It has been a difficult season for Roberto Firmino. For large parts of the season, he has cut a frustrated figure. …


It is interesting how we — as the wider football commentariat — talk about managers and coaches compared to players.

Players can have good runs of form or bad runs of form. For managers, it’s more linear: They are good or bad.

But that seems wrong. Good managers — great…


Few teams have invested so much into the concept of data as Liverpool, both in terms of time and resources.

From employing data scientists, to chasing inefficiencies in the transfer market to mid-match analysis sessions that value metrics, heat maps and 3D designs as much as heart and emotion, Liverpool…


It was just after lunchtime on a chilly summer day when Steven Gerrard found himself staring at the wall.

It was his first day at Auchenhowie, Rangers’ training complex in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. Something didn’t feel right. Are both those monitors supposed to be on the left side of the…


It is hard to overstate the enormity of the challenge facing Jürgen Klopp and his staff right now.

Already, there has been a shift in mindset as it regards the current season. It’s a mess, but all will be well once the season ends and the team can re-group, the…


Back in the summer of 2018, Peter Krawietz sat down with author Christoph Biermann to outline his vision of football. …


Does Jurgen Klopp need naïve footballers to succeed?

Jürgen Klopp, as much as any top manager in world football, needs total and complete buy-in from his players. Not only in the big picture context, but day-to-day. …


“Hmmm,”

GRAEME Souness stares up to the ceiling. He tilts his head. He sighs. “The boy’s gone over softly there”. He takes a second pause, raising his hand in exasperation.

A light flickers in Roy Keane’s eye. The left side of his mouth curls. His brow drops. He’s ready. …


In the sports world, as in life, the future is always more interesting than the present.

Cap room and draft picks can be anything! Is this the summer of Mbappé or Sancho or Haaland or Raphinha? Should we switch to a 4–2–3–1 or a diamond? Hypotheticals are fun. …


One tidbit to monitor as Liverpool move on from Manchester United and prepare for Burnley on Thursday: the profile of Liverpool’s attacking corners.

Last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side had a very specific profile. Klopp likes outswingers. And he likes outswingers that specifically target the near post. In 2019/20, Liverpool finished…

Oliver Connolly

Senior Football Analyst at Cox Media’s sports vertical’s: All-22 (NFL) and SEC Country.

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