Liverpool Tactical Analysis

Football has a funny habit of exposing almost every emotion you could ever possibly have. Occasionally, it even exposes ones you didn’t know were possible for you to have. Anxiety, elation, nerves, frustration, joy, anger, hilarity; all words that could be used to describe the feeling of a fan watching Liverpool’s first Champions League match […]

Since the introduction of the diamond system into the Liverpool team last season, the overall performance of the team improved radically. This article aims to look at the various build-up plays that are involved in the 4-3-1-2 system or the diamond system, as it is commonly known. The basic principle in this system is to […]

It has been a mixed start to the campaign for LFC.  A nervy 2-1 victory over a depleted Southampton  side, a harsh sounding 3-1 defeat to Man City & and a commanding win over Spurs at White Lane. Many positives can be taken from the opening 3 games: a sublime Henderson assist, a world class […]

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but the diamond is also starting to be crucial to Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team. The 4-4-2 diamond formation is bringing several benefits to this Liverpool team, most notably numbers centrally and lots of distraction up top. After the departure of Luis Suarez, the additions of Adam Lallana […]

Replacing Luis Suarez, like-for-like, is impossible. The Uruguayan brought an array of unique qualities, and equally unique flaws, which can’t be replenished by the simple act of buying another footballer. Suarez will leave a void when it comes to many aspects of the Liverpool experience, including the tactical set-up, and what follows is an assessment of […]

To some, the midfield area is one which is overrated. One can look at how many goals a respective team has scored that season, and how many they kept out. Of course, while these spectators acknowledge the importance of a great middle unit, if you are substantially stronger in the first and final thirds, the […]

“The front three have pace, power, movement, and I would say Liverpool might be one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe at the moment.   “The way they suck teams in and just break on them. They run at every opportunity, so you have got to be aware of that. “I admire the football […]

Liverpool continued in the 4-3-1-2 diamond-type shape from the last three matches. Coutinho remained at the tip with Allen and Henderson playing as the shuttlers outside of  Gerrard. Possibly the best way to describe the shape Poyet played was a 5-2-1-2. Bridcutt and Cattermole played as defensive midfielders in front of the backline and Giaccherini […]

A fantastic result at home, matched by a superb performance that could and should have been rewarded with more goals. Game plan One of the main changes Rodgers made in this match was to shift his focus to an area of the pitch he has often left open this season – midfield. Rodgers, significantly in […]

 “It’s (the Premier League) less tactical, with more space, and more physical than in Spain. You don’t have to wait until the second half here for a game to open up and that is good for me.” Michu Traditionally, people think of English football as direct, as physical, as high intensity and sometimes a battle. […]

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