Liverpool's Fullback Creativity and Recruitment Targets – Part 1

Liverpool's Fullback Creativity and Recruitment Targets – Part 1

Liverpool’s Fullback Creativity and Recruitment Targets – Part 1 An analytical deep dive to profile Liverpool's fullback creativity and answer the question - is it sustainable? This season, Liverpool consistently lacked a midfield set-up that tasked a player to be a high performing creator and goal threat. That meant the absence of a midfielder to carry the ball past defensive lines, complete creative passes into the box and take dangerous shots from inside the box, all at a high level. …
Observations as Liverpool Delivered Hammer Blow But Fight Continues

Observations as Liverpool Delivered Hammer Blow But Fight Continues

Liverpool were dealt a crippling blow to their Champions League hopes, suffering a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou after a seven minute spell from Lionel Messi. With it all to do at Anfield next week, Jurgen Klopp's men will have taken confidence from the fact that they created several chances to get on the scoresheet, but a better cutting edge will be required should they complete a remarkable turnaround. This was a night that was indicative of Lionel Messi’s quality. …
Key Stats as Liverpool Sunk At The Camp Nou

Key Stats as Liverpool Sunk At The Camp Nou

So, Liverpool are 3-0 down at what is effectively half-time? What possible precedent is there for such a recovery? Here are the key stats from a chastening defeat at the Nou Camp, starring Leo Messi. Big Chances Haunt Reds Again There have been moments in the Champions League this season where Liverpool have gotten away with missing big chances, and it didn’t haunt them. They missed three in the first leg against Bayern and secured a 3-1 win over the …
Team of the Year Crystallises Liverpool's Progress

Team of the Year Crystallises Liverpool's Progress

So Paul Pogba eh? What a huge shock and weird selection to the PFA Team of the Year that was! In this essay, I will… Just kidding. Whilst I do think it’s strange he’s been selected despite an inconsistent season, I could see how getting shoehorned into a 4-3-3 formation with a clear lack of individual central midfield candidates could end up with Pogba potentially getting in the team, maybe even with less votes than both Hazard and Salah, both …
Key Stats As Salah And Mane Take Apart Chelsea

Key Stats As Salah And Mane Take Apart Chelsea

Liverpool roared back to the top of the Premier League with a superb 2-0 win over Chelsea. What ended up being a reasonably even game on paper was nevertheless one that Liverpool controlled from start to finish, and thoroughly deserved to win. But what were the key stats from a superb performance that leaves Klopp’s side possibly four wins from glory? Demons Defeated? Streak Over. Whilst this was not a game that was about avenging The Slip, there was a …
Player Ratings as Reds pull off massive 2-0 win over Chelsea

Player Ratings as Reds pull off massive 2-0 win over Chelsea

What a massive win! Liverpool were definitely the better side as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane opened the scoring, before Mohamed Salah thundered in a long-ranger at the Kop End to double the lead. The Reds had a few nervy moments after being two goals up, when Eden Hazard hit the post once, and forced a save off Alisson, but post that, there were no worries for the Reds. Here's how each player fared. Alisson Becker - …
Liverpool vs Spurs Preview - Potential Key Battles

Liverpool vs Spurs Preview - Potential Key Battles

With the international break, and the yawn-inducing two weeks without Liverpool Football Club, almost over, the focus shifts back to the title race, and to plausibly Liverpool’s hardest remaining game as they face Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday. So what are some of the key battles ahead of that critical fixture? Virgil Van Dijk vs Harry Kane Arguably the league’s best striker against the league’s best centre-back. There’s no doubt that Kane is the focal point of this Spurs attack …
Dybala Signing Would Give Klopp the Best Kind of Problem

Dybala Signing Would Give Klopp the Best Kind of Problem

The transfer rumour merry-go-round is already in full swing and we haven't even got into April yet. As ever, Liverpool are being linked with a whole host of names to strengthen their squad next season, and one name that keeps coming up is that of Paulo Dybala of Juventus and Argentina fame. The 25-year-old is undoubtedly a huge talent and would be a welcome addition to any side, and he is a man that has been continually linked to a …
Durability A Key Factor In Liverpool's Success

Durability A Key Factor In Liverpool's Success

When you look at Liverpool’s success so far this season, one of the key reasons that the team has played consistently well is the lack of injuries to key players. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold aside, of Liverpool’s main starting XI (or starting X plus one if we’re being fair), nobody has picked up anything more than a minor niggle this season. And some would say that in that respect, Liverpool have been very lucky. Going through the team, there …
Winning Mentality Comes To The Fore At Fulham

Winning Mentality Comes To The Fore At Fulham

Is it possible to love and hate a football team at the same time? It was easy to feel that way on Sunday, as Liverpool did their best to throw away valuable points at Fulham, in what would have been their most disappointing result of the season. Confidence was flowing as the Reds arrived in west London, with the 3-1 win at Bayern Munich showcasing their brilliance under Jurgen Klopp. A trip to a 19th-place struggling outfit in the spring …
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