Brendan Rodgers | Stepping Out of The Shadows

Brendan Rodgers | Stepping Out of The Shadows

Picture the scene… Liverpool dismisses an iconic club legend from the post as manager. The outrage is at full tilt, and the fractions amongst the support get wider and wider. The new manager is relatively young, he’s fresh faced and full of idea’s and he’s just walked into one of the biggest clubs in the world. He walks into Anfield and his first official job is to meet the press; the event itself is not in the usual media room. …
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Trade offs have been mentioned a number of times in this tactical column. That is largely because they are such a key part to football. Teams cannot fully control all areas of a game. If you press high, you leave space behind. If you defend deep, you leave space in front. If you play long, you get the ball forward quickly but with less chance of keeping the ball. If you change one area of your team, you might expose …
Drop Coutinho? No-No-No!

Drop Coutinho? No-No-No!

It wouldn't surprise anyone if defeat at the Etihad was to be the result for all nineteen visiting teams this season. However not many will walk away from facing Manchester City in their home ground with the praise that Liverpool are receiving. Liverpool continued to play the excellent press and counter football that worked so well at White Hart Lane a few weeks ago. So many times Sterling, Coutinho or Suarez found themselves in behind a Manchester City defence that …
Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City | In-depth Tactical Review

Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City | In-depth Tactical Review

It's hard to say what position Liverpool are really in in terms of what they can challenge for at the end of the season. At the time of writing there are 2 points between 1st and 5th. Such is the compactness in points, results and general form within the current top five, it's difficult to predict which teams are genuine title contenders and which teams may fall away. After all, this is no normal league season - who would have …
Liverpool FC: Christmas Number 1

Liverpool FC: Christmas Number 1

First of all I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from myself and the rest of the AI team. I hope you are enjoying reading this on your shiny new devices or on your trusty old ones. Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have given the fans the best Christmas present that they could ask for. Liverpool are top yes TOP of the league at Christmas and in this article I will be looking back on the season …
AI Podcast 6: Top Of The League For Christmas!

AI Podcast 6: Top Of The League For Christmas!

Episode 6: Top Of The League At Christmas Date: 24th December, 2013 Top of the League for Christmas! The team review the Cardiff game and have stats for Sterling and Henderson's form. Suarez's contract is discussed as well as previewing the two massive games over Christmas with Manchester City and Chelsea. The group finally talk about the impressive Philippe Coutinho also! The normal team are joined by two debutants: @JimFish286 and @KoshaV. @JohnRitchie84 is the host as usual, @DaveHendrickTLW takes over …
Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool pranced to the top of the Premier League this Saturday as the Reds beat Cardiff City 3-1 to continue the Merseysiders impressive form. The game was one of two halves with Liverpool effectively winning the game inside the first forty-five minutes to set up a rather dull and less energetic second half. The result also means that Liverpool have won four games on the bounce - the first time this has happened this season. The game started with Cardiff …
The Ghost of Christmas Past | From Hodgson to Rodgers

The Ghost of Christmas Past | From Hodgson to Rodgers

'Tis the season to be jolly. Jolly that the Brendan Rodgers era is starting to move through the gears. Jolly that the cynicism that has plagued Liverpool over the past 3 years is starting to eradicate. Jolly that we have a set of owners who put their neck on the line for a striker that is beginning to knock on the door of the Messi-Ronaldo banquet. However it also the season to be thankful. 3 years ago, our Christmas dinner …
Jekyll, Hyde and Liverpool FC | An Analysis of Two Performances

Jekyll, Hyde and Liverpool FC | An Analysis of Two Performances

When the fixture list was revealed at the start of the season, December was always going to be a difficult month for Liverpool and the plan was clearly to secure points in the preceding weeks allowing the Reds to maybe drop harder ones at Spurs, Man City and Chelsea around Christmas. As we got closer to this important run, losing 3 – 1 to Hull and then demolishing Tottenham 5 – 0 probably aren't two results any expected. There were …
Liverpool Vs Cardiff City | Match Preview

Liverpool Vs Cardiff City | Match Preview

Following a very happy trip to the nation's capital last weekend and Luis Suarez signing a long term contract, Liverpool will host Cardiff City at Anfield in Saturday's lunch time kick off. It will be the first time since 19th December 1959 that the two sides have met in the league at Anfield, which happened to be the first time a certain Mr Bill Shankly took the reigns of his new team since moving from Huddersfield Town. Unfortunately for him, …
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