Klopp's PlayStation Midfield

Klopp's PlayStation Midfield

You know, I’d already got this article in my brain long before I saw this tweet from Michael Caley, the brain behind Caley Graphics xG maps. Caley is a brilliant football analyst and the insight that he offers in this tweet backs up other data that I’ve seen in other places, but the simple fact is as follows. Nevertheless, before I get into some of that data, I want to outline the point of this article. Klopp has been tinkering …
Player Ratings as Klopp keeps his balls off the table

Player Ratings as Klopp keeps his balls off the table

Training's cancelled on Tuesday, sorry lads. Klopp's got to go and attend a maths lesson, in order to learn that 1 win and 1 loss = 3 points, whereas 2 draws = 2 points. Honestly, I understand the conservatism to an extent but we had Everton. We had them. Forget the second half for a moment, in the first 45 we had two or three excellent chances, they didn't have a shot on target. They were bullied, pegged back and …
James Milner believes Reds have to be able to break every team down

James Milner believes Reds have to be able to break every team down

Liverpool's James Milner believes their 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Sunday highlighted another glaring issue for The Reds that they must overcome. Liverpool controlled the game at Old Trafford with 65% of the possession but, worryingly, they were not able to make that domination count when it came to creating chances. The Reds only managed one shot on goal on a day where David De Gea surely would have expected to be far busier than he was. The vastly …
Balance the Key to Fixing Liverpool's 4-3-3

Balance the Key to Fixing Liverpool's 4-3-3

At the start of the season, before a ball had been kicked, the assumption was that Liverpool would end the season with a first choice midfield of Fabinho, Keita and one other midfielder. Liverpool’s two new, big money, acquisitions were expected to dominate the team sheet sooner or later, and the question of which of the remaining trio – Milner, Henderson or Wijnaldum – would fit the third midfield slot. Since then, that particular question has been rather emphatically answered …
James Milner calls on Liverpool teammates to embrace title race

James Milner calls on Liverpool teammates to embrace title race

Liverpool's James Milner believes his Reds teammates need to embrace the title race as the former Manchester City midfielder looked for the positives after their 1-1 draw with West Ham. Milner had another tough night filling in at right-back as Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham gave The Reds a tough test at London Stadium. However, Milner is one of the few Liverpool players with title-winning experience having won the Premier League twice during his five seasons with Manchester City. The 33-year-old insists …
Key Stats As Liverpool's Sticky Patch Continues Vs West Ham

Key Stats As Liverpool's Sticky Patch Continues Vs West Ham

Liverpool dropped points for the second time in a week – only the second time all season that they’ve dropped points twice in a row – as they drew 1-1 at the London Stadium against a spirited West Ham side. But what were the key stats as the Reds found themselves losing ground in what looks to be an increasingly tight title race? Super Sadio Steals The Show (Again) Sadio Mané found himself the man of the moment for Liverpool …
Key Stats As The Front Three Deliver Again vs Palace

Key Stats As The Front Three Deliver Again vs Palace

Mo Salah scored twice as the front three combined to fire Liverpool past a resilient and excellent Crystal Palace side to keep Liverpool motoring in their title bid. But what were the key stats from a frenetic 4-3 win at Anfield? A Tale of Two Milners James Milner isn’t a right-back. We knew that already, but it was evident in this game. In an attacking sense, Milner was excellent – he created four chances,  which was the most of either …
Liverpool 4 Palace 3: Boss Saturday Sees Reds Seven Clear, For Now

Liverpool 4 Palace 3: Boss Saturday Sees Reds Seven Clear, For Now

Tell you what, I’m spent after that one. Maybe a drink and some Springsteen lyrics can help us all mellow out. Why Bruce? He's The Boss and we're boss, so... Lights out tonight Trouble in the heartland Got a head-on collision Smashin' in my guts, man... How were your intestines holding up after that one? Plenty of experienced Liverpool supporters were getting flashbacks after this one. With another week to go before young cornerstones, Trent and Gomez return, the right …
Ageism Is Working Against James Milner

Ageism Is Working Against James Milner

When a footballer hits 30, or at least in and around that age, something instantly changes in the way they are perceived by supporters. Every bad performance is suddenly due to their advancing years, every misplaced pass is because they’re not as young as they once were and they are used as target practice every time their side suffers defeat. Steven Gerrard even suffered from it, which says it all. This is something we are suddenly seeing come to the …
Liverpool's Important Goals And Who's Scoring Them

Liverpool's Important Goals And Who's Scoring Them

Liverpool have played 21 league games so far. In those games, they have scored 49 goals, at 2.33 goals per game. Of those 21 goals, Liverpool have scored 23 goals when they’ve been losing or drawing, taking the lead in 18 games and equalising in two of the other three. The Reds have scored the first goal 16 times and gone on to win 15 times, 14 times without ever being pegged back – only Arsenal and Manchester United have …
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