The maturing of Liverpool: From Premier League entertainers to title contenders

Jurgen Klopp has certainly got a unique style, his recent pitch invasion in the Merseyside derby is just the latest in a long line of Twitter soundbites and newspaper headlines, and in previous years the team on the pitch seemed to take after their manager. Liverpool last year were known for being the team to watch, there were never boring games. They had the second highest goal difference in the league, the top scorer in Salah who broke all sorts…

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One to Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

Think of footballing nations, and one of the first thoughts has to be France. Runaway winners of the World Cup earlier this year with a squad so deep some of the biggest names in football couldn't even get a sniff. Part of this success surely has to come from the central midfield of dreams, Kante, Pogba and Matuidi, a perfect balance of defensive quality, selflessness and the ability to pick a pass that sometimes even surprises the target. Using Tanguy…

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Chelsea and Sarri – A Statistical Analysis

After a tough 3-1 loss at Wembley and a midweek mauling by Wolves, many thought Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea had been found out. Keep Jorginho quiet and they lose their spark. Sarri has done his best to bring his 2017/2018 success with an outstanding Napoli team to the Premier League, and it is no secret that the tactics that worked so well in the Serie A were brought to London with him. As the graph below shows when comparing Napoli's stats…

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Player Spotlight: Felipe Anderson

After a poor showing in the 2017/2018 season, and the departure of one of the most creative players the club had seen in a long time in Dimitri Payet, it's no surprise that the West Ham fans expected something to change. In comes signing after signing as well as a new manager and things were looking rosy at the start of August when the new season started. Cut to 4 weeks later and the team were right at the bottom…

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