Analysis: Are Liverpool Winning The Ball Higher Up The Pitch Under Klopp?


I’ve read and heard different opinions on this issue recently; for instance, Michael Cox wrote for Four Four Two (here) that Klopp’s influence is demonstrated by the fact that Liverpool completed more ball recoveries, interceptions and tackles in the opposition half in certain games under Klopp than they did in Brendan Rodgers’ last match.

Sean Rogers, speaking on The Anfield Wrap’s excellent Tuesday Review show (here, subscribers only) was quick to point out how Manchester City won the ball higher up the pitch than Liverpool did last weekend though, which most people would not have expected.

So has there been much of a shift this season since Jürgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers?

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Analysis: Manchester City 1 Liverpool 4


Where to start with a result and performance like that? Fortunately there’s so many good stats to get our teeth into, that this should virtually write itself.

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Christian Benteke y algunos pensamientos filosóficos


Here’s the latest Spanish translation by James Hillyard (Twitter), and here’s the original version.

Escribí este artículo a principios de Septiembre, para la última edición del excelente We Are Liverpool, una revista para fanáticos. Mucho ha pasado en Anfield desde ese momento, pero con la vuelta de Benteke a los entrenamientos va a ser interesante ver si las estadísticas en este artículo siguen siendo relevantes bajo el mando de Jürgen Klopp.

Este tweet reciente de @WhoScored me llamo a atención mientras intentaba soportar otro fin de semana interminable de receso internacional:

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Comparing Liverpool’s Set Piece Record with Dortmund’s

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Jürgen Klopp has taken just one point from his two league games at Anfield so far, and this is mainly due to conceding a late set piece goal in both matches. I thought it would therefore be interesting to see how Dortmund fared with dead ball situations to see if we can expect any change to his fortunes with Liverpool.

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Liverpool – Goles del banquillo desde 2008

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  Christian Benteke of Liverpool receives instructions from Jurgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool as he prepares to come on as a second half substitute during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool FC and Rubin Kazan at Anfield on October 22, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

It’s time for another Spanish translation by James Hillyard (Twitter); this week he’s taken a look at my article on Liverpool’s goalscoring subs, so many thanks to him for his efforts. His first translation, on Jurgen Klopp’s stats from Dortmund, can be read here.

Christian Benteke anoto el primer gol en la liga de la era Klopp vs Southampton en Anfield y así se convirtió en el mas reciente suplente en meter un gol para Liverpool. ¿Como le ha ido a los Rojos del banquillo desde el 2008 y al mismo tiempo como le fue a su nuevo D.T. en el Dortmund con suplentes anotando goles y dando asistencias?

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Jürgen Klopp: Análisis de estadísticas del Dortmund


Something new for the site – my articles translated into Spanish. James Hillyard (who you can find on Twitter here) is a freelance translator and Liverpool fan, and he approached me and asked if he could do this, and who was I to say no?! There will be more of these in due course, and all feedback will be gratefully received. If you’d like to read the English version of this article, it can be found here.

Ahora que Jürgen Klopp ha sido confirmado como D.T. de Liverpool, es tiempo de ver algunas estadísticas de su tiempo en Dortmund, para ver si sus equipos que ganaron campeonatos allí eran realmente así de buenos, o si su equipo en su última temporada era, realmente, así de malo.

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Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 3

I could hardly let this result pass without making a few observations, even though I haven’t actually seen the full match. In truth, I tweeted most of what follows on Sunday, but I figured it was worth collating here too.

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Liverpool’s Goalscoring Subs Since 2008

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  Christian Benteke of Liverpool receives instructions from Jurgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool as he prepares to come on as a second half substitute during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool FC and Rubin Kazan at Anfield on October 22, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Christian Benteke scored the first league goal of the Jürgen Klopp era against Southampton at Anfield, and in doing so became the most recent substitute to bag a goal for Liverpool. How have the Reds fared from the bench since 2008, and likewise how did their new manager fare at Dortmund for bringing on goal scoring and assist providing substitutes?

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Jürgen Klopp: Dortmund Stats Analysis


Now that Jürgen Klopp has been confirmed as the new manager of Liverpool, it’s time to look at a few stats from his time at Dortmund, to see if his championship winning sides were that good, or if the team in his final season were that bad.

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Analysis: Liverpool 1 Norwich 1

I wasn’t planning to write anything this week so I’ll keep this very brief. When Norwich equalised at Anfield on Sunday, I noted the following about their goal:

By the end of the match, they’d only had one further effort from inside Liverpool’s penalty box (compared to the Reds’ tally of fourteen shots in theirs) yet headed home with a point.

The problem is, this is far from an isolated case.

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Can Sturridge Solve Liverpool’s Creative Crisis?


The answer to the title of this article will probably make or break Liverpool’s season, and therefore determine if Brendan Rodgers can continue to remain in charge at Anfield. I’ve taken a look at the clear-cut chance stats to see what they suggest.

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Christian Benteke and Philosophical Thoughts


I wrote this piece for the final issue of the excellent We Are Liverpool fanzine, in early September. A lot has happened at Anfield since then of course, but with Benteke reportedly back in training, it’ll be interesting to see if the points raised in this article remain relevant under Jürgen Klopp’s management.

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Analysis: Liverpool 0 West Ham 3


As I waited for the game to start on Saturday, I flicked through the programme and came across the players’ stats.

It brought home to me how few Liverpool games that most of their players lining up in this match (and particularly those in key attacking positions) had previously played for the club.

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Analysis: Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0


Arsenal and Liverpool played out a very entertaining 0-0 draw on Monday night, though there was enough goal mouth action to have seen any number of goals.

Nobody would consider Coutinho and Benteke as a forward partnership in the conventional sense, but as the Reds created a very healthy twelve chances at The Emirates, I want to take a quick look at how the two attackers linked up in this game, and across the season so far.

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Analysis: Liverpool 1 Bournemouth 0


One of the things I thought I’d monitor this season is which players top the rankings for various stats in each Premier League match. Against Bournemouth, Coutinho became the first player in 2015/16 to have eight shots in a game.

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Analysis: Stoke 0 Liverpool 1


I will not be able to dedicate as much time to this blog in future as I used to, so my aim this season is to do a quick post for every match, rather than the longer articles which take too much time to research and write. These will often be just one or two things that I’ve noticed, and rarely in-depth, but hopefully I’ll spot something that you didn’t, or provide a little context to something that you did.

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