Do Liverpool Need a Creative Midfielder to Break Down Defensive Teams?

Do Liverpool Need a Creative Midfielder to Break Down Defensive Teams?

On the most recent edition of the Tactics Weekly pod, host Daniel Rhodes quizzed Paul Dalglish in an AI:PRO Q&A Special (you can listen for FREE for one week). One particular question (below) posed was that of breaking down defensive sides, an issue Liverpool have had for quite a while - harking back to troubles under Rodgers.
Do Liverpool need a creative CM to break down a low block, or is the positional play (i.e. width & using the pace …
Liverpool’s Best Midfield: What Is It?

Liverpool’s Best Midfield: What Is It?

Picture the scene: Liverpool are preparing for the Champions League final in May, after a stunning march to the showcase event at Kiev's Olympic Stadium. Having seen off Porto in the last-16, probably despite somehow losing 4-0 at Anfield in the second-leg, they then dispatched of Chelsea and Man United, with last-minute winners in both ties. Sounds pretty special, doesn’t it? As Jurgen Klopp prepares his players for the biggest match in club football, he will be left with an …
FArcical FA Clear Firmino

FArcical FA Clear Firmino

So, a month and a half after Bobby Firmino was shoved into the stands by Mason Holgate, swore at him in response, and was accused of being racist by the young English defender, the FA has eventually decided that Firmino did not racially abuse Holgate. This, of course, is great news for Liverpool and Firmino – who released a wonderfully classy statement immediately after. It is not, however, great news for football in general. The FA is an absolute farce. …
Liverpool v West Ham Preview: Key Battles

Liverpool v West Ham Preview: Key Battles

After a gap of ten days to bask in the glory of a perfect Champions League in Porto, Liverpool are back in action in the Premier League, welcoming West Ham United to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds won the reverse fixture 4-1 at the London Stadium with a Mo Salah brace either side of goals from Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain giving the Reds three points. West Ham will be buoyed by their home win against Watford last time but …
Karius' Resurgence The Beginning Of A Much Longer Journey

Karius' Resurgence The Beginning Of A Much Longer Journey

Loris Karius has largely played second fiddle to Simon Mignolet since the summer of 2016, with the Belgian put at the top of the pecking order in both the Premier League and domestic cup competitions. Yet, his rife inconsistencies allowed the German to sneak through the door and take up the reigns as Liverpool’s No.1 goalkeeper following an alleged behind-the-scenes meeting between Mignolet and Klopp over the manager’s rotation. There have been clear signs of progression in the moments since …
Liverpool v West Ham Preview - Moyes' dreadful Anfield record to continue?

Liverpool v West Ham Preview - Moyes' dreadful Anfield record to continue?

The Details Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Stuart Attwell Date & Time - Saturday, February 24th @ 15:00 GMT Current Odds - Liverpool 1/5, Draw 11/2, West Ham 12/1 Form Liverpool Form Liverpool have kept three clean sheets in their last four games but they were all away from Anfield. At home, the Reds haven't managed a clean sheet for five games, since the 5-0 win over Swansea on Boxing Day. However, this Liverpool team looks to once again be in irresistible form. …
The Ambition Of Liverpool's Champions League Campaign

The Ambition Of Liverpool's Champions League Campaign

In April 2009 Liverpool went to Stamford Bridge and looked for a miracle. Six days earlier the Reds led from an early goal by Fernando Torres, but it was not a strike which set the tone for the night as Guus Hiddink’s side battered us by three goals to one. The Dutchman coaxed an imperious performance from Michael Essien and, with Steven Gerrard appearing subdued as a consequence; Liverpool faced the task of overturning a two-goal lead in the second …
Goalkeepers at Liverpool, light at the end of the tunnel?

Goalkeepers at Liverpool, light at the end of the tunnel?

Speaking to Gags Tandon and Nina Kauser for this weeks episode of Media Matters for AI Pro, ex-professional goalkeeper David Preece talked about the importance of a goalkeeping coach and how they can affect the performances of a goalkeeper on the pitch.
"The relationship between the goalkeeper and their coach is very, very important. It’s much more of a personal relationship than the outfield players have with the coaches because you spend a lot more one-to-one time with them, …
Liverpool's Attacking Flexibility

Liverpool's Attacking Flexibility

Hello again Anfield Index, it’s been a while. Eagle-eyed viewers that you are, some of you have probably noticed that Liverpool are scoring quite a few goals this season. My goal in this article is to explain to you how adjustments in personnel and tactical decisions have allowed us to both destroy ambitious opposition on the counter and, at times, to break our hoodoo on beating teams who only intend to sit deep for the entire game – some teams …
Has Klopp Found the Perfect Balance with his Full-Backs?

Has Klopp Found the Perfect Balance with his Full-Backs?

Since Nathaniel Clyne suffered a serious back injury in pre-season there has been a lot of uncertainty as to who Klopp will view as his first choice full-backs. Would he favour Alberto Moreno or new signing Andrew Robertson at left-back and on the right-hand side would he opt for the more attacking Trent Alexander-Arnold or more defensive minded Joe Gomez? With Klopp recognising Robertson would need time to settle into a new system Moreno was given the opportunity to prove …
Page: 1 2 3 309