The Curious Case of Luis Alberto

The Curious Case of Luis Alberto

The Rules of Luis Alberto: "1st RULE: You do not play Luis Alberto. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT play Luis Alberto."   Okay, so maybe that is a bit harsh on Liverpool’s number 6, but in light of recent injuries, fans have been calling out for Brendan Rodgers to hand Luis Alberto Romero his first Premier League start for the Reds. Limited to only 9 substitute appearances so far, equating to a total of 135 minutes, Alberto has yet to …
Philippe Coutinho's Touch of Class Dominated the Derby

Philippe Coutinho's Touch of Class Dominated the Derby

There’s nothing like an intense derby match to separate the wheat from the chaff. An evening kick-off which stirred memories of those famous Anfield occasions under the lights, and a battle for bragging rights on the pitch, on the streets, in the pub, and most importantly, in the league table. The clichés rolled off the tongues of the BT Sport presenters, perched on their posh scaffolding around the ground – not for the faint hearted – and the journalists in …
Liverpool's Best and Worst January Transfers

Liverpool's Best and Worst January Transfers

Transfer deadline day has just gone and I have decided to look back at Liverpool’s transfer dealing since the January window became compulsory in 2002/2003 picking my 5 worst deals followed by my 5 best deals made by Liverpool Football Club. The Worst 5: Mark Gonzalez Mark Gonzalez was regard as one of Chile’s brightest young talents after a highly promising season with Spanish side Albecete. Gonzalez has been tracked by Liverpool throughout the 04/05 season and a cruciate knee …
West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Sterling Vs Amalfitano Stats

West Brom vs Liverpool Preview | Sterling Vs Amalfitano Stats

Liverpool travel down to the West Midlands for a Super Sunday match against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. The two teams head into this game after very different results in their local derbies last time out. Liverpool demolished local rivals Everton 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday night,with Daniel Sturridge scoring 2 goals in the process. West Brom however gave up a 2 goal lead against Aston Villa in the thriller at Villa (Park) with 6 goals being scored in …
Martin Kelly: Recovery

Martin Kelly: Recovery

Martin Kelly has returned from injury at the perfect time for Liverpool. Liverpool are currently experiencing a defensive crisis, with Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson and Sebastian Coates all out injured. This leaves Liverpool with just five fit regular first team defenders. Without Kelly, this number would fall to four. His return from the awful anterior cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of action for over a year could not have come at a better time. However …
Is it time to re-open the case for the defence?

Is it time to re-open the case for the defence?

Editors Note: This article was written before the thumping of Everton and does not include numbers from that game. Back in September I wrote a piece about Liverpool’s defence and how we were blessed with some excellent defenders. How were were able to almost mix and match our defenders if required and how, even with an injury crisis we should be able to cope extremely well. I wrote that Glen Johnson, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique were, back …
Liverpool 4 Everton 0 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 Everton 0 | In-depth Tactical Analysis

A fantastic result at home, matched by a superb performance that could and should have been rewarded with more goals. Game plan One of the main changes Rodgers made in this match was to shift his focus to an area of the pitch he has often left open this season - midfield. Rodgers, significantly in certain games, has often left this area relatively uncontrolled. Much of this is tactical; the reflex reaction of the backline is often to drop rather …
Liverpool 4 Everton 0 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool 4 Everton 0 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool took a giant leap towards the top four as they downed local rivals Everton 4-0 under a floodlit Anfield. Goals from Gerrard, Sturridge (x2) and Suárez consigned Everton to the worst Merseyside derby defeat since 1982. Lining up with almost the same personnel who started the Aston Villa game - replacing Glen Johnson with Jon Flanagan - the Reds went about soaking up Everton pressure before embarking on blistering counter attacks which left Roberto Martinez’s men in a state …
Anfield Index Podcast Episode 12: Owned

Anfield Index Podcast Episode 12: Owned

Episode 12: Owned Date: 29th January, 2014 The Anfield Index crew are buzzing after Liverpool defeat Merseyside rivals 4-0! John Ritchie is joined by Gags Tandon, Jim Fishlock and Dan Shephard as they express their amazement and go through the major statistics of the game. Download on iTunes (Only subscribers will receive new episodes immediately) Host: John Ritchie Guests: Dan Shephard, Gags Tandon & Jim Fishlock You can listen to the podcast by using the embedded player or you can use the links …
Why Allen, Aspas and Borini should look to Jordan Henderson

Why Allen, Aspas and Borini should look to Jordan Henderson

‘Overpriced’, ‘Useless’ and ‘Not good enough’ were just some of the phrases banded about a few months after Jordan Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland as part of Kenny Dalglish’s spending spree. Sound familiar? Well, it should, as these are the exact phrases that have been used to describe the first few months of Joe Allen, Iago Aspas and Fabio Borini’s Liverpool careers. As a group, fans can be very judgmental. If a player does not show promise in the first …
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