Liverpool FC and the Perfect Storm of Misfortune

Liverpool FC and the Perfect Storm of Misfortune

There has never been a time when football fans have been more informed. The omnipotent connectivity of the internet provides access to supporters from all over the world daily information on the happenings of their club. Not only that, the prevalence of statistics websites -- such as FBRef -- means people are privy to a lot of data that would have been inaccessible to most people outside of the football industry. The quality of the discourse surrounding football has doubtlessly …
Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the London Stadium buoyed by a brilliant performance against Spurs. However, David Moyes' West Ham side have proven this season they can vie with the best, and hope to challenge for European qualification at the end of the season. West Ham lined up in a 4-2-3-1 shape. Michail Antonio led the line, supported primarily by Said Benrahma who would help create a front two when out of possession. Jarrod Bowen also contributed offensively, moving up in the …
Stop Playing Thiago As The 6, Liverpool

Stop Playing Thiago As The 6, Liverpool

The medium to long term losses of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk and the continued inconsistencies in Joel Matip's fitness record doesn't only impact Liverpool in defence. Of course, regularly not having three defenders of that calibre is harmful to a team's prospects of keeping clean sheets. But it's the Reds' midfield that has borne the brunt of the defences injuries. Fabinho, who has excelled in the new role that he's learned on the hoof, has had to moonlight …
Liverpool's Centre-Back Crisis: Skipper the Solution?

Liverpool's Centre-Back Crisis: Skipper the Solution?

‘I don't know exactly how it is at other clubs, but we have to be really cautious and very serious. So I don't know what we can and what we can't do’.
Whether it’s smoke and mirrors or Jurgen Klopp keeping his powder dry, the likelihood of a centre-half being pulled out the hat appears lesser than many reds had hoped for. With Sven Botman links being dismissed by James Pearce and little more than rumours to work …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool's seven-goal clinic in finishing against Crystal Palace was a display not of Liverpool playing at their best, but rather the Reds taking their chances. Against newly appointed West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce's team, it was clear Liverpool would need to do the same. As expected, Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3. Salah, Mané and Firmino were supported by Jones, Wijnaldum and Henderson, with a back five of Alisson, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip and Alexander-Arnold behind them. Over the first …
Tactical breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tactical breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

This extraordinary season continues to surprise us all. On Thursday night, Spurs travelled to Anfield, atop the Premier League. Notwithstanding the champions' 65 match unbeaten run in the league at home, Anfield has been a particularly unwelcoming place for the visitors in recent years. Especially for their manager, José Mourinho, a man who has attracted the ire of the locals on a number of occasions. All the better that two thousand were able to make it for this fixture. Mourinho …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 4-0 Wolves

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 4-0 Wolves

It's December, and that means I can get my Nuno Espirito Santa joke out once more. But the greatest present at Anfield on Sunday night was the presence of fans in the stadium. The Premier League champions, shorn of home support since March, finally had the adulation they deserved. Despite only 2000 fans being allowed back into Anfield, this was more than enough of a crowd to spur Jürgen Klopp's men into producing a display worthy of a crowd, and …
Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

As I have grown up, I have witnessed titanic clashes between footballing behemoths. Games for which the world would stand still for 90 minutes in order to witness the spectacle. In the early noughties, it was Arsenal and Manchester United; then Chelsea and United; Liverpool and Ferguson's side followed briefly, before the rise of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona precipitated a new dimension to El Clasico, now a monumental clash between the world's two finest teams. Matches between Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and …
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

The points were shared at the Etihad Stadium as Liverpool and Manchester City played out a 1-1 draw in the final match before we head into another international break. It was probably a fair result with both teams failing to create too many clear-cut chances. City will feel the more disappointed of the two sides, though, having missed a penalty late in the first half. In goal, Alisson was very impressive. He was so quick off his line on a …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

With minimal rest between games and an extremely unfortunate recent injury record, Liverpool are battling, hard, each week. Late on Saturday evening, West Ham United went to Anfield without their in-form striker Michail Antonio, but still with a clear, disruptive game plan in mind. David Moyes' West Ham were structured in a 5-4-1 system, with a deep low block designed for defenders to double up on Mo Salah and Sadio Mané, and minimise the spaces between defenders for those players …
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