- Fulham are five points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play, but need to be cautious of complacency after relegated Reading beat them 4-2 last weekend.
- Two goals from Bryan Ruiz were not enough to distract from the fact that Fulham now have just one point from six games, and still have an outside chance of being dragged into the relegation fight.
- However, Fulham fans can take heart that against a different keeper the scoreline could have been different. Alex McCarthy made 13 saves against Fulham, the most by any keeper in the last round of games.
- At their own defensive end, Aaron Hughes holds the second cleanest defensive record in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, having averaged 541 minutes and 15 seconds between fouls this season, committing just four in total.
- Brede Hangeland, meanwhile, is one of five players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have made 200 or more interceptions so far this season. Hangeland has 203 to his name in total. Hangeland is also ranked third for blocks with 37 this season, and second overall for defensive contributions with 338.
- Behind Hangeland, Mark Schwarzer will become the third goalkeeper in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to make 200 saves this season. He’s made 199 to date.
- Liverpool battled out a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby in their last league outing.
- Pepe Reina can be thanked for keeping a clean sheet in that game, making 12 saves in total, the second busiest keeper in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for the last round of games.
- Glen Johnson has impressed going forward this season, but he may wish to concentrate on setting up colleagues rather than going for goal. He has the most ‘expensive’ goal in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, having required 44 shots at goal to score once, more than any of the other players in the Premier League to be stuck on one goal. He’s 6/1 to be on target on 888sport.com.
- That’s 8 more shots at goal than any other defender in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, ahead of second placed Daniel Agger who has had 36 shots at goal in total, scoring three goals in the process.
- Liverpool’s defenders may feel they can get forward and have an attempt on goal with a midfielder of the defensive quality of Lucas in front of them, Lucas is one of 22 players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have attempted 100 or more tackles this season, and one of five to have done so maintaining a tackles won percentage of 60% or over (62.1%).
- Even more impressive is how quickly Lucas has got to that milestone. He has attempted 100 tackles in just 1862 minutes this season. To put that in context, Lucas has made 111 tackles in 1862 minutes, while Mohamed Diame of West Ham, who has made the next highest number of tackles, has taken 759 minutes longer to attempt just two more tackles.
The following article is being reprinted with permission of ComptonStars (a Wolves fan blog), it is about Jack Robinson’s time at Wolves while on loan from Liverpool.
I’ll cut to the chase was Jack Robinson any good during his time on loan at Wolves? and the answer would be a resounding yes after getting in the team less than 24 hours after signing he was thrown straight into the fire away to Barnsley, Jack has played nearly every game since missing just the one, including in that time a MOTM award vs Middlesborough.
The pros of Jack Robinson are certainly his decision making and timing, knowing when to drop off or go and meet the ball this is extremely impressive of somebody at 19 years old, from an offensive point of view with is extremely prevalent of fullbacks in the modern game I liked how when he was in the final third he would nearly always find a player with the cutback rather than an aimless ball into the box, again this comes down to making the correct decision with and without the ball, this in my opinion separates top footballers from average footballers, his passion, desire and no nonsense tackling ability was good to see and made him a firm fans favorite during his time at Molineux.
The cons that i picked up on Jack are he may lack a touch of dymatism that you would see from an J Enrique or Glen Johnsen (from my limited viewing of the players mentioned) the ability to get up and down to support the attack from fullback, I am not saying this wont improve in the future I am speaking how i saw it in the present, while i noted it as a positive his passion and desire were close to boiling over on a few occasions with a risky challenges he didn’t have to make whilst on a yellow card, but i don’t see that as much of an issue when you take a young players instinct away from them you are limiting them as a person and a footballer.
In my opinion do I think he could play 1st team football for Liverpool Football club in the upcoming 2013/2014 season? Answer would be yes, no doubt but not on a regular basis just yet, maybe a few games in and out, in the cups and against the smaller teams in the division where the pressure is not as great and he can develop at his own pace.
Another option is another loan I would say this is only suitable if its to a team where he will start week in week out if he can get this at a smaller Premiership team then ideal but if he has to drop to the top to the top end of the Championship i wouldn’t be against that providing he plays week in week out, i am just gutted its not with Wolves.
To conclude having Jack Robinson at Wolves was an absolute pleasure and you wont have any Wolves fans that would say a bad word about him you can be reassured Liverpool fans Jack Robinson will be your left back and possibly center back for years to come.
So, the 220th Merseyside Derby ended all square, as Liverpool and Everton played out a largely disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield. Though Liverpool had the better of the chances it was the purple smoke bomb wielding Evertonians who will be left the most upset as Sylvain Distin’s goal was ruled out…. Post match, The Redmen TV bring you Uncensored analysis and the reactions of LFC fans worldwide…
Liverpool’s hopes of finishing above Everton in this season’s league table were dealt a severe blow after their city rivals held the Reds to a hard-fought stalemate today at Anfield. The draw leaves David Moyes’ side in sixth place, five points ahead of their Merseyside neighbours.
However, overhauling the Blues is by no means impossible yet.
In order to finish above them, Brendan Rodgers’ men must win their final two games, a trip to Fulham before welcoming QPR to Anfield on the final day. This would give the Reds a final points tally of 61.
If Liverpool fulfil their side of the permutation, Everton would need two points to ensure they retain their place above their rivals. The Blues host West Ham before travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the final round of league fixtures.
Therefore, if Everton earn one point or less from their two remaining fixtures, Liverpool could take full advantage.
The Anfield faithful will therefore be hoping that West Ham, whose ranks include on-loan Reds striker Andy Carroll, and Chelsea, managed by ex-Reds manager Rafael Benitez, will provide a crucial aid as Liverpool attempt to prevent the ignominy of finishing below their bitter rivals from across Stanley Park for a second consecutive season, an event that has not occurred since 1937.
Sunday sees Liverpool face the Blue Sh*te from across Stanley Park in the 220th Merseyside Derby, and The Redmen TV have all the Uncensored Match Build up from both perspectives…
- It’s the most stressful time of the year!
- Can Moyes Break the 10 year curse?
- How Important For Rodgers to Keep it going?
- The Definition of Bitterness
- TRIVIA QUESTION
- Form Guide: Everton’s Dismal Away Form
- Dangerman Focus: Fellaini
- A Test of Character over Complacency following Newcastle Win?
- Thoughts On Both Lineups
- 5 points Gap- too much, too late?
- Score Predictions
- TRIVIA ANSWER