WillTGM

A Liverpool supporting atmospheric scientist who spends far too much time looking at numbers.

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WBA Vs Liverpool Stats: Passing Network Analysis for Liverpool

WBA Vs Liverpool Stats: Passing Network Analysis for Liverpool

Liverpool began their season with a disappointing result against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Much has been made since Brendan Rodgers' appointment about his passing philosophy, so the focus here will be upon analysing how Liverpool passed the ball against West Brom. Passing network analysis One method of analysing passing by a football team is network analysis, which I've used previously to assess Liverpool's passing against FC Gomel. The idea with network analysis is that the connections between players are …
A cross to bear: Liverpool's crossing addiction | Full League Comparison

A cross to bear: Liverpool's crossing addiction | Full League Comparison

In some recent interviews, Simon Kuper has suggested that Liverpool established a data-driven style of play focussed around crossing last season. He theorised that Liverpool attempted to cater to Andy Carroll's heading strengths by buying players with good crossing statistics, such as Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. Kuper then goes on to state that such an approach is flawed due to crossing being an inefficient means of scoring goals. Earlier in the season, the Guardian's Secret Footballer also suggested that statistical principles …
Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

The key is to control the game. If we have the ball, he'll participate less and cause us fewer problems.
The above quote by Gerard Piqué about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the semi-final with Portugal summed up Spain's approach during Euro 2012. In a typically excellent piece by Sid Lowe for the Guardian (from which the above quote is taken), Spain's approach is described as being anaesthetic rather than aesthetic. The crux is that by controlling the ball, Spain are able to …
Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

One of the more interesting innovations from an analytical standpoint at the current European Championship has been the measuring of the amount of time that a player spends with the ball per game. This measure of player involvement has in particular been applied to forward players, such as Mario Gomez. Gomez managed to score 3 goals from 6 shots in 2 games despite only having the ball for 22 seconds, according to Prozone. This contrasted with Robin Van Persie, who …
Brendan Rodgers: Resting With The Ball | Top European League Analysis

Brendan Rodgers: Resting With The Ball | Top European League Analysis

Brendan Rodgers' appointment as Liverpool manager has prompted some fascinating discussions about his overall playing philosophy and how it might be transferred to his new club. Swansea’s impressive passing statistics have been much quoted in this context; only Manchester City attempted and completed more than them last season. An intriguing aspect of this preference for possession is that it is used as both an offensive and defensive tool. Michael Cox of Zonal Marking previously elaborated on the link between possession …