It's Time For Mo Salah To Step Up Against United

It's Time For Mo Salah To Step Up Against United

This is going to be a controversial one, eh? I love Mo Salah. I think he’s the best player in the Premier League, I think he’s the best player Liverpool have had in a long time and I think he’s plausibly the third best player in the world. He’s a vital cog in our attacking unit, I’d be tempted to give him Player of the Year again, and I think he’s capable of bringing us a crapload of trophies. But …
Observations as Liverpool Dispatch Bournemouth

Observations as Liverpool Dispatch Bournemouth

Liverpool produced the perfect response after two frustrating draws against Leicester and West Ham with a routine 3-0 win against Bournemouth to retake their place at the top of the table before Manchester City face Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds delivered a full-proof performance with Sadio Mane opening the scoring before a goal from Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah either side of half-time ensured the three points. Here are the observations from the match: Gini Wijnaldum shows Liverpool what they've …
Key Stats As Reds Resurgent Against Bournemouth

Key Stats As Reds Resurgent Against Bournemouth

Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League for the time being with a fantastic 3-0 win over Bournemouth. But what are the key stats from yet another top performance at Anfield? Midfield Maestro Naby Leads The Charge Overall, Liverpool’s midfield were absolutely excellent, and at the heart of that was Naby Keita. His all-round game was outstanding, winning 7/8 tackles, making 97 passes at 91% accuracy means that he was able to completely control the game. But …
Observations as Liverpool Struggle With the 'Favourites' Tag

Observations as Liverpool Struggle With the 'Favourites' Tag

As I start writing this piece post midnight to banish the memories of the game unsuccessfully, it is quite clear that Liverpool are heading into their biggest challenge yet this season. Liverpool dropped points for the second game in a row and one can surely feel the breath of Man City on the back of their necks The key observations are as follows The Drop off in Defensive Performances It is now apparent that Liverpool are far off from their …
Should Liverpool keep Daniel Sturridge?

Should Liverpool keep Daniel Sturridge?

The striker’s contract is due to expire in the summer. Many fans are divided on whether to offer Daniel Sturridge a new contract or let him go for free. So, what shall it be? The England international has been at Liverpool for six years this month since January 2013. Yes, he has been injury prone, but he has also had some fine moments for the club. If you cast your mind back to his debut for Liverpool in the FA …
Wave-Riding Reds Finding New Ways To Win

Wave-Riding Reds Finding New Ways To Win

I know it’s popular to mock him and just generally hate him, you know, because he played for Man United for his entire career and naturally that brings animosity, but Gary Neville is a really strong pundit. His points are almost always thought out, insightful and intelligent and if nothing else, watching him full on lose it when criticising Man United or Arsenal has been a joy. And I was mulling over my thoughts on the topic of this article, …
Why Liverpool Fans Are Underrating Mo Salah

Why Liverpool Fans Are Underrating Mo Salah

I happened to glance upon a Twitter poll last week asking who Liverpool’s best signing had been during Jurgen Klopp's tenure. I answered with my gut feeling, and along with approximately 60 per cent of the voters, opted for Virgil van Dijk, who led the way comfortably. I saw Mo Salah’s name loud and clear in front of me but didn’t once consider picking him ahead of the towering Dutchman. The last week has shown how ridiculous it is that …
A Look at Football Through a Basketball Shaped Lens

A Look at Football Through a Basketball Shaped Lens

Data analytics have come forth in leaps and bounds over the last decade or so, as football clubs around the world seek to gain an advantage in securing titles, promotion and everything in between. Even ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce employed a team of data analysts during his tenure at Bolton Wanderers as a part of the sorcery used in his own version of the footballing dark arts. Taking a leaf out of the NBA analytics book, the following analysis shows the …
It's A Two Horse Title Race, Get Used To It

It's A Two Horse Title Race, Get Used To It

As the full-time whistle blew on Manchester City's first league defeat of the season on Saturday evening, it wasn't just Chelsea fans celebrating. Liverpool fans knew that a Chelsea win would leave the Reds out clear at the top of the Premier League for a week at least, N'Golo Kante and David Luiz providing the goods with two goals that knocked the stuffing out of City. However, some Tottenham and Arsenal fans were jubilant too. With Spurs defeating Leicester and …
Key Stats As Reds Make It 33 points from 13 games

Key Stats As Reds Make It 33 points from 13 games

Liverpool turned in another solid away performance as they won 3-0 away at Watford. But what were the key stats from a tricky win at Vicarage Road, in which the Reds toiled for long spells but came good in the end? Clinical Reds Rely on Salah Again This was another far from vintage attacking performance from Liverpool. They created 1.74 xG, but 1.08 of that xG was created in the third goal incident, in which Mané and Firmino had Liverpool’s …
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