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Tactics Weekly: Reds Scrape Through Self-Inflicted Fulham Test

Tactics Weekly: Reds Scrape Through Self-Inflicted Fulham Test

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Gavin Jones put Sunday’s nerves behind them to discuss the two-one victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage, topics include: Was it always going to be a tough outing after the CL tie against Bayern? Manager or fan reaction Initial tactics and set up Frustrating delivery Lack of tempo in the first half Mane’s goal - and the build up play Salah’s overall performance - good or poor final decisions, or both? The key is the total contribution of the front three, and the team - not individual records Who was to blame for the Fulham goal? How good was the Reds’ reaction to conceding? The Firmino song - crucial new evidence emerges All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly: Klopp in Complete Control as Liverpool Dominate Bayern Munich and Burnley

Tactics Weekly: Klopp in Complete Control as Liverpool Dominate Bayern Munich and Burnley

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Gavin Jones react to the Reds fantastic 3-1 victory in Germany and the league win over Burnley, topics include: Klopp’s decision to drop Fabinho, and go with Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum in midfield. Why did Salah start on the left? Both teams setting in similar to the first leg trying to cancel each other out The German side focusing their attacks down the flanks Going over the goals and big chances Restricting Bayern Munich to 0.2 xG, which is by far their worst attacking performance at home in over three years. Both sides’ substitutions - did they have any impact? Who do we want in the next round? Brief overview of the Burnley game and the key tactical tweaks, such as Lallana and Wijnaldum’s different roles and Fabinho staying deeper to protect the Claret’s two-pronged attack. Going over the key moments and goals from the 4-2 victory All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly: Tactical Similarities and Quality in Key Moments 

Tactics Weekly: Tactical Similarities and Quality in Key Moments 

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat discuss Watford, Everton and a broader look at the season’s key moments, topics include: The tactical set up against Watford Alexander-Arnold’s influence at right-back  Why did Mane move up front with Origi on the left?  Going through the big chances and goals How did we exploit Watford’s defensive system?  Against Everton Klopp goes with a similar set up  Was it effective in breaking down the Toffees’ defensive approach?  The Reds create enough to win, but fail to convert What was the manager’s intention behind the substitutions? Breaking down the Reds’ season into key moments, and how it compares to Man City What could decide the title race in the upcoming weeks?  All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly:  Reds Fail to Breakdown Two Very Different Defences

Tactics Weekly: Reds Fail to Breakdown Two Very Different Defences

Paul Dalglish, Gavin Jones, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat complete a full house getting together to discuss the two nil-nil draws against Bayern Munich and Manchester United, topics include: Klopp stuck with the 4-3-3 against Man Utd, but changed the midfield Solskjær went 4-3-1-2 - midfield diamond - looked like a 4-4-2 in a low block United fail to press and counterattack well McTominay and Herrera breaking up play and screening the defence Liverpool control possession, but struggle in the final third MUFC defend in a low 4-5-1 block after the injuries How good was the Alisson save? Klopp decides to go with the 4-3-3, similar to Bayern own set up Liverpool restrict Munich’s buildup play Three big chances in the first half Why did Liverpool fail to register a shot until the 81st minute after the break? Should we be happy with the results if not the performances? All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly:  Liverpool Back To Their Best

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool Back To Their Best

Gavin Jones is hosting this week and is joined by usual guests Hamzah and Paul to breakdown the victory over Bournemouth at Anfield, topics include: -Formation - team sheet -Bournemouth - did they play how we expected them to play? -Influence of Wijnaldum - getting beyond the front three -Naby Keita - was that his best game? -Reverting back to the 433 - why did it work so well? -Discuss the goals -Look ahead to Bayern Munich All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly:  Liverpool Struggle Again Against The Low Block

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool Struggle Again Against The Low Block

Daniel Rhodes hosts Paul Dalglish and Gavin Jones to look back at the stuttering draw away at the London Stadium versus West Ham, topics include:  Line-ups: Milner at right-back; Keita, Fabinho and Lallana in a three man midfield How did West Ham set up to frustrate our attacking play, despite missing ten players themselves through injury. The Hammers attacking down our right hand side early on. A lack of quality chances for the Reds Who was at fault on in the build up to the West Ham goal, before and after the free-kick? Is it a concern yet that we’ve conceded set piece goals in recent matches? Were the substitutes effective?  How will Eddie Howe set up his Bournemouth side at Anfield? All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly:  Lacklustre Liverpool Fail to Beat The Foxes

Tactics Weekly: Lacklustre Liverpool Fail to Beat The Foxes

Daniel Rhodes hosts Paul Dalglish and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to pick apart the point at home to Leicester City, topics include:  The Reds’ line-up The risk in playing Henderson at right-back, with Shaqiri ahead of him  Liverpool’s fast-paced start, three good chances and one goal Leicester changed their system from 451 to a 4411 How did the double-pivot of Keita and Wijnaldum perform?  Was it Van DIjk’s worst game in a red shirt?  Why did the attack only produce one shot in sixty minutes after the initial burst?  The Foxes impressive in defence with their compact shape Klopp's substitutions How does this result influence future matches? All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly: Did Fortune Favour the Brave in Rollercoaster Victory over Palace?

Tactics Weekly: Did Fortune Favour the Brave in Rollercoaster Victory over Palace?

Paul Dalglish, Hamzah Khalique-Loonat and Daniel Rhodes try to catch their breath after the Reds’ thrilling victory over Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side at Anfield, topics include: - Set up and team selections for Liverpool and Crystal Palace - All of the ball early on, and a couple of big chances not taken - What was going wrong in possession in the first half? - Did our pressing cause their opening Palace goal? - The Reds’ response after the break: change in tempo/intensity/system - Defensive issues on the right of our defence - Henderson and Fabinho in the double pivot - The fortunate elements of the goals - The Hand of Rob All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly: Controlling Reds Remain Four Points Clear in Title Race

Tactics Weekly: Controlling Reds Remain Four Points Clear in Title Race

Paul Dalglish, Gavin Jones and Daniel Rhodes look back at the vital three points against Brighton on Saturday, topics include: Set up and team selections for Liverpool and Brighton Sterile possession - how did the Seagulls limit us?  Why couldn’t we get Salah and Shaqiri on the ball more?  The Reds’ big chances  Barely conceding anything: good defending or a lack of ambition from the opposition Is it 4231 or 2431 in possession?  Henderson and Wijnaldum in the double pivot Paul’s pre-season - and in-depth look at the try-out process in US soccer, and the importance of recruitment
Tactics Weekly: Top Quality Tactical Performances and Fine Footballing Margins

Tactics Weekly: Top Quality Tactical Performances and Fine Footballing Margins

Paul Dalglish, Gav Jones, and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat are hosted by Daniel Rhodes to look back at the two defeats to Man City and Wolves, with more focus on the league match, topics included: Klopp’s decision to go with 4-3-3 The midfield of Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum Did we restrict Man City’s attack? How effective was the pressing - and how impressive were Man City in getting around it? The brilliance of Alexander-Arnold in the Reds’ goal Who was to blame (if anyone) for the City goals? The importance of Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva Did anyone on the podcast watch the whole match against Wolves? Does it matter? Did anyone impress? Hamzah’s 3-0 prediction!
Tactics Weekly: Liverpool in Scintillating Form Against a Ragged Arsenal

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool in Scintillating Form Against a Ragged Arsenal

Paul Dalglish and Daniel Rhodes celebrate the final Tactics Weekly of the year with a look back at the Arsenal game, topics include:  The initial 4231 tactical set up, and why Klopp decided to use this instead of his preferred 433 in matches against top six rivals Arsenal exposing the only weakness with this approach to go one nil up The Reds' response - the manager's delight with Mane defensive positioning for the second goal How did Liverpool manage to carve open Arsenal so often, and was it our brilliance or their lack of quality?  Praise for the midfield in recent weeks - and a look ahead to all the potential options in the coming months A brief preview of the Man City match, and how we expect both managers to set up
Tactics Weekly: Complete Tactical Dominance Earns Reds Victory Over United

Tactics Weekly: Complete Tactical Dominance Earns Reds Victory Over United

Paul Dalglish, Gave Jones, Hamzah Khalique-Loonat and Daniel Rhodes enjoy debating the tactical elements of the three-one victory over Manchester United at the weekend, topics include: Liverpool’s team selection The Reds’ set up with and without the ball What failed so badly with the Red Devil’s system - and what would have been the best way for Mourinho to approach this match with the squad that he has What tactical aspects of their set up did we exploit with the goals we scored Did they frustrate us and force us into bad decisions during the second half? Does Klopp deserve more credit for his substitutions? Previewing the Wolves match and how they usually approach matches
Tactics Weekly: Off-The-Ball Brilliance Dominates Napoli

Tactics Weekly: Off-The-Ball Brilliance Dominates Napoli

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish are back to the original duo as look back at the key tactical points of the one-nil victory over Napoli, topics include: Line-ups and team selections The debate over the midfield three Why were the Reds so dominant? Was Van Dijk lucky to stay on the field? Analysing the chances Alisson saves the day Should Mourinho be getting more from his squad? Brief Man Utd preview
Tactics Weekly: Two Wins, Two Contrasting Styles and Klopp’s Tactical Tweaks

Tactics Weekly: Two Wins, Two Contrasting Styles and Klopp’s Tactical Tweaks

Line-ups and tactical set-up for Liverpool and Everton Why it was such an open game with plenty of chances Did we press higher and commit more players than usual? Far more transitions created - which suited both sides The substitutions and any tactical switches The ecstasy of Origi’s goal  The rotation and tactical changes versus Burnley Completely different type of match with the home team far more physical and direct Milner going to left-back and the impact of Firmino and Salah substitutions  The Alisson love-in Naby Keita’s influence on the game
Tactics Weekly: Dissecting the Defeat in Paris

Tactics Weekly: Dissecting the Defeat in Paris

Daniel Rhodes, Paul Dalglish and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat debate the defeat to PSG, topics include: The line ups for both sides  Tuchel's tactical set up PSG's initial intensity  Liverpool unable to get out of their half for 35 minutes  The lack of link up between midfield and attack  Getting the best from Salah  A brief Everton preview 
Tactics Weekly: Liverpool in Attack: Random or Tactical?

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool in Attack: Random or Tactical?

Daniel Rhodes hosts as Paul Dalglish and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat join him to discuss the upcoming game against Watford and focus on Liverpool's attack in depth. They discuss First of all a huge congratulations to Sir Kenny Dalglish, doesn’t that now make you a nobleman Paul? How was the day at Buckingham Palace?  Improving our in-possession offensive work to the level of Man City - or Chelsea - whilst still being focused on capitalising as effectively as possible in transition...  Why is this?  Is there any issues?  What can be done to improve it?  Positional play and pre planned movements  The Watford game: how will Klopp approach this one? What to expect from the Hornets. Formation and line-up
Tactics Weekly: Were the Reds Full of it Against Fulham?

Tactics Weekly: Were the Reds Full of it Against Fulham?

Daniel Rhodes hosts as Paul Dalglish, Gav Jones and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat complete the full house for the Fulham victory, topics include: Going with the 4-2-3-1 Was it a surprise to see Alexander-Arnold start? Shaqiri and Firmino creating chances The double pivot of Fabinho and Wijnaldum: was it progressive enough? Expectations vs performances vs points vs Man City - thoughts! Why did Fulham adopt their tactics, when attacking was meant to be a key strength?
Tactics Weekly: Arsenal and Red Star Analysis

Tactics Weekly: Arsenal and Red Star Analysis

Hamzah Khalique-Loonat hosts this week’s edition of the Tactics Weekly podcast, in which he is joined by Paul Dalglish and Gavin Jones who discuss the league draw against Arsenal, and whether Klopp was right to revert to his 4-3-3 system, and the surprising, but dismal affair against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. Is the 4-3-3 still the answer for Liverpool looking forward? Why did Klopp decide to reorganise his team against Arsenal at half-time? Was it Red Star’s quality, or Liverpool’s lack thereof which decided the Champions League fixture? Are Liverpool missing a progressive player? “Player profiles” and its impact upon Liverpool tactically
Tactics Weekly: Why Was The Reds’ 4231 So Successful?

Tactics Weekly: Why Was The Reds’ 4231 So Successful?

Gavin Jones hosts this week, as the full four man team get together for the first time this season with Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Loonat-Khalique enjoying the Reds' switch in formation for the victories over Red Star and Cardiff. Topics include: - The line-ups, for both games - and which played suited the change in formation to 4-2-3-1 - How did this influence our attacking play? - Shaqiri's creativity - What did Fabinho add to the side and was is this Wijnaldum's perfect role? - Should the Reds have taken more risks in the Cardiff game? - Will Klopp stick with this formation - and/or - players for the trip to Arsenal? All this and more on Tactics Weekly!
Tactics Weekly: Analysing the win v Huddersfield

Tactics Weekly: Analysing the win v Huddersfield

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish try to pick apart the tactical elements of the 1-0 victory over Huddersfield, topics include: - Line ups - why Lallana, and why in the front three? Moving Shaqiri back into midfield - Does the early goal influence our tactics? - Attacking fluency gone? No big chance since Chelsea away. - Gomez at right-back? Does he drift inside too much? - Are we seeing an evolution of Klopp as a tactician? - Did Sturridge and Salah link up well? One of the top passing combos. - How did Firmino get on in the attacking midfield role when he came on? - Should we switch to a 4-2-3-1 or adapted 4-3-3 to be more like Man City against the bottom 14 sides. All this and more on Tactics Weekly!