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 …
Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Liverpool's title success was built on 'finding a way to win', but their title defence has been hamstrung by their repeated failure to do so. It wasn't a vintage performance but it should have been enough to take the three points. The Reds have been left two reflect on the two glorious opportunities they squandered. Here is how they rated. Alisson Becker - 7/10 No qualms about the 'keeper's performance whatsoever. Distributed the ball tidily and sprung into action to …
Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table, despite a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St James' Park. A combination of bad finishing from the visitors -- an aspect of the game where Mohamed Salah was particularly guilty -- and the saves of Karl Darlow kept the hosts in the contest as the Reds failed to prize open their low block defence on enough occasions. Newcastle had opportunities themselves and Fabinho saved Nat Phillips blushes when he diverted a …
Lame Liverpool Limp To Listless Draw With West Brom

Lame Liverpool Limp To Listless Draw With West Brom

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table by three points after their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Sadio Mane gave the Reds the lead in the first half, but Semi Ajayi equalized for Sam Allardyce's men in the second half with a glancing header from a corner. Overall, the defending champions -- who were sublime at times in the first half -- cannot complain too much about the result, given their toothless second-half display and inability …
Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

After a seemingly huge victory against José Mourinho's Spurs side on Wednesday night, Liverpool travelled to quiet Selhurst Park on a cold Saturday morning, warmed by the comforting knowledge that a win would establish a six-point lead over Spurs, even if only for a few hours. The quick turnaround between fixtures saw Jürgen Klopp make a number of changes to his team. Joel Matip returned to the starting XI in place of Rhys Williams, whilst Naby Keïta came in for …
Curtis Jones' Rise Unveils Potential Liverpool Blueprint For Thiago

Curtis Jones' Rise Unveils Potential Liverpool Blueprint For Thiago

Curtis Jones' meteoric rise continued last Wednesday as the youngster played a vital role in Liverpool's 2-1 top of the table victory over Spurs at Anfield. The 19-year-old's all-action showing -- which is quickly becoming his trademark -- gave the Reds a platform to move back to the top of the table with a deserved victory over Jose Mourinho's Catenaccio cockerels. On the ball, the academy graduate completed 106 from 113 pass attempts. He also carried the ball effectively, entering …
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