The Importance of Being Skrtel

The Importance of Being Skrtel

Journey back to October 5th 2008, where Martin Skrtel sustained a severe knee injury, ruling him out for much for much of the 2008-09 season. Now journey forward to the present day where Skrtel is a key player in a recovering Liverpool side, what has changed? The Slovakian arrived in January 2008 from Zenit Saint Petersburg and before the start of the season, the verdict was very much out on whether to class Skrtel even had a future at the …
Skrtel, Agger, Carragher | The Battle for the Centre

Skrtel, Agger, Carragher | The Battle for the Centre

[caption id="attachment_5247" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="3 into 2: Battle for the centre"][/caption] This time last year was a good time to be a Liverpool fan. Up until Saturday 8th January 2011 we had endured one of the most challenging times in terms of club form and morale, with the “Liverpool way” seemingly being eroded in front of our eyes. In recent times there had been the Djimi Traore back heeled OG against Burnley in the otherwise glorious 2004/5 season. There was …
Liverpool - Mid-Term Statistical Report

Liverpool - Mid-Term Statistical Report

With the season just over half way gone I thought I’d take a look at Liverpool’s season team stats, see how they compare to other teams at this stage in the Premiership and also take a little look at how those statistics compare to some of last year’s totals. All though this will be a Liverpool based article, from a statistical point of view it’s interesting to note how all teams are doing in the Premier League at this stage. …
Liverpool FC Vs Oldham Athletic | Stats Analysis

Liverpool FC Vs Oldham Athletic | Stats Analysis

So for the first time we're going to be covering an FA Cup match on AnfieldIndex.com. Also for the first time we're not going to be using Opta stats as we don't have access to any Opta stats for FA Cup matches. So in the desperation of trying to get some sort of stats for you I thought we'd use Peforma Sports' new iPad app! [caption id="attachment_5011" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Performa Sports"][/caption] We got our hands on this app via Performa …
Liverpool's MVP: Pepe Reina | Opta Stats

Liverpool's MVP: Pepe Reina | Opta Stats

Nearly but not quite. That was the 2008/9 Barclays Premiere League season which made the hope in Red's hearts rise so very high. Certainly did mine. Saturday 14th March, as I entered the channel tunnel returning from a trip to Rotterdam, I was one happy red. I'd just had a text confirming a 4-1 humilation (to quote the BBC) of our bitterest foes in their own backyard. And was that right? Dossena had applied the coup de grace? Good times! …
To Me, To You | A look at Liverpool centre-back pairings

To Me, To You | A look at Liverpool centre-back pairings

Hansen and Lawrenson, Hansen and Thompson, Henchoz and Hyypia, Carragher and Hyypia. These are some of the Liverpool centre-back pairings that have been forged over the years, now with the establishment of Skrtel and Agger, have we found a centre-back pairing that can last? Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger have had little chance to play alongside each other in the centre of defence due to injuries to themselves, injuries to others, which has meant them being played out of position …
Liverpool FC | What's stopping Pepe Reina?

Liverpool FC | What's stopping Pepe Reina?

With Liverpool sat in sixth place, three points off of fourth placed Chelsea and an inferior goal difference to the sides above them in the table, what do we need to improve on to get into a Champions League spot? A meagre goal difference of +4 has stemmed from home draws with Sunderland, Norwich and Swansea. While the attackers have failed to perform their duty of finding the net this season, the defence has also made costly mistakes and one …
Daniel Agger | Liverpool FC defender compared against Premier League Rivals!

Daniel Agger | Liverpool FC defender compared against Premier League Rivals!

Daniel Agger arrived at Liverpool in 2006 from Brondby for a fee of 6 million Pounds. His growth at Liverpool has been apparent and many consider him to be one of, if not the best central defender in the Premier League. However, his career in Merseyside has been plagued with injuries that have left him on the sidelines for much of the time he has been there. Liverpool supporters have been patient though; as they were with Torres and are …
Are we still dreaming for a team of Carraghers? | Jamie Carragher

Are we still dreaming for a team of Carraghers? | Jamie Carragher

“We all dream of a team of Carraghers” goes the Kop chant, but exactly how long will it be before we have a team-less Carragher? At the age of 33, Carragher’s best years are behind him, yet he remains a stalwart in the centre of defence. While some may say he has lost his pace, I would question how much pace he had in the first place. Instead, the Bootle-born defender possesses a greater understanding of the game that has …
Attack is the best form of defence

Attack is the best form of defence

Too attacking or not too attacking? That is the question. Since arriving in the summer of 2009, Glen Johnson has experienced an indifferent start to this Liverpool career, with injuries and defensive errors overshadowing his attacking threat. This begs the question, who is Kenny’s first choice right-back when all of his options are fit? While it has been rare for all of Liverpool’s right-backs to fit at the same time, last season we witnessed a bold move of shifting Johnson …
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