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  1. Liverpool's fluid football will propel England

    Michael Cox

    The 2010 World Cup was a disappointing experience from a purely footballing perspective. Despite a cool climate that theoretically encouraged high-tempo, positive football, there were arguably only two sides that played a genuinely proactive game -- ...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  2. Liverpool's defensive struggles down to a lack of leadership

    Michael Cox

    One isolated incident summarises Liverpool's defensive failings. It wasn't crucial. It didn't cost Liverpool any points. It didn't even cause them to wobble. In fact, it was a completely irrelevant goal -- a consolation for Cardiff City in their 3...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  3. Tony Pulis deserves praise for work at Palace

    Michael Cox

    Among plenty of discussion about Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez's credentials for the upcoming Premier League Manager of the Year vote -- entirely understandable as the two ex-Swansea bosses have led the two Merseyside clubs to their best colle...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  4. Tony Pulis deserves praise, award consideration

    Michael Cox

    Among plenty of discussion about Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez's credentials for the upcoming Premier League Manager of the Year vote -- entirely understandable as the two ex-Swansea bosses have led the two Merseyside clubs to their best colle...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  5. How Liverpool can win the Prem - a tactical breakdown

    Michael Cox

    Watching Liverpool's title charge unfold this season has been remarkable -- Brendan Rodgers' side have progressed from no-hopers, to outsiders, to dark horses, to challengers, to contenders, to nailed-on favourites. Most observers predicted Liver...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  6. Is old-school Flanagan the key to LFC-Man City?

    Michael Cox

    Jon Flanagan is a proper full-back: a right-back, a left-back and a throwback. English football hasn't witnessed a youngster in his mould for a while -- a wide defender whose most eye-catching quality isn't his crossing or his pace, but his tackling....

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  7. Versatility working wonders for Rodgers, LFC

    Michael Cox

    Liverpool's status as a serious title contender is a genuine surprise -- not merely because they're challenging, but due to the manner of their charge. Last summer, few observers gave Liverpool a genuine chance of winning the Premier League title....

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  8. Three Things: Southampton vs. Liverpool

    Michael Cox

    SOUTHAMPTON -- A trio of thoughts from Liverpool's 3-0 win vs. Southampton. 1. Liverpool's diamond Brendan Rodgers sprung a surprise with his starting selection, dropping in-form Raheem Sterling and using Joe Allen as an extra central midfield...

    Blog | March 01, 2014
  9. Emirates encounter promises a clash of partnerships

    Michael Cox

    While Arsenal's excellent beginning to 2013-14 has owed much to Mesut Ozil's arrival, Mathieu Flamini's return and Aaron Ramsey's sudden transformation into a top-class midfielder, the Gunners' form has actually been very good over the course of 2013...

    Blog | October 31, 2013
  10. Liverpool needs to put away red carpet for Luis Suarez's return

    Michael Cox

    One of the reasons to be thankful for the popularity of the 4-2-3-1 in recent years, as opposed to the brief 4-3-3 obsession following Jose Mourinho's success in his first spell at Chelsea, is the semi-return of the strike partnership. Whereas the...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  11. Andre Villas-Boas, Brendan Rodgers require strong second wind

    Michael Cox

    With the top three clubs simultaneously appointing new managers -- the first time this has happened in the Premier League era -- there has inevitably been plenty of focus upon David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho ahead of the new campaign...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  12. Roberto Soldado perfectly anchors AVB's 'vertical' football

    Michael Cox

    Among the raft of intelligent, geeky and academic young football coaches, Andre Villas-Boas probably epitomises the genre more than most. He was never a professional footballer, he was an international coach by the age of 21, he made his name as a vi...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  13. Focus on philosophy hardly a factor in Liverpool's progress

    Michael Cox

    For a club frequently mocked by rivals because of its supporters' supposedly unrealistic expectations, it's been surprisingly tough to ascertain Liverpool's Premier League objective during the past three seasons. The 2009-10 campaign saw Liverpool...

    Blog | April 16, 2013
  14. West Brom and Swansea bravery pays off

    Michael Cox

    Ahead of the 2012-13 Premier League season, there were six new managerial appointments. Paul Lambert has struggled at Aston Villa, Chris Hughton seems to have succeeded in keeping Norwich up, while Brendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas are both getti...

    Blog | March 08, 2013
  15. Henderson, like Walcott, could have benefited from slower path

    Michael Cox

    Wednesday night could have been Jordan Henderson's breakthrough game. The midfielder pressed, harried and battled Arsenal high up the pitch, drove Liverpool forward with his hard running, and scored Liverpool's second with a goal that owed more to pe...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  16. Reactive Rodgers

    Michael Cox

    It's peculiar that a disappointing first half, followed by a positive showing after the break, is consistently regarded as a 'promising' display -- even if it ends in defeat. Perhaps the improvement points the way forward for future matches, but is i...

    Blog | January 17, 2013