What’s Happening with Liverpool’s Pressing?

Liverpool have begun the defence of their Champions League title in reasonably good shape – despite a 2-0 reverse away to Napoli, two wins on the bounce, and an upcoming home tie against the bottom side in the group, Genk, should put the Merseyside team in a strong position before they host Napoli and face […]

Manchester United, Liverpool & the Battle for Asia

It was coming up for 2.30am local time when Manchester United against Liverpool entered stoppage time. The street cleaners were getting to work on roads that already looked spotless. The subway had already closed for the night. Tokyo always seems more exciting when the neon lights are throbbing. But now it was time for the […]

What if Football Stopped for a Year?

As Arrigo Sacchi so memorably put it, football is “the most important of the unimportant things in life.” Following football is essentially a full-time job now. The endless blur of Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday thrums through the calendar like a bassline and – with press conferences, transfer news, twitter, and fantasy football, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This […]

Would Less Football Improve Football?

Son Heung-Min played 78 games of football between 25th May 2018 and 13th June 2019. He benfitted from just 22 days of rest during the summer, 6 less than the minimum (28-42) recommended by medical professionals. And as a Premier League player, he missed out on a winter break, for which the recommendation is 14 […]

Sensible Transfers: Liverpool

In this series, we will analyse teams, identify problem areas, and suggest solutions in the form of incoming players. We won’t follow gossip, rumours or conjecture, we don’t have inside information, and we’re not considering the brand value of players. Purely, their on-field performance, and their suitability for the team in question. Today’s team is […]

Should We Get Rid of Throw-Ins in Football?

In December 2009 Arsene Wenger suggested scrapping throw-ins. The Frenchman argued that implementing ‘kick-ins’ to restart play would significantly speed up the game. Wenger was not a reliable witness. The previous month his Arsenal side lost 2-1 at Stoke City with both Potters’ goals coming from Rory Delap’s trademark long throw. That season it yielded […]

How Jurgen Klopp Treats His Players

It’s the team meeting before the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev and everyone’s waiting for Jurgen Klopp to find the right words. Liverpool go into the game against Real Madrid with a degree of confidence, but they also know that they’re the underdogs. There’s tension in the room. Klopp is about to speak. But […]

What is a Director of Football?

A sporting director is now a common part of any elite footballing structure. While generally understood as a measure taken to protect clubs from the growing financial risk associated with their sporting decisions and as a means of ensuring continuity, the mechanics of the role remain vague. Previously, football departments were governed more simply, by […]