Liverpool's Hinderson

Liverpool's Hinderson

First of all, excuse the awfully punned title. Although the title is admittedly a poor play on the word ‘hinder’ and Liverpool’s vice-captain Jordan Henderson, it does hold merit. Whilst there are a multitude of tactical and structural problems with Liverpool’s team at the moment, the utilisation of Henderson is one that has fallen under the radar. Liverpool have just come off the back of a much needed 3-1 victory away at Leicester City where coincidentally the aforementioned Henderson scored …

"Improving Game By Game" - Liverpool vs Sunderland Match Preview

"Improving Game by Game" As I begin to write my preview on the afternoon of the 4th of December, I reminisce back a year ago, where Norwich visited Anfield to face a vibrant and in-form Liverpool side. Four phenomenal strikes from ex-red Luis Suarez meant the Reds ran out 5-1 winners that day. Whilst we have yet to observe the red men push on and excel since the iconic number seven's departure, things have slowly began to stick together, with Liverpool winning two …
Brendan the Brave or The Cowardly Lion?

Brendan the Brave or The Cowardly Lion?

Liverpool fans finally enjoyed a weekend of football after Glen Johnson’s late winner against Stoke at Anfield. It was a much needed three points and relieved some of the pressure mounting on Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has faced criticism from all directions including many fans who have questioned his tactics and team selections. Over the past few weeks fans have taken to social media to label Rodgers a coward and to show some balls. So what does Rodgers need to do …

"Season Defining Fixture?" | Liverpool vs Stoke: Match Preview

August the 17th, 2013. A Simon Mignolet last-minute penalty save resulted into Liverpool ending up with a 1-0 win at home to Stoke, and thus kicking off the new league campaign in style. Would I have foreseen such a remarkable campaign to follow suit? Of course not, and here I sit, a year and a bit later with the same fixture about to be played, thinking the exact same thing, however this time, holding a completely dissimilar view. Important Information …
Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2 - Liverpool's Last 16 Hopes Go Cold?

Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2 - Liverpool's Last 16 Hopes Go Cold?

Only 1,743 miles and 1 goal separated Liverpool from tonight opponents Ludogorets heading into this game, however on a cold night in Sofia (-1 C). Liverpool’s hopes of making the last 16 of the Champions league took a huge blow as the match ended at the draw. A win against Basel in the final game will see Liverpool qualify however this result will not help the squads low confidence. After a string of poor performances and injuries to both Sturridge …

"I've got 99 Problems but White Teeth Ain't 1" | Brendan Rodgers

Okay, maybe 99 is a bit of an over-exaggeration but Brendan is in a bit of a pickle, one which, if we’re honest, is of his own making. He has just embarked on a spending spree that the likes of Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pellegrini would be proud of. You can say that we recouped a large proportion of our outlay from the Luis Suarez sale but apart from Mario Balotelli, who have we brought in that we wouldn’t have …
Brendan Rodgers - Wounded and Cornered?

Brendan Rodgers - Wounded and Cornered?

I like big buts and I also lie. There is no point ignoring it anymore, it has to be said: Brendan Rodgers is putting his own spin on the Sir Mix-A-Lot song.
“The ability to attract top players is great. It’s a huge indication of the progress of the club, a really good symbol of where the club is at. We have made huge strides in the last couple of years. Dejan Lovren was a really good player for …
Brendan Rodgers: At The Crossroads?

Brendan Rodgers: At The Crossroads?

As I am writing this piece, I admit there is a surge of anger within me, and that it is not advisable to write under such duress. But I also want to make sure that I do not lose the perspective, so I am going against the grain and penning this down. Liverpool now officially seem to be in crisis. Our beloved club has gradually nudged towards the tub of incompetency in the last couple of weeks, and the game …
Premier League Preview PODCAST: Liverpool Vs Chelsea

Premier League Preview PODCAST: Liverpool Vs Chelsea

Premier League Preview Show - Liverpool Vs Chelsea Date: 5th November, 2014 Another day, another podcast from Anfield Index. This time the Premier League Preview Show! Jim Fishlock hosts this show speaking to, the owner of Anfieldindex, Gags Tandon and Chelsea supporter, owner of popular @ChelseaRumours Twitter account, Rasmus BaekGaard. They discuss the following: - Brendan's obsession with the 4-2-3-1 formation - Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas - how two top class signings can transform a side - Have Henderson and Sterling been Hodged …
The Case for the Liverpool Defence Part 2: ‘Midfield and Beyond’

The Case for the Liverpool Defence Part 2: ‘Midfield and Beyond’

In Part I, I looked at the individual members of the back ‘5’ (including the GK), and the most likely rotational or still to return individuals, each with their own pluses and minuses. In Part II, I want to look at the midfield options and striker responsibilities relative to defence, the overall strategy and tactics employed (the two are not the same) and how the gears of overall defence do – and often don’t – mesh. Liverpool essentially have six …
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