The Build-Up Phases in Liverpool's Diamond Formation

The Build-Up Phases in Liverpool's Diamond Formation

Since the introduction of the diamond system into the Liverpool team last season, the overall performance of the team improved radically. This article aims to look at the various build-up plays that are involved in the 4-3-1-2 system or the diamond system, as it is commonly known. The basic principle in this system is to control the game while holding possession of the ball but also have the option of making a fast counter attack when opponents lose possession on …
Liverpool vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Key Battle: Henderson Vs Delph

Liverpool vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Key Battle: Henderson Vs Delph

Premier League action returns to Anfield after a 3 week hiatus as Liverpool try to build on their brilliant performance against Spurs. Aston Villa are the team heading up the M6 from the Midlands for the 17:30 kick off live on Sky Sports. Liverpool will be without main man up front Daniel Sturridge, who once again fell foul to the Hodgson's England training regime. Time for Balotelli to shine? Lallana? Even Borini? And what about that defence? One thing for …
Whether You’re Lovren It or Not - Analysis Of The New LFC Defence.

Whether You’re Lovren It or Not - Analysis Of The New LFC Defence.

It has been a mixed start to the campaign for LFC.  A nervy 2-1 victory over a depleted Southampton  side, a harsh sounding 3-1 defeat to Man City & and a commanding win over Spurs at White Lane. Many positives can be taken from the opening 3 games: a sublime Henderson assist, a world class save from Mignolet, an excellent opening 35 mins display at the Eithad and an amazing 60 yard run & finish from Moreno.  For all the …
Liverpool's Vice-Captaincy Conundrum

Liverpool's Vice-Captaincy Conundrum

As gracefully as he once glided up the pitch with the ball at his feet Daniel Agger has departed Liverpool to return to the club where his career began. His heavily tattooed body has finally given in to the demands of English football, demands which have seen him plagued by injuries, stopping him reaching the heights he was supposed …
Rodgers' Diamond Distraction

Rodgers' Diamond Distraction

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but the diamond is also starting to be crucial to Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team. The 4-4-2 diamond formation is bringing several benefits to this Liverpool team, most notably numbers centrally and lots of distraction up top. After the departure of Luis Suarez, the additions of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic and the pre-season form of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, it was felt by many that Rodgers would move away from the …
Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Daniel Sturridge: The Pressing Issue - Exclusive Pressing Action Stats

Anfield Index is paving the way when it comes to recording the amount of pressing undertaken by Liverpool players. The analysis of pressing actions isn't just another meaningless number to add to the myriad of useless statistics available to football fans, this data is integral to Liverpool’s system under Brendan Rodgers. The recent Anfield Index podcasts discussed these numbers at length but this article will focus on one player in particular - Daniel Sturridge, and how the striker’s lack of …
The Lucky Lucas Shirt

The Lucky Lucas Shirt

Rumours suggesting that Lucas Leiva could leave this summer may be music in the ears to some, in large part thanks to the massive regression in form shown by the Brazilian since the two long term injuries he suffered, and in some way has never truly recovered from. Sorry to be the party pooper but I'm not one of them, the news makes me slightly unhappy. It's not because I look at him and think he still has a lot …
Anfield Index PODCAST: It's All About Henderson!

Anfield Index PODCAST: It's All About Henderson!

Episode 40 - It's All About Henderson Date: 19th August, 2014 This week on the Anfield Index Podcast we have Dave Hendrick as host with Gags, Gurminder Marwaha and Jay Patel on the show! The lads talk Southampton in-depth with the Lucas selection causing many a headache. The full backs are discussed as well as who the panel wish to sign up next - which striker or which midfielder? On top of all of this Gags has his pressing stats return …
Liverpool Goals Conceded Analysis 2013/14: Video Clips and Defensive Errors Analysis

Liverpool Goals Conceded Analysis 2013/14: Video Clips and Defensive Errors Analysis

This article is supporting the Anfield Index Podcast Episode 39 titled Defensive Errors Analysis for 2013/14 season. Here you will find detailed analysis for each goal conceded. You can either read all 5,000 words or simply watch the videos or if you're brave enough - both! You can also listen here: Your browser does not support the audio element. Defensive Error Video Analysis // First Half of Season - Defensive Analysis 2013-14 from Daniel Rhodes on Vimeo. Liverpool FC - …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

It is important to preface this analysis by saying the Bundesliga season doesn’t start until the week after the Premier League, so Borussia Dortmund were seven days behind in their physical preparation. However, at times, Rodgers’ Liverpool made them look like they had never played football before, with the exquisite movement, technical ability and break-neck speed of the attacking play. Line-Ups: Liverpool:  Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, …
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