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 …
High Drama in Brazil Saves Hodgson's Blushes

High Drama in Brazil Saves Hodgson's Blushes

England went into the 2014 World Cup with a good squad combining youth, experience, and one which was free from the hype that has surrounded previous “Golden Generations”. This might have been partly thanks to Hodgson, who showed as little ambition off the pitch as he did on it, playing down chances from the day England qualified. England were handed a tough group on paper, but were given the chance to play Italy first. Notoriously bad starters when it comes …
EPL Manager Impact Index: Moyes, Wenger, Mourinho, AVB & Rodgers

EPL Manager Impact Index: Moyes, Wenger, Mourinho, AVB & Rodgers

Maybe it’s my age?  Or the fact that I coach youth football?  Or it could just be down to Jose Mourinho? Whatever the reason, my main interest in football these days is in the ‘Cult of the Manager’.  I am a little obsessed in what they know, their style of management and their impact on games, examples of my previous articles in this vein are here and here. I often ponder the question whether football managers actually make any difference to …
Jon Flanagan Vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

Jon Flanagan Vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

In the past few weeks injuries have plagued the Liverpool setup, however this has given young Jon Flanagan a chance to make his mark in the first team again. Some would say he has fitted in perfectly playing left back which isn't his natural position but his performances show he is always putting in 100%  for the team. Brendan Rodgers has mentioned on several occasions that Flanagan is a perfect professional, someone who is always willing to learn and prove …
Jordan Henderson Vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

Jordan Henderson Vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

Last season, most people would have laughed off Jordan Henderson ever being a first team regular in the Liverpool squad, and he was even close to being sold to Fulham last summer. But this season, we’ve seen a remarkable change in the young England midfielder. He is now one of the first names on the team sheet and a vital asset in Liverpool’s performances. The Rise of Henderson This season, Henderson has been ever present in the Liverpool team, being …
Player Performance Analysis | Raheem Sterling Vs Tottenham

Player Performance Analysis | Raheem Sterling Vs Tottenham

The big transfer sagas of the summer revolved around two players, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale. One hand, after a bid from Arsenal, interest from Real Madrid and a certain willingness to part with the team, Liverpool were able to persuade Suarez into staying, knowing that if they had ambitions of progressing under Brendan Rodgers and his target of once again being a force in both England and in Europe, they had to keep hold of their star man. In …
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool produced a rare victory at White Hart Lane - their first since 2008 - and they did it in style with a 5-0 demolition. With Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge out injured for the next month, the question aimed at Brendan Rodgers before the game was ' will Liverpool cope?', not just with Spurs, but also the upcoming away fixtures at Man City and Chelsea. Pressure was already mounting on Andre Villas-Boas, with a number of high profile signings …
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men and Team News

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Liverpool Preview | Stats, Key Men and Team News

This match could go a long way to determining who is going to finish in the top four this season. Both Tottenham, given the money they spent in the summer, and Liverpool, given their incredible start, will be looking at a Champions League spot. Spurs will be slightly disappointed that they had to play in a Europa League match just three days before such an important match that could determine their fate come the end of the season. This definitely …
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