Jürgen Klopp's Midfield Unit

Jürgen Klopp's Midfield Unit

Hello again Anfield Index, it's been a while. Sorry I've taken some time since my last article, but apparently being in the final year of your degree is quite time-consuming. Moving on, in this piece I will be attempting to analyse what I consider the most important component of any Klopp system: the midfield. Most will tell you that Klopp's preferred shape is a 4-2-3-1, which I agree with, and I'll start by discussing what the manager tends to expect from …
Sturridge, Firmino and Coutinho - Opponents Should Fear Us

Sturridge, Firmino and Coutinho - Opponents Should Fear Us

"Where are the goals going to come from?" was probably amongst the top five questions Liverpool fans have asked in 2015. It's not like there wasn't cause for concern either, saying the Reds looked blunt up front would've been polite. The toothless attack is a mixture of Daniel Sturridge having shares in the injury table market, Brendan Rodgers playing systems that isolated strikers and latterly the misfortune of having injuries to Christian Benteke and Danny Ings. Liverpool have scored a …
Manchester City Vs Liverpool Preview | Tactics, Team News & Stats

Manchester City Vs Liverpool Preview | Tactics, Team News & Stats

Liverpool suffered defeat against Crystal Palace, at Anfield, followed by a two week international break, so what is the ideal match to follow that? Erm, not Manchester City away. And yet, it might be ideal -  as expectations will be low, some of the Reds' key players have had time to rest and train, others are closer to returning from injury and we've fared better away from home this season, especially considering the fixture difficulty. Pellegrini's team, though, are rightly …
Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace | Tactics, Team News and Stats

Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace | Tactics, Team News and Stats

Alan Pardew, another manager who divides opinion, brings his Crystal Palace side to Anfield on the back of a good start to the season, albeit more inconsistent in recent weeks. The Eagles have won two, drawn one, and lost three of their previous six, although they were unlucky not to beat Manchester United last weekend. On Sunday, at 4pm, Klopp's side are looking to continue with their unbeaten run, and build on the victory over Chelsea last Saturday followed an …
Here's to You Jordan Henderson - Return of Captain Fantastic

Here's to You Jordan Henderson - Return of Captain Fantastic

The good news keeps on coming for Liverpool FC, Jordan Henderson has returned to training and should be available to play after the international break! The Liverpool captain, who still divides opinion amongst fans and pundits, has been absent since August after he broke a bone in his foot during training. Before the bone break, Henderson had been in and out of the side due to a heel injury and had therefore only played two games for Liverpool this season. …
Adam Lallana: Is His Pressing Enough to Warrant a First-Team Place?

Adam Lallana: Is His Pressing Enough to Warrant a First-Team Place?

Adam Lallana’s a funny one, isn’t he? He throws in a sexy little Cruyff turn one minute and follows it up with a weak shot. He draws gasps from the crowd as often as he does groans. His Liverpool career to date has been the very definition of stop-start, as niggly injuries have struck just as he’s getting a run in the side. However, Jurgen Klopp clearly sees something in the attacking midfielder, who has started in every game the …
Coutinho: Why Confidence and Pressing Matters

Coutinho: Why Confidence and Pressing Matters

The struggles of Philippe Coutinho in recent weeks have been well documented on this website. The diminutive Brazilian hasn't had the best of times since his beautiful long-range winner at Stoke City on the opening day of the season. So what has been the issue for Coutinho? Lack of options in front of him? Lack of players he trusts around him? External factors causing a loss of confidence? Or all of the above? Let's look at the lack of options to …
Bundesliga Goalkeepers That Would Improve Liverpool FC

Bundesliga Goalkeepers That Would Improve Liverpool FC

It’s fair to say David De Gea almost, certainly, single-handily dragged our bitter rivals to that Champions League spot last season, so I guess it wouldn’t be imprudent to slap a heavy investment towards a dominant number one. Whilst newly appointed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may well work his magic on some of the fringe players in the squad, it may be prove to be an arduous task to convert Simon Mignolet into the quality required to compete at the …
Comparing Defence and Attack - Klopp Against Rodgers

Comparing Defence and Attack - Klopp Against Rodgers

A lot has been written over the past week or so about what Jurgen Klopp brings to Liverpool and how he compares to the recently departed, not from this Earth, Brendan Rodgers. Their styles have been looked at and analysed, lots of theories have been discussed about how the German messiah may evolve Liverpool into a gegenpressing machine and it's been taken for granted, almost viewed as a given, that Jurgen Klopp will improve Liverpool. The man himself has acknowledged …
The Two Dannys - Sturridge and Ings: Ready Made Strikeforce

The Two Dannys - Sturridge and Ings: Ready Made Strikeforce

Liverpool have had a few prolific partnerships in their history, a few spring to mind instantly with very little thought. John Toshack and Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard and of course Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Some were integral in title winning sides, others important in winning European trophies whilst others played a dominant role in Liverpool finishing second and giving us one …
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