Watford 3 Liverpool 3: A Tactical Breakdown

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: A Tactical Breakdown

Completely bewildering, yet almost oxymoronically, so very familiar; Liverpool's 3-3 draw was, for the most part, a frustrating game, with a blisteringly good period of play for Liverpool sandwiched between two periods that were hard to watch. To really understand how the game progressed, and key points within it, we shall look at the goals, specific players, and positioning across the game. First, though, we're going to need some of the stats from the game to flesh out the general …
Lallana Out: Liverpool on the Brink

Lallana Out: Liverpool on the Brink

'Adam Lallana out for four months'
For Liverpool fans, this crushing news could hardly have come at a worse time. Yet there was a sense of inevitability about it all. Jürgen Klopp's comments regarding Lallana's injury was particularly sombre:
'This is certainly not news we would have wanted. 'Unfortunately, the damage is such that it will likely mean Adam is out for a couple of months not weeks, so I think we can pretty much rule him out …
Could Ryan Kent be a pivotal part of Liverpool's squad next season?

Could Ryan Kent be a pivotal part of Liverpool's squad next season?

With speculation surrounding the Naby Keita transfer appearing to fizzle out, it seems more likely than not the Reds won't get their number one transfer target for this summer. As a result, there has been a lot of debate amongst supporters as to whether the club should turn their attention to signing another winger as a back up to both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane or in fact pursue an alternative to Keita. In an ideal world where our owners …
Is Dominic Solanke's pre-season form a worry for Divock Origi?

Is Dominic Solanke's pre-season form a worry for Divock Origi?

2016/17 was a tough season for Divock Origi. There were ups, such as that brilliant solo goal against Bournemouth from a tight angle but there were also downs, with the striker averaging just 0.9 take-ons and a shot accuracy of 48%. That makes for a poor comparison to 2015/16 in which Origi enjoyed a fine campaign, netting in both legs against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final. He proved to be a useful tool on the counter-attack, while contributing …
Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Why Liverpool's Current Squad Is Not Enough To Challenge On All Fronts

Over the season 2016/17, Liverpool played 46 games, which amounts to around 4,140 minutes over the season. However, notably, some players struggled with their fitness, which raises questions of how individuals, the team, and the squad will perform in a season that will include a minimum of eight Champions League games (including and providing Liverpool go through the qualifying matches), and perhaps a longer FA Cup run. The most recent edition of the AI Under Pressure podcast looked at the …
Assessing Liverpool’s Attack For The Upcoming Season

Assessing Liverpool’s Attack For The Upcoming Season

In many respects, Liverpool were well equipped in the attacking department last season. Philippe Coutinho on the left wing, Sadio Mane on the right and Roberto Firmino through the middle, The Reds caused teams havoc on the counter-attacking. Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge provided Jurgen Klopp with some rotational options, particularly in the closing stages of the season in which Sturridge came back from the injury table to help secure a top-four finish and return to the Champions League. However, …
Assessing Liverpool's Midfield For The Impending Season

Assessing Liverpool's Midfield For The Impending Season

Much has been made of Liverpool’s potential business this summer, particularly in the midfield department. While Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality options to choose from, with his side achieving a top-four finish and subsequent return to the Champions League, a much busier fixture list will bring heavier demands. That will put more pressure on his midfield options and could well see some additions over the next few months as a result. Should that be the case, what is it …
Will This Be Liverpool's Best Attack Since The 1980s?

Will This Be Liverpool's Best Attack Since The 1980s?

The opening 45 minutes of Saturday’s Premier League Asia Trophy final win over Leicester City were unbelievable. There was a frightening pace to the game, especially compared to the usual slow speed of a pre-season friendly, and Liverpool looked irrepressible for the most part. Jurgen Klopp’s attack-minded lineup saw the quintet of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi all start, and some of the football was exceptional. The creativity, confidence and interchanging that the attacking …
Naby Keïta: A Statistical Analysis

Naby Keïta: A Statistical Analysis

In my first profile of Naby Keïta, I looked at his personal qualities, attributes, and statistics, and then compared him to Gini Wijnaldum, the player who Keita would likely replace in the starting XI, should Liverpool persist with the staggered 4-3-3 system that was broadly successful during the 16-17 season. In this piece, however, I'll be looking at Naby Keïta's statistics in comparison to the rest of Liverpool's midfielders, in respect to some other Premier League box-to-box, or key midfielders, as …
The Reds' Midfield Conundrum

The Reds' Midfield Conundrum

With the transfer window officially opening on Saturday, it's no secret Liverpool could well be big spenders this summer. Last season's 4th placed finish did ensure that the Champions League group stages are within touching distance ahead of next season - but in equal measure, it offers plenty of scope for improvement ahead of next term. It should be another exciting year for Liverpool FC, you can get tickets for next Liverpool game here. Centre-back and left-back have been heavily touted …
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