Brendan Rodgers Liverpool Centerback Options Compared | Stats

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool Centerback Options Compared | Stats

Brendan Rodgers has gone through several tactical phases during his time at the Liverpool helm.  Having dogmatically stuck to his 4-3-3 possession-oriented approach during his first half season, Rodgers has since toyed with a strict 4-2-3-1, a 4-2-2-2/4-2-3-1 hybrid, and, finally, the 3-4-1-2 he’s used over the past six or so weeks this season. Rodgers’s switch to a three-man central defence has been a double-edged sword.  It has created a platform for the prolific partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis …
Martin Skrtel: The Box of Chocolates | Stats Analysis

Martin Skrtel: The Box of Chocolates | Stats Analysis

As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”, and it is with this classic line that he could have so easily have been talking about Liverpool’s Slovakian defender, Martin Skrtel. On his day, he is a Colossus, and at one point a few seasons ago, was arguably the best defender in the league, but more recently we have seen a side of him that makes you wonder how he ever …
Martin Skrtel: A Route Back into the Side? Stats & Tactical Analysis

Martin Skrtel: A Route Back into the Side? Stats & Tactical Analysis

Ten months ago Martin Skrtel had just won Liverpool’s player of the season award for 2011/12, looked a prominent leader in the team, and seemed to be at the peak of his powers when he sent a bullet of a header past Joe Hart  mercilessly at Anfield. However he went on to experience a rough second half to the 2012/13 season, being dropped after the FA Cup defeat to Oldham and only going on to play another 205 minutes (compared …
Daniel Agger, More Style Than Substance? Opta Stats Review

Daniel Agger, More Style Than Substance? Opta Stats Review

Daniel Agger is a fantastic football player. Daniel Agger is slick and stylish on the ball. Daniel Agger, some say, is a modern-day Alan Hansen. But Daniel Agger gets injured, and gets injured a lot. The speculation is, Man City might be willing to pay £20 million plus for him. So the question is; does it make sense, financially or football-wise, to keep a player who in the last four seasons has started on average 18.5 leagues games per year? …