Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

Tactical Explanation to Wijnaldum's Absence

For a player like Mesut Özil, despite all the technical ability he possesses such as his elite ball control and dribbling ability, his vision and precise execution of passes – among many others – his career, at least whilst wearing a kit in Arsenal colours, will always be marred by fans labelling him as the player who “goes missing”, especially in big games. This still turns out to be the case even though there are other variables and factors such …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Struggle against Southampton's Stubborn Defence

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Struggle against Southampton's Stubborn Defence

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Movement too Much for Watford's 3-5-2

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool Movement too Much for Watford's 3-5-2

At what point do we accept that Liverpool are genuine title contenders? Some say that to win the title you have to beat your closest challengers, in fact that is only half the battle. The true path to title glory is making sure you do not drop points against the teams that you should be beating. With a 6-1 victory in this match at Anfield against Watford we saw a stretch of three wins against clubs in the lower reaches …
Villarreal Vs. Liverpool | In-Depth Tactical Preview

Villarreal Vs. Liverpool | In-Depth Tactical Preview

Based in the tiny City of Vila-Real in the Comunitat Valenciana on the East Coast of Spain, Villarreal have arguably been the 21st century’s biggest football over-achievers. With a stadium that could fit half the city’s population, the club captivated the football world back in 2006 when they reached the Champions League semi-final with a team including the likes of Senna, Riquelme and Forlan. The Yellow Submarine, as they’re known in Spain (I imagine to the delight of British tabloid …
Southampton 1 Liverpool 6: A Glimpse Into Next Season's Tactical Concepts

Southampton 1 Liverpool 6: A Glimpse Into Next Season's Tactical Concepts

There was a misconception when Jurgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool that he would immediately transform the club into Borussia Dortmund mark II. This misconception was propagated mainly by the mainstream media but also by fans and amateur bloggers. The first few weeks of Klopp's reign however have given us a glimpse of what we can expect from the German and it looks as though it is time for fans to get excited. In the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final against …
Why is Philippe Coutinho Struggling?

Why is Philippe Coutinho Struggling?

Since the departure of Luis Suarez in the summer of 2014, only one man has claimed the title of Liverpool superstar: Philippe Coutinho. The little Brazilian has twisted, turned, and volleyed his way into the hearts of Kopites since his arrival on Merseyside in January of 2013. His quick pace, creativity, and laser-like accuracy with shots from outside the box enabled him to thrive under Brendan Rodgers, who may consider Coutinho his best signing while at the helm. But since …
Brendan Rodgers - Under The Microscope

Brendan Rodgers - Under The Microscope

Since the departure of the mercurial Luis Suarez, it has not been the easiest of times for Brendan Rodgers, but where has it gone wrong, for a man believed to be so tactically astute? In this detailed article I intend to run over some of the more recent mistakes of Rodgers, and where the improvements can be made. Firstly, the personnel must be looked at: in five of the seven league games played this season, Rodgers has opted for Mignolet, Clyne, …
Liverpool FC 15/16 | 5 Strategic Keys to Champions League Football

Liverpool FC 15/16 | 5 Strategic Keys to Champions League Football

PART 1 OF 2 Preface As Liverpool fans close a chapter on last season, many are left to ponder if the club will come to rue a missed and golden opportunity, which in the grander context of British and European football, may well be the start of a new challenge in the English Premier League for upper mid-table clubs with Champions League ambitions. As our fierce rivals of the North-West faced a turbulent transition under the free-spending Woodward and disciplined …
Philippe Coutinho: Tactical, Flexible, Magical (Part 1)

Philippe Coutinho: Tactical, Flexible, Magical (Part 1)

PFA Player of the Month for February 2015, LFC Players’ and Fans’ Player of the Season, and PFA Team of the Year. Four individual awards in a year is a remarkable feat, to say the least. With the cherry on top that is to finally cement a place in the Seleção – it’s been a year to remember for Philippe Coutinho indeed. It’s not hard to appreciate what Philippe Coutinho can do. Your attention gets caught by his fancy, but …
Pro Evolution III: No Evolution - Where Now for Liverpool's Tactics?

Pro Evolution III: No Evolution - Where Now for Liverpool's Tactics?

The previous episode of this accidental series on Liverpool’s tactics and tribulations, ended with thought that Liverpool’s season should be judged after 38 games. And what a 38th game it was… The defeat at Stoke was one of the worst games in memory, but was only one part of an uninspiring season from Rodgers’ Reds. European frailty, the manager’s strengths and weaknesses, poor recruitment, good recruitment, and tactical changes have all been discussed in the previous two installments, which can …
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