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 …
Brendan Rodgers and The Transfer Committee: The Criteria

Brendan Rodgers and The Transfer Committee: The Criteria

The dust has yet to settle on the wild and wondrous campaign of 2013/14, yet the transfer rumour mill is in full swing; with Liverpool its traditional epicentre. However, among the traditional nonsensical reports of Ricardo Quaresma finally sealing his move to Liverpool and Simao finally receiving the call from Senor Rafa to board that plane, Kopites have taken to social media sites, forums and pubs to discuss just who is needed at Anfield next season; coupled with those to …
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 …
Liverpool Stars On International Duty | Round-Up

Liverpool Stars On International Duty | Round-Up

Seventeen Liverpool players were selected for international football this week, with fifteen of them involved in the action, one gaining valuable international experience and one teenager on the Wales standby list. The men from Anfield have been spread over five continents this week with five of them involved in competitive action. We’ll start with England shall we? The most exciting of international teams. Liverpool were not as strongly represented for England as they might like to have been with captain …
Liverpool FC Stars Answer International Call

Liverpool FC Stars Answer International Call

So it’s that time of the season again, the international break, a week most football fans dread as a combination of no Premier League football and injury worries creep in but alas, we cannot change the fixture list and will have to watch and hope our key players return unscathed. This is also the last international break until March so we can enjoy three, yes three months of uninterrupted domestic football action. England A total of 4 Liverpool players have …
Liverpool 4 Fulham 0 | Match Reaction & Stats

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0 | Match Reaction & Stats

When Brendan Rodgers first arrived at Anfield, he did something that few managers have done before him; he met with the fans and in every interview he tried to explain his vision for Liverpool and hoped it would stick. He did this in order to educate us, to bring us on the journey as we all tried to pick ourselves up from the false dawn of Kenny Dalglish returning as the club manager. Rodgers used words like transition, pressing, tempo …
Three At The Back Can Still Work for Liverpool

Three At The Back Can Still Work for Liverpool

Against Arsenal last week we attempted to employ the same system we used so successfully against West Brom: 3 central defenders, with two wing-backs. Clearly it didn’t go well, and it led to a very poor first half performance from Liverpool. This prompted Rodgers to revert to four at the back for the second half, which brought about a marginally better (though still wholly underwhelming) performance. Thanks to this one poor game, a lot of reactionary fans have started shouting …
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 …
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 …
AnfieldIndex Exclusive: Liverpool FC Stats from Carling Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg

AnfieldIndex Exclusive: Liverpool FC Stats from Carling Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg

Liverpool FC have finally made it to the new Wembley Stadium and how sweet it is. The road to Wembley was a tough one with Away wins over Stoke, Chelsea and Manchester City along the way how fitting it that it came down to the 2nd leg at Anfield to decide whether Liverpool made the final. They did exactly that and now have a match against Cardiff to look forward too. Cardiff boy Craig Bellamy is certainly relishing the opportunity …
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