Liverpool's Fullback Creativity and Recruitment Targets – Part 1

Liverpool's Fullback Creativity and Recruitment Targets – Part 1

Liverpool’s Fullback Creativity and Recruitment Targets – Part 1 An analytical deep dive to profile Liverpool's fullback creativity and answer the question - is it sustainable? This season, Liverpool consistently lacked a midfield set-up that tasked a player to be a high performing creator and goal threat. That meant the absence of a midfielder to carry the ball past defensive lines, complete creative passes into the box and take dangerous shots from inside the box, all at a high level. …
No More Conservative Midfields for Liverpool

No More Conservative Midfields for Liverpool

This title race is killing you, admit it. All the times Liverpool were buried in sixth, meagre and irrelevant seem like the golden days of old compared to the ninety-minute-long heart attack Liverpool fans are forced to endure on a weekly – sometimes bi-weekly – basis. Bring Hodgson back, for God’s sake. Seeing as that’s unlikely, and seeing as Liverpool are firmly stuck in a title race in which they have to make up the ground, the nerves have manifested …
What's going on with Xherdan Shaqiri?

What's going on with Xherdan Shaqiri?

Many thought he was almost certain to start against Fulham on Sunday, but when Adam Lallana was included in Klopp's starting XI, the recent whispers around what is going on with Xherdan Shaqiri grew just that little bit louder. The Alpine Messi was not so long ago enjoying his best spell since joining Liverpool in the summer, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 11 games over the winter period, but his form then seemed to drop and his …
Reanalysing Adam Lallana

Reanalysing Adam Lallana

In light of how manager Jürgen Klopp has come in and changed Liverpool’s style of play, it’s come time once again to reanalyse Adam Lallana’s role at the club. Changes changes Every football fan has seen it before. A new manager comes in and, in most cases, wants to spark some changes in the team. For Klopp, those changes were all highly anticipated. Supporters were referencing gegenpressing and heavy-metal football, and how much better, or at least different, it would …
Lallana discusses tackle Klopp referred to as a 'fantastic counter-pressing block'

Lallana discusses tackle Klopp referred to as a 'fantastic counter-pressing block'

Adam Lallana explained the method behind his brilliant sliding challenge on Phil Bardsley which created the goal to put Liverpool in front on Sunday. There's nothing Jurgen Klopp loves more than effective counter-pressing in the opposition's defensive third of the pitch. Klopp referred to Lallana's challenge as a "game-changer" and a "fantastic counter-pressing block". Lallana pounced on some indecision between Burnley's Jeff Hendrick and Phil Bardsley to block the clearance, deflecting the ball into Mohamed Salah's path in the box. …
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 …
Liverpool's Adam Lallana feels Reds' team spirit will carry them through title race

Liverpool's Adam Lallana feels Reds' team spirit will carry them through title race

Adam Lallana believes that Liverpool's togetherness and team spirit means they will not collapse in Premier League title run-in between now and May. Liverpool have hit something of a mini-slump with regards to form after two 1-1 draws in their last two games, at home to Leicester City and away to West Ham. Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool's dropped points and Pep Guardiola's side went back to the top of the league table after winning 2-0 at Everton on …
West Ham 1-1 Liverpool: What Went Wrong?

West Ham 1-1 Liverpool: What Went Wrong?

Liverpool battled out another frustrating stalemate, recording a second successive 1-1 draw, this time against West Ham. Considered by some an opportunity scorned, enabling Manchester City a route back into the Premier League title race (although they were never really out of it were they) and others another point in a patch where the team are clearly struggling, there remains mixed emotions across the park about how the table is shaping up in the early stages of February. Like the …
Adam Lallana, What is the Point?

Adam Lallana, What is the Point?

Seriously though, what is the point? You've read the title, you may or may not agree with the sentiment it offers but either way you're now expecting to read a piece of writing justifying whether or not there is actually any point in Liverpool's continual employment of their number 20. Yet here I sit, staring deeply at my laptop, wondering how to describe or even justify a sigh? An expression of 'meh', the reaction completely devoid of emotion that engulfs …
Key Stats As Reds Miss Golden Opening vs Foxes

Key Stats As Reds Miss Golden Opening vs Foxes

Well, that was bad, wasn’t it? Liverpool dropped points to a side outside the top six for the first time with a disappointing 1-1 draw with Leicester City. But what were the key stats from a cold, and horrible night inside Anfield? Lacklustre Reds Fail To Fire As far as attacking performances go, this was bad. Liverpool mustered just ten shots, compared to their PL average of 15, with just seven of those coming from open play and just four …
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