Is it time to re-open the case for the defence?

Is it time to re-open the case for the defence?

Editors Note: This article was written before the thumping of Everton and does not include numbers from that game. Back in September I wrote a piece about Liverpool’s defence and how we were blessed with some excellent defenders. How were were able to almost mix and match our defenders if required and how, even with an injury crisis we should be able to cope extremely well. I wrote that Glen Johnson, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger and Jose Enrique were, back …
Reviewing Liverpool's imbalance & openness in the 1st half vs Villa

Reviewing Liverpool's imbalance & openness in the 1st half vs Villa

 "It’s (the Premier League) less tactical, with more space, and more physical than in Spain. You don’t have to wait until the second half here for a game to open up and that is good for me." Michu
Traditionally, people think of English football as direct, as physical, as high intensity and sometimes a battle. But there's another aspect that is traditional to English football. And that's the openness within games. Whereas abroad, teams traditionally concentrate more on …
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool’s title winning credentials were all but written off, as Aston Villa boldly walked into Anfield to run the Reds ragged in what was possibly Rodgers’ worst tactical blunder since taking over from Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool lined up with a two man midfield and Villa simply ran Gerrard and Henderson for the entirety of the first half - the Reds were clearly missing the security of a natural defensive midfielder. The result was made doubly painful with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal …
Joe Allen | One for the future, as well as right now

Joe Allen | One for the future, as well as right now

Wednesday 4th December 2013 was a great night for Liverpool Football Club and in particular for Luis Suarez. Four wonderful goals from the Uruguayan wizard and a very solid and professional job done by the whole team. Quite rightly, Luis Suarez went home with the Man of the Match award and all the plaudits. However, that match was equally as important for another Liverpool player. It was the match in which Joe Allen showed everyone that he is ready to …
Why December is important to Liverpool's season

Why December is important to Liverpool's season

Next month is by far the most important month of Liverpool's 2013/14 campaign on a whole. December is the month when players get tired from the past few months of football and see themselves pushed to the limit with a rush to get all of our remaining 7 games played and out the way before we can make any signings in January and freshen the squad up, and here is just why December is crucial to Liverpool's season. The first …
Liverpool's left back issue: Is he the Taylor-Made solution?

Liverpool's left back issue: Is he the Taylor-Made solution?

Anyone who has watched Liverpool for the past two seasons would agree that Liverpool need a new first choice left back. In fact, if you go back the last 10 years you could put forward an argument that Liverpool’s last top class left back was actually a right back, that player would be Alvaro Arbeloa. If you pushed me even more I would say that him and Glen Johnson are the best left backs Liverpool have had since the day’s …
Which Partnership is Better? Suárez & Sturridge vs Rooney & RVP

Which Partnership is Better? Suárez & Sturridge vs Rooney & RVP

Disclaimer: The stats used were valid as late as 22nd November 2013 due to this article being written before this weekend's games.  At the top level of football the lone striker is becoming the regular sight, with strike partnerships looking to be a thing of the past. Managers now identify the importance of controlling the middle of the park when it comes to winning games, and since weakening the defence is asking for trouble, the man who must make way …
Everton 3 Liverpool 3 | Match Review & Stats

Everton 3 Liverpool 3 | Match Review & Stats

Liverpool FC Stars Answer International Call

Liverpool FC Stars Answer International Call

So it’s that time of the season again, the international break, a week most football fans dread as a combination of no Premier League football and injury worries creep in but alas, we cannot change the fixture list and will have to watch and hope our key players return unscathed. This is also the last international break until March so we can enjoy three, yes three months of uninterrupted domestic football action. England A total of 4 Liverpool players have …
Liverpool 4 Fulham 0 | Match Reaction & Stats

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0 | Match Reaction & Stats

When Brendan Rodgers first arrived at Anfield, he did something that few managers have done before him; he met with the fans and in every interview he tried to explain his vision for Liverpool and hoped it would stick. He did this in order to educate us, to bring us on the journey as we all tried to pick ourselves up from the false dawn of Kenny Dalglish returning as the club manager. Rodgers used words like transition, pressing, tempo …
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