Fear in the Presence of Success

Fear in the Presence of Success

Like it or not, fear, in many forms, has been riddled throughout the supporter ranks since January. Looking at a Premier League title and a Champions League trophy hanging in the balance of the next two months, understandably so. What's needed instead, however, is an emotion that seems to be lacking in most corners of the internet at the moment. Calm. This isn’t an article about heavy statistics like expected goals or Premier League schedule analysis. Instead, a plea: let’s breathe …
In the Thick of It | A Huge Couple of Weeks Ahead for Liverpool

In the Thick of It | A Huge Couple of Weeks Ahead for Liverpool

The Reds are six months into the season and are still right in the thick of a title race. These next two weeks of football will have an immense impact going into the final stretch of the season. On Tuesday, Liverpool entertain Bayern Munich at Anfield in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the European Cup. Following last year’s pursuit of glory in Europe, in which Liverpool came up short in the final, the main attention has …
Reports of Liverpool's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Reports of Liverpool's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

So Liverpool have bottled the title eh? Well that was a crazy six days. The title was already won on Tuesday, back in the balance on Wednesday, and completely lost by Monday. What a week. All facetiousness aside, the change in media narrative after what was essentially two back to back below par performances from Liverpool has been absolutely massive. Waking up Wednesday morning, most people were ready to crown Liverpool champions after Man City lamely fell apart against Newcastle. …
Liverpool's Race For The Title: The Pressure May Help

Liverpool's Race For The Title: The Pressure May Help

During the (admittedly very few) title races we’ve been involved in recently there’s been a lot of ‘they might drop points here!’ and ‘maybe we can make up the ground there!’ when looking towards our closest rivals. As if we’re sort of expecting it to happen and we’re counting on others to mess up, less than ourselves to be strong and steady and powerful. The charge in 08/09 was always looking to Manchester United to drop points, and 13/14 always …
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 …
Liverpool Fans - It's Okay to Hope, This is Why We're Here

Liverpool Fans - It's Okay to Hope, This is Why We're Here

It’s not the hope that kills you. It’s never the hope that kills you. Languishing in mediocrity, having to play in Macedonia on a miserly Thursday night, with aspirations of only being relevant again, that’s what kills you. Being nowhere, existing but not prospering, that’s what kills you. Seeing your best players leave, that’s what kills you. Replacing them with players who can’t possibly fill the void, at the behest of a faulty transfer strategy and wildly obscene ego of …
Ageism Is Working Against James Milner

Ageism Is Working Against James Milner

When a footballer hits 30, or at least in and around that age, something instantly changes in the way they are perceived by supporters. Every bad performance is suddenly due to their advancing years, every misplaced pass is because they’re not as young as they once were and they are used as target practice every time their side suffers defeat. Steven Gerrard even suffered from it, which says it all. This is something we are suddenly seeing come to the …
Liverpool's Important Goals And Who's Scoring Them

Liverpool's Important Goals And Who's Scoring Them

Liverpool have played 21 league games so far. In those games, they have scored 49 goals, at 2.33 goals per game. Of those 21 goals, Liverpool have scored 23 goals when they’ve been losing or drawing, taking the lead in 18 games and equalising in two of the other three. The Reds have scored the first goal 16 times and gone on to win 15 times, 14 times without ever being pegged back – only Arsenal and Manchester United have …
Liverpool's Midfield - Still Not Consistent Enough

Liverpool's Midfield - Still Not Consistent Enough

Liverpool's unbeaten start in the league came to an end last week, which prompted old insecurities in the supporters. A lot of finger-pointing and scapegoating has taken place since. When the starting line-ups were announced there were only two ways it was going to go - the Reds don't lose, and nobody cares, or City beat us, and we all blame the midfield and Dejan Lovren. The Croatian is a topic for another day. I decided to look into how …
Time To Respond, Liverpool

Time To Respond, Liverpool

Thursday's narrow defeat at the Etihad was, in many ways, the perfect depiction of football. A game primed on fine margins, Liverpool could easily have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to ten points but for a desperate goal-line clearance. Technology would reveal the ball was within just 1.12 centimetres of crossing the line and giving the Reds the lead before a customary strike from Sergio Aguero struck at the heart of Klopp's side. Things could've …
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