Burnley 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings

Burnley 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings

Liverpool delivered yet another Jekyll and Hyde performance at the Turf Moor, as they ended on the wrong side of the scoreline in spite of having the ball pretty much the whole game. Liverpool struggled to break down a very resolute Burnley defence and need to go back to the drawing board. Let's see how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6) - The Liverpool keeper was not to be blamed for any of the goals conceded, and was swift off the …
Assessing Liverpool's Attacking Options

Assessing Liverpool's Attacking Options

Liverpool go into the 2016/17 season with the best attack that they have had in a number of years, with a number of genuine high quality options across all positions. Although there is much more to any attacking player than two stats, ultimately they are judged on two things: goals and assists. Therefore to gage a better idea of Liverpool’s options this season particular attention has been paid to these figures. To calculate each player’s effectiveness per game a “CpG” …
Liverpool FC - Taking the Positives

Liverpool FC - Taking the Positives

Support is needed now more than ever This past weekend showed the best and the worst from our players on the pitch.  It also showed the positives and negatives of our own fan-behaviour off it.   At this stage I’m tired of hearing about Alberto Moreno’s shortcomings.  I was guilty of voicing these concerns myself on Sunday, in the heat of the moment.  Both after Moreno’s wayward header to the Arsenal attack in our box, and then the brainfart of …
Observations from the Thriller at The Emirates as Liverpool win!

Observations from the Thriller at The Emirates as Liverpool win!

The Premier League is back with a bang and in typical Liverpool fashion the Reds made their fans sweat on a result when it could've been much more comfortable. You could look at the negatives if you're that way inclined but, for me at least, it was a performance filled with positives and they're what should be taken away from such a result. A 4-3 victory away at the Emirates should be milked for all it's worth. It's a bogey ground …
Player Ratings from a brilliant opening day win for Liverpool

Player Ratings from a brilliant opening day win for Liverpool

What a start! What a start! An absolutely rousing display from the Reds at the Emirates Stadium left Arsenal shell-shocked and saw Jürgen Klopp's men complete a brilliant comeback after falling behind to a Theo Walcott goal and generally being shoddy in all aspects in the first half. Here is how I thought each of the players fared. Simon Mignolet - 7 Mignolet started another season for Liverpool with a penalty save and looking far more confident than he has …
Liverpool 2016/17 - Season Preview and Predictions

Liverpool 2016/17 - Season Preview and Predictions

Going from “we’re going to win the league” after beating Barcelona 4-0, to the outlook being doom and gloom within just 24 hours after losing to Mainz by the same scoreline is precisely why I try not to read too much into pre-season friendlies. They are essentially just for fitness, integrating new players and coaches trying out things from the training pitch in a match situation. Some things can be taken from pre-season, good and bad, but the opening Premier …
Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

Are Liverpool Dark Horses for the Title?

It's a new dawn in the Premier League. Not just in terms of more money than ever being pumped into the league effectively evening the playing field somewhat, but more importantly, never before have people been able to find a collection of the most influential managers in world football today within the same league at the same time. It's a who's who of managers as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola join Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino, Slaven …
Liverpool and the Business Not Done This Summer

Liverpool and the Business Not Done This Summer

I’ve already written here on Anfield Index about the business that Liverpool have done in the transfer market this summer, but what seems to have become a real bode of contention with a large number of fans is the business not done by the club this summer. The obvious thing that comes to mind on this subject is the players not signed. The lack of a marquee signing has irked some and worried others, but it is something I do …
Liverpool's Scatty Transfer Window?

Liverpool's Scatty Transfer Window?

Despite the general consensus being Liverpool have had a fairly solid transfer window there have been questions raised regarding the clubs' strategy and why, to those on the outside, it seems rather disjointed. The confusion seems to surround the signings of Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum. The pair arrived for a combined £55 Million after the pursuits of other players came to an end. The press had identified the other players as top targets. The likes of Alex Teixeira, Mario …
Striking a Balance: Klopp's Midfield Quandary

Striking a Balance: Klopp's Midfield Quandary

"It's all about balance."
A few days ago, Jürgen Klopp uttered the phrase above, and whilst I may have contorted and bastardised the quote for the purposes of a tactical discussion, despite it being about transfers, this particular quote resonates with the approach any manager must have when building a successful team. Take for instance, the 4-2-3-1 system, the go-to formation for Klopp, with an inbuilt mechanism for a high energy, fast paced, intensive pressing game; indeed the formation was described by, then Real Madrid …
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