool Youth

The Future Is Red - Liverpool Youth

Part One of a detailed look at the depth of young talent at Liverpool FC, initially looking at Goalkeepers & Defenders …

Jamie Carragher: The Stats Behind The Man

Jamie Carragher is a player who needs no introduction. In his lengthy career there is only one trophy that has eluded him; he has racked up over 650 appearances for the club often playing more than 50 games a season. He has made 137 European appearances for Liverpool (as of 24/02/2011) which is a British record. Never one to shy away from a challenge or quietly go about his business, in fact there is barely a match that goes by when you can’t hear him barking out orders to his team mates even when playing to an audience of tens of thousands, he has come in for criticism, been labelled not good enough an overlooked for England but has still remained a first choice defender for Liverpool for over a decade. But now in his 33rd year as he approaches the final stages of his 15th campaign he is finding himself under the microscope more and more often. So what do the stats actually say about Jamie? Is he overrated or underrated, wrongly or rightly overlooked? …
Martin Skrtel: Feast or Famine?

Martin Skrtel: Feast or Famine?

A brief introduction: I’m Conor Dowley, and while I’m a Yank through and through, I’m also a huge Liverpool supporter. My best friend grew up just blocks from Anfield, so when I started getting more and more in to the sport and it came time to choose a team to support (five years or so ago), Liverpool was the natural choice. It helped that I loved watching them play; Steven Gerrard was then and is still now one of my favorite individual players to watch …
Liverpool Vs Man United (3-1) - Suarez shines

Liverpool Vs Man United (3-1) - Suarez shines

The performance by Luis Suarez yesterday is summed up by the fact that his team-mate scored a hat-trick and he still walked off the pitch as the man-of-the-match by a comfortable margin. …
Pepe Reina - irreplaceable?

Pepe Reina - irreplaceable?

It’s always hard to rate keepers. You can’t really rate based on goals against averages or clean sheets, as they are not just decided by goalkeepers, but on how good defences are and how defensive coaches can be. Some keepers can look good... …
Hodgson Era: Dirk Kuyt

Hodgson Era: Dirk Kuyt

A statistical analysis of Kuyt’s contribution to the Liverpool team in the first half of the 2010/11 Premier League season. Dirk Kuyt played 16 games for Liverpool in the worst start to a season in living memory. This article will look in detail at how he performed during those 16 games in relation to the rest of the team. Did he prevent the team from slipping further down the table, or was he a primary contributor to the downfall? Kuyt’s …
Liverpool's full back conundrum

Liverpool's full back conundrum

It’s been all change at left back for several seasons now. Emiliano Insua, Fabio Aurelio and Paul Konchesky have all tried to fill the slot over the last two seasons, with fairly mixed results. Aurelio is a very good consistent performer, but cannot seem to stay fit. Paul Konchesky was seen by Roy Hodgson as the solution, having established a decent reputation as a premier league full back during his time at Fulham, but he signally failed to convince at …

Hodgson Era: Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger struggled more than most in adapting to the tactics of Roy Hodgson. Daniel Agger made no secret of the fact that he was uncomfortable with the notion of hoofing the ball up the pitch at every opportunity, explaining his issues to a Danish TV station, "The manager has a philosophy that we're playing football further up the pitch and then you have to play a different kind of football at the back. That's not my style. That's not …
Hodgson Era: Steven Gerrard

Hodgson Era: Steven Gerrard

Everyone knows Steven Gerrard. Regardless of what corner of the world you are in, he is up there with the World-Class players of today. In terms of whoever he plays for, be it England or Liverpool, there are always debating points about him. First one is the age old ‘Golden Generation’ question of Can Lampard and Steven Gerrard play together? The other is one I will try and highlight is what role suits Steven Gerrard best? Is it defensive general who …
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