Liverpool's Full Backs Add New Attacking Dimension

Liverpool's Full Backs Add New Attacking Dimension

A prominent and recurring feature of Pep Guardiola's trophy-laden spell as manager of Manchester City has been the Catalan's utilisation of his expensively assembled full backs as ostensible centre midfielders. The positioning of his full backs has provided his City side with numerous advantages. Firstly, it allows for effective triangle shapes to be created between the full back, winger and attacking midfielders. This adds layers to the Etihad sides' attack and allows the likes of De Bruyne and the Silva's, …
An Ode to Liverpool's Flying Full-Backs

An Ode to Liverpool's Flying Full-Backs

It's been a remarkable season for Liverpool, who are likely to secure consecutive Champions League qualifications since 2007-08/08-09 and have had a fantastic run in the Champions League thus far. Instead of merely consolidating the club's top four position, there have been clear signs of improvement and development across both the club and the squad. Two areas, in particular, have been addressed, to most supporters' surprise, with minimal transfer expenditure: the full-back positions. After a season on the substitution bench, …
What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 3: The Reds Making Great Strides Forward

What We've Learnt About Klopp's LFC | Part 3: The Reds Making Great Strides Forward

Much has been made in recent months about Jurgen Klopp's stubbornness. From slow in-game changes to persevering with persistent underachievers. However, Klopp has come out fighting since the Spurs game and stuck the proverbial fingers up to the critics, with his team showing some really good form. This form culminated in what was a largely magnificent tactical performance against Man City (despite our defenders' best efforts to throw the game away!). Character The City game showed Klopp's ability to go …
Are We Underrating Liverpool's Full-Back Options?

Are We Underrating Liverpool's Full-Back Options?

It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s full-backs divide opinion. The performances of James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne came under increasing scrutiny last season, with the duo’s level dipping dramatically at the turn of the year and never returning. Both receive plenty of negative press in an era when full-backs are as renowned for their flamboyant attacking play as they are their diligent defensive work - the names of Milner and Clyne are not likely to make it onto the back …
Spurs v Liverpool: Key Battles

Spurs v Liverpool: Key Battles

The demons of the Burnley defeat are still around, but Liverpool did well in avoiding a potential banana skin in the EFL Cup against Burton with a resounding win. It gets a lot tougher for the Reds over the weekend, with a visit to White Hart Lane, a ground on which we've seen some crazy highs and crushing lows. Spurs have made a sluggish start to the season, opening with a draw against Everton and an unconvincing win against Palace, where …
Can Clyne and Moreno nail down full-back positions for years to come?

Can Clyne and Moreno nail down full-back positions for years to come?

Last season, full-back proved to be a problem position for Liverpool, but in Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno there is reason to be quietly optimistic about having two quality players in place for the foreseeable future. The list of players to fill in on either side of the defence in 2014-15 was seemingly endless. Aside from Moreno, the following players had a stab at filling in there: Javier Manquillo, Glen Johnson, Jordon Ibe, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can. …
Wing-Back to The Future - Liverpool's Lateral Thinking

Wing-Back to The Future - Liverpool's Lateral Thinking

MISSING: Liverpool FC full-backs. Last seen: playing FIFA or table tennis on Instagram. Posing next to a BMW on Twitter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc1Kqo124ec Contact Glen Johnson c/o Liverpool FC. José Enrique and Glen Johnson were the starting full-backs in Liverpool’s final Champions League game at home to FC Basel. Since then the traditional full-back position has been disregarded, and the club’s 2s and 3s have had to find other activities to occupy their time. Liverpool starting line-up v FC Basel - 09/12/2014 …
Liverpool's Transfer Window Shopping

Liverpool's Transfer Window Shopping

Less than a working week to go before the new season gets underway, and Liverpool have played their last two pre-season friendlies, in preparation for the big push. Games against Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and Sean Dyche's Burnley, provided Brendan Rodgers's team with their final two tests, in a summer which has taken the Reds to Ireland and the USA, via Preston, before returning to Anfield. Two victories (4-0 against Dortmund at Anfield last Sunday, and 2-1 against Burnley behind …