Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2 | Five Things We Learnt

Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2 | Five Things We Learnt

It has been a crazy, yet magical weekend of football reds fans. Apparent flops Fernando Torres, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini have each netted essential goals for their respective clubs. Although the former's was a brace against Champions League holders Real Madrid, Rickie's and Fabio's were equally as important... to the reds faithful at least. There was an air of confidence with both strikes, something Rodgers will look at with extreme fondness. (I reckon a certain Mario Balotelli could do with …
Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2 - Liverpool's Last 16 Hopes Go Cold?

Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2 - Liverpool's Last 16 Hopes Go Cold?

Only 1,743 miles and 1 goal separated Liverpool from tonight opponents Ludogorets heading into this game, however on a cold night in Sofia (-1 C). Liverpool’s hopes of making the last 16 of the Champions league took a huge blow as the match ended at the draw. A win against Basel in the final game will see Liverpool qualify however this result will not help the squads low confidence. After a string of poor performances and injuries to both Sturridge …
How Rodgers' Tactical Changes were Thwarted | Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool

How Rodgers' Tactical Changes were Thwarted | Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool

It was around this point last season that Liverpool were playing a back three. The basic idea behind it was to free up Sturridge and Suarez, allowing them to to play up front together whilst keeping a strong enough base behind them. This system lasted just over a month until the 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates, where Rodgers switched to a narrow 4-4-2 at half-time and from then on in, kept a back four for the rest of the campaign. To …
Liverpool 2 Southampton 1 | The Awkward First Date

Liverpool 2 Southampton 1 | The Awkward First Date

So life goes on without Luis Suarez for Liverpool FC. They played their first competitive game without him. The prospect of starting a new season without your main talisman was a daunting one for the reds and you could sense the nerves on and off the pitch. The opening game against Southampton was somewhat reminiscent to going on a date post breakup from your long-term partner. You feel all exposed and vulnerable and don’t want to rock the boat. But …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

It is important to preface this analysis by saying the Bundesliga season doesn’t start until the week after the Premier League, so Borussia Dortmund were seven days behind in their physical preparation. However, at times, Rodgers’ Liverpool made them look like they had never played football before, with the exquisite movement, technical ability and break-neck speed of the attacking play. Line-Ups: Liverpool:  Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, …
Olympiakos 0 Liverpool FC 1 | Match Report

Olympiakos 0 Liverpool FC 1 | Match Report

A majority of the World Cup stars were back as the Reds kicked off their Guinness International Champions Cup with a 1-0 over Olympiakos thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling. The Windy City lived up to its name as Liverpool faced the Greek champions at Soldier Field stadium. You would have been forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu as Sterling put his side up within 5 minutes, guiding Daniel Sturridge's mishit shot past the oncoming Balázs Megyeri. …
Preston North End 1 Liverpool FC 2 | Match Report

Preston North End 1 Liverpool FC 2 | Match Report

Following defeat in Denmark to Brøndby, next up for Liverpool was a 2-1 win over Preston North End, with goals courtesy of Suso and Kristoph Peterson. Mirroring the weather we were subjected to in the north west, the first half was a pretty dull affair where no real quality was on show for the supporters who were present at Deepdale, as expected so early in preseason. Present in the starting line ups for the first time was summer signings Rickie …
Match Report: Shamrock Rovers 0 Liverpool 4

Match Report: Shamrock Rovers 0 Liverpool 4

It was a dreary and grey night in Dublin's Aviva Stadium which welcomed the clash between Glasgow Celtic lookalike Shamrock Rovers, and the Premier League runner up, Liverpool FC. Liverpool fielded a relatively weakened side as all the first team players who have been selected for their respective countries to take part in this summer's FIFA World Cup were left on Merseyside. The starting eleven featured three loanees who came straight into Brendan Rodgers' side including Fabio Borini, Jordon Ibe …
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool’s title winning credentials were all but written off, as Aston Villa boldly walked into Anfield to run the Reds ragged in what was possibly Rodgers’ worst tactical blunder since taking over from Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool lined up with a two man midfield and Villa simply ran Gerrard and Henderson for the entirety of the first half - the Reds were clearly missing the security of a natural defensive midfielder. The result was made doubly painful with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal …
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Trade offs have been mentioned a number of times in this tactical column. That is largely because they are such a key part to football. Teams cannot fully control all areas of a game. If you press high, you leave space behind. If you defend deep, you leave space in front. If you play long, you get the ball forward quickly but with less chance of keeping the ball. If you change one area of your team, you might expose …
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