Liverpool's Attacking Flexibility

Liverpool's Attacking Flexibility

Hello again Anfield Index, it’s been a while. Eagle-eyed viewers that you are, some of you have probably noticed that Liverpool are scoring quite a few goals this season. My goal in this article is to explain to you how adjustments in personnel and tactical decisions have allowed us to both destroy ambitious opposition on the counter and, at times, to break our hoodoo on beating teams who only intend to sit deep for the entire game – some teams …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Subscriber Q & A

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Subscriber Q & A

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish touch briefly on the Porto game before moving onto subscriber questions, including: - The difference in 442 and 433 with focus on the wingers' roles - Why Klopp plays without a destroyer - The contrasting attributes of Can and Henderson - Playing the best eleven in big games - The Idealist versus The Pragmatist. All this and more via Tactics Weekly on AI Pro …
Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Porto 0-5 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool are one of the few clubs still undefeated within the Champions League, but few expected the utterly dominant display, away to Porto, which effectively ended the tie. How then did Liverpool approach the game? For while the scoreline suggests a brutal decimation of Porto, it was not quite that simple. The match was predominantly played within the middle of the pitch, with action zones, average positions and the touch maps reflecting that. Indeed, Liverpool may have had a majority …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Southampton Review

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Southampton Review

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish go over the 2-0 away win at St Mary's against Southampton. Topics include: the selection in midfield and opting for Matip over Lovren; the crucial early goal; the lack of high pressing, and Tadic linking with Bertrand on the left; Saints' big chances from diagonal balls causing problems for Robertson; the confidence of Karius; unlocking a defence with world-class combinations; Saints going two up front followed by Liverpool creating three or four quality chances. Finally, how does Paul think we'll do in Porto in the first leg of the Champions League last sixteen …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Spurs Review

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Spurs Review

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish discuss the two-all draw with Spurs at Anfield, including: how both teams set up in the first half; the early goal; Liverpool's narrow midfield forcing Spurs wide; Spurs' rotating attacking players; the complete turnaround in the second half and the away side taking greater risks and dominating; finally dissecting the penalty decisions …
Huddersfield 0-3 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Huddersfield 0-3 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

If I were asked to sum up the Liverpool victory over Huddersfield, there's one term which would immediately spring to mind: game management. Quite often, football games aren't decided by tactics, errors, luck and the like all come into play from time to time, and usually, it's Liverpool making errors where they should not be doing so which costs them. For this game, however, Liverpool did not fall back into the same costly traps which we've seen many a time, …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - West Brom & Huddersfield Review

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - West Brom & Huddersfield Review

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish go through the pain barrier to debate the West Brom FA Cup defeat at Anfield and then the victory over Huddersfield in the Premier League. Tactical topics include: - WBA: midfield set up - WBA: VAR and its use in the USA - Line-up vs Huddersfield - Horseshoe passing - Lack of width against deep-block and lack of dribbling - Transfer Window discussion - A look at the depth of the squad All this and more via Tactics Weekly on AI Pro …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Swansea Review

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Swansea Review

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish discuss the disappointing come down of the defeat to Swansea. Tactical topics include: line up, lack of width, too much freedom for the frontline, footballing foreplay, going through the best chances, Swansea's discipline, the midfield, substitutions and what team to pick vs West Brom. All this and more via Tactics Weekly on AI Pro …
How Did Swansea Tactically Outsmart Liverpool?

How Did Swansea Tactically Outsmart Liverpool?

"They are like a Formula 1 car. But at 4pm in London it will be difficult to speed, they would be a car like any other. We needed to make sure there was traffic, we could not let them have open roads to drive in." - Carlos Carvahal.
What a quote that is. Indeed, it tells a story of the game, but whilst it is catchy and well-rounded, it does not quite tell the story of the game, a game …
Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Manchester City Review

Tactics Weekly with Paul Dalglish - Manchester City Review

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish discuss the incredible 4-3 victory over Man City. Topics include: the clash of styles, the team selection, how Robertson dealt with Sterling, the Chamberlain role in midfield, the pressing in the first half followed by the tactical tweak from Klopp at halftime, a breakdown of the goals and key chances followed by a 15 minute chat on the squad and potential transfer targets. All this and more via Tactics Weekly on AI Pro …
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