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

Tactical Analysis - Roberto Firmino Liverpool's master of space

Tactical Analysis - Roberto Firmino Liverpool's master of space

In July 2015 Liverpool football club made a significant move in the remodelling of their squad with the signing of Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino for a reported £29M fee. Reaction was mixed amongst the Liverpool fan base with many questioning the acquisition of a player that was perceived as being not top four quality and who was coming from a club that did not play in regular European competition. These criticisms were not immediately allayed as the Brazilian gradually started …
Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane - Firing Liverpool to the Top

Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane - Firing Liverpool to the Top

"An outsider should never know what position my players are playing. We occupy interchangeable spaces and principles not rigid positions” - Marco Bielsa. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were at their rampant best against Watford. It finished 6-1 but the Reds could have easily finished with double figures as the away side failed to cope with the fluidity of the Liverpool side. People, myself included, read far too much into formations. To managers they're nothing more than a blueprint for how the …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Movement too Much for Watford's 3-5-2

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Movement too Much for Watford's 3-5-2

At what point do we accept that Liverpool are genuine title contenders? Some say that to win the title you have to beat your closest challengers, in fact that is only half the battle. The true path to title glory is making sure you do not drop points against the teams that you should be beating. With a 6-1 victory in this match at Anfield against Watford we saw a stretch of three wins against clubs in the lower reaches …
Tactics: Liverpool's Attacking Fluidity Overwhelms Palace's Defensive Unit

Tactics: Liverpool's Attacking Fluidity Overwhelms Palace's Defensive Unit

As we approach the beginning of November you can start to see the Premier League table take shape. The early weeks of the season are spent with teams striving to find their feet and deal with any lingering fitness or personnel issues. As the season progresses though form starts to take hold and teams establish their credentials as title challengers, European challengers or relegation fighters. In the English Premier League there are no viable alternatives. Where then does the onset …
Did a tactical tweak help Liverpool beat Palace?

Did a tactical tweak help Liverpool beat Palace?

Liverpool's victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday evening was a bit of a whirlwind performance. It highlighted the very best of Jurgen Klopp's revamped Reds side whilst simultaneously exposing to the world their glaring frailties. At times it almost felt like Liverpool's attack versus their defence. It had a 2013/14 sort of feel to it. The aftermath of such a performance has rightly been centred around Liverpool picking up yet another 3 points. They kept pace with Manchester City and …
Tactics - A look at Trent Alexander-Arnold's Debut for Liverpool

Tactics - A look at Trent Alexander-Arnold's Debut for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold made his competitive first-team debut for Liverpool in the win against Spurs. It's been long overdue for a player who impressed during pre-season with his fearless performances. He was expressive in his play, the way that many youngsters are when they get their chance in the first-team. It's a combination of confidence and youthful innocence, almost as though they're playing with a freedom many seasoned veterans aren't afforded. Daniel Sturridge is the man on the back pages and Divock …
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