Liverpool's Defensive Errors - Mis-shapes, Mistakes, Misfits

Liverpool's Defensive Errors - Mis-shapes, Mistakes, Misfits

On looking at the league table, it would be easy to blame Liverpool’s failure to win the title on their defence. It would be easy to do, partly because it’s true. However, there are many things to take into account when analysing why a team concedes the goals they do. What follows is a look at Liverpool’s defensive errors in comparison with other teams, and a brief look at whether the mistakes are systemic or the fault of individuals. Team …
Martin Skrtel: The tale of the unlikely hero

Martin Skrtel: The tale of the unlikely hero

It's always a heart-in-your-mouth moment - Martin Skrtel catches your eye, with his arms around an opposition striker, with only seconds to go. More often than not this season, it's a defensive move that's been effective enough to manage those last minute free-kicks that could have changed a lot of results for us, and who would have thought it? It was only the start of this season that the rumours of Skrtel potentially moving on were becoming more evident, mostly …
One Flew Over the Kolo's Nest

One Flew Over the Kolo's Nest

"No no, no no nono, no no nono, no no nono Toure" Admittedly, that was poor. But then again, it appears Liverpool's resident Ivorian has been playing in a similar run of form leading many Liverpool fans to sit wincing at their television as Kolo Toure runs  rings around himself, looking as though he is clenching something between his butt-cheeks for ninety minutes a weekend. He radiates nervousness,  uncertainty, and calamity. But this was not the Kolo Toure fans had …
Glen Johnson: His season so far | Stats

Glen Johnson: His season so far | Stats

Glen Johnson has come out in recent days to say how he's a massive fan of Brendan Rodgers (who isn't at the moment?!) and that he wants to stay at Liverpool for years to come. As a solid and reliable right-back for the majority of his Liverpool career, Johnson is hitting the milestone of 50 caps for England, but has had an up and down season for the Reds. Injuries have got in the way of what could have been …
Is it time to re-open the case for the defence?

Is it time to re-open the case for the defence?

Editors Note: This article was written before the thumping of Everton and does not include numbers from that game. Back in September I wrote a piece about Liverpool’s defence and how we were blessed with some excellent defenders. How were were able to almost mix and match our defenders if required and how, even with an injury crisis we should be able to cope extremely well. I wrote that Glen Johnson, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique were, back …
Jon Flanagan: Do his performances warrant an extended run in 1st team?

Jon Flanagan: Do his performances warrant an extended run in 1st team?

Jon Flanagan has been a regular in the Liverpool side ever since starting at right wing-back in the Premier League game against Arsenal in early November. Since then, Flanagan has been swapped over to the left due to Jose Enrique being ruled out after picking up an injury. The Liverpool-born full back has been putting in some solid performances ever since and has really impressed most supporters. Critics may have their own opinions on Flanagan but I for one am …
Liverpool's left back issue: Is he the Taylor-Made solution?

Liverpool's left back issue: Is he the Taylor-Made solution?

Anyone who has watched Liverpool for the past two seasons would agree that Liverpool need a new first choice left back. In fact, if you go back the last 10 years you could put forward an argument that Liverpool’s last top class left back was actually a right back, that player would be Alvaro Arbeloa. If you pushed me even more I would say that him and Glen Johnson are the best left backs Liverpool have had since the day’s …
Liverpool's surprise package of the season so far

Liverpool's surprise package of the season so far

In the midst of the latest in a seemingly never ending series of International breaks, the Anfield Index staff got together and decided to take a look at Liverpool's season so far. The highs, the lows, the surprise packages and the disappointments. In this article I have chosen to highlight the form of a player who has surprised me this season and I’m quietly confident he will have surprised you too. This player was widely expected to leave Liverpool in the summer after enduring a torrid 12/13 …
José Enrique: Is he an Elite Left Back? Compared to Baines & Cole

José Enrique: Is he an Elite Left Back? Compared to Baines & Cole

Martin Skrtel | Steady as we go Vs Spurs | Stats

Martin Skrtel | Steady as we go Vs Spurs | Stats

Martin Skrtel has split opinions on Merseyside for years. Ever since his move from Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2008, the Slovak has drifted in and out of the Liverpool back line. He has partnered many players in the Reds' defence; Soto Kyrgiakos, Sebastien Coates, Jamie Carragher, and most recently, Daniel Agger. Skrtel is quietly going about his business at the moment, and is sneaking his name into the hat for Liverpool's player of the season. Kenny Dalglish took the …
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