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 …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool break down deep defensive block

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool break down deep defensive block

Liverpool's Achilles Heel - Set Piece Woes

Liverpool's Achilles Heel - Set Piece Woes

Jurgen Klopp was right when he said Liverpool don't have a defensive issue. In the 12 months he's been with the club he's worked on making Liverpool, as a unit, much more resilient. For starters there are less holes centrally, you rarely see the backline exposed like you did under Brendan Rodgers. The team rarely seem to appear stretched and opponents are creating fewer chances against us in open play. Granted, so far this season Liverpool haven't really been tested defensively …
Tactics - A look at Emre Can's New Role

Tactics - A look at Emre Can's New Role

Jurgen Klopp's at it again, isn't he? There's outside the box and then there's Jurgen Klopp levels of outside of the box. Just when you start to scratch your head and question the logic behind it all it clicks into place and you feel stupid yourself for not seeing it originally. Adam Lallana as a box-to-box midfielder - his dribbling and ability to play on the half turn make him an ideal candidate to break the defensive lines. Jordan Henderson as …
Daniel Sturridge: The Right Man for the Wrong System?

Daniel Sturridge: The Right Man for the Wrong System?

To my pleasant surprise, Daniel Sturridge was handed a start by Jürgen Klopp against Manchester United on Monday evening. Usually in the "big" games, Klopp opts for Firmino to play as a false 9, to spearhead the team's press, but instead, he chose Sturridge - a choice that unfortunately did not pay dividends. But why was Daniel Sturridge so ineffective, why has he not been scoring recently, and why did Liverpool look much sharper and intensive once he was substituted …
Why Joel Matip Could be Key to Beating the Parked Bus

Why Joel Matip Could be Key to Beating the Parked Bus

From a Liverpool perspective Monday night was a night of frustration. Jose Mourinho's Manchester United arrived at Anfield with a clear game plan in mind and to their credit they executed it to near perfection. They stifled, smothered and dictated where Liverpool could and couldn't play. For Liverpool fans it felt like deja-vu. There they are on a good run of form and Jose comes to town with the sole purpose of disfiguring their pretty play. It was 2013/14 all over again. …
Disjointed Liverpool Fail to Break Down a Stubborn United Defensive Resistance

Disjointed Liverpool Fail to Break Down a Stubborn United Defensive Resistance

It was always going to happen. A combination of the pause for the international break combined with a perfect storm of players being injured and others being rusty from a period on the medical table was enough to disrupt the momentum that Liverpool were beginning to build. In all honesty there were signs before the break that the side was becoming more laboured, The win over Swansea came almost in spite of the Liverpool performance instead of because of it …
A look at the tactical changes at Liverpool since Klopp's arrival

A look at the tactical changes at Liverpool since Klopp's arrival

It's flown by hasn't it? Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manager doesn't seem like it was a year ago. Everything about him at the club still feels fresh and new but at the same time it feels like he's part of the furniture. It's testament to the man that he's managed to come in and change so much in such a short space of time. It's genuinely scary to think that if history repeats itself Klopp will only be here, at Anfield, …
Henderson Analysis Shows Why Liverpool Need Dahoud

Henderson Analysis Shows Why Liverpool Need Dahoud

There's been a lot of talk recently surrounding Jordan Henderson silencing his critics after an impressive run of games as the deepest midfielder. People cite the worldie at Stamford Bridge and his dominant performances against Leicester and Hull City as evidence that he's acclimatising to his new role. For all the unfair criticism levelled at him after the matches against Arsenal and Burnley people have now gone the opposite way with their praise for the captain. He's been much better than …
Klopp's Half-Time Adjustments Help Liverpool Overcome Swansea

Klopp's Half-Time Adjustments Help Liverpool Overcome Swansea

A match away at Swansea City should not be much of a concern for Liverpool this season. The way that the side from Anfield are playing they should have been able to blow past their opponents with relative ease. In the end though Liverpool had to settle for a 2-1 victory. Surely though winning when playing badly is the mark of champions, or at the very least of title contenders. Before the recent Hull City match there were concerns around …
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