Rating Liverpool's Summer Signings, Halfway Through 1st Season

Rating Liverpool's Summer Signings, Halfway Through 1st Season

The 2014 summer transfer window was certainly an eventful one. If Luis Suarez was not biting an Italian in Brazil, Mario Balotelli was being welcomed into Melwood by ice buckets of all sorts. Whilst the former opted to exit the club due to aggravating back problems due to continuously carrying the club in the 2013-14 season, the latter joined the Anfield club in a 15 million pound move that shocked the footballing world. Six months on, and we find ourselves pondering the 'ifs' …
Is 'Box' the New 'Triangle' for Liverpool? Part 2

Is 'Box' the New 'Triangle' for Liverpool? Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we looked into the importance of the 3-4-2-1 formation and how successful it has been for Liverpool since its implementation. In the second part of the article, we are going to examine if there are any weaknesses in this system as Liverpool use it and how opposition teams might try to set up and counter this system. Are There Weaknesses in this System? 1. Positional Rotation in Centre Midfield In the 3-4-2-1, the 2 central midfielders are …
Is 'Box' the New 'Triangle' for Liverpool? - Part 1

Is 'Box' the New 'Triangle' for Liverpool? - Part 1

In the recent weeks we have seen Liverpool implement the 3-4-2-1 formation across competitions and the formation has proved to be successful. So what has made Brendan Rodgers use the 3-4-2-1 in the last few weeks? What options has it provided us pre-game and in-game? Are there weaknesses or more appropriately ways for the opposition to get around the 3-4-2-1 employed by Rodgers? This set of two articles will try to examine few of the questions mentioned above. When Rodgers joined …
Can he do it? Of course! He's Emre Can

Can he do it? Of course! He's Emre Can

When Liverpool bought Emre Can you would have been forgiven for assuming the young German’s role would be as another midfield option. Not many would have guessed that since Christmas he hasn’t missed a second of action. Some might have even seen Can at Bayer Leverkusen and thought no this kid is going to be a star but who could have predicted how well the £10 million defensive midfielder has done since nailing down a starting place at Burnley? Maybe …
Liverpool FC Recruitment Analysis: Watching the Watchmen

Liverpool FC Recruitment Analysis: Watching the Watchmen

After an exciting summer spending money on shiny new players, Liverpool FC set fans' pulses racing with the promise of defensive leadership, pace up front, guile in midfield, and those full-backs we’ve been looking for since the days of Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Rob Jones… Over a hundred million pounds were spent replacing Suarez, but not replacing him, as his only true replacement in terms of player profile (hard working, skillful, South American, high profile, tries crazy stuff) went to …
Here Comes Saint Vincent - Vincent Enyeama

Here Comes Saint Vincent - Vincent Enyeama

Last season Vincent Enyeama went 1,062 minutes without conceding a goal. The record was ended by a tame shot that caught a wicked deflection to smash off the post and into the Lille goalkeeper’s goal. The purple patch ended after eleven consecutive clean sheets but the Nigerian international would go on to add nine more to his season, ending the campaign with 20. In a week where Brendan Rodgers seems to have finally lost faith in Simon Mignolet, there has …
Give us a Hand - Samir Handanovic | AI's Xmas Wish List

Give us a Hand - Samir Handanovic | AI's Xmas Wish List

As I was in a maze on how to begin this piece, I was duly provided a helping hand by our manager himself as he outlined the reason for dropping Simon Mignolet in favour of Brad Jones for the game against Manchester United.
I felt I had to change it because we have to find solutions throughout the squad to be better, I said to Simon that it's for an indefinite period - Brendan Rodgers on Dropping Mignolet
I have …

Five Players for Liverpool to Consider as the Window Approaches

As Liverpool’s season continues to drift, manager Brendan Rodgers will be waiting anxiously for the January transfer window to open. Having spent heavily over the summer, the club’s owners may not be happy at the thought of reinvesting next month but many believe that the Reds’ chances of remaining as top four contenders will be over if they don’t address issues within the squad. Here are five players that Brendan may be considering as that window draws closer. Asmir Begovic …
Rodgers Needs a Performance at Old Trafford

Rodgers Needs a Performance at Old Trafford

A lot has been made of Liverpool having a poor start to this season, but sitting 9th in the Premier League having accrued just 19 goals and with no Champions League campaign to speak of, it’s fair to say the state Liverpool find themselves in is more than just a poor start. The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has come under heavy scrutiny of late leading to some fans calling for his head following disappointing performances, attributed mainly to his team …
Steven Gerrard | 16 Years of Captain Fantastic

Steven Gerrard | 16 Years of Captain Fantastic

Last week marked the 16th anniversary of Steven Gerrard’s debut in a Liverpool shirt. At the tender age of 18 Gerrard made his bow as a last minute substitute against Blackburn Rovers. Since that day he has played over 687 games for his boyhood club, scoring 176 goals. In 2013 he struck his 100th Premier League goal against Newcastle United and is currently Liverpool’s sixth all-time top goal scorer above the illustrious Kenny Dalglish. Only the Premier League title is …
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