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 …
Premier League top scorers | How, When & Where? History of top scorers...

Premier League top scorers | How, When & Where? History of top scorers...

Shearer, Henry, van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo – the English Premier League has been graced with some of the best goal scorers the game has seen, in what is dubbed by some as the most difficult league in the world. In the previous 10 Premier League seasons, an average of 22.9 goals has earned the Golden Boot, a range of 19 to 31. This season, with 7/8 games to go, Robin van Persie has already amassed more goals than that average, managing …
Chelsea 2011/2012 – A mid season report

Chelsea 2011/2012 – A mid season report

So the AVB era has started off being frustrating, halfway through the season we see Chelsea not improving as much as Chelsea fans would like to since the Portuguese manager took over last summer. In fact, before the games against Wolves, Villas Boas had an identical record to his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti, winning 10, drawing 4 and losing 5. So, can we draw any positives from this season and what has changed since last season? Firstly, the defence has been …
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