Under Pressure: Textbook Rotation, Perfect Pressing and Naby's Great Form

Under Pressure: Textbook Rotation, Perfect Pressing and Naby's Great Form

Liverpool may have lost to Inter Milan at Anfield, but the Under Pressure boys soon to put to bed any doubt that the Reds deserved to go through with a comprehensive run down of the key stats from the two legged tie: 3.1 xG to 0.8 coupled with FIVE big chances to the Italian side's zero. Case closed. However, the main focus of the podcast was the victory over Brighton - including the continued impressive rotation, the controlled pressing and …
Liverpool 0-1 Inter (2-1 agg.): Observations as Reds edge past I Nerazzurri

Liverpool 0-1 Inter (2-1 agg.): Observations as Reds edge past I Nerazzurri

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after beating Inter Milan 2-1 on aggregate. Lautaro Martinez ripped one beyond Alisson just after the hour but Inter had the wind in their sails for all of two minutes before Alexis Sanchez picked up a second yellow. The reigning Serie A champions retreated, hoping for a counterattacking opportunity that never really materialised. They proved themselves to be an excellent side over the first two legs, and can take …
Under Pressure: Fabiago, Perfect Pressing & Aggressive Defensive Lines

Under Pressure: Fabiago, Perfect Pressing & Aggressive Defensive Lines

After a busy week where the Reds faced Rodgers' Leicester City side at Anfield, and travelled to Burnley to face the team propping up the Premier League, it meant a double header Under Pressure podcast. Gags returned to host and was joined by Dan Kennett, Dan Rhodes and Phil Barter. In a bumper edition there was plenty of detailed statistical analysis including the performance when Thiago and Fabinho start, the brilliant pressing versus the Foxes and the number of offsides …
Post-Match RAW: Superb Set Pieces & Sean Dyche's Face

Post-Match RAW: Superb Set Pieces & Sean Dyche's Face

During an incredibly busy period for the Reds, following the victory at home to Leicester, they had to travel to Turf Moor and play Sean Dyche's bottom-of-table Burnley. Fabinho's fifth goal in recent weeks came just before half-time from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, followed by Sadio Mane's flick on, and it was enough to secure maximum points. On Post-Match RAW, Trev, Dave and Hari reacted after the final whistle. It was always going to be a tough challenge, and when …
Key Stats as Liverpool’s set-piece kings break down stubborn Burnley

Key Stats as Liverpool’s set-piece kings break down stubborn Burnley

The Reds had to battle hard to edge past a typically combative Burnley as a well-worked goal from Fabinho saw them win 1-0 at Turf Moor. But what were the key stats as Liverpool maintained the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table? Set Piece Specialists With the Clarets looking to sit back and frustrate Liverpool, the Reds had to rely on their set-piece routines to carry the bulk of their attack. 1.81 of the Reds 2.04 …
Post Match Raw: Reds Dominate Rodgers' Leicester City

Post Match Raw: Reds Dominate Rodgers' Leicester City

After defeat in the reverse fixture, this was a perfect opportunity for Liverpool to gain some revenge but more importantly move three points closer to league leaders Manchester City. On Post-Match Raw, Trev Downey hosted Dave Hendrick and Karl Matchett to debate the Reds' performance in their two nil victory over The Foxes. Dave started by saying there wasn't much room for improvement. Next up was Trev purring about what Thiago brings to the side: pinging passes about, pressing, defending …
Trent Alexander-Arnold: Will He Break the All-Time Assist Record?

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Will He Break the All-Time Assist Record?

After a pinpoint free-kick led to his 15th assist of the season, Dan Kennett on the Under Pressure podcast asked the simple question: who can possibly compare with Trent Alexander-Arnold's chance creation and level of assists this season? He also added these key stats to illustrate the level he is performing:
Trent is currently at 15 assists in all comps with potentially 28 games left this season. Players that we could find with 20+ assists and >0.55 p90 on @Fbref …
How Does Diaz Compare to Mo Salah at Roma?

How Does Diaz Compare to Mo Salah at Roma?

In the aftermath of the Diaz transfer being confirmed, those involved on the Under Pressure podcast were investigating the stats behind the Reds' new signing. In an effort to compare different leagues, Dan Kennett used two different academic studies (that you can read here and here).
"Arguing about domestic league strength is something that soccer fans seems to never tire of. (“Could Messi do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke?”) Many of these conversations are anecdotal, leading to …
Liverpool 3 - 1 Cardiff - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 - 1 Cardiff - The Player Ratings

Caoimhin Kelleher - 6.5 Possibly lucky with the yellow card incident, and moments of rashness needs to be parked. No fault for the goal, and Milner should be pinned for the blame there. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.0 Another assist, in an ordinary performance against another low block side. The thought of this man being joined by Elliott and Mo once more is tantalising. Kostas Tsimikas - 7.0 Crossed, crossed and crossed some more. A willing outlet and good deputy …
Diogo Jota & His Starting Role

Diogo Jota & His Starting Role

When Liverpool signed Diogo Jota from Wolves, it was a signing that appeared reactionary to the failure to obtain Timo Werner. In the 18 months since he arrived, Diogo has proven to be not only a valuable rotation piece, but a player that can succeed Sadio Mané on the left-hand side of Liverpool‘s famed attack. The Timo Werner bullet appears to have been dodged, and Jota now holds a value twice what was paid. This season we have seen Diogo …
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