Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Key Battles

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Key Battles

The last international break brought with it doom and gloom for a month. The one that has just passed has so far brought two decent performances, a poor result and a massive result. You might say "It's only Maribor", but putting seven past any team is bound to fill the players with confidence. The Maribor result was bound to happen at some time. We couldn't keep creating the number of chances that we were, and not absolute smash some team …
The Other Liverpool Way - A look at Liverpool's Goal Differential

The Other Liverpool Way - A look at Liverpool's Goal Differential

The halt in league games for the international break means a pause in the glories to glow about and the follies to frown about with regards to Liverpool Football Club’s on-field exploits. So while it was tempting to look up some old videos of the glory days or highlights of some awesome Liverpool goals, I have actually been preoccupied a fair bit thinking about defence. Yes, I know, somewhat of a boring subject if I may say so. (Just kidding.) …
Tactically Breaking Down Liverpool's Draw At Newcastle

Tactically Breaking Down Liverpool's Draw At Newcastle

Regular readers, you may have noticed that I did not write any tactical pieces for either of Liverpool's games against Leicester City, or the Spartak fixture. Sorry about that, I had some technical issues - nonetheless, I'm back now, and hope to continue with these pieces throughout the season. Like in Liverpool's previous games, against Spartak, Sevilla and Burnley, Liverpool can simply be characterised by poor finishing, and being undone by their own individual errors. Indeed, it's more of the …
Perfection Or Nothing For Klopp's Frustrating Liverpool

Perfection Or Nothing For Klopp's Frustrating Liverpool

This is a bold, hyperbolic statement, but one I believe is becoming truer by the week: No team has ever had to work harder to win games than this Liverpool side. Tuesday’s 1-1 draw away to Spartak Moscow was the perfect example of this, with the Reds once again outplaying an opponent but walking away without three points. They huffed and puffed all evening, playing inventive football and creating endless chances, but a combination of wretched finishing and another sloppy …
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Deserve Success

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Deserve Success

In 1775, amidst the uncertainty of America's fight for Independence, America's 2nd president, John Adams, wrote to his wife to advise of the struggles of the times. Adams represented approximately 1/3 of Americans at the time who believed independence was the right call and he was met with regular and stern opposition. Decisions were criticised, the small stones Adams was lifting to move the mountain were unrecognised - the people were impatient and everyone thought they knew best. Adams stuck to his …
Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's draw against Burnley

Tactical Breakdown of Liverpool's draw against Burnley

Liverpool's draw against Burnley was an intensely frustrating affair, bearing the hallmarks of Liverpool's troubles during the 2016/17 league campaign, and several preceding it. Liverpool dominated with the ball and had 35 efforts yet only created one 'big' chance, and Burnley were actually the closest to scoring, as Liverpool, again, switched off defensively for a set-piece. However, with seven changes from the previous game, and with both Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge starting, Liverpool played differently, and today; other than the …
The Gini Wijnaldum Away Day Conundrum

The Gini Wijnaldum Away Day Conundrum

On 17th May 2015, as PSV Eindhoven’s game with ADO Den Haag entered injury time in the Kyocera Stadium, Georginio Wijnaldum scored to give the Rood-Witten a late goal and, subsequently, a 2-3 win. PSV were already champions and the Dutchman was soon to be on his way to the Premier League, but that goal would become significant in his career. It was to be the last time that he would score an away goal in a domestic match. Since then …
Dispelling the Myth that Klavan is Better Than Lovren

Dispelling the Myth that Klavan is Better Than Lovren

Mention the name Dejan Lovren to most Liverpool supporters and you'll be greeted with various responses many of which will be particularly negative. "He can't defend." "He's not good enough for Liverpool." "Klavan's better than him." We all know that Joel Matip is our best centre-back by a considerable margin, the man just oozes class and is a very good footballer, however, there is only one man who should partner him for the majority of this season and that's Lovren. …
The Importance of Moreno & Klopp's Biggest Success of the Summer

The Importance of Moreno & Klopp's Biggest Success of the Summer

The summer transfer window is now closed and Alberto Moreno is still a Liverpool player, this statement would've infuriated me six weeks ago. Despite not criticising the Spaniard as much as many Reds supporters I had came to the conclusion that although Moreno possesses many attributes which mean he should thrive in Klopp's Liverpool team it appeared he did not have the football brain or even attitude to want to improve and develop under the German. Although he's only started …
Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: A Tactical Breakdown

After a dominant display against Hoffenheim, Liverpool were starting to look something like the team that did so well for the first half of the 2016-17 season. Whilst Liverpool have a good record, of late, against Arsenal and the rest of the top six, there are few games that get fans so excited and worried at the same time. Arsenal though, played into Liverpool's hands with their tactical setup, and as a result Liverpool simply blew them away. We'll be …
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