Liverpool FC's Diamond Formation: An Analysis

Liverpool FC's Diamond Formation: An Analysis

How very interesting it was to sit down and watch Manchester United in Champions League action against Olympiacos, putting in a much better performance than that of three days previously against Liverpool (you know, the one in which we won 3-0? Remember that? Vaguely?). After their midfielders got bypassed and played through by Liverpool, they unearthed from the midst of nowhere, a ‘diamond’ system for the Olympiacos game which they reaped the rewards from with a much more fluid and …
Home & Away: Starring Philippe Coutinho | Stats Analysis

Home & Away: Starring Philippe Coutinho | Stats Analysis

Philippe Coutinho’s display in the recent game away at Southampton was disappointing, but not unexpected. Since joining the club he’s put in this type of performance on numerous occasions, with the earliest example being a game against Chelsea at Anfield last season, when he was substituted at half time. A tweet from City Talk’s Jay Riley during the game reflected on the inconsistent nature of his performances, and further suggestions were made that he struggles to perform away from home. …
Analysing Philippe Coutinho's Masterclass vs Arsenal

Analysing Philippe Coutinho's Masterclass vs Arsenal

After an all-action display of midfield dominance versus Everton, it’s fair to say that Philippe Coutinho underperformed in the following game against West Brom, so much so that many wanted him dropped for the game against Arsenal at home. Whilst he was largely anonymous at The Hawthorns he wasn't the only one, and the whole team needed to up their game for the encounter against the league leaders. Back at Anfield, in front of a home crowd who were treated …
Philippe Coutinho's Touch of Class Dominated the Derby

Philippe Coutinho's Touch of Class Dominated the Derby

There’s nothing like an intense derby match to separate the wheat from the chaff. An evening kick-off which stirred memories of those famous Anfield occasions under the lights, and a battle for bragging rights on the pitch, on the streets, in the pub, and most importantly, in the league table. The clichés rolled off the tongues of the BT Sport presenters, perched on their posh scaffolding around the ground – not for the faint hearted – and the journalists in …
Liverpool FC's Set Pieces for 13-14 Analysed

Liverpool FC's Set Pieces for 13-14 Analysed

'SCS' Suarez-Coutinho-Sturridge | Permutations and combinations

'SCS' Suarez-Coutinho-Sturridge | Permutations and combinations

(Please note that the article revolves around Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho. Whenever I refer a group of players as ‘the trio’ or ‘the three’ I am referring to those three players. ) No matter which part of the world you’re in or what time of the day it is, an hour prior to kick off usually brings anxiety, nervous energy, weird superstitions and social media chaos. Whether you’re on your way back home from work, breaking your …
Liverpool FC Tactical Analysis: Time to Test Out the Diamond?

Liverpool FC Tactical Analysis: Time to Test Out the Diamond?

On Saturday, Arsenal became only the 2nd team next to Southampton to beat Liverpool in the league since February 11th this year. There will be varying opinions on the biggest attribute to these improvements, especially concerning which system of play will provide the most success. Many Liverpool FC associated writers and fans have spoken in recent months about the potential gains to be had by Brendan Rodgers through the utilisation of the 4-4-2 diamond formation. Rodgers has even mentioned it …
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