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 …
Christian Benteke - Gruel of the Premier League

Christian Benteke - Gruel of the Premier League

We're a few days into May and silly season is going into overdrive. A new name is linked to the club everyday and a new topic of conversation for people. For some fans this is a welcomed distraction from a season which began with great expectations following on from our title charge but you'd be hard pressed to find any Liverpool fan asking for more of this season right now. That's what the current manager of Liverpool is supposedly doing …
The Liverpool Captaincy Contenders: Who Should Be Captain?

The Liverpool Captaincy Contenders: Who Should Be Captain?

The Oxford dictionary gives the definition of a leader as: The person who leads or commands a group, organisation, or country. Now, for the first time in what seems like an eternity, Liverpool Football Club needs a new leader. With Steven Gerrard leaving this summer all eyes will firmly be on manager Brendan Rodgers when it comes to naming his full time captain for next season and beyond. There's no doubt that the new leader will be a different type to Steven. …
Sharpening the Flat 3-4-3 into a Diamond | Liverpool FC

Sharpening the Flat 3-4-3 into a Diamond | Liverpool FC

“All good things must come to an end.” That’s in reference to Liverpool’s 13-game unbeaten streak in 2015 of course, which began with a loss to fierce rivals Manchester United and also ended in a similar fashion against the same opposition within the space of a little over 3 months. The feat started after Brendan Rodgers’ opted to switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation with a flat-4 in midfield, consisting of two wing-backs and two midfielders. What contributed to the success …
Jordan Henderson: The Stats that do the Talking

Jordan Henderson: The Stats that do the Talking

When Jordan Henderson was announced as Liverpool's vice-captain, it was seen as a reward for his hard work and progression. When Steven Gerrard announced his imminent departure, the complexion changed, and even more so since the captain's absence through injury - all eyes are now on how he would step up. Criticisms came thick and fast when the whole team weren't producing good enough performances in the first half of the season. It was bad enough when the defence was …
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 …
Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense: Part Two

Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense: Part Two

If you missed part one of this series you can find it here where I talk about the defence and goalkeeper: Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense Part 1. In this part I look at the defence and strikers. Victor Wanyama - Defensive Midfielder - Southampton If you follow me on Twitter or have listened to my views on any of the Anfield Index Writers' Podcast then you’ll know I am a big fan of Victor Wanyama. I’m such …
Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense: Part One

Improving Liverpool's First Team With Minimum Expense: Part One

Liverpool, and the rest of the English footballing community, have just endured one of the most boring transfer windows ever. Nothing really happened, nobody was even slightly interested in the usual tabloid talk involving player rumours and silly price tags and Liverpool signed nobody - discounting the recalling of Jordon Ibe from his loan with Derby County. Despite this lack of activity, it was obvious for most supporters that there were issues with the squad. A new goalkeeper could have …
Liverpool 2 West Ham 0 - Talking Points: Return of the Dancing Man

Liverpool 2 West Ham 0 - Talking Points: Return of the Dancing Man

The win at Anfield was as far away as you could have got from the disappointment at Upton Park in the reverse fixture in September. Liverpool dominated and took their chances, while West Ham struggled to impose their own unique brand of physicality on the game and create openings. In September, Liverpool were effectively bulldozed by a strong and decisive West Ham team on its way to putting together its best ever season. This time round the Reds stood up …
The Importance of Sturridge's Return

The Importance of Sturridge's Return

Daniel Sturridge, perhaps Liverpool's best striker, has returned to regular first team training after being injured for almost five months with thigh and calf problems. Since Sturridge's injury Liverpool have been faced with an agonisingly painful shortage of goals and with his return, the fans are expecting that factor to be eliminated. Sturridge was set to be on the bench in the Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea, but that was not to be. He was deemed unfit to start …
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