Observations as Liverpool Take Three Points against Stoke

Observations as Liverpool Take Three Points against Stoke

Liverpool took all the spoils at the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday evening, winning 3-0 against Stoke City. Here are the observations from the match. Another Mo Show I really am becoming a broken record now... When Mohamed Salah stepped onto the pitch in the second-half, Liverpool were struggling to contend with the increasing pressure of the home side. Their physicality in midfield and desire to win the second-ball put Klopp's team up against it, but the Egyptian's introduction turned the …
When The Going Gets Tough, Liverpool Capitulate

When The Going Gets Tough, Liverpool Capitulate

Has there been a more predictable goal conceded than Sevilla’s late effort against Liverpool on Tuesday night? Sadly, yes there has. Plenty. And they all seem to feature the Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s side had done so well to get some momentum going after losing at Tottenham last month, with four wins in a row recorded in professional fashion. Everyone knew that the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan would be a far greater test than Huddersfield, Maribor, West Ham and …
Should Klopp persist with the 4-2-2-2 formation?

Should Klopp persist with the 4-2-2-2 formation?

In recent months and weeks, many Liverpool fans have become increasingly frustrated with the Reds predictable 4-3-3 formation. Opposition teams seem to have worked out that if they sit back in a low block and wait for counter-attacking opportunities to arise then they will get their chances and it's worked for many of them this season. Although I am a big fan of the 4-3-3 system, the Reds have lacked any real creativity from midfield and defensively when asked questions, …
Is Joe Gomez Becoming a Right-Back?

Is Joe Gomez Becoming a Right-Back?

A series of unfortunate developments have seen Joe Gomez play most of his minutes for Liverpool at full-back, despite signing as a fresh-faced centre-back in the summer of 2015. The first of those developments was Brendan Rodgers developing the idea that to save his job, a back four with an 18-year-old out of position at left-back was the obvious solution. Gomez made five appearances, playing fairly well before injury curtailed his season. Finally getting back to full fitness after a …
The end of Klopp's Liverpool 4-3-3?

The end of Klopp's Liverpool 4-3-3?

Enough has been said and written about the shift in system that Liverpool employed at West Ham on Saturday evening. Whether you look at it as a 4-4-2, a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-2-2-2 depends on how you see it, and how the game changed. But one definitive conclusion that can be drawn from the game at the London Stadium is that Liverpool did not play the 4-3-3 that we have come to be associated with. There were two centre-backs in …
How did Liverpool outplay West Ham?

How did Liverpool outplay West Ham?

Whilst watching Liverpool thrash West Ham, I didn't quite know what was going on, but I liked it. Now, I've rewatched the game to get some semblance of what happened, and why it panned out the way it did. Instead of looking at the goals today, we'll be looking essentially at the story of the game - how Liverpool set up, what they took advantage of, and differences compared to other recent games. A good place to start when looking …
Liverpool's Young Guns - A Plethora Of Talent

Liverpool's Young Guns - A Plethora Of Talent

Liverpool have a plethora of young talent coming through their ranks at the moment, with Rhian Brewster the latest in an increasing line of youth World Cup winners at Anfield. The 17-year-old returns to Melwood this week having guided his country to glory with a winner medal to his name, joining three other Liverpool players in doing so –Sheyi Ojo, Ovie Ejaria and summer signing Dominic Solanke, all of whom featured for England’s Under-20s side. The very fact that the …
Jurgen Klopp's

Jurgen Klopp's "defensive" tactical tweak

Coming off the back of that defensive implosion at Wembley, something had to change. Personnel, defensive set-up, a mixture of both, just something. Throughout the week there was talk of Klopp making sweeping changes to his back line, Karius in goal, Gomez at CB and Trent back in at right-back were all credible suggestions but all fairly unlikely. Despite an enforced late change with the injured Dejan Lovren being replaced by Ragnar Klavan it looked as though the Reds would …
Time For Joe Gomez To Step In At Centre-Back?

Time For Joe Gomez To Step In At Centre-Back?

Dejan Lovren’s worryingly poor performance against Tottenham at the weekend could very well have opened the door for Joe Gomez to stake a claim at centre-back. Conceding 15 goals on the road tells the story in itself really, with three goals shipped against Watford, five against City and four at Spurs. To add insult to injury, a lot of said goals could’ve easily been prevented but for glaring mistakes by individuals. Lovren was the culprit in Liverpool’s 4-1 mauling at …
Joe Gomez - A Name For The Future Or An Arrival?

Joe Gomez - A Name For The Future Or An Arrival?

There comes a day in every player’s career where they have to stop being the young lad, the starlet with potential and step up to the big arena. If you look down the list at those who have started with a reputation but have failed to build on it, it can make a sad read. Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongollle, Neil Mellor and arguably Jon Flanagan have all had greatness thrust upon them but somehow fallen at the final step. …
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