The Liverpool Triumvirate | Overview of Sakho, Can, Skrtel et al

The Liverpool Triumvirate | Overview of Sakho, Can, Skrtel et al

With the exception of relegation battlers, you would be hard-pressed to find a defence in the league that has come under the same level of scrutiny as Liverpool. Whether it’s Neville or Carragher on a Monday night, or the ingenious Alan Shearer perceptively offering some of his innovative, ever-insightful though perpetually crap “analysis” on a Saturday night – we have heard it all since the beginning of Rodgers' tenure at the club. The undeniable yet fundamental elephant in the room …
The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

Last week, on the 'Jumpers for Goalposts' pod in one of our more serious moments, we took a look at the travails of the Liverpool defence...notice please, I specifically say 'defence', not 'back four', 'central pairing' or other, more targeted breakdown. There is a reason for this, and one that surprisingly perhaps, when having so many recent defenders among their number, the various Sky, BT, BBC and other media commentators rarely seem to address - in my old fashioned view, …
Liverpool's Defensive Shambles - Who is to Blame?

Liverpool's Defensive Shambles - Who is to Blame?

Fabio Aurelio, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher and Alvaro Arbeloa. Now that was a solid back four. You felt confident going into games under Benitez with those four at the back. Well organised by Carragher, and Hyypia read the game magnificently. Time to stop drooling folks and wipe that smile of your face as that was back in 2009 and a distant memory from now! In Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge at Liverpool we conceded 43 goals in the Premier …
Skrtel: Taking control - Lovren's Injury Heaps Pressure on Slovakian

Skrtel: Taking control - Lovren's Injury Heaps Pressure on Slovakian

This Summer's transfer window was all about improving our defence. We learned first hand, and harshly, last year that our defence had to be worked on, and dramatically. There were numerous incidents where our mistakes at the back left us with memories that we really don't want to recollect or repeat. And even when we thought we had taken our share of bad luck with international injuries for the time being, Dejan Lovren is the latest to hit the absence …
Liverpool FC: A Case For The Defence?

Liverpool FC: A Case For The Defence?

Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Anfield Index is paving the way when it comes to recording the amount of pressing undertaken by Liverpool players. The analysis of pressing actions isn't just another meaningless number to add to the myriad of useless statistics available to football fans, this data is integral to Liverpool’s system under Brendan Rodgers. The recent Anfield Index podcasts discussed these numbers at length but this article will focus on one player in particular - Daniel Sturridge, and how the striker’s lack of …
Liverpool Goals Conceded Analysis 2013/14: Video Clips and Defensive Errors Analysis

Liverpool Goals Conceded Analysis 2013/14: Video Clips and Defensive Errors Analysis

This article is supporting the Anfield Index Podcast Episode 39 titled Defensive Errors Analysis for 2013/14 season. Here you will find detailed analysis for each goal conceded. You can either read all 5,000 words or simply watch the videos or if you're brave enough - both! You can also listen here: Your browser does not support the audio element. Defensive Error Video Analysis // First Half of Season - Defensive Analysis 2013-14 from Daniel Rhodes on Vimeo. Liverpool FC - …
The Pros and Cons Of Keeping Daniel Agger

The Pros and Cons Of Keeping Daniel Agger

Ever since Liverpool signed Mamadou Sakho on deadline day of Summer 2013, Daniel Agger's position at the club has come into question. After all, why would the club spend over £18m on a left-sided centre back if they weren't going to use him as first choice? So if Agger will be second choice when Sakho is fit and available, should he be kept at the club? Ability I think most of us agree that Agger is a quality player. One …
No Moreno? No Problem! | A Look at Liverpool's Transfer Target

No Moreno? No Problem! | A Look at Liverpool's Transfer Target

This summer's transfer window for Liverpool was always going to be an important  one in the club's history. Back in the Champions League for the first time in five years feels like a dream, but for our meagre squad it will be a colossal task to compete in all competitions. Formed after the departure of former Director of Football Damien Comolli in April 2012 and the subsequent appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager that summer, Liverpool have decided to reshape their structure …
Ryan Bertrand - A Guide to Liverpool’s Rumoured Target

Ryan Bertrand - A Guide to Liverpool’s Rumoured Target

Liverpool’s busy summer of transfer activity seems to be showing no signs of slowing down despite the Reds already capturing three players on permanent transfers. Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Adam Lallana have already been hurried through the door whilst outgoings potentially include Luis Suárez, Daniel Agger, Lucas Leiva and Pepe Reina. Rodgers is reportedly interested in a number of other targets including Dejan Lovren of Southampton and Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand - the player who we’ll be looking at from …
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