Why is Steven Gerrard such an anomaly and not the norm?

Why is Steven Gerrard such an anomaly and not the norm?

They say players like Steven Gerrard come once in a generation. When it comes to England and their talent production belt, is it more like once and never again? When the former Liverpool Captain “Stevie G” announced his retirement last week Thursday, accolades and tributes started pouring in from all over. Some of the biggest names in football took some time out to say goodbye to one of the best players ever to play the modern game. Twitter was abuzz, #StevenGerrard …
Liverpool must not get tempted and sell Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool must not get tempted and sell Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is going through a highly strange period in his Liverpool career. Since the departure of Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s struggles have always been attributed to Sturridge missing due to recurring injuries. It was only natural to assume that if Liverpool were succeeding and Sturridge was fit, the striker would be playing a considerable part in that. Jurgen Klopp’s side are flying high in the league. They went into the November international break on top of the table, which was …
The Sturridge Dilemma - What Is Going Wrong For Daniel At LFC

The Sturridge Dilemma - What Is Going Wrong For Daniel At LFC

The 2013-2014 season saw Liverpool come within touching distance of the much anticipated (and elusive) first Premier League title since its inception in 1992 with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge (SAS) inspiring Rodgers' side past 100 goals in the League. Sturridge notably featured in the PFA Team of the Season chipping in with 21 goals finishing behind Suarez in the race for the Golden Boot. Suarez left for greener pastures in the summer of 2014 and the mantle to lead …
Liverpool Finally Beat a Tony Pulis Side

Liverpool Finally Beat a Tony Pulis Side

Tony Pulis, the name itself evokes a sense of tedium and a bit of apprehension among Liverpool supporters. He, of the long ball game, of the extremely physical style of play and of gritty determination, brought his West Bromwich Albion side to Anfield this weekend, and the media – mainstream as well as social – was abuzz with stats about Pulis’ great record against the Reds. Pulis’ sides had not lost a league game against Liverpool since the February of …
Liverpool's strength in numbers under Klopp

Liverpool's strength in numbers under Klopp

Although this season is still in its early stages, some players have stood out for their respective clubs. For Liverpool, as a fan, I've found it refreshing that rather than just one or two players standing out, it's been a handful and much more of a team effort, than outstanding individual displays. Here though, is a look at some of those who have helped Liverpool's impressive team effort thus far. Adam Lallana is a player that can divide opinion and …
Sadio Mane: Beyond expectation

Sadio Mane: Beyond expectation

When the news broke that Liverpool had signed Sadio Mane for £34m from Southampton in the summer, it was greeted with mixed reactions. Was the price tag too much? Was he going to fit in at Klopp's Liverpool? Was this the solution to the Red's goal-scoring lack of depth? Perhaps he was just another ex-Saints player to add to the collection... Either way, few would've predicted just how well Mane would do in his opening weeks on Merseyside and it's …
Pressing Analysis: Pochettino, Sampaoli, Guardiola, Bielsa, Rodgers

Pressing Analysis: Pochettino, Sampaoli, Guardiola, Bielsa, Rodgers

Mauricio Pochettino (the newly appointed Tottenham Hotspur manager), Gerardo Martino (former Barcelona), Jorge Sampaoli (Chile), Eduardo Berizzo (newly appointed Celta Vigo manager), Pep Guardiola - all have the words “press with intensity” inscribed into the playing-style within their coaching philosophy. All  directly inspired by Marcelo Bielsa (newly appointed Marseille manager). Also included in each philosophy of the managers listed above, will be the idea of getting into the pockets of space behind the opposition’s midfield - regardless of the approach …
Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …
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