Liverpool's Plan B: Tactical Tweaking of 4-2-3-1?

Liverpool's Plan B: Tactical Tweaking of 4-2-3-1?

It’s not exactly been the best start to 2017 for Liverpool, with their dismal January form continuing for much of February. An impressive win against Premier League rivals Tottenham ought to have provided a platform with which to build on heading into the business end of the season. However, Liverpool once again failed to impress against relegation threatened opposition, with their performance almost an exact replica of previous defeats to Swansea, Wolves and Bournemouth. Once again, it was a tail …
Liverpool's Plan B: Time for the Hipster 3-4-3?

Liverpool's Plan B: Time for the Hipster 3-4-3?

Under Klopp, 2016 was a fantastic year. Goals galore, two cup finals and the development of players such as Roberto Frimino and Adam Lallana. The German tactician started off using a fluid 4-2-3-1/4-1-4-1 formation during the latter months of last season which morphed into an efficient 4-3-3 for the first half of the season. With Can and Henderson never excelling as a two, putting Lallana or Wijnaldum into the mix solidified the midfield and created space for Coutinho's and Firmino’s …
Breaking down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts - Part 2

Breaking down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts - Part 2

Any back-line - let alone the back-five of Liverpool's - will face adversities in the form of the high initial press in trying to lay the foundation for attacks. Jürgen Klopp's system for Liverpool works in a multitude of ways in order to overcome these adversities as mentioned in Part 1 here, but nevertheless, football is still a team game. It goes without saying that the five players in the aforementioned positions - both centre-backs, the full-backs, as well as the …
Liverpool's Win Against Spurs is a Gentle Reminder

Liverpool's Win Against Spurs is a Gentle Reminder

Liverpool's win against Spurs was Jurgen Klopp's men putting the league on notice. The Reds went into the evening kick-off on Saturday having not won a game since the turn of the year. Swansea City, Wolves, Plymouth and Southampton had all turned to Anfield, frustrated the hosts and walked away with something to show for it. Fortress Anfield was in ruins. Liverpool were a wounded animal and Spurs could have taken full advantage of it had they been smart. They …
Liverpool Find Their Attacking Fluency to Overcome Spurs

Liverpool Find Their Attacking Fluency to Overcome Spurs

When is it going to end? The run of form that Liverpool are currently on is not in keeping with the squad at their disposal or the quality of their coach. You have to go back to the 31st of December to find the last league victory for Jurgen Klopp's side. Since then we have seen losses to both Hull City and Swansea City as well as draws with Chelsea, Manchester United and Sunderland. Add in the capitulation in the …
Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defeat to Hull City meant Liverpool's disastrous start to 2017 continued. Jurgen Klopp's men have won just one of their 10 matches since the turn of the year and this run has seen relegation battlers Hull and Swansea pick up maximum points against them as well as having their FA Cup run brought to a premature end at the hands of Wolves, at Anfield. Fingers are being pointed and scapegoats are being identified. Emre Can isn't good enough to start. Dejan …
Liverpool lack imagination to overcome Hull City

Liverpool lack imagination to overcome Hull City

It is fair to say that Liverpool have been a disappointment at the start of 2017. They have been knocked out of both domestic cups with losses to Wolves in the FA Cup and Southampton in the EFL Cup. Along with the poor form in the cup Liverpool have yet to win a league match this year with draws against Manchester United, Sunderland and Chelsea and a loss to Swansea City. Prior to the turn of the year there was …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Lack the Attacking Ambition to Overcome Wolves

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Lack the Attacking Ambition to Overcome Wolves

Lack of attacking structure sees Liverpool stumble against Swansea

Lack of attacking structure sees Liverpool stumble against Swansea

Roberto Firmino's Return to Form?

Roberto Firmino's Return to Form?

It was going to happen eventually wasn't it? Fans were going to start to question the point of Roberto Firmino after his early season form inevitably dropped off. It felt like deja vu and the start of the 2015/16 season repeating itself all over again. You can't say it hasn't been coming though. The former Hoffenheim player scored three goals and grabbed five assists in his first 11 matches and there was a hope he'd finish the season with 20 …
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