The Liverpool Midfield: A Tactical Analysis

The Liverpool Midfield: A Tactical Analysis

To some, the midfield area is one which is overrated. One can look at how many goals a respective team has scored that season, and how many they kept out. Of course, while these spectators acknowledge the importance of a great middle unit, if you are substantially stronger in the first and final thirds, the centre will take care of itself.  However, to be a true bastion of domestic and continental football, the midfield should the heartbeat of an effulgent, …
Liverpool's Defensive Errors - Mis-shapes, Mistakes, Misfits

Liverpool's Defensive Errors - Mis-shapes, Mistakes, Misfits

On looking at the league table, it would be easy to blame Liverpool’s failure to win the title on their defence. It would be easy to do, partly because it’s true. However, there are many things to take into account when analysing why a team concedes the goals they do. What follows is a look at Liverpool’s defensive errors in comparison with other teams, and a brief look at whether the mistakes are systemic or the fault of individuals. Team …
Brendan Rodgers and The Transfer Committee: The Criteria

Brendan Rodgers and The Transfer Committee: The Criteria

The dust has yet to settle on the wild and wondrous campaign of 2013/14, yet the transfer rumour mill is in full swing; with Liverpool its traditional epicentre. However, among the traditional nonsensical reports of Ricardo Quaresma finally sealing his move to Liverpool and Simao finally receiving the call from Senor Rafa to board that plane, Kopites have taken to social media sites, forums and pubs to discuss just who is needed at Anfield next season; coupled with those to …
Thank You Brendan Rodgers

Thank You Brendan Rodgers

Dear Brendan Rodgers, I hope this letter reaches you in good spirits even if things haven't panned out quite how we all would've wanted on the final Sunday of the season. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for all your efforts, not just this season, but both campaigns you have been in charge. As a Welshman who was lucky enough to see you rebuild your career at Swansea, I was extremely happy to see …
Liverpool FC: Our Hopes and Expectations, Leaked Goals and Revelations

Liverpool FC: Our Hopes and Expectations, Leaked Goals and Revelations

This Sunday at Anfield, a 2013/14 Premier League winners trophy will be present along with some medals, just in case. All we need to accompany this agonising reminder of how close we've come this season is Jim Bowen to tell us what we could have won, before revealing said silverware, Bullseye style. There's still a slither of hope though. The final game against Newcastle will be a mixture of emotions, as this current Liverpool side have taken us on a …
A Henderson-sized gap: How we've fared without him | Stats

A Henderson-sized gap: How we've fared without him | Stats

A soul-destroying week has brought our title hopes down from cloud nine to only a slight chance of glory. The two results against Chelsea and Crystal Palace have gifted Manchester City an unbelievable chance of regaining the Premier League title - and even though we'll be cheering on Villa and West Ham like they're our own, it's going to need a miracle to get the trophy back to Anfield. Then again, we know all about them don't we? You could …
With Hendo out, Who Carries the Piano? Liverpool Pressing Action Stats

With Hendo out, Who Carries the Piano? Liverpool Pressing Action Stats

Liverpool FC's Diamond Formation: An Analysis

Liverpool FC's Diamond Formation: An Analysis

How very interesting it was to sit down and watch Manchester United in Champions League action against Olympiacos, putting in a much better performance than that of three days previously against Liverpool (you know, the one in which we won 3-0? Remember that? Vaguely?). After their midfielders got bypassed and played through by Liverpool, they unearthed from the midst of nowhere, a ‘diamond’ system for the Olympiacos game which they reaped the rewards from with a much more fluid and …
Trio dominant at Old Trafford | Gerrard, Henderson & Allen!

Trio dominant at Old Trafford | Gerrard, Henderson & Allen!

For the first time since I have been alive, Liverpool have gone into a game against Manchester United as the favourites to walk away with the three points. Some, including myself, were a bit sceptical of this, or just refused to admit what would have been such an outlandish thing to say in the past twenty plus years, mainly out of fear that David Moyes' under-performing side might nick one and make the "David Moyes Is A Football Genius" banner …
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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