May 2008 Archives
SUCH is Warren Bradley's commitment to the Blue persuasion, it came as something of a surprise that he didn't follow up his speech at the opening of the new Liverpool One shopping complex with a vow to open Everton Two.
The leader of Liverpool city council has seen his stock fall amongst his fellow Evertonians in recent years with many blaming him for failing to do enough to keep their club in our city, and is seemingly desperate to get himself back on side.
RAFAEL BENITEZ can search the globe for solutions to his defensive problems this summer all he wants. But if he wants to cut down on the number of goals his team conceded from set-pieces last season then it's not individuals he should be concerned with - it's tactics.
Liverpool employ a zonal system, which has generally worked just fine during Benitez's reign.
But once teams know you are going to set up like that, they work out ways of getting an extra man off to capitalise if the ball goes loose in the area.
From Benitez's own analysis, Liverpool conceded 10 goals more from set plays than they did in the previous campaign and that is a worrying statistic.
One which suggests that something somewhere clearly isn't working.