Analyzing Liverpool’s problems at both ends of the field
Analyzing Liverpool’s problems at both ends of the field

Their last two league matches have pretty much summed up Liverpool’s season: dominating against a much better opponent (on paper) yet somehow throwing away a result at home against Manchester United; struggling against a team they should beat, looking unable to break down a packed defense before scraping through in […]

An analysis of whether Adam Lallana adds any value to Liverpool
An analysis of whether Adam Lallana adds any value to Liverpool

When Jürgen Klopp was brought in by Liverpool, this author was one of those who thought that Adam Lallana was unlikely to fit into the German’s gegenpressing style. Not particularly pacy, rarely completing 90 minutes and, at 27, entering his prime as a footballer so he would be perhaps too […]

How Mark Hughes has transformed Stoke City’s playing style
How Mark Hughes has transformed Stoke City’s playing style

Stoke City arrived in the Premier League in 2008, the club’s first season in the top-flight of English football for over 20 years. They’ve never left the top division since. The epitome of a club living within its means and playing a style utterly devoid of pretentiousness under Tony Pulis, […]

Why Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool tactics work better away from Anfield
Why Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool tactics work better away from Anfield

Since Jürgen Klopp arrived to manage Liverpool, a feeling of positivity and progression has reverberated around Anfield. Even during the sequence of draws before his first win, the squad showed encouraging signs of believing in his tactics, specifically the all-important gegenpressing. And while it is taking longer to mirror his […]

Why are Manchester United struggling for goals, and does it matter?
Why are Manchester United struggling for goals, and does it matter?

For at least a brief while on Saturday, after a thrilling last minute goal gave them a win against Watford and before Manchester City and Leicester City played, Manchester United took a once-familiar spot on top of the English Premier League table. Since Alex Ferguson ushered in an era of […]

Liverpool’s best starting XI of all-time
Liverpool’s best starting XI of all-time

As their fans never fail to remind us, Liverpool are the most successful club in English soccer, if you add up league and European titles (the European caveat would be completely unnecessary if not for a certain Scot and American capitalism, but that’s another story). So it stands to reason […]

Tim Sherwood undone by his own machismo at Aston Villa
Tim Sherwood undone by his own machismo at Aston Villa

Soccer is a fickle world. Mere months ago, Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood were playing exciting football, with 4-0 wins against Sunderland and a come from behind victory against Liverpool in a cup semi-final at Wembley. Sherwood was planning on building something over a period of time at Villa, already having […]

Analyzing Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool team selection against Spurs
Analyzing Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool team selection against Spurs

The frenzy that greeted Jürgen Klopp’s appointment as Liverpool manager always meant that the German’s first match in charge of the club would be somewhat of a let-down. The man is a very good manager, but not an alchemist. He has the same squad and resources to work with as […]

Advocaat is wrong; Sunderland has the talent to stay in the Premier League
Advocaat is wrong; Sunderland has the talent to stay in the Premier League

Contrary to most media attention, there have actually been two recent Premier League managerial vacancies. The same day as Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool departure, Dick Advocaat of Sunderland resigned from his post, saying the tools he was given to work with weren’t enough to keep the Black Cats in the Premier […]

Liverpool’s over-reliance on Philippe Coutinho is hurting the team
Liverpool’s over-reliance on Philippe Coutinho is hurting the team

One month ago, I wrote about how Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho was a good, sometimes very good player, but didn’t affect games consistently enough to be considered great. I wrote: “The fact that the Brazilian is the best player at a club of Liverpool’s ‘stature’ must be worrying. There was […]

Analyzing how good Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is or isn’t
Analyzing how good Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is or isn’t

Michael Cox, founder of the popular website Zonal Marking, and a respected journalist with a specialty in football tactics was unimpressed by Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season, a drab 1-0 win away to Stoke City lit up by a Philippe Coutinho shot from distance for the winner. […]

Liverpool attacker Lazar Markovic has a lot to prove this season
Liverpool attacker Lazar Markovic has a lot to prove this season

Only days away from the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season, Liverpool do not have the squad they would like. While there are reports that the spending, similar in scale to what happened last summer, may continue, more interesting are the departures, or lack thereof. It has been widely […]

Argentina vs Belgium Preview: Heavyweights Meet in Saturday Quarterfinal Clash
Argentina vs Belgium Preview: Heavyweights Meet in Saturday Quarterfinal Clash

Belgium and Argentina were both among the favorites to win the World Cup before the tournament started, and both have underwhelmed through their four games thus far despite both winning all their games. Argentina, with a serious case of Messi-dependencia, have looked unbalanced and shaky defensively while Belgium have struggled […]