Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Towards the end of last season, I came across the CIES Football Observatory’s rankings of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Dejan Lovren was rated the ninth-best centre-back in Europe, only behind Nicolas Otamendi in the Premier League. I wasn’t too far from putting my head through a wall when I read that. Similarly, Manchester City fans would have been bemused to see Otamendi at fourth in the list. I could see how Lovren made the …
Liverpool's Lovren-Sized Problems

Liverpool's Lovren-Sized Problems

In the aftermath of Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Sam Allardyce spoke about exposing their opponent’s weaknesses “time and time again”. He went on to elaborate on what those weaknesses were as if he were a college professor introducing a new concept to students, while the reality was that his audience had been aware of it since pre-school. Liverpool have a problem with crosses and set pieces, and the whole world knows about it. The stats bear …
Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester host Liverpool on Monday night and there will be a weird atmosphere around the KP Stadium as it will be the first match since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. It was done with the club's best interests at heart, as the board felt that the Italian was going to relegate them. However, it hasn't been well received by several notable pundits and it will be interesting to see how the Leicester supporters react as they had a great relationship …
Draws are no good for Tottenham if they want to win the Premier League

Draws are no good for Tottenham if they want to win the Premier League

Tottenham desperately need to pick up a victory against Arsenal in their next Premier League clash to avoid falling behind the league leaders. Mauricio Pochettino's side have picked up four draws in their last five games whilst their arch rivals, Arsenal have started to pull away. The Gunners are level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table but Tottenham's inability to grab a winner against Leicester means they have now fallen out of …
Is Social Media Good for Football?

Is Social Media Good for Football?

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren closed down his Twitter and Instagram account because of the reputed abuse he was getting from Southampton fans (after Southampton's 3-2 win over Liverpool). Christiano Ronaldo revealed this week he has 200 million followers on social media. The Liverpool owner John W Henry stepped away from his Twitter account between 24th April and 18th November 2015, largely due to the over whelming demands for Brendan Rodgers to be replaced as manager of Liverpool. Numerous football club …
The Improvers Under Jurgen Klopp

The Improvers Under Jurgen Klopp

Since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in Liverpool, the city has erupted with hope and excitement as the German boss has inspired his team to some great performances. There have been ups and downs under Klopp but it’s clear what the former Borussia Dortmund man can bring to Anfield. As well as constant rumours surrounding incoming transfers from the Bundesliga, Liverpool fans have had a few things to cheer about at home already this season including a cup final and a European …
The Vardy Show

The Vardy Show

Leicester City got revenge on Liverpool in their latest Premier League meeting. Having lost one nil to the Reds at Anfield in December, for me it was always on the cards. In fact I had an uneasy feeling all day about this game and all my usual match day rituals couldn't help Jürgen Klopps team get a valuable win over the League leaders, which would have given fans and players the belief that top four is a real possibility. Now …
The Kids Done Well - Liverpool 0 West Ham 0

The Kids Done Well - Liverpool 0 West Ham 0

One thing is for sure, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is using this year's FA Cup to either blood in some of Liverpool's rising young stars or see which of them will be given the door come the end of the season. Like he did in the previous round, Klopp gave his kids the opportunity to impress him and the fans by making ten changes to the team that progressed to the Capital One Cup final last week. In came Dejan …
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