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Data Game: The Story of Liverpool FC's Analytics Revolution

Josh Williams

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From the publisher:

Data Game: The Story of Liverpool FC's Analytics Revolution explores the lesser-known story of how Liverpool rose to greatness in the 21st century with the help of big data. The Anfield institution is an industry leader in the field of data science, but little is known about how Liverpool's relationship with numbers began, and how the marriage of data and football helped to deliver wins on the pitch by impacting tactics and recruitment. Upon their takeover, Fenway Sports Group set out to transform Liverpool into a data-driven organisation, but there is a story behind why that vision took around a decade to become a reality.

From errors in the transfer market, to suboptimal playing styles, to conflicting egos, Liverpool jumped many hurdles before achieving their ambitions under Jürgen Klopp, with the German surrounded by unsung heroes who shunned the limelight. This is the tale of how Liverpool gained an edge over their wealthier rivals by getting smart.

 

The author:

Josh Williams is a Liverpool FC writer for Reach who has been published in the Mirror, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, Birmingham Mail, Newcastle Chronicle and various other outlets. Josh hosts his own podcast with the Liverpool Echo and also contributes to The Anfield Wrap and Redmen TV on a regular basis. He specialises in telling data-driven stories and tactical tales.

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Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
Paperback
256 pages
March 2024
English
9781801506939