Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

Dejan Lovren: Chutzpah or Chump?

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this and the World Cup is all but over. On the whole, it’s been a triumph. The home nation’s journey to the quarter-finals have made it interesting domestically – ever the hallmark of a good World Cup – and the introduction of VAR have kept all but the usual blowhard pundits happy. True, the majority of the big teams went out early, but that did little to reduce the intrigue of the fixtures. There …
A Chance for Gomez to Shine at Centre-Back?

A Chance for Gomez to Shine at Centre-Back?

Kiev only feels like yesterday but Liverpool are almost back in pre-season training. The World Cup has been a lovely distraction from all things Reds - the tournament will still be going on during the first few friendlies, slightly bizarrely - but now it's time to switch on again. Up the 'This Is Our Year' Reds! There is going to be so much to consume in pre-season, from the performances of new pair Naby Keita and Fabinho to the response …
Liverpool FC 17/18: Player Ratings by AI Writers - Part 1

Liverpool FC 17/18: Player Ratings by AI Writers - Part 1

The season is over. It ended just two weeks ago but seems like a lot more. LFC isn't giving us any time to look back: the Champions League final, Fabinho, concussions, Fekir, sir Kenny... Before everything seems even more distant the Anfield index writers collaborated on giving each player's season a rating. The average post-match rating is the average of all AI match ratings the player received during the season. Loris Karius - average post-match rating 6.33, writers season rating …
Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - A Stats Analysis: Part 1

Liverpool's Premier League Lineups - A Stats Analysis: Part 1

The Premier League season is over. Man City dominated the season like no club has done in recent (and not so recent) times. For Liverpool, the campaign was relatively successful with the team managing to qualify for the Champions League for the second straight time - something that hasn't happened since a certain Spaniard was at the helm of the club. The Reds conceded fewer than 40 goals for the first since 2010. And Mo Salah won every possible award …
Liverpool Battle History Against the Baggies

Liverpool Battle History Against the Baggies

Liverpool head out to face bottom dweller who has recently changed managers. Liverpool head home having improbably dropped points and all positive vibes go out the window. Surely we’re now performing so well that this type of almost predictable disappointment is no longer possible. West Brom has rescued 4 points from their last two matches, and for all of that hard work against Swansea and Manchester United, they still sit effectively 3 wins from safety with four to play. Swansea …
An Ode to Liverpool's Flying Full-Backs

An Ode to Liverpool's Flying Full-Backs

It's been a remarkable season for Liverpool, who are likely to secure consecutive Champions League qualifications since 2007-08/08-09 and have had a fantastic run in the Champions League thus far. Instead of merely consolidating the club's top four position, there have been clear signs of improvement and development across both the club and the squad. Two areas, in particular, have been addressed, to most supporters' surprise, with minimal transfer expenditure: the full-back positions. After a season on the substitution bench, …
Liverpool player ratings as supreme Salah shines against Hornets

Liverpool player ratings as supreme Salah shines against Hornets

There was something so routine and yet so unbelievable about that. For a player who scores so frequently, it's mad that it's Mo Salah's first hat-trick. Even crazier that he decided to score four, not three. Liverpool 5-0 Watford - into the home-stretch of the season with a win. Andy Robertson's gang of beautiful lads Loris Karius (6): Another clean sheet, tidy in everything he did. Joe Gomez (5): Misjudges a header for Watford's first shot on target as Richarlison …
Liverpool v Watford Preview - Klopp's Reds out to banish nightmare of Old Trafford

Liverpool v Watford Preview - Klopp's Reds out to banish nightmare of Old Trafford

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Anthony Taylor Date & Time - Saturday, March 17th @ 17:30 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 1/6, Draw 6/1, Watford 14/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool are five points behind United in the race for second place. They do seem to be in good shape to guarantee top four as long as they can avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge near the end of the season. Liverpool have been playing well for the most part of the season. …
Liverpool Against the Top Six - What Changed?

Liverpool Against the Top Six - What Changed?

Before the start of the season, Liverpool was on a 13 game unbeaten streak against the top 6, dating back to January 2016. In our first match against a direct rival, we dismantled Arsenal at Anfield, winning 4-0. In the eight top 6 meetings that followed the Reds only managed to win once, a bad run capped off by the frustrating game on Saturday. So what changed? Comparing to 2016/2017 *BCC - Big chances created; BCS - big chances scored; …
Key Stats as Reds advance to next stage - Liverpool 0 Porto 0

Key Stats as Reds advance to next stage - Liverpool 0 Porto 0

Liverpool are into the last eight of the Champions League following a tepid 0-0 draw with Porto, seeing them through 5-0 on aggregate. But what were the key stats that emerged from the game? Pass, Pass, Pass. Don’t Shoot, Shoot, Shoot This was a game that Liverpool dominated, dictated, and played at their own tempo. The Reds played 780 passes but ended up only having 12 shots. The control of the game was mostly in the defence and midfield, as …
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