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How did Liverpool outplay West Ham?

How did Liverpool outplay West Ham?

Whilst watching Liverpool thrash West Ham, I didn't quite know what was going on, but I liked it. Now, I've rewatched the game to get some semblance of what happened, and why it panned out the way it did. Instead of looking at the goals today, we'll be looking essentially at the story of the game - how Liverpool set up, what they took advantage of, and differences compared to other recent games. A good place to start when looking …
Do Liverpool Need to Replace Firmino Up Top?

Do Liverpool Need to Replace Firmino Up Top?

A tough September-October period for Liverpool saw goals dry up, with both Coutinho and Sadio Mané sustaining injuries, as the team went through a challenging drop in form. With the attacking flair synonymous with Liverpool in recent years dissipating, Roberto Firmino's place, or at least his role within the team has come into question - the idea was that with Firmino playing, Liverpool do not need a classic out-and-out striker, as he makes up for fewer individual goals through goal …
Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield: A Tactical Breakdown

A calming remedy to the farcical display at Wembley against Spurs, but a hurdle which Liverpool were always expected to jump over rather comfortably. Liverpool's 3-0 victory, for the opening 45 minutes threatened to be a washout, as the Reds struggled, with an all-too-familiar drabness. In the second-half though, Liverpool sprung into life, with both Sturridge and Firmino scoring, and Wijnaldum capping the display off towards the end. But this was a break from some of the patterns we've seen …
The Game of Errors - Spurs 4-1 Liverpool

The Game of Errors - Spurs 4-1 Liverpool

I could scarcely believe my eyes, indeed, I was predisposed to turn off the television and hide. Yet even then, I couldn't bear to even cover my eyes, and instead watched in shock as Liverpool fell apart inside 20 minutes. Twenty minutes later though, and Liverpool were a few mere minutes away from somehow getting through to half-time a single goal down, despite Spurs' early dominance, then came the killer blow; the goal that ended the match before the second-half …
Naby Keïta - The Hottest Prospect in Europe

Naby Keïta - The Hottest Prospect in Europe

On the most recent edition of the AI Pro Euro Incision Podcast, Jonathan Harding discussed Naby Keïta, a player who most Liverpool fans cannot wait to see in the end jersey. Last season was a real coming of age for Keïta, as he set himself out as one of the best young prospects in world football - a diminutive figure on the field, but in terms of influence, a giant, blessed with a beautifully rounded offensive game. Harding drew attention …
Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's Magnificent Seven against Maribor

Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's Magnificent Seven against Maribor

For several weeks, Liverpool's results have not quite reflected their performances, and even I was beginning to wonder whether persisting with the same approach would be the best route to a confidence-restoring win, after some disappointing results. It seems that more of the same really was the best medicine though, as Liverpool utterly trounced Maribor, away from home in the Champions League. Shots (on target) MAR: 5 (2) LIV: 26 (14) 26pc conversion rate (Six-yard box/18-yard box/ outside box) 12/62/27 …
Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's Draw with Man Utd

Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's Draw with Man Utd

This is always the most nerve-racking match of the season. It's certainly a match that gets to me: I can barely eat on the morning of a match against United. But after two back-to-back drab draws at Anfield, maybe it's time to reassess if it's worth it all... That's not to say there was not much riding on the game though, with Mané out, Liverpool stuck in a rut and both Manchester clubs totting up and impressive number of points, …
FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

FSG & Why 'Net Spend' is Irrelevant and Misleading

Today, I read a popular article on the Echo website titled 'FSG - how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players?'. It's undeniably an interesting read, but one that is misleading - though I do not hold the writer culpable for this. The very nature of the premise 'how much have Liverpool's owners really invested in players' is unfortunately caught up with a great deal of misinformation that stems from the transfer orientated reporting of club business. The result …
Liverpool Fans Need to Stay Calm

Liverpool Fans Need to Stay Calm

It's been a tough few weeks of late, with Liverpool dropping points against Newcastle, Burnley, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla whilst also getting knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester. Some fans have even started to turn on the manager. It's strange, Liverpool are only seven games into the league season and people are already writing off their chances of Champions League qualification, the season entirely, and subsequently there's talk of a club in crisis. Yet the table does not …
Tactically Breaking Down Liverpool's Draw At Newcastle

Tactically Breaking Down Liverpool's Draw At Newcastle

Regular readers, you may have noticed that I did not write any tactical pieces for either of Liverpool's games against Leicester City, or the Spartak fixture. Sorry about that, I had some technical issues - nonetheless, I'm back now, and hope to continue with these pieces throughout the season. Like in Liverpool's previous games, against Spartak, Sevilla and Burnley, Liverpool can simply be characterised by poor finishing, and being undone by their own individual errors. Indeed, it's more of the …
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