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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 …
Where is the Diamond? | Why are Liverpool Using the 4231?

Where is the Diamond? | Why are Liverpool Using the 4231?

In mineralogy, diamond is a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face centred cubic crystal structure called the diamond lattice. Now in simpler terms, a diamond would be a pretty damn good formation for LFC in this moment in time. Whereas the 4231 on the other hand.. Adaptation In the season of 13/14, whilst trying to squeeze two of the most prolific goal-scorers into one starting XI, the diamond formation seemed …
Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1 | U21s Match Report and Tactics

Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1 | U21s Match Report and Tactics

On a mild Hallows Eve at Langtree Park, St Helens, Liverpool U21s defeated Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to one. A reasonable crowd resisted the urge to daub themselves in fake blood or go around knocking on doors asking for sweets, and were rewarded with a decent game of football, as well as some encouraging displays from Liverpool’s young hopefuls. Jordans Rossiter and Williams were back in the team after making the senior side’s League Cup squad on Tuesday, and the …
The Case for the Liverpool Defence Part 2: ‘Midfield and Beyond’

The Case for the Liverpool Defence Part 2: ‘Midfield and Beyond’

In Part I, I looked at the individual members of the back ‘5’ (including the GK), and the most likely rotational or still to return individuals, each with their own pluses and minuses. In Part II, I want to look at the midfield options and striker responsibilities relative to defence, the overall strategy and tactics employed (the two are not the same) and how the gears of overall defence do – and often don’t – mesh. Liverpool essentially have six …
Value For Money Signings - Premier League Infographic

Value For Money Signings - Premier League Infographic

Is it possible to buy success in the Premier League? TonyBet has collected the data from each transfer window over the past five seasons - only including ever-present clubs - trying to find the team with the best (and worst) value for money, by comparing the average net spend with their average finishing position in the table. The results of the team analysis, especially the bottom three clubs in the table below, will come as a shock to many Liverpool fans. …
Does Rodgers Know Liverpool's Best Eleven?

Does Rodgers Know Liverpool's Best Eleven?

Three games in six days represents a tough week for any team, even Liverpool. A midweek date with Ancelotti's "Galacticos Mark II" was never going to be plain sailing, and the distraction (albeit a welcome one) of playing the planet's biggest club, made team selection for Saturday's league match (against Hull) all the more difficult for Brendan Rodgers. Managing team selection, rotating the team, bringing players in and out of the side at the optimum time to maximise their talents, …
Istanbul Re-Union from 5Times!

Istanbul Re-Union from 5Times!

PRESS RELEASE October 28th 2014 COME AND CELEBRATE THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREATEST NIGHT IN LIVERPOOLS HISTORY WITH THE MEN THAT MADE IT HAPPEN. Ask any Liverpool fan to name the greatest match in the club’s illustrious history and the chances are they’ll say ‘Istanbul’. Well Istanbul comes to the Echo Arena Liverpool for an incredible night on 25 May 2015, marking the 10th anniversary of that incredible night in the Ataturk Stadium where red-shirted heroes carved their …
Rodgers vs The Committee - Is It Only A Matter Of Time?

Rodgers vs The Committee - Is It Only A Matter Of Time?

We’re all experts when it comes to transfers aren’t we? Whether you are an armchair scout who watches hours of football or a more casual fan who relies on YouTube clips, the chances are you have an opinion on who you think the club should buy. As a result, you simply can’t understand why your club isn’t snapping up the players who you know would make all the difference to the team. Now there’s a school of thought that the …
The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

Last week, on the 'Jumpers for Goalposts' pod in one of our more serious moments, we took a look at the travails of the Liverpool defence...notice please, I specifically say 'defence', not 'back four', 'central pairing' or other, more targeted breakdown. There is a reason for this, and one that surprisingly perhaps, when having so many recent defenders among their number, the various Sky, BT, BBC and other media commentators rarely seem to address - in my old fashioned view, …
Liverpool's Catch-22 Season

Liverpool's Catch-22 Season

One of the Webster definition’s for Catch-22 goes like this ‘a difficult situation for which there is no easy or possible solution’. Does it sound vague?  Let’s just make that simple by invoking Liverpool FC 2014/15. After all, the team this season is riddled with Catch-22 situations. Let’s start with the building block of the team. Defence When Simon Mignolet was bought, he was coming off a pretty decent season with Sunderland and had built up a reputation as a …
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