Statistical Analysis

A Sterling Effort

A Sterling Effort

Raheem Sterling couldn’t have it easier. In the past, young players breaking into the Liverpool first team have had huge pressure placed on their shoulders almost immediately. Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and especially Michael Owen quickly became fans’ favourites expected to perform to a high level consistently, but through a combination of good management, circumstance and the odd misconception, Sterling is […]

Lucas the Lynchpin?

Lucas the Lynchpin?

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? […]

Downing and Out?

Downing and Out?

As Andy Carroll was finally jettisoned from Anfield, a debate rumbled on over the creative abilities of the man that was supposed to provide him with ammunition. Just as there are those who wanted Andy Carroll retained as a ‘Plan B’ weapon, Stewart Downing, too, has his apologists. But are they onto something? Is there more to Downing’s game than […]

Why Allen Can Still Be Key For Liverpool

Why Allen Can Still Be Key For Liverpool

Not so long ago, Liverpool fans boasted of having “the best midfield in the world”, and it was no exaggeration. The world-class trio of Mascherano, Alonso and Gerrard were as good as any other in world football at the time, so it’s perhaps no surprise that those who have succeeded them have been made scapegoats for Liverpool’s recent decline. First […]

The Limits of Data Analysis

The Limits of Data Analysis

First off, let me put my cards on the table. I’m the son of a mathematician, and although I’m not a data analyst, I’m pretty good with numbers, and think I understand data and statistics to a certain degree. Saying that, I’m sure there is nuance that is lost on me, so I’d be happy to have any ignorance that might […]

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