Defensive

“It’s the new defensive coach that we got in that everybody thought we needed. That has done the trick” – Brendan Rodgers after the win at Southampton. Basking in his own glory post-Southampto similarly to a man embracing the smell of his own fart. We witnessed a very smug Brendan Rodgers deliver that quote with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

If ever there was a good time (and there are many) to cut off contact with Twitter it was on the final whistle after Liverpool’s defeat to West Ham. The post-defeat staple diet of hysterical over reaction, scape-goating and abuse aimed at players was served up in super-size helpings. A comment that ‘Brendan Rodgers is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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