Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Is James Milner a Good Left-Back?

Georginio Wijnaldum: Ruthlessly Efficient

Georginio Wijnaldum: Ruthlessly Efficient

When Georginio Wijnaldum signed for a fee of £25 million, many saw him to be another attacking midfielder within the side, raising questions about what he could bring to the table given the current array of talent already at Klopp’s disposal. During his Newcastle days, Wijnaldum’s form was hugely inconsistent. Dipping in and out of games, he struggled to show his qualities on a week in week out basis. However, since moving to Anfield we have seen a completely different …
Where Data Meet Tactics: Ball Retention and Loss of Possession

Where Data Meet Tactics: Ball Retention and Loss of Possession

These words were written to accompany the following graphic, and provide further context to the data. https://twitter.com/AIUnderPressure/status/804631753591816192 Working Out The first important piece of context regarding this graphic is that it’s not based on passes. It’s based on losses of possession due to a poor touch or an unsuccessful dribble. The numbers were calculated by dividing losses of possession by total touches. As the graphic says: it indicates ball retention by looking at the number of touches per lost ball, …
Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Why Don't People Consider Firmino to be a Complete Striker?

Originally, a False 9 was a lone striker who, instead of staying high up the pitch like a traditional striker, would drop into midfield and look to drag the centre-back pairing into areas they weren't comfortable in to enable teammates to exploit the space they had created. Cesc Fabregas played it for Spain. Pep Guardiola used Lionel Messi in that role. Francesco Totti excelled in it for Roma. Even Manchester United used a variation of it with when they had Wayne …
Who is Liverpool FC Target Quincy Promes?

Who is Liverpool FC Target Quincy Promes?

James Pearce has linked Liverpool with a January move for Spartak Moscow attacker Quincy Promes. He's the latest in a long line of wide players to be linked with a move following various outlets reporting interest in Sardar Azmoun, Christian Pulisic and Cristian Pavon. The Liverpool Echo believe Spartak value Promes at around the £25 million mark and is the kind of attacking reinforcement Klopp is looking to bring in this January to cover the loss of Sadio Mane to …
Philippe Coutinho: The League's Best Playmaker?

Philippe Coutinho: The League's Best Playmaker?

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are enjoying an international break looking at all the teams in the Premier League being below them on the table. Liverpool are playing some irresistible attacking football at the moment. That has led to an unbeaten run that stretches back to August 20th, when the Reds were humbled at Turf Moor. At the heart of the Red resurrection this season has been that diminutive Brazilian magician, Philippe Coutinho. It is a much-repeated line that Liverpool are a …
Tactical Analysis - Roberto Firmino Liverpool's master of space

Tactical Analysis - Roberto Firmino Liverpool's master of space

In July 2015 Liverpool football club made a significant move in the remodelling of their squad with the signing of Hoffenheim attacker Roberto Firmino for a reported £29M fee. Reaction was mixed amongst the Liverpool fan base with many questioning the acquisition of a player that was perceived as being not top four quality and who was coming from a club that did not play in regular European competition. These criticisms were not immediately allayed as the Brazilian gradually started …
Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane - Firing Liverpool to the Top

Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane - Firing Liverpool to the Top

"An outsider should never know what position my players are playing. We occupy interchangeable spaces and principles not rigid positions” - Marco Bielsa. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool were at their rampant best against Watford. It finished 6-1 but the Reds could have easily finished with double figures as the away side failed to cope with the fluidity of the Liverpool side. People, myself included, read far too much into formations. To managers they're nothing more than a blueprint for how the …
Liverpool IMPECT: Hammering the Hornets - Packing Stats

Liverpool IMPECT: Hammering the Hornets - Packing Stats

Liverpool are absolutely flying. Beyond all expectations thought of months earlier, the Reds have fired themselves to the top of the table as we hit the early November international break. Liverpool have won a stunning 9 out of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions, and following the 6-1 dismantling of Watford, Jurgen Klopp's men find themselves unbeaten since Burnley back in mid August. The attack is firing on all cylinders, the defence are conceding few chances and conceding goals …
Adam Lallana Epitomises Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Side

Adam Lallana Epitomises Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Side

Adam Lallana... *scratches head* I'm not going as far to say anybody claiming to have foreseen his evolution from a tepid attacking midfielder to this 2.0 version that Jurgen Klopp has definitely concocted in a lab a liar but I'm not not saying that either. It's been a turnaround of epic proportions for a player who was once labelled the 60 minute man because that's all you could get out of him. If he started it was practically a guarantee he …
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