Cardiff Craig; Liverpool’s Loss?

This article first appeared on The Tomkins Times on 11th August 2012.

For the second time in five years, Craig Bellamy has left Liverpool after a single season for pastures new. Well, pastures old in this case actually, as he is returning to Cardiff, which is both his home town and a side he has played for previously.

Considering his high wages and injury record, it’s probably no surprise that Liverpool did not stand in his way when he asked to leave. A record of nine goals in thirty-seven appearances (though from only eighteen starts, in fairness) doesn’t appear to be too difficult to replace either.

But Bellamy offered far more to the Reds than merely goals last season, and making up the shortfall in other areas may not be so straightforward.

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Liverpool FC 2011/12 In Stats: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

This article first appeared on The Tomkins Times on 20th May 2012. Statistics are for Premier League games only, and were sourced from EPLIndex and WhoScored.

Has there ever been a more confusing season for fans of Liverpool FC than this one? The match statistics have generally been positive, performances mixed, and results all over the place, so every fan you ask has differing views on whether Dalglish deserved to have his contract terminated.

I will be presenting the numbers for different aspects of play, to try to establish who has performed well in which areas, and how the team as a whole performed in 2011/12. I’m sure you will have read quite a few of these stats before, but this is an attempt to flesh out the story of the season through all of the numbers available. To start, some interesting stats about the season as a whole: Continue reading