Tactical Preview: How do Liverpool beat Real Madrid?

Tactical Preview: How do Liverpool beat Real Madrid?

Over the course of the season I've been breaking down a number of Liverpool's matches in both the Premier League and Champions League, however, this week I was asked to do something rather different instead, and scout Real Madrid for the AEye Scouted pod, hosted by Dave Hendrick. Below are the key findings of my 12 game scouting exercise - essentially my notes - and a blueprint of sorts for as to how Liverpool might be able to beat Real …
Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Klopp the Tactician: From Dortmund to Liverpool

Following on from my three-part series "The Klopp Project" which took a longer-term view on things (select the links for part 1, part 2 and part 3), I thought I would assess where Jurgen Klopp is in the present moment. Klopp the innovative tactician in Germany has been well documented. But what about Klopp the tactician at Liverpool? In assessing his time at LFC, we have to throw the conventional rules out the window. Klopp's system does not rely on …
Solving LFC's Number Six Position and Four Perfect Transfer Targets

Solving LFC's Number Six Position and Four Perfect Transfer Targets

In this article: Understanding the Dutch 'number six’ midfield position & specialist roles today The Liverpool history of Jordan Henderson Liverpool’s attacking & defensive failures and how to resolve them The perfect transfer targets for 2017/18 Understanding the Dutch 'number six’ midfield position & specialist roles today On face value, Jordan Henderson has done surprisingly well this season as a player you would describe as a ‘known known’. As a symbol of consistency amidst the years of flux in footballing …
Klopp Carving Out Results With Rodgers Tools

Klopp Carving Out Results With Rodgers Tools

Does He Really Need New Pliers? When interviewed following his third from last game in charge of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers identified a lack of quality ‘tools’ as the reason for his poor managerial record in 2015. “Give me the tools, I’ll do the work” were his exact words in the aftermath of September’s 3-2 victory over relegation-threatened Aston Villa. There was a particular implement in question: the brilliant Daniel Sturridge, whose brace had just extended Rodgers’ doomed reign into what …
Milner's role has changed at Liverpool - for the better

Milner's role has changed at Liverpool - for the better

When James Milner’s arrival was announced almost half a year ago, there was a general acceptance that both Liverpool and Milner had struck an excellent deal, at the expense of Manchester City who had lost both an excellent player who was immensely loved by the fans, but crucially a player who both made up the home-grown quota and was of sufficient quality to play with City’s array of international stars. Milner had spoken at Manchester City about how he wanted …
Coutinho: Why Confidence and Pressing Matters

Coutinho: Why Confidence and Pressing Matters

The struggles of Philippe Coutinho in recent weeks have been well documented on this website. The diminutive Brazilian hasn't had the best of times since his beautiful long-range winner at Stoke City on the opening day of the season. So what has been the issue for Coutinho? Lack of options in front of him? Lack of players he trusts around him? External factors causing a loss of confidence? Or all of the above? Let's look at the lack of options to …
Why is Philippe Coutinho Struggling?

Why is Philippe Coutinho Struggling?

Since the departure of Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014, only one man has claimed the title of Liverpool superstar: Philippe Coutinho. The little Brazilian has twisted, turned, and volleyed his way into the hearts of Kopites since his arrival on Merseyside in January of 2013. His quick pace, creativity, and laser-like accuracy with shots from outside the box enabled him to thrive under Brendan Rodgers, who may consider Coutinho his best signing while at the helm. But since …
Anfield Index Podcast Live: Spurs vs Liverpool Analysis

Anfield Index Podcast Live: Spurs vs Liverpool Analysis

Hello and welcome to the first ever LIVE Anfield Index Podcast on the Anfield Index Channel! Today on the show Gags Tandon welcomes John Ritchie and Joseph Cousins to discuss all the fall out from the game at White Hart Lane! Not only that the LIVE show will have exclusive Pressing Stats analysis available no where else!! You can listen in on the player below! Your browser does not support the audio element. // The Nina Kauser Show is a part of the AnfieldIndex …
Gegenpressing at Liverpool - Could It Work?

Gegenpressing at Liverpool - Could It Work?

Gegenpressing has become a buzzword in football. It's one of  those words that makes people think you're a football hipster if you know what it means
"Why are you saying Gegenpressing? Why not just call it pressing?"
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the term now but for those that aren't the term Gegenpressing in English means counter pressing. It's a pretty simplistic idea with a foreign name and this is what makes it sound complex. …