Football Fans Are Hypocrites

Football Fans Are Hypocrites

If I were to call you a hypocrite, chances are you’d be at least a little offended. After all, nobody likes being called names do they? However, as a football fan - whether you like to admit it or not - being one is almost second nature. In fact, if you’re not one I would go as far as to say that you are actually in the minority. As football fans we are naturally passionate about the club we support, …
Brendan's Blind Spots

Brendan's Blind Spots

Admittedly this has been written in the aftermath to an atrocious performance from the Redmen away at West Ham United, however that's down more to my laziness than anything I saw during the game. The fact is, these problems have been there for a long time. A quick disclaimer before we start, I am a huge fan of Brendan Rodgers, I have written numerous articles about him and firmly believe he is the man to make us great once again. …
Jordan Henderson | Why He's The Correct Choice For Vice Captain

Jordan Henderson | Why He's The Correct Choice For Vice Captain

A dramatic turnaround shows the measure of a player, and none more so than Jordan Henderson, who has been named as Liverpool’s new vice-captain. When he first came to Liverpool, only 20 years old, the glimpses we saw in his first season were quite timid, and looking like this step was one too big at the time. No doubt, there was potential there, but nothing like the Jordan Henderson we know today. As a fan of Jordan as a player …
The Build-Up Phases in Liverpool's Diamond Formation

The Build-Up Phases in Liverpool's Diamond Formation

Since the introduction of the diamond system into the Liverpool team last season, the overall performance of the team improved radically. This article aims to look at the various build-up plays that are involved in the 4-3-1-2 system or the diamond system, as it is commonly known. The basic principle in this system is to control the game while holding possession of the ball but also have the option of making a fast counter attack when opponents lose possession on …
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Key Battle: Henderson Vs Delph

Liverpool vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Key Battle: Henderson Vs Delph

Premier League action returns to Anfield after a 3 week hiatus as Liverpool try to build on their brilliant performance against Spurs. Aston Villa are the team heading up the M6 from the Midlands for the 17:30 kick off live on Sky Sports. Liverpool will be without main man up front Daniel Sturridge, who once again fell foul to the Hodgson's England training regime. Time for Balotelli to shine? Lallana? Even Borini? And what about that defence? One thing for …
What Does Allen Even Do?

What Does Allen Even Do?

Since the beginning of 2014 nearly everybody in the Liverpool squad has come on leaps and bounds in terms of development and importance within the structure. Jordan Henderson has gone from water carrier to team carrier. Raheem Sterling has gone from wasted talent to one of, if not the brightest spark in English football. Even Simon Mignolet has gone from silent shot stopper to giving the men in front of him a good rollicking or two on a number of …
Liverpool's Vice-Captaincy Conundrum

Liverpool's Vice-Captaincy Conundrum

As gracefully as he once glided up the pitch with the ball at his feet Daniel Agger has departed Liverpool to return to the club where his career began. His heavily tattooed body has finally given in to the demands of English football, demands which have seen him plagued by injuries, stopping him reaching the heights he was supposed …
Rodgers' Diamond Distraction

Rodgers' Diamond Distraction

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but the diamond is also starting to be crucial to Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team. The 4-4-2 diamond formation is bringing several benefits to this Liverpool team, most notably numbers centrally and lots of distraction up top. After the departure of Luis Suarez, the additions of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic and the pre-season form of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, it was felt by many that Rodgers would move away from the …
Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Anfield Index is paving the way when it comes to recording the amount of pressing undertaken by Liverpool players. The analysis of pressing actions isn't just another meaningless number to add to the myriad of useless statistics available to football fans, this data is integral to Liverpool’s system under Brendan Rodgers. The recent Anfield Index podcasts discussed these numbers at length but this article will focus on one player in particular - Daniel Sturridge, and how the striker’s lack of …
The Lucky Lucas Shirt

The Lucky Lucas Shirt

Rumours suggesting that Lucas Leiva could leave this summer may be music in the ears to some, in large part thanks to the massive regression in form shown by the Brazilian since the two long term injuries he suffered, and in some way has never truly recovered from. Sorry to be the party pooper but I'm not one of them, the news makes me slightly unhappy. It's not because I look at him and think he still has a lot …
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