Should Klopp persist with the 4-2-2-2 formation?

Should Klopp persist with the 4-2-2-2 formation?

In recent months and weeks, many Liverpool fans have become increasingly frustrated with the Reds predictable 4-3-3 formation. Opposition teams seem to have worked out that if they sit back in a low block and wait for counter-attacking opportunities to arise then they will get their chances and it's worked for many of them this season. Although I am a big fan of the 4-3-3 system, the Reds have lacked any real creativity from midfield and defensively when asked questions, …
Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton: Saints put to the Sword at Anfield

Liverpool 3 - 0 Southampton: Saints put to the Sword at Anfield

The Details Date: 18/11/2017 Venue: Anfield, Liverpool Background Premier League football returned today after the final international break of the year. Liverpool welcomed Southampton to Anfield. The Reds failed to score against the Saints in four meetings last season and would be hoping to put things right today. Joel Matip missed out through injury but Coutinho, Henderson and Mané were all fully recovered and made the starting eleven. Shane Long replaced Gabbiadini as the lone striker for Southampton while Lemina was still out …
The International Break Proves To Be Just That For Liverpool

The International Break Proves To Be Just That For Liverpool

A lot has been made of Liverpool over the international break. A lot has been made of the potential use of a new formation, a lot has been made of the return to fitness of our full squad and what that means, something that this article will address quite heavily, and a lot has been made of where Liverpool’s season is at after a good run of results following a disastrous defeat to Spurs. But this article is more focused …
Kickstart for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the London Stadium

Kickstart for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the London Stadium

From 2007 until the last summer, Liverpool had no. 21 who divided opinion. A little-known Brazilian kid came from Gremio, the jeers from his own fans made him stronger, and when he left for Italy in the summer, the jeers turned into love. No one has quite divided Liverpool fans' opinion in recent times like Lucas Leiva has, and the man who inherited Lucas's no. 21 jersey split opinion even before he kicked a ball wearing the famous red shirt. …
The end of Klopp's Liverpool 4-3-3?

The end of Klopp's Liverpool 4-3-3?

Enough has been said and written about the shift in system that Liverpool employed at West Ham on Saturday evening. Whether you look at it as a 4-4-2, a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-2-2-2 depends on how you see it, and how the game changed. But one definitive conclusion that can be drawn from the game at the London Stadium is that Liverpool did not play the 4-3-3 that we have come to be associated with. There were two centre-backs in …
How did Liverpool outplay West Ham?

How did Liverpool outplay West Ham?

Whilst watching Liverpool thrash West Ham, I didn't quite know what was going on, but I liked it. Now, I've rewatched the game to get some semblance of what happened, and why it panned out the way it did. Instead of looking at the goals today, we'll be looking essentially at the story of the game - how Liverpool set up, what they took advantage of, and differences compared to other recent games. A good place to start when looking …
Observations as Liverpool add to Bilic's Woes

Observations as Liverpool add to Bilic's Woes

Liverpool continued their winning ways at the London Stadium, comfortably beating West Ham 4-1 to head into the international break in good spirits. Goals from Mohamed Salah, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensured The Reds' dominant performance was reflected in the score-line as The Hammers were the latest side to suffer at the hands of a fully firing front three. Here are the observations from the match. Klopp throws a spanner in the works with team selection For all the …
West Ham 1 - 4 Liverpool: Reds run riot at London Stadium, again

West Ham 1 - 4 Liverpool: Reds run riot at London Stadium, again

The Details Date: 4/11/2017 Venue: London Stadium Background Liverpool visited West Ham for the first time since their convincing 4-0 victory at London Stadium back in May. Klopp's Reds have been trying to kickstart their season again after a dismal run of results in September. October was an improvement but Spurs took Liverpool apart at Wembley to put a bit of a dampener on the 'revival'. Sadio Mané also returned to the starting eleven, ahead of schedule after his recent injury. West Ham …
West Ham 1-4 Liverpool - Player Ratings as the Hammers are crushed

West Ham 1-4 Liverpool - Player Ratings as the Hammers are crushed

Well in, Reds. After a couple of routine 3-0's, a fairly hair-raising 4-1 got the heart rates back up whilst still providing a healthy kick to the goal difference. It looked bad, then it looked oh so good. It looked bad again for exactly 57 seconds, and it was more than good by the end. Roll on some dropped points on Sunday! Here are the ratings. Defence Simon Mignolet - 5: Why the *bleep* doesn't he come and get the …
West Ham United V Liverpool: Opposition Scouting Report

West Ham United V Liverpool: Opposition Scouting Report

Liverpool’s visit on Saturday sees them encounter a team with a baffling array of form. Many Reds will look at the Hammers’ incredible turnaround at Wembley against Spurs in the Carabao Cup and wonder just which West Ham will turn up. That night, on the same ground where Liverpool failed miserably days earlier, Andre Ayew (2) and Angelo Ogbonna overturned Spurs’ 2-0 half-time lead in an inspired comeback. Such was the Hammers’ form coming into that game that it looked …
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