The Case For Lucas

Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in 19 matches, and yet recent rumours suggest that their best defensive midfielder may be heading out of the club in the near future.

Throughout the summer there were rumours that Lucas could be leaving Anfield, with Napoli, and a reunion with Rafa Benitez, looking to be the most likely destination. It seems that like me, Brendan Rodgers was not overly concerned with the loss of the Brazilian. He still had Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho, and had just invested in Emre Can, central midfield depth did not appear to be a problem.

However, with the start to the season that Liverpool have made, and the defensive frailties from last season still looking to be a major issue, perhaps Rodgers should rethink his decision to allow Lucas to move on.

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How The Analysis of Chess Highlights Key Concepts Within Football – Part Two

Following on from part one, which can be found here, I will continue to look at the key footballing concepts that became apparent to me whilst I was reading Adam Wells’ Football and Chess. In part one I have already looked at Connectivity, The Battle for the Midfield, Mobility, Space and Overloading and Stretching.
Let’s kick off (pardon the pun) part two with a look at Defence.

DEFENCE
From reading the book I really got a sense that defending was less about talent and individual skill, and more about system and organisation. Though this seems to down-play the abilities of defensive players, it is quite clear that defensive minded players do not require tremendous amounts of skill and ability.

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