Manager of the Year: Pulis or Rodgers?

Manager of the Year: Pulis or Rodgers?

As the Premier League draws to a close, the annual award ceremonies will soon begin with accolades awarded to the highest performing managers and players. While many fans' opinions are split, ultimately the eventual winners are unanimously chosen by their peers, journalists and professionals alike, with very little doubt about the players and managers in question. However, this season has seen two candidates stirring debate with regards to who the manager of the season is: Tony Pulis and Brendan Rodgers? …
Liverpool FC's 24 Years in the Wilderness

Liverpool FC's 24 Years in the Wilderness

Martin Skrtel: The tale of the unlikely hero

Martin Skrtel: The tale of the unlikely hero

It's always a heart-in-your-mouth moment - Martin Skrtel catches your eye, with his arms around an opposition striker, with only seconds to go. More often than not this season, it's a defensive move that's been effective enough to manage those last minute free-kicks that could have changed a lot of results for us, and who would have thought it? It was only the start of this season that the rumours of Skrtel potentially moving on were becoming more evident, mostly …
Johnson and Johnson | Both Sides of The Glen

Johnson and Johnson | Both Sides of The Glen

Former Liverpool coach Kevin Keen recently declared in an interview with BBC 5 Live, that Glen Johnson has been “outstanding” for the club this season, and he’s not the only one to be praising the Liverpool and England right-back. This article on Sky Sports described him as one of the most effective full backs in the league, with The Daily Telegraph even linking him with a move to Real Madrid, and you half to be half-decent to play for them. …
Sterling is Money

Sterling is Money

"This does not f***ing slip now. "Listen. Listen. This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again. Come on!" Steven Gerrard delivered the aforementioned words following the most dramatic ninety minutes of Premier League football this season. His side had let slip a two goal lead versus league chasers Manchester City, but a 78th minute striker from Philippe Coutinho edged the Reds further up the hill with the final score reading Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City. As …
Liverpool's Progress: A Case Study

Liverpool's Progress: A Case Study

Brendan Rodgers' first league campaign at the helm started very slowly with three losses and two draws in our first five games and although things did get better as the season went on, we only managed to finish seventh and were left as outside contenders for even fourth this season. The most frustrating part of the 2012/2013 season were the games when we would absolutely dominate teams but only come out with a draw or nick a goal for a …
See Us Home, Kolo Lad

See Us Home, Kolo Lad

What’s your favourite funny sight in football? For me, it always used to be the keeper getting sent off. There’s the hilarity of an outfield player having to go in goal and we are treated to the joy of the massively oversized shirt, the big flapping gloves and, if the footballing Gods are smiling upon us, watching a stand-in keeper trying to organise a defensive wall. Somehow, an outfield player ending up in goal instantly transforms professional football into a …
Brendan Rodgers and the Counter Narratives

Brendan Rodgers and the Counter Narratives

From the first moment Brendan Rodgers was appointed as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club, fans angry with FSG for sacking a club legend couldn't wait to see him fail. First, his team played too many passes sideways. Then, Rodgers was ‘too idealistic’. He talked too much, had no Plan B and up until we could routinely thrash them, we couldn’t beat the league’s top sides. And so on, and so on. Now that the quibblers have been dismissed …
Steven Gerrard and The Missing Page in Liverpool's Scrapbook

Steven Gerrard and The Missing Page in Liverpool's Scrapbook

As I write this Liverpool Football Club sit proudly at the top of the Premier League table and for want of a more suitable phrase ‘this shit just got real’. Of course there’s a legion of old-timer Kopites who have seen all this a dozen times or more, but similarly there is a whole generation of reds who have never been caught up in such a groundswell of optimism and belief that the title might, just might, be coming back …
Anfield Index PODCAST: PRESSING ZONES: Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

Anfield Index PODCAST: PRESSING ZONES: Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

Episode 20: PRESSING ZONES Date: 31st March, 2014 DJ Spoony and Jay Riley return to the Anfield Index Podcast this week with regulars John Ritchie, Dave Hendrick and Gags Tandon. The panel discuss the excellent result against Spurs as Gags goes into detail about Liverpool's pressing with exclusive pressing action stats available no where else. Gags also has stats on Liverpool's improvement since their loss to Hull. The discussion revolves around the team, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard & Jordan Henderson whilst …
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