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 …
Is Jordan Henderson Liverpool's new Lucas? | Stats comparison

Is Jordan Henderson Liverpool's new Lucas? | Stats comparison

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1 | Liverpool's Stylistic Regression

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1 | Liverpool's Stylistic Regression

A rain-soaked St Mary’s was the venue as Liverpool’s superb recent form was placed into some perspective by a vibrant and energetic Southampton side. The south coast club matched Brendan Rodgers’ Reds across the park and deserved a victory that propels them out of the relegation battle and into the relative safety of the lower-mid table. For Liverpool, it was a game that raised questions regarding Rodgers’ team selection. Crucially, Lucas was dropped for Joe Allen – a move that …
How Far is Lucas from his best? | Stats Comparison

How Far is Lucas from his best? | Stats Comparison

Wigan 0 Liverpool 4 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Wigan 0 Liverpool 4 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool came out comfortable winners thanks to an early Stewart Downing goal and a hat-trick from Luis Suarez. New signing Philippe Coutinho also provided a brace of assists against an out-of-sorts Wigan side, who struggled with defensive discipline and defensive roles in a changed system. Teams With the injury to Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool were forced into a change to their attack which destroyed Swansea two weeks prior. Joe Allen was given a starting berth ahead of Jordan Henderson, who had …
West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3 | Tactical Analysis & Player Stats Report

Liverpool and West Ham played out a hotly contested match at Upton Park. Liverpool just edged the encounter with two goals from former West Ham players (a Glen Johnson screamer & good finish from Joe Cole) and one own goal by James Collins. Despite the close margin, Liverpool created triple the scoring chances of West Ham with 12 to The Hammers’ 4. Their possession play resulted in a strong 61% share of the ball. West Ham ceded possession control and …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 | Lucas Leiva Stats

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 | Lucas Leiva Stats

Liverpool defeated the newly promoted Southampton 1-nil, although their display was more convincing then the score-line suggested. The game wasn’t particularly difficult to understand, with Liverpool’s dominate display aided by the fact Southampton sat back and was sloppy. A headed goal by Daniel Agger just prior to half-time gave Liverpool the lead, although more should have followed. Line Ups The biggest inclusion to the Liverpool line-up was the return of Lucas Leiva. Lucas returned from a three month spell on …
Liverpool FC: Steven Gerrard Stats, interest in Bent & must win games!

Liverpool FC: Steven Gerrard Stats, interest in Bent & must win games!

Following the Swansea game it was hard not to come away feeling it was chances missed. Most observers would look at Liverpool and point to their failure to secure an out and out striker during the transfer window as the root cause of their current mid table idling. Yes we picked up some bargain basement promising players for the future in Assaidi and Yesil. Bigger names were touted and didn't arrive. The long expected Dempsey  now seems to be gaining confidence in …
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