Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

When Manchester United travel to Anfield, it's usually a big affair. It was even bigger an occasion than usual because on Sunday they travelled not just to Anfield, but to Anfield, the home of the Premier League Champions, for the first time in thirty years. Their players were spared the taunts that would likely have filled their eardrums from the first minute to the very last. In both that regard and the scoreline, they can consider themselves fortunate. Jürgen Klopp …
Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

When Marcus Rashford burst clear in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Man United, every Liverpool supporter on the planet must have feared the worst. The England striker is renowned for his blistering pace, and as he sprinted through on goal, the Reds' long unbeaten home run felt like it could go up in smoke, against the worst possible opponents. From nowhere, though, the marauding Fabinho appeared to save the day, racing back to thwart Rashford, muscling him off the ball and …

"That needs to change quickly" - Henderson highlights issue that Liverpool have to solve soon

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the whole team has to chip in with goals to help The Reds out of their current poor dip in form. After Sunday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United, Jürgen Klopp's men have now gone three Premier League games without finding the net. Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the Anfield stalemate, Henderson said:
“Well, we need to score goals to win games. “And I’m not talking just about the front three, by the way. “I’m talking about …
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Reds draw blank against arch-rivals

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Reds draw blank against arch-rivals

This was an occasion for Liverpool to banish their rut. Instead, they've sunk further into it. The draw with arch-rivals United keeps the Reds three points off the pace, but above all it cements Manchester City's newly-established status as title favourites. Belief among supporters and among the players is clearly low. Liverpool aren't functioning as a unit given their makeshift defence and with every match the task of retaining their title is growing more difficult. Joel Matip's imminent return will …
Toothless Liverpool Fail To Score In United Stalemate

Toothless Liverpool Fail To Score In United Stalemate

Liverpool find themselves third in the Premier League table after a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield. Despite dominating the game in terms of shots, possession, and territory, the Reds failed to make the most of their ascendancy and test David de Gea in the visitors' goal. The result means that the Champions have now gone three games in the league without scoring, the longest in Jurgen Klopp's tenure in charge of the team. United were content to sit …
Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

On Monday night the Champions travelled down to St Mary's to face a depleted Southampton side, who were without a number of key players, such as Alex McCarthy, Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams. The Saints lined up in a 4-4-2, in which they looked to press Liverpool's backline. Ralph Hassenhutl's team were also instructed to form a box around the deepest midfielder, Thiago, who would be pressed from all four players whenever he received the ball. As he passed the …
Why the Liverpool system failed against Southampton

Why the Liverpool system failed against Southampton

Jurgen Klopp switched it up against Southampton. It’s very rare to see him spring a surprise like that, but he has done it previously. I’m not entirely sure if this one was forced on him due to injuries and players needing a rest or whether he thought this tactic would work against the Saints.  We’ll never actually know whether it would’ve worked either. The hosts scored after two minutes and their usual gameplan went out the window. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side …
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson dejected after Reds' defeat at Southampton

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson dejected after Reds' defeat at Southampton

Liverpool turned in another abject performance on Monday night as The Reds slowly begin to lose their grip at the top of the Premier League. Danny Ings' early strike was enough to win it for Southampton as Liverpool could only muster one shot on target in the whole game. Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, a clearly disappointed Jordan Henderson discussed Liverpool's poor recent form and their uncharacteristically slow starts.
"The start didn’t help. We’re starting slow in games …
Toothless Liverpool Without A Prayer At St Mary's As Southampton Win

Toothless Liverpool Without A Prayer At St Mary's As Southampton Win

Liverpool fell to their second defeat of the season with a 1-0 reversal away to Southampton. Danny Ings early goal was enough to seal the hosts win as the Reds -- who owned the possession and territorial stats -- failed to turn their dominance into goals at St. Mary's. It was the third bad performance on the trot for Jurgen Klopp's team, who drew with West Brom and Newcastle in the preceding games, and it was his attack -- and …
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 …
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