The Improvement of Jordan Henderson | Stats Analysis

The Improvement of Jordan Henderson | Stats Analysis

Luis Suarez has once again been the main man for Liverpool this season, but the players behind him have been just as noteworthy – particularly Jordan Henderson. The former Sunderland midfielder has often been put in the same bracket as James Milner – the athletic and hardworking midfielder, who fails to excite the neutral fan that consumes most of their football through Match of the Day highlights. This reputation could be about to change though. Henderson’s stature, which has been …
Liverpool 2-0 Hull City | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 2-0 Hull City | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Liverpool moved back into the top four with another routine home win, making it 7 home wins in a row. Hull were exceeding expectations sitting at 10th in the league table, and came to Anfield with nothing to lose having beaten the Reds 3-1 at home a month earlier. Hull City Steve Bruce kept a similar team to the one that faced the Reds in December, going with a 3-5-1-1 (a good counter-attacking system which helped Aston Villa to a …
Clear-Cut Chances Stats | Ramsey, Suarez, Negredo, Chadli et al Comparison

Clear-Cut Chances Stats | Ramsey, Suarez, Negredo, Chadli et al Comparison

So what is a clear cut chance? [quote]A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score usually in a one-on-one scenario or from very close range.[/quote] I'd like to call them "sitters" because it's an easier way of describing it to the football fan out there. A free header, a one-on-one, a penalty - basically any free shot on goal for a player who is un-marked and only has the keeper to beat. The table below can be …
Liverpool 4 West Ham 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 West Ham 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool won their second of two home games this week with another goal-fest, beating West Ham 4-1 despite a couple of scares, and an overall good performance ahead of a tough end to the month. Line-Ups Brendan Rodgers started Mamadou Sakho at left centre-back alongside Martin Skrtel in the absence of Daniel Agger who was sick. Sakho has been out of the side for a few weeks and has been unlucky not to feature, so this was an opportunity for …
Hull City 3 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Hull City 3 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Hull City continued to prove a difficult team to beat at the KC stadium, with a resolute and fearless performance against Liverpool which saw them run out deserved 3-1 winners. An early deflected long range effort from Jake Livermore looped over Simon Mignolet, while Steven Gerrard's perfect free-kick spared some half-time blushes for the Reds. This was not enough to scare Liverpool into a reaction, and the second half saw a well-taken finish from David Meyler and an own goal …
Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Player Performance Analysis | Ross Barkley Vs Liverpool

Although conceding a late equaliser against your biggest rivals is a bitter pill to swallow, Evertonians couldn’t afford to be too downhearted at the conclusion of their enthralling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday because, nevertheless, they had just witnessed the greatest attacking performance in a Merseyside derby from the Toffees for several years. Martínez consistently signed off his programme notes at Wigan Athletic with the Spanish expression ‘sin miedo’ meaning ‘without fear’ and that was exactly how his side …
Everton Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Everton Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

The early kick off on Saturday afternoon will see the 221st edition of the Merseyside derby, as Everton take on Liverpool at Goodison Park. With four places but only three points separating the two sides in the Premier League table, Roberto Martinez will be hoping his Everton side can get the win over their local rivals in his first derby as manager and move up to third place, behind Liverpool only on goal difference. Brendan Rodgers on the other hand …
England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

After two defeats in the last week, England fans are again at their most pessimistic heading into a World Cup year. Being beaten by Germany is always tough for England fans, but a somewhat second string Germany side makes the defeat all the worst. Friday night’s loss against Chile was also a bad result, albeit with an experimental English side. What the two games showed is that England do not possess much depth. Injuries aside, the team against Germany was …
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