SMcCarthy

LFC and football. EPLIndex.com writer. iPhone dabbler. Tax advisor. Guitar player. Hendrix & Metallica fan. Husband. Messer. Dad to my best pal Liam.

Most Creative Premier League Teams | Opta Stats Review

Most Creative Premier League Teams | Opta Stats Review

We hear a lot about how creative teams are nowadays, and with the advancement of statistics within the wider football community (especially the Premier League) it’s becoming ever more widely popular to have an interest in such subjects. As a result, I thought it might interesting to take a look at how creative teams have been over the past three seasons. I will break the article down into sections and sub-sections. Firstly I will omit this Premier League season as …
Daniel Agger, More Style Than Substance? Opta Stats Review

Daniel Agger, More Style Than Substance? Opta Stats Review

Daniel Agger is a fantastic football player. Daniel Agger is slick and stylish on the ball. Daniel Agger, some say, is a modern-day Alan Hansen. But Daniel Agger gets injured, and gets injured a lot. The speculation is, Man City might be willing to pay £20 million plus for him. So the question is; does it make sense, financially or football-wise, to keep a player who in the last four seasons has started on average 18.5 leagues games per year? …
Who Is The Most Two-Footed Shot Taker? Opta Stats Analysis

Who Is The Most Two-Footed Shot Taker? Opta Stats Analysis

[caption id="attachment_16861" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="Total Shots With Feet - Last 4 Seasons"][/caption] “Ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both left and right appendages (such as the feet). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are naturally ambidextrous are rare, with only one out of one hundred people being naturally ambidextrous.The degree of versatility with each foot is generally the qualitative factor in determining a person's ambidexterity”. But who has been the …
Liverpool - Opta Stats Season Review 11/12 | Part Three - Attack

Liverpool - Opta Stats Season Review 11/12 | Part Three - Attack

Welcome to part three of the end of year statistical review of Liverpool’s 2011/2012 season. You can find part one and two here if you wish to brush up on what I all ready compiled for LFC’s goalkeeper, defender and centre midfield statistics. In this part we are going to be looking at mainly attacking players and attacking statistics. I have broken the article into ‘wide attackers’ and ‘strikers’ for obvious reasons. The wide attackers, for example, are normally players who …
Liverpool - Opta Stats Season Review 11/12 | Part Two - Midfield

Liverpool - Opta Stats Season Review 11/12 | Part Two - Midfield

Welcome to part two of the end of year statistical review of Liverpool’s 2011/2012 season. You can find part one here if you wish to brush up on what I all ready compiled for LFC’s goalkeeper and defender stats. We will take a look at central midfielders in this part; however, I will divide the midfielders up into wide attackers and central midfielders. The wide attacker stats (along with strikers) can be seen in the upcoming part three of the …
Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers Tactics - How The Pressing Game Works

Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers Tactics - How The Pressing Game Works

Welcome to Liverpool Football Club Mr. Brendan Rodgers. To say the Northern Irishman has had a meteoric rise through the managerial football ranks is akin to stating: “Messi, that boy’s decent”. An understatement of epic proportions. But somehow, through hard work, perseverance, and total belief in a footballing philosophy, Rodgers has managed to nab himself one of the most revered jobs in world football. First off, let us look at the timeline of how Rodgers ended up at Liverpool FC. …
Tactical: How a Martinez Liverpool 3-4-3 Could Look

Tactical: How a Martinez Liverpool 3-4-3 Could Look

With Roberto Martinez currently in the front running to take over the vacant manager’s job at Liverpool I thought it might be interesting to take a look at how his tactics, formations and general footballing philosophy might be applied to the current crop of Liverpool players. Footballing Philosophy It is pretty evident Martinez's teams likes to pass out from the back, and he is a believer in the passing game rather than a lump it forward kind of style. His …
Liverpool - Opta Stats Season Review 11/12 | Part One -Defence

Liverpool - Opta Stats Season Review 11/12 | Part One -Defence

I’m stumbling around an eerily darkened room at 2 o’clock in the morning. The musty aroma of burned eraser fills my nostrils. Skin-inflamed fingertips pulsate with throbbing bolts of pain. I grasp for the calculator that litters my tea-stained desk. Frazzled and frizzled amongst a clutter of paper & pencil, it can only mean one thing. I’ve been on the statistics again. Euro 2012 aside, it’s the end of the footballing year, as we know it, and what better time …
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