A Review of the Liverpool Defence

A Review of the Liverpool Defence

A statistical review of goals conceded A disappointing season came to an abrupt end against Stoke with a defensive performance that made my Sunday league side look as solid as Chelsea. Yet in the aftermath of the defeat it seems the popular consensus is the attack is the main reason we didn't finish top 4 this season. The idea seems to be if Daniel Sturridge was fit we'd have finished top 4 with ease. We'll never know this for sure …
Clean Sheets Don't Hide The Dirt in Defence for Liverpool

Clean Sheets Don't Hide The Dirt in Defence for Liverpool

"Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed" - Irene Peter.
Defensive frailties have been at the forefront of Brendan Rodgers' reign as Liverpool manager so far. The goals of last season papered over last season's cracks and despite the improvement since Christmas 2014, Liverpool are only 4 goals better off defensively than they were at this point last season. The main difference from this season to last is that the attack isn't rescuing the defence, …
How Do Liverpool FC Finish 4th?

How Do Liverpool FC Finish 4th?

With one of the most exciting & open races for a top 4 finish how do Liverpool ensure they get this coveted position? Fitness & Intensity Liverpool FC's most successful brand of football in the past 18 months has involved high intensity pressing starting with the striker.  This was highlighted in the recent Man City victory.  This involves an in depth understanding from each player.  The keys to applying it successfully lie in the triggers to implement the press, compressing the …
The Future of the 3-4-2-1: An Analysis

The Future of the 3-4-2-1: An Analysis

Having conquered Spain, Europe, and the eventually the World, Pep Guardiola was quick to shake things up with his Barcelona side. Once things become static, success slips away. Pass into the space, not the player's feet. Move the ball, move your team mate, move the opposition. The evolution of Barca's formation from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 (with sniffs of MWs and WMs in between) was key in the Catalan side's development as a football utopia, ensuring they progressed to an apex of performance without stagnating. …
Simon Mignolet: Thou Shall Not Pass

Simon Mignolet: Thou Shall Not Pass

On a popular football management game - the one inventively titled Football Manager - the attribute for a goalkeeper’s distribution with feet is called “kicking”, not “passing”. This crude definition of one of the footballing aspects of a goalkeepers' game, indicates that there’s still some way to go before they’re considered the eleventh outfield player. Brendan Rodgers is one of a growing number of coaches who would like their man between the sticks to contribute more when the team has …
The Liverpool Triumvirate | Overview of Sakho, Can, Skrtel et al

The Liverpool Triumvirate | Overview of Sakho, Can, Skrtel et al

With the exception of relegation battlers, you would be hard-pressed to find a defence in the league that has come under the same level of scrutiny as Liverpool. Whether it’s Neville or Carragher on a Monday night, or the ingenious Alan Shearer perceptively offering some of his innovative, ever-insightful though perpetually crap “analysis” on a Saturday night – we have heard it all since the beginning of Rodgers' tenure at the club. The undeniable yet fundamental elephant in the room …
Liverpool's Defensive Shambles - Who is to Blame?

Liverpool's Defensive Shambles - Who is to Blame?

Fabio Aurelio, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher and Alvaro Arbeloa. Now that was a solid back four. You felt confident going into games under Benitez with those four at the back. Well organised by Carragher, and Hyypia read the game magnificently. Time to stop drooling folks and wipe that smile of your face as that was back in 2009 and a distant memory from now! In Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge at Liverpool we conceded 43 goals in the Premier …
Stock-Taking: Liverpool's Welcome Break

Stock-Taking: Liverpool's Welcome Break

Seven games into the season and we've arrived at the second international break already. Ordinarily, I have no time for these most unwelcome of interuptions to weekend life. Like most Reds, and fans of other clubs I'm sure, the highlight of my weekend is watching club football. It's what we look forward to, what we think, talk and in some cases write about all week, and the difference between a win or a loss has the power, should one allow …
We Are PenaltyPool! | Liverpool & Penalties: Lucky or Planned?

We Are PenaltyPool! | Liverpool & Penalties: Lucky or Planned?

The best way to get over a defeat is to win the next match; so the the old adage goes, and who are we to argue? Happily, participating in four competitions means you never have to wait too long for a chance at redemption. The ignominy of Saturday's teatime capitulation, to a Stewart Downing inspired West Ham, abides in the background of our thoughts still, however resplendent in their novelty the bright, shiny memories of a bizarre, epic League Cup …
Liverpool's Transfer Window Shopping

Liverpool's Transfer Window Shopping

Less than a working week to go before the new season gets underway, and Liverpool have played their last two pre-season friendlies, in preparation for the big push. Games against Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and Sean Dyche's Burnley, provided Brendan Rodgers's team with their final two tests, in a summer which has taken the Reds to Ireland and the USA, via Preston, before returning to Anfield. Two victories (4-0 against Dortmund at Anfield last Sunday, and 2-1 against Burnley behind …
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