Why an aerially dominant centre-back is so important for Liverpool

Why an aerially dominant centre-back is so important for Liverpool

Sheffield United caused Liverpool a lot of problems on Saturday night. As revealed on the Anfield Index Under Pressure podcast, Chris Wilder’s men had 29 touches in the penalty area, the fourth most by any team against the Reds since the start of the 2016/17 campaign. The visitors also managed 13 shots, just four fewer than the hosts. They got at the champions and it’s something we can expect to see from opposition teams moving forward.  Liverpool are by no …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Put the Blades to the Sword

Player Ratings as Liverpool Put the Blades to the Sword

Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League after a reasonably solid 2-1 over Sheffield United at Anfield. The Reds went behind after more disgraceful officiating aided by VAR, but dug deep to come away with all three points. Alisson – 6 It was great to see our gloved Brazilian back between the sticks after a few weeks out. He didn’t have a whole lot to do, in truth. However, he did make one smart save to deny …
Liverpool Blunt Blades in Comeback Win

Liverpool Blunt Blades in Comeback Win

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota saw Liverpool fight back from 1-0 down to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Anfield. Far from their best, the Reds -- who were on the receiving end of more farcical VAR decisions -- eked out a win and moved level with Everton at the top of the table. With Alisson returning from injury, the Champions lined up in a 4231 shape with the regular front three plus Jota. The Reds showed their intent …
Thiago Influence Can Lift Jordan Henderson To Old Self

Thiago Influence Can Lift Jordan Henderson To Old Self

Jordan Henderson is an extremely versatile player, as we've seen throughout the entirety of his Liverpool career. Whether it's been as the midfield anchor, as an energetic, box to box tornado of engine room intensity or -- as we saw in his first season with the Reds, under Kenny Dalglish -- as a right midfielder in midfield four, the captain has been a consistent performer for most of the time since his summer 2011 move from Sunderland. Playing as the …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool's goalless draw against Everton back in June - the first game of the restarted league season - was an intriguing affair in which Everton posed a number of tactical questions to Liverpool, and was able to slow down the red juggernaut. With Ancelotti's coaching clearly making a difference to Everton's performance, this game had an exciting tactical dimension to it. Yet despite Everton's superb form leading into this game, it was one which Liverpool dominated, with a number of …
Unlucky Liverpool Still The Team To Beat

Unlucky Liverpool Still The Team To Beat

If it wasn't for bad luck, Liverpool would have no luck. After the 7-2 drubbing away to Aston Villa, the Reds produced an excellent performance in their 2-2 Merseyside Derby draw at Goodison Park. Despite not winning the game, the defending champions can be happy with the elements of the game -- control, passing, attacking -- the majority of which they impressed in. Beggaring belief, ALL the big refereeing calls went in the favor of Everton -- Jordan Pickford inexplicably …
Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Every top team wants versatile players. In fact, they need flexible players to give them the option of changing things within a match without having to make changes. Liverpool, as an example, have deployed Sadio Mane on the left, on the right and at times centrally. Mohamed Salah has played right-wing and as a centre-forward. Gini Wijnaldum has played, well, he’s played everywhere. But some players should be exempt from this. However, there’s an argument to be made that specialist …
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, …
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