The Benteke Conundrum - Does He Fit?

The Benteke Conundrum - Does He Fit?

Christian Benteke's arrival was met in similar fashion to that of Moses as he made his way to the Red Sea. In this instance though it was the fan's opinion of the player that was parted. Liverpool fans rarely see eye to eye on a player but the signing of the Aston Villa hitman really had people clambering to give a side their support. On one side you had those blinded by goals, a necessity in the Premier League that …
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 …
Philippe Coutinho - The Premier League's Next Star | Stats & Tactics

Philippe Coutinho - The Premier League's Next Star | Stats & Tactics

With Liverpool's tour of Asia now at an end and the squad back in Merseyside, Philippe Coutinho will be feeling adequately warmed up for the 2013/14 season after continuing the impressive form he has consistently displayed since his arrival at Anfield in January. However, he hasn't stopped at simply emulating last season's form. Some of his displays in the last three weeks have been nothing short of a masterclass. This led to Brendan Rodgers claiming he would pay to watch the …
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, …
Suso: What Next for the Rising Star? Stats & Tactical Analysis

Suso: What Next for the Rising Star? Stats & Tactical Analysis

With Liverpool completing four moves already in the transfer market with a view to more, it means that their squad is now being bolstered significantly and looking more capable of competing at the top level. However this boost in competition is not just coming from the new arrivals; the young players who Rodgers was initially reliant upon last season just to 'fill the gaps', are now trying to establish themselves as genuine contenders for a starting spot, which presents the …
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 …
The Crawl Back to the Top: Liverpool | Rodgers Vs Benitez Comparison

The Crawl Back to the Top: Liverpool | Rodgers Vs Benitez Comparison

Liverpool have been stuck in a dark era now for over 20 years, where the one shining light has been Istanbul in 2005, the only night the fans can truly say the club has been where it is supposed to be. Of course there has been plenty of domestic success during this time, however it is safe to say nobody at the club will be satisfied until winning the Premier League is a reality and realistic objective on a regular …
Is the Fernando Torres Bashing Warranted? | 09-10 & 12-13 Stats Compared

Is the Fernando Torres Bashing Warranted? | 09-10 & 12-13 Stats Compared

Over the last two seasons a common trend has appeared on Twitter during the majority of weekends. Fortunately for you I’m talking about Fernando Torres and not Justin Bieber. Ever since he joined Chelsea for a British transfer record of £50m, Torres has been criticised and ridiculed by a large number of fans on the social network site for his lack of goals. However, this season the Spaniard has scored 28 goals for club and country (including his 5 goals …
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