Tactical Breakdown: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

An uncharacteristically error-strewn opening game left Liverpool much to atone for. Against Chelsea, the side played with fanatic verve and doctrinal discipline, banishing the demons that had led to questions over Liverpool's commitment and ability to retain the title. This was, by a distance, the best Liverpool have played since March, six long months ago. Tactically, the instruction from the manager, Jürgen Klopp, was crystal clear: press high, and press hard. On paper, Liverpool's 4-3-3 was balanced against Chelsea's 4-3-3, …
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: Key stats from an imposing victory

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: Key stats from an imposing victory

Liverpool capped off a glorious weekend with a commanding triumph against potential title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, maintaining their 100% start to the season. Here are some of the standout facts and figures from a key early win against Frank Lampard's 10 men. Outstanding Fabinho unruffled at centre-half Back in February 2019, Virgil van Dijk's suspension and Joe Gomez's injury forced Fabinho to slot-in as a centre-half when Bayern Munich visited Anfield. He was up against Robert Lewandowski and, …
Could 4222 Shape Be Liverpool's Next Tactical Step?

Could 4222 Shape Be Liverpool's Next Tactical Step?

As much as Arsenal fans on the internet will tell you otherwise, the Community Shield is a glorified friendly and its importance should be framed as such. There were, however, some interesting takeaways for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw -- and subsequent penalty shootout defeat, again -- with the Gunners at Wembley. Namely the switch in shape from the Reds' usual 433 alignment to a 4222 shape or, as its also known, the box midfield. https://twitter.com/JDNalton/status/1299753022894018561?s=20 In every pre-season since …
Can Liverpool answer the challenges ahead?

Can Liverpool answer the challenges ahead?

It was little more than a year ago when I risked being the party pooper. With many still celebrating winning ‘old big ears’ for a sixth time, I suggested that in true Ronnie Moran fashion it was time for the players to put the medals away. I asked the question as to how hungry the team was for further success.  It wasn’t that I believed they were about to spend an entire season, with cigars in hand, dining out on …
Who truly is Liverpool’s most important player?

Who truly is Liverpool’s most important player?

The remarkable rise of Liverpool's pre-Klopp Fab Five

The remarkable rise of Liverpool's pre-Klopp Fab Five

Jurgen Klopp is approaching five years as Liverpool manager, which is a frightening sentence to type. Where on earth did the time go? At this point in 2015, Brendan Rodgers was in his final pre-season at Anfield and the Reds were looking to bounce back from the humiliation of a 6-1 defeat away to Stoke. Little did we know at the time, FSG were flirting with Jurgen Klopp during his post-Borussia Dortmund breather, with Rodgers' time all but up. In …
Is James Milner better than Gary McAllister?

Is James Milner better than Gary McAllister?

James Milner is a Liverpool legend.  A few months into his career at Anfield, it appeared as though he might’ve been more Joe Cole than he was Gary McAllister. For a period of time, it felt as though a Milner performance was a 6/10 and a yellow card was guaranteed. In his defence, though, this was during the final few months of Brendan Rodgers’ time on Merseyside and most, if not all, players failed to really impress.  But then he …
Henderson and his Legacy

Henderson and his Legacy

Iconic Moments From A Season To Remember

Iconic Moments From A Season To Remember

Premier League Champions. Only we know how as a collective fanbase we've longed to hear those beautiful words. Everything about the manner in which the title was finally secured spells out poetic. Six years ago our title hopes were obliterated with a disappointing draw at Palace and a loss to Chelsea at home. Willian hammered in the final nail in the coffin with his goal thus handing the visitors a 2-0 victory and the Premier League title to City. Fast …
Henderson and Point Scoring

Henderson and Point Scoring

Social media can be a strange place. In the wake of Liverpool being crowned champions, some fans have used this as a point-scoring opportunity. They’re trawling back through the years to find tweets calling for FSG to sell up. They’ve found plenty of tweets criticising players as well. There are probably even some who have said a bad word or two against Jurgen Klopp. However, the popular topic for this seems to be Jordan Henderson.  The Liverpool skipper has always …
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