Van Dijk & Keita | Posing A New Threat From Deep

Van Dijk & Keita | Posing A New Threat From Deep

I started writing a tactical piece a few months ago which was set to be titled ‘How to Stop Liverpool’. This was around the time that Liverpool suffered two bad results at Anfield in the space of a week by drawing with both West Brom and Everton despite dominating the ball in both matches. The reason I looked to write that piece was because it seemed so easy to nullify Liverpool when watching each game - by simply allowing Liverpool’s …
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion Preview - Key Battles

After peppering the neighbours in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield for no reward on Sunday, Liverpool get ready to welcome another nomad Premier League manager to Anfield, as Alan Pardew brings his West Brom side to face a Reds side itching to get back to winning ways. Jurgen Klopp knows that this is the period of the season when dreams are made or shattered, and a team like the Baggies should ideally not pose too many questions to a side of …
Tactics: Liverpool's Attacking Fluidity Overwhelms Palace's Defensive Unit

Tactics: Liverpool's Attacking Fluidity Overwhelms Palace's Defensive Unit

As we approach the beginning of November you can start to see the Premier League table take shape. The early weeks of the season are spent with teams striving to find their feet and deal with any lingering fitness or personnel issues. As the season progresses though form starts to take hold and teams establish their credentials as title challengers, European challengers or relegation fighters. In the English Premier League there are no viable alternatives. Where then does the onset …
Brendan Rodgers: Win (back) the Crowd

Brendan Rodgers: Win (back) the Crowd

I’m a big fan of applying movie quotes to aspects of everyday life. I have a Mean Girls reference for almost any situation. This seemed like as good a time as any to quote the 2000 classic Gladiator. “Win the crowd and you will win your freedom”. With Brendan Rodgers set to remain Liverpool manager for the foreseeable future, following an end-of-season post-mortem with Liverpool’s ownership, the Northern Irishman faces a real test to win back the crowd; to convince …
Brendan Continues Dribble To Media Even As Another Manager Outwits Him

Brendan Continues Dribble To Media Even As Another Manager Outwits Him

‘But the players have fought and given everything that they possibly can. Hopefully in the summer we can add that quality that the group clearly needs and look to take the opportunity next year." These were Brendan Rodgers’ words after the loss to Crystal Palace on the occasion of Gerrard’s last Anfield match. For the umpteenth time he was not questioned on how his team was outrun and outfought by a lower table team. Nothing about how he and his …

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