"As a lifelong Liverpool fan, I marveled at a fact I read earlier this week: the reds could have lost every single game after the season restarted and yet still have secured the title. Reflecting on this fact, however, I questioned whether this large gap between the top and bottom clubs was a one season phenomenon or evidence of a growing trend. In other words, is the Premier League becoming less competitive?"
Average Passing Distance and Usage Rate in the English Premier League
Usage rate is a metric that shows what percentage of a team’s total touches on the ball an individual player is responsible for. Receiving a pass, dribbling and then sending a pass counts as one touch. Assume, in a given match, that Liverpool records 880 touches across all of its players and that Mo Salah…
Alisson Becker and the Evolution of Goalkeepers: (The Numbers Behind the World’s #1)
"Legendary Dutch and Ajax manager, Johan Cruyff once said, “In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker and the striker is the first defender.” While the idea of a goalkeeper as an ‘attacker’ may not sound as revolutionary today as it did in the 1980s, it remains an area of the game in which there is certainly room for innovation. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award winner, is a case in point."
“The Worst Miss Ever”: The Beginner’s Guide to Expected Goals (Part 1)
When former Nigerian international, Yakabu, failed to stick the ball into an open net from 2 yards out at the 2010 World Cup, many declared it the worst miss ever (if you don’t believe them, take a look at it yourself). I was only 11 years old, a hopeful Zambian rooting for a fellow African…