Post-Match RAW: Controlled Victory At The San Siro

Post-Match RAW: Controlled Victory At The San Siro

It is always going to be difficult travelling to Italy in a knockout Champions League, even more soo when you facing the reigning Serie A holders Inter Milan, a side who rarely lose at home in Europe. They may not be as strong as they were last season under Conte after selling their best two players, but regardless, this was certain to be a test for Klopp's team. On Post-Match RAW, Trevor, Dave and Karl (joined by Guy for the …
The Value Of Squad Depth

The Value Of Squad Depth

I recall watching so many Rafa Benitez games when he was the Liverpool manager. The side would often times be very good, with enough elite players to make them a force within the Premier League and Europe. Despite the obvious Istanbul delight, that period is often tinged with what if’s and regrets, as to what could have been if Rafa had been given more. Narrow margin games (even narrow margin seasons), often came down to a lack of depth halting …
Key Stats as Liverpool's European royals earn an important win at the San Siro

Key Stats as Liverpool's European royals earn an important win at the San Siro

The Reds put in a good performance to take a deserved 2-0 lead into the second leg of their clash with the Italian champions thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. But what were the Key Stats as they move in pursuit of European glory… An exciting debut https://twitter.com/OptaJoe/status/1494023036110000135 The most notable part of a strong Liverpool line-up was the Champions League debut of Harvey Elliott. Elliott has been exciting fans with his selections before and after his …
Observations on Inter Milan-Liverpool

Observations on Inter Milan-Liverpool

Liverpool experienced some turbulent times in the early part of the season due to unfortunate injuries and missed opportunities in the league that put them in a tough spot looking up at City in first place, but the Champions League was quite the bright spot in the Reds’ season to date. Jurgen’s boys took the continent by storm with a perfect 6 wins out of 6 group stage matches that put an end to the Reds’ road woes in Europe …
Inter Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Inter Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Inter Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 7.5 The worlds finest stopper, but it was the bar that saved him on 17 mins. A busy second half for his defensive line, and command led when needed. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 The assist machine nearly added to that tally on 14 mins, with a brilliant free kick. A good effort on 28 mins went just wide, as he started to grow into the game. …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Leicester - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 0 Leicester - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 Back after international duty, and a good stop early on from Maddison. Was fairly routine after that till the break. Rarely called into action in the second break, but was in command throughout. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 A little loose with a pass early on presented a chance for Maddison, but recovered to sting the keepers hand with a smart left footed shot. A nice corner to find Virgil created the first goal, as frustration …
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 …
Why Liverpool want Luis Diaz

Why Liverpool want Luis Diaz

Money will have played a part in the club’s decision to opt for Diaz over others. This is not a case of Liverpool being cheap or FSG being tight though.  The Reds have been linked with Arnaut Danjuma and Harvey Barnes over recent months.   Both ply their trade on the left of attack and would be an eventual replacement for Sadio Mane. Both would cost in excess of £60million - Danjuma has a release clause and Leicester always seem …
Liverpool 3 - 1 Newcastle - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 - 1 Newcastle - The Player Ratings

Liverpool  4 - 0 Southampton - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 4 - 0 Southampton - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 8.0 Some important stops allowed Liverpool to avoid any issues. The most important goalkeeper in Liverpool’s Premier League era, and irreplaceable in this side. Trent Alexander Arnold - 8.0 So impressive in his game. The elegance and natural ability he has is unmatched by any other attacking fullback. Another assist for this sensational talent, and we could be about to see him become consistently world class Andy Robertson - 9.0 There were signs against Porto (as a …
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