Tactical Analysis - Rotations and Movement pull Stoke apart

Tactical Analysis - Rotations and Movement pull Stoke apart

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool's Overloads too Much for Middlesbrough to Handle

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool's Overloads too Much for Middlesbrough to Handle

Liverpool fans represent both the best and worst of the club. In terms of backing and loving their club there is no better in World football, in terms of overreacting to a loss or setback there can be no worse. Losing a commanding lead at Bournemouth and coming away with a 4-3 loss was of course massively disappointing for all at the club and to then follow that up with a 2-2 draw at home to a West Ham side …
Breaking Down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts – Part 1

Breaking Down the Sum of Liverpool's Parts – Part 1

This series of articles aspires to explain and detail how Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side operate on an average basis in different areas of the pitch, scenarios, and for player(s) in different positions, i.e. being an attempt at dissecting the train of thought behind Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy and style at Liverpool FC. Foreword Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool is many things – an attacking powerhouse, a defensive error waiting to happen, a perpetually-moving unit, a horde-like gegenpressing team – you name it. Ultimately, …
Where Data Meet Tactics: Ball Retention and Loss of Possession

Where Data Meet Tactics: Ball Retention and Loss of Possession

These words were written to accompany the following graphic, and provide further context to the data. https://twitter.com/AIUnderPressure/status/804631753591816192 Working Out The first important piece of context regarding this graphic is that it’s not based on passes. It’s based on losses of possession due to a poor touch or an unsuccessful dribble. The numbers were calculated by dividing losses of possession by total touches. As the graphic says: it indicates ball retention by looking at the number of touches per lost ball, …
Pass the Dutchie On the Left-Hand Side

Pass the Dutchie On the Left-Hand Side

First off, credit to @CalvLyfeson for the inspired title of this piece. There was a lot of talk surrounding who Jurgen Klopp would opt to go with to replace the injured Philippe Coutinho on the Liverpool left. If history was anything to go off it looked as though the German would give the responsibility to Coutinho's compatriot, Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool number 11 had filled in for the Coutinho previously in matches against Burton, Leicester City and Manchester United. Against Burton …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool maintain composure to break down Sunderland resistance

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool maintain composure to break down Sunderland resistance

The match at Anfield against Sunderland took on extra significance given the run of form enjoyed by Chelsea under Antonio Conte. Whilst it is remiss to place too much importance on a single result at this stage of the season there is still a danger in allowing your opponent to open up too much of a gap at this point of the season. Last week against Southampton saw Liverpool come away with a 0-0 draw with Southampton setting out in …
Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Originally, a False 9 was a lone striker who, instead of staying high up the pitch like a traditional striker, would drop into midfield and look to drag the centre-back pairing into areas they weren't comfortable in to enable teammates to exploit the space they had created. Cesc Fabregas played it for Spain. Pep Guardiola used Lionel Messi in that role. Francesco Totti excelled in it for Roma. Even Manchester United used a variation of it with when they had Wayne …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Struggle against Southampton's Stubborn Defence

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Struggle against Southampton's Stubborn Defence

Emre Can - A Creative Force

Emre Can - A Creative Force

Anything other than a win now is considered a disaster if you're a Liverpool fan. Scanning social media after the Reds' 0-0 draw with Southampton on Saturday you would have been forgiven for thinking Klopp's men had lost. There was a lot of frustration mixed with disappointment topped off with some hysteria. It's a recipe for disaster. Of course it's disappointing not to win and maintain the lead at the top of the table but at the end of the …
Why Liverpool Need: Virgil Van Dijk

Why Liverpool Need: Virgil Van Dijk

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