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Liverpool’s Defensive Line – With and Without Carragher

Liverpool’s Defensive Line – With and Without Carragher

There has been an ongoing debate for some time now about the impact Jamie Carragher’s lack of pace has on the Liverpool defensive line. There is a theory that Carragher holds the line deep to prevent younger, quicker attackers stealing a march on him on the break. Carragher’s calf injury has inadvertently helped us find out whether this is true. By looking at the Liverpool defensive line with Carragher (against Norwich) and without him (against West Brom) we can test whether the theory has any basis in reality. …
Liverpool V Swansea | Football Is A Simple Game? A Tactical Preview

Liverpool V Swansea | Football Is A Simple Game? A Tactical Preview

The great man Shankly once said "football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple". Was there a truer word ever said? This week is Liverpool V Swansea City, two sides who really like to get the ball down and pass and move. In Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rogers we have two managers who try to instill a certain …
Are Carroll and Suarez finally starting to gel?

Are Carroll and Suarez finally starting to gel?

It seems strange that having signed Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez during the January transfer window that only now, at the end of October, are we starting to see the first signs of a partnership between the two. That says it all about the bad luck that Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish have had in trying to get both their big money strikers into the team at the same time, but it now seems that the Reds luck has changed and …
Jose Enrique | Premier League Left Back Statistical Comparison

Jose Enrique | Premier League Left Back Statistical Comparison

Before Jose Enrique signed this summer Liverpool FC supporters were calling out for a left back that would add balance and strength to the side. The balance required was to ensure that they were able to defend and also provide a suitable outlet on left overlapping the left winger or passing / creating from deep. In June we looked at a Left Back comparison which detailed statistics for three players linked to Liverpool FC; Jose Enrique, Gael Clichy and Leighton Baines. …
Craig Bellamy | Could he be the key to attacking fluidity?

Craig Bellamy | Could he be the key to attacking fluidity?

Ever since Kenny Dalglish decided to splash £58m in January on strike duo Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez there has been a debate as to how he can get the best out of the pair. With Andy Carroll being the archetypal target-man and Luis Suarez a pacey, intelligent, ball of energy it seemed like it could potentially be one of the best forward partnerships around. But things have not quite gone to plan for them so far, with Carroll and …
Maxi Rodríguez | The unluckiest man in Liverpool

Maxi Rodríguez | The unluckiest man in Liverpool

[caption id="attachment_3881" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Maxi Rodríguez"][/caption]  Maxi, Maxi Rodríguez runs down the wing for me. Well, not this season he doesn't. The subject of one of the Kop's favoured songs and the hero of the closing games of the last season, Maxi Rodríguez has played only 13 minutes in the Premier League in 2011/12. It seems hard to fathom for someone who seemed to be so integral to the way the 'new' Liverpool played as the 2010/11 campaign wound down, …
Trick or Treat For Hodgson? Liverpool V West Brom | Tactical Preview

Trick or Treat For Hodgson? Liverpool V West Brom | Tactical Preview

Liverpool face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday in the early evening kick-off, and by lord its difficult not to be sarcastic with Roy Hodgson in the opposition dugout. Hodgson oversaw one of the most turbulent periods in our entire history, and the mere mention of the man’s name sends shivers down my spine. On rare occasions I’m prone to waking up in the dead of night, in a cold sweat, uttering phrases like “those people (protestors) aren’t making my job …
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 …
Three jinxes ended as Liverpool FC defeat Stoke City at the Britannia

Three jinxes ended as Liverpool FC defeat Stoke City at the Britannia

In football it is a lovely feeling when a jinx is broken. So how great a night was it for Liverpool FC supporters when three jinxes were broken in one night? It was an excellent result for Liverpool FC, especially since they didn't deserve to lose at the Britannia earlier in the season after totally dominating the game. In that game they dominated possession 72.7% to 27.3% and dominated shots by 16-2 but still lost! Some basic stats from the …
Suarez & Downing | Statistically compared to rivals | Liverpool FC

Suarez & Downing | Statistically compared to rivals | Liverpool FC

A lot has been said about the misgivings of Liverpool FC in-front of goal so far this season. A lot of people are laying blame on lack of creativity (Downing & co) and also cursing the inadequacies in-front of goal (Suarez's misses). This article will look at both of these players in comparison with their rivals as well as looking at Liverpool FC's stats and how they compare with the teams they are rivalling or wish to be rivalling in …
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