Is centre-back still a problem position for Liverpool?

Is centre-back still a problem position for Liverpool?

Over the last few transfer windows, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have significantly strengthened in a number of positions: the front line, the midfield and the defence. The costly addition of Virgil van Dijk in January was a much-needed remedy for the Reds’ leaky defence, and the big Dutchman has undoubtedly improved things at the back for Liverpool with performances looking almost instantly improved since his arrival. Whether the sudden improvement is totally down to Van Dijk’s arrival is up for …
Alisson Becker: A Statistical Analysis

Alisson Becker: A Statistical Analysis

Alisson is one of the most coveted goalkeepers in the world, but Liverpool's new number 1 is a relative newcomer to top-tier club football. What has set him apart from other top goalkeepers across the world? In AI's Transfer Committee podcast, @DanKennett collected and analysed a selection of goalkeeping statistics, illustrated in the graphic below. Whilst in AEyeScouted, Dave Hendrick, with Gags Tandon, discussed potential goalkeepers. Jan Oblak seemed Dave's first choice, although an upfront payment of £89m made this particular …
Alisson the latest addition for Big Money Reds

Alisson the latest addition for Big Money Reds

You awake on a secluded Sardinian beach to a warm Mediterranean breeze and gentle waves lapping at your feet. Your gorgeous wife flashes you a smile as she updates her Instagram. You glance out at your sailboat and notice a bottle has washed up on the shore. Shaking out the rolled up paper, you rub your eyes and squint at the handwriting... Get the ale in lad, and get yer bird ready. You're a Red now! We assume such a …
Pre-Season - What we've learned about Liverpool so far

Pre-Season - What we've learned about Liverpool so far

With Liverpool's early group of pre-season matches drawing to a close, now is a good time to assess what we've seen from Jurgen Klopp's men so far. Although it's still early days, the first couple of weeks can go a long way to setting the tone for the forthcoming season. Uncertainty Remains Regarding the Number One Spot  In spite of the inevitable speculation linking the Reds to several goalkeepers, Loris Karius will have been hoping to make a smooth start …
Is the Alisson transfer really a statement of intent from FSG?

Is the Alisson transfer really a statement of intent from FSG?

NOPE. Simple. It's not. I am done here. You can move on now But wait, you say, how come? A world record fee bid for a keeper. Potentially getting in one of the best keepers in the Serie A and current Brazil #1. If there ever was a statement of intent, surely this is it? Well, what exactly is a statement of intent? It's when you dramatically change the way you behave in order to achieve a certain objective. The …
Errors - The Worst Currency for a Goalie

Errors - The Worst Currency for a Goalie

So I like stats. I’m an unabashed stats lover. Whenever I can I write using stats, about stats or using stats in my articles. One of the benefits of being in an LFC community is that there are people who are smarter than me on Twitter who occasionally post interesting stats. This is one of those occasions, and one of those articles. So AI’s own Dan Kennett recently did this thread highlighting goalkeeper error rates: https://twitter.com/DanKennett/status/1017407619508498435 My reaction to this …
The Karius Conundrum

The Karius Conundrum

Liverpool have made huge strides under Jurgen Klopp on and off the pitch; the German’s infectious touchline antics have fuelled a strong feeling of togetherness between the fans and players. Then there’s the enhanced decision making in the transfer window, the cohesion between Michael Edwards and Klopp and a surge of optimism that this side is quietly worming their way towards some silverware. Yet, Klopp remains imperfect. Loyalty is a powerful thing. Used in good proportion, it provides players with …
Why Jürgen Klopp's Faith in Loris Karius Shouldn't Worry Us

Why Jürgen Klopp's Faith in Loris Karius Shouldn't Worry Us

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp came out in defence of much-maligned keeper Loris Karius this week, stating that the young German keeper was "100%" affected by a concussion during his Champions League Final horror show in May. Klopp gave Karius his public support and stated that he remains as Liverpool's first choice keeper as things stand. Now, this may well be because Klopp has not had a chance to sound out and recruit someone who he thinks can usurp Karius, or …
Liverpool's Pre-Season - Five Things to Keep an Eye On

Liverpool's Pre-Season - Five Things to Keep an Eye On

Ever since Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager he has stressed the importance of having time with his squad on the training pitch. With pre-season being the ideal opportunity for the German to set-out his masterplan for the forthcoming season, let's take a look at five areas we should be keeping a close eye on this summer. The Formation Over the course of the past two preseason's Klopp has had with the squad, it has become pretty apparent which formation the …
It’s Time for Liverpool to Raid Milan

It’s Time for Liverpool to Raid Milan

When the news broke this week that Italian giants AC Milan would be banned from European play, it further cemented the recent decline of one of football’s greatest clubs. The club that offered so many glorious memories from the past, is now a shell of itself and the outlook of recovery may be even worse. The club couldn’t curb its losses prior to the 2016-2017 campaign and have made their situation even worse by spending over €150 million in new …
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