Liverpool FC: A Case For The Defence?

Liverpool FC: A Case For The Defence?

Adam Lallana Showing the Signs of Successfully Slotting into Liverpool

Adam Lallana Showing the Signs of Successfully Slotting into Liverpool

A Merseyside derby win would have been the perfect catalyst for Liverpool to get going on winning run, especially when the performance was better than what is has been in recent weeks. However, no one can be blamed for the uncharacteristic goal that Phil Jagielka pulled out the hat. 99 times out of 100, that would have gone high and wide, and it’s just one of those unpredictable things that can happen in these big games. Of course, conceding at …
West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Sterling vs Valencia Stats Comparison

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Sterling vs Valencia Stats Comparison

Another Saturday another late kick off on Sky as Liverpool travel to the Boleyn Ground to face West Ham United. After a couple of unconvincing performances against two defensive sides Aston Villa and Ludogorets this fixture couldn't possibly come at a worse time. Head to Head The last 5 games against theses side has produced 3 wins for Liverpool 1 draw and 1 win for West Ham coming back in the 2010/2011 season. This fixture last season saw a close …
Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

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 podcasts discussed these numbers at length but this article will focus on one player in particular - Daniel Sturridge, and how the striker’s lack of …
Losing Luis Suarez - is it a Big Problem?

Losing Luis Suarez - is it a Big Problem?

The thought of writing this article was a no brainier. Throughout the last two and half months,  most football pundits have predicted Liverpool will fall down the pecking order this season -  just because they lost their talisman Luis Suarez. Nevertheless, in the words of fellow AnfieldIndex writer Ryan McTernan, "it would be reckless in the highest regard to dismiss the impact Luis Suarez had in his time at Anfield." This is not what I am doing. Without question Luis …
Liverpool FC v Borussia Dortmund - Opposition Scouting

Liverpool FC v Borussia Dortmund - Opposition Scouting

Liverpool play their last pre-season game of the summer this weekend, when they face Borussia Dortmund at Anfield. The two sides have much in common, with both making great strides after encountering various problems off the pitch during the past decade. Here’s a look at what fans can expect from this friendly spectacle, and in particular what Liverpool might be up against on the pitch. Common Ground You’ll see on Sunday how similar these two clubs are, but here are …
Suso - Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Suso - Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre. You might know him as Suso. A prime example of another young talent in an all too familiar situation. Is there room for him in the squad for the up-coming season or should he be loaned out again? Where would he go? After showing plenty of promise in 2012/13 he was slowly phased out by Rodgers due to the transitional situation of the club not particularly allowing for youth development. Suso has continued …
Lazar Markovic | A guide to the latest Liverpool target

Lazar Markovic | A guide to the latest Liverpool target

Despite World Cup excitement and Chiellini shaped sound bites about Luis Suarez, the excitement around Liverpool’s transfer activities have suddenly resurfaced again after spending some brief time catching breath while the world football showpiece steals the bread and butter transfer stories of lazy journalists. One story capturing the imagination is the news that Liverpool are intending to make Serbian wonder-kid Lazar Markovic their next purchase. HISTORY Markovic started his career playing for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade. He received his …
Liverpool's Transfer Committee Explained | AIPodcast Episode Summary

Liverpool's Transfer Committee Explained | AIPodcast Episode Summary

Below is a summary of the recent Anfield Index Transfer Committee Podcast, written in collaboration by myself James Nalton and Mark Simpson, who played the role of chief scout on the podcast. The summary is written primarily from Mark's point of view, and this will be reflected in the reports and conclusions contained. For the more in-depth version, listen to the podcast here , or follow the article and the podcast simultaneously for the full AI transfer committee experience! It’s worth noting that …
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 …
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