Premier League Goalkeepers: A Stats Analysis  - Alisson To The Rescue?

Premier League Goalkeepers: A Stats Analysis - Alisson To The Rescue?

The season is finally underway. The transfer window was shut early - Premier League clubs spent over 120 million pounds on goalkeepers, breaking the world record twice. Three of the top six will have new numbers ones in the coming season with Leno, Alisson and Kepa taking the place between the posts for Arsenal, LFC and Chelsea respectively. The market was so inflated that the Reds managed to sell our 25-year-old third choice keeper for 12 million pounds. Danny Ward …
Time For Gini Wijnaldum To Be Unleashed

Time For Gini Wijnaldum To Be Unleashed

Remember the player we all thought we were getting when Gini Wijnaldum signed for Liverpool two years ago? It was a transfer that came out of left field, with the Dutchman rarely linked with a move before becoming the seventh permanent signing of Jurgen Klopp's reign. Wijnaldum had blown hot and cold at Newcastle United, with some Magpies fans critical of his limp, almost disinterested performances away from St James' Park, but his attacking quality was undeniable. During the one …
Crunching the Numbers for Liverpool's Fast Start

Crunching the Numbers for Liverpool's Fast Start

Fellow Anfield Index writer Olli Emmerson recently wrote an article on what Liverpool must do to win the league. He crunched the numbers, looking at previous league winners and their points tallies alongside goals scored, goals conceded and the results from the opening ten games. Further to that, I decided to delve into Liverpool's fixtures, compute the average points we achieved against each opposition and thus determine whether the Reds can make the kind of fast start prior Premier League …
Mo Slowing Down - Salah Can Exceed Last Season

Mo Slowing Down - Salah Can Exceed Last Season

Mo Salah scored 32 Premier League goals and 10 Champions League goals in 2017/18, the record for a 38 game Premier League season. He picked up the Players, Writers and Premier League’s Player of the Year/Season award, three Premier League Player of the Month awards, African Player of the Year and more. On top of his 32 league goals, he clocked 10 assists, the joint fifth highest in the PL, and the joint highest of anyone not playing for Manchester …
The Rejuvenated Role of Daniel Sturridge

The Rejuvenated Role of Daniel Sturridge

‘It’s only pre-season. It’s only pre-season.’ That’s what the two Manchester City and Manchester United were left clamouring about, desperately trying to save face after Liverpool brushed them aside with 2-1 and 4-1 wins respectively. Indeed, the US tour has been a success, with one of the keys to the promising form being a player perceived by many to be surplus to requirements at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge’s departure from the club appeared to have been in the works some time …
A Fast Start Essential In Liverpool’s Title Quest

A Fast Start Essential In Liverpool’s Title Quest

Every time a new Premier League season arrives, those images of a Liverpool title win start entering our heads, teasing us about that most cherished of achievements. It's only natural, considering football fans should always be thinking big, but we all know such hopes and aims can sometimes be unreasonable. Let's face it, there have been plenty of times when we've got carried away about the Reds' title chances when they were non-existent. As Liverpool attempt to avoid yet another …
5 Takeaways From Liverpool's Preseason So Far

5 Takeaways From Liverpool's Preseason So Far

Preseason is at the same time very exciting and mind-numbingly boring. Everyone is eager to see the players back in the shirt and on the pitch. No matter how the last season ended, there’s always the promise that THIS season will be EVEN better. And then the latest preseason match starts with 22 guys running around some trying hard, some not, and you remember, oh yeah, these games are just exhibitions with a few moments of entertainment sprinkled around some …
Sturridge and Lallana - What Next?

Sturridge and Lallana - What Next?

A lot has been made in pre-season of the form of Daniel Sturridge, who has played very well and made a good impact. Once again, we’re in July and Sturridge is still, now at the age of 28, a Liverpool player, despite almost constant speculation about his future at the club for the last three years under Jürgen Klopp. Meanwhile, Adam Lallana is looking to get a full pre-season under his belt as he looks to finally re-start his Liverpool …
What to Expect From Xherdan Shaqiri - A Statistical Analysis

What to Expect From Xherdan Shaqiri - A Statistical Analysis

The dust is starting to settle again following Liverpool's signing of Shaqiri. The transfer came as somewhat of a surprise for many and thus it is not surprising that many questions still remain unanswered. What position will he play? What does he do? How will that work at Liverpool? What is so magical about this dwarf? [caption id="attachment_35549" align="aligncenter" width="508"] Well, that’s just brilliant. He thinks he is a mime too. Moving a fridge are ya Shaqiri?[/caption] Well before we …
What's Next For Liverpool's Strikers?

What's Next For Liverpool's Strikers?

Roberto Firmino is Jürgen Klopp's go-to striker, in his strongest XI. However, the German is faced with issues when Firmino is unavailable, or being rested - who replaces Firmino? Last season Klopp relied heavily on Dominic Solanke as back-up for the Brazil international, and as the season reached it's close Danny Ings got more game time on his road to recovery. But for a player of Firmino's ability, and what he adds to the team, neither can fill his boots. …
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