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 Kids Are Alright: Sterling, Wisdom and Suso Stats

The Kids Are Alright: Sterling, Wisdom and Suso Stats

Due to a number of reasons, Liverpool's 2012/13 season saw a lot of youth players making their first team debuts, with varying levels of success. Three academy graduates in particular, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Suso, impressed manager Brendan Rodgers enough to become regular members of the first-team squad. Raheem Sterling While Sterling made his senior debut under Kenny Dalglish towards the end of the 2011/12 season, he was handed his first start for the team against Machester City at …
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 Sturridge's potential the answer to Liverpool’s striker conundrum?

Is Sturridge's potential the answer to Liverpool’s striker conundrum?

The alternative Premier League tables | Possession, Chances Created, Shot Accuracy

The alternative Premier League tables | Possession, Chances Created, Shot Accuracy

Jordan Henderson Compared to EPL midfielders | Stats

Jordan Henderson Compared to EPL midfielders | Stats

Can last season's ugly duckling becomes this season's shining light? It is certainly the case with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool this season. The majority of the Anfield supporters labelled Henderson a £20m flop at the culmination of last season, ignoring the fact that he was played out of position by Kenny Dalglish. This season he has been playing his preferred central midfield position alongside a combination of Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva and has improved enough to be …
A Defence of Joe Allen | Stats Analysis

A Defence of Joe Allen | Stats Analysis

On March 20th, Liverpool FC announced that Welsh midfielder Joe Allen would miss the rest of the 2012/13 campaign after he underwent surgery on his left shoulder. To some cynical LFC fans, this surgery was a blessing in disguise--the much-maligned Welshman's performances of late have been incredibly inconsistent, and despite Brendan Rodgers' staunch public defence of Allen, who came with the new Liverpool manager from Swansea to Anfield last summer, Allen has not won many supporters during his first season …
Are Liverpool Better When Going Direct? | Stats Analysis

Are Liverpool Better When Going Direct? | Stats Analysis

When Brendan Rodgers came into the Anfield dugout fans were expecting Liverpool to play with a very distinct style, a possession based style. Rodgers himself promised as much, talking about how controlling a game by using the ball wisely was the best way to win. [quote]“If you are better than your opponent with the ball you have a 79% chance of winning the game.”[/quote] [quote]“Our idea is to pass teams to a standstill so they can no longer come after …
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