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The Kopology blog is written by Liverpool fan, Rodgers advocate, and Tiki-Taka ideologue Steven Maclean. Follow Steven over on Twitter at @Kopology.

The Mysterious Case of Jon Flanagan | Stats Vs Everton

The Mysterious Case of Jon Flanagan | Stats Vs Everton

Had anyone asked me a month ago what I thought laid in store for Jon Flanagan, I'd have had no hesitation in saying I expected him to be moved on, probably in January, and probably to a team in the Championship. Up until his last minute inclusion versus Arsenal in place of a sick Glen Johnson, Flanno had become something of an outcast under Rodgers, who famously told him not to do too much in an episode of Being: Liverpool, …
Sturridge's Time to Shine | Stats Compared to Rivals

Sturridge's Time to Shine | Stats Compared to Rivals

Having scored the winner at Anfield against Stoke on the opening day of the season while still woefully short on match fitness, Daniel Sturridge showed humility in self-deprecation: "I want to credit the goalkeeper as well for such a great save; that's what won us the game, it wasn't my goal." Simon Mignolet had fumbled at a couple of crosses in a less than convincing start to his Anfield career before his late penalty save ensured Sturridge's strike would be …
A Sterling Effort | Raheem Sterling Compared to Rivals

A Sterling Effort | Raheem Sterling Compared to Rivals

Raheem Sterling couldn’t have it easier. In the past, young players breaking into the Liverpool first team have had huge pressure placed on their shoulders almost immediately. Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and especially Michael Owen quickly became fans’ favourites expected to perform to a high level consistently, but through a combination of good management, circumstance and the odd misconception, Sterling is being allowed to develop away from the intense glare of the spotlight at his own, deceptively rapid pace. Good management, …
Lucas the Lynchpin? Stats Compared to Rival Defensive Mids

Lucas the Lynchpin? Stats Compared to Rival Defensive Mids

Lucas Leiva is no stranger to criticism. Prior to winning the Standard Chartered Fans’ Player of the Year award for 2010–11, the Brazilian midfielder was far from a fans’ favourite, but as one of the few players to come out of Hodgson’s brief stint in charge with any credit, the days of Lucas as scapegoat are over. Or are they? Despite conceding fewer shots from the primary scoring zones than any other side in the league last season, suspicions remain …
Downing and Out? Rival & Teammate Stats Comparison

Downing and Out? Rival & Teammate Stats Comparison

As Andy Carroll was finally jettisoned from Anfield, a debate rumbled on over the creative abilities of the man that was supposed to provide him with ammunition. Just as there are those who wanted Andy Carroll retained as a ‘Plan B’ weapon, Stewart Downing, too, has his apologists. But are they onto something? Is there more to Downing’s game than meets the eye? And have some of us written him off through a combination of psychological tics and biases only …
Why Joe Allen Can Still Be Key for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

Why Joe Allen Can Still Be Key for Liverpool | Stats Analysis