Liverpool Squad Analysis, Part 1: The Defence

Liverpool Squad Analysis, Part 1: The Defence

Following the failure in the League Cup final, Jürgen Klopp revealed in an interview that,
“We have to change a lot of things to be successful... we can't be successful just because of the history of the club or the name of the manager or the names of the players.”
Not only this, but the club owners recently admitted that they had,
"Underestimated how poor the playing squad was."
Implying heavily that there may be large scale changes potentially underway at …
Jon Flanagan - Liverpool's Tony Hibbert?

Jon Flanagan - Liverpool's Tony Hibbert?

No. Wait a minute. Lay down your pitchforks and stop digging that hole to put a stake in. A comparison to Everton cult hero Tony Hibbert isn't an insult. Well, not entirely. Momentarily put aside your preconceptions of the player and look at the bigger picture. The full-back was reliable; he always gave his all for the shirt, he was sensible; if his team was defending a lead you would be hard pressed to find any footage of him doing …
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City - Player Ratings

Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City - Player Ratings

Maybe the wounds of the League Cup final loss have not healed completely, but Liverpool went a long way in trying to do that on a recuperative night at Anfield, as Manchester City were put to the sword at a ground that has been an absolute graveyard for them in recent years. It was refreshing to see a Liverpool performance like this, and it was as complete as any of our performances this season - all the way through from …
Why Jon Flanagan is the Most Important Piece of Klopp's Liverpool Jigsaw

Why Jon Flanagan is the Most Important Piece of Klopp's Liverpool Jigsaw

When Stoke were welcomed to Anfield for the League Cup second leg clash last week the resulting game from a Liverpool perspective could only be described as drab and disjointed. The performance of the team lacked any of the fluid, free flowing football that rears its head every so often but seems to have become an ever more rare sight when the reds take to the pitch of late. Instead, the lads had to grind out what resulted in a …
Merry Klopp-mas and a Quiet New Year?

Merry Klopp-mas and a Quiet New Year?

The countdown is on and the big day is nearly upon us. Excited boys and girls are writing their lists, checking them twice (at least!) and hoping that when the time comes, they’ll be screeching with excitement over the presents that they have been dreaming about for months, delivered by the jolly red man on his trusted vehicle of dreams. I am, of course, talking about the opening of the January transfer window and Ian Ayres moped exploits en route to closing …
The Jon Flanagan debate - Is he Good Enough for Liverpool?

The Jon Flanagan debate - Is he Good Enough for Liverpool?

Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge's return to training has overshadowed the fact Jon Flanagan is also nearing a return after a long time out. You can't blame people for overlooking Flanagan though, one is the Liverpool captain, the other is the club's best striker whereas Flanagan is just a back-up player. The local lad has a bit of a cult following at Liverpool.  Local lad come good and he's living out the dreams of so many supporters. Known for his …
Liverpool's Rearguard - Who Should Play Over The Busy Period?

Liverpool's Rearguard - Who Should Play Over The Busy Period?

Fourteen league matches into the season, fifteen goals conceded, the largely criticised defence has improved over the last few weeks, but we still see individual errors. But come January, Jon Flanagan and Mamadou Sakho should be fit enough to return to the playing field.  This article looks at the best defensive lineup Liverpool can put out on the football pitch when they both return. I do not have a crystal ball and rumours persist about Liverpool being in the market …
Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace | Tactics, Team News and Stats

Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace | Tactics, Team News and Stats

Alan Pardew, another manager who divides opinion, brings his Crystal Palace side to Anfield on the back of a good start to the season, albeit more inconsistent in recent weeks. The Eagles have won two, drawn one, and lost three of their previous six, although they were unlucky not to beat Manchester United last weekend. On Sunday, at 4pm, Klopp's side are looking to continue with their unbeaten run, and build on the victory over Chelsea last Saturday followed an …
What's the plan for Flanagan? - Injury, Clyne & the Future

What's the plan for Flanagan? - Injury, Clyne & the Future

Under King Kenny in 2011, two young full-backs were given their first appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League. Whilst Jack Robinson, the club’s second youngest player to make an appearance, failed to live up to expectation and has since been sold to QPR, the other debutant is still at the club. Now 22, Jon Flanagan has won the hearts of many fans for his determined displays at full-back. After a breakout year during the 2013/14 season, Flanagan was regularly …
Manquillo vs Flanagan | A Statistical Comparison

Manquillo vs Flanagan | A Statistical Comparison

Are some fans biased? With the emerging news of Javier Manquillo’s untimely departure, the question is, are some of us wrongfully in favour of non-foreign imports? In consideration of a recent article from the Liverpool ECHO in which they got fans to vote for players they would like to keep or sell, I will examine and compare one of Liverpool’s most loved characters in Jon Flanagan and his run in 13/14 to Manquillo’s 14/15 10 Premier League game season. Personally, …
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