Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

With injuries aplenty following the international break and a deluge of fixtures awaiting Jürgen Klopp's red men, an acceptable result seemed more important than a strong performance. With Salah, Alexander-Arnold and Thiago all unavailable, the champions were without their three best creative players, leaving the creative burden upon a midfield and forward line that has had little time to develop the sort of relationships required to pick apart a defence. Likewise, Leicester was without Ndidi - their most important midfield …
Liverpool vs Atalanta Preview - Serie A side take to Anfield turf for the first time

Liverpool vs Atalanta Preview - Serie A side take to Anfield turf for the first time

THE DETAILS   Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP) Date & Time - Wednesday, November 25th 2020 @ 20:00 Current Odds - Liverpool 8/13, Draw 7/2, Atalanta 15/4 _____________________________________________________________________ This group of Liverpool players just keep surprising us, don't they? With so many first-team regulars out injured, Jürgen Klopp has had to call on the squad's fringe players more than any of us would have anticipated. However, with the hectic schedule imposed on players over the coming …
How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

How Erling Haaland can be the next evolutionary step for Liverpool

There is a popular cliche in football that if you are standing still, you are going backwards. It alludes to the fact that time never stands still; and that football, like other sports, is cyclical.  In industry, continuous improvement principles are applied: just because something is working well, it doesn’t mean it will always remain the case or cannot be improved upon. It is under constant review, with adaptations or changes implemented where necessary, be they process, structural or mechanical.  …
Liverpool 3-0 Leicester: Player ratings as Reds make more history

Liverpool 3-0 Leicester: Player ratings as Reds make more history

Liverpool have extended their home unbeaten run into club-record territory following a hugely impressive victory against high-flying Leicester. Without Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah, the three-and-a-half-year streak was in serious peril. But the Reds scoffed at that suggestion, powering to victory with strikes from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino after a Jonny Evans own goal. Here's how they rated. Alisson - 7/10 A second Premier League clean sheet is welcome for …
Remembering Liverpool 4-1 Leicester in 2016, amid injury chaos in 2020

Remembering Liverpool 4-1 Leicester in 2016, amid injury chaos in 2020

Hallelujah, the final international break of 2020 is coming to a close. Whilst manager's will understandably be worried about injuries from the though schedules ahead, football fans can at least look forward to a plethora of club action leading into the new year. Despite that, there has been a fair bit of doom and gloom this week for Liverpool supporters. With the upsetting passing of Ray Clemence coming in the midst of another national lockdown, Reds fans have had their …
Versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain Could Offer Liverpool Right-Back Solution

Versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain Could Offer Liverpool Right-Back Solution

Jurgen Klopp loves versatile players. Whether it is James Milner, who can cover midfield or either full-back slot, or Fabinho, who is comfortable at both centre half and defensive midfield, the German places great stock in players who can cover multiple positions. With a bigger list of injuries than an army hospital, Liverpool will need to rotate aplenty in the upcoming period of games and turn and to players to fill in in areas that they aren't overly familiar with. …
Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Gambling, by its very nature, doesn't always come off. There can be no debate that Liverpool -- after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg -- gambled when they didn't sign a centre half last summer. Instead, the Reds pushed the boat out to sign Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern and planned on using Fabinho as their fourth choice centre half. Now, with long term injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez that strategy looks shortsighted, …
How can Liverpool get Robert Firmino firing?

How can Liverpool get Robert Firmino firing?

Roberto Firmino looked like the odd man out in attack against Manchester City. In truth, it’s nothing to be embarrassed by really.  After all, most players would have trouble keeping up with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. The Brazilan has never been blessed with blistering pace, but it was never really an issue. Mentally, he was always a couple of seconds ahead of opponents. That no longer seems to be the case.  The Liverpool No.9 has always been …
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 …
Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

“I don’t think any system could have defended tonight Sadio, Mo & Diogo, the way they played, with the support of the others.”
In his post-match presser, Jürgen Klopp was bubbling with praise for his entire team, championing the manner in which the team defended with concentration and discipline, and attacked with synchronicity and fluidity. It was a significant departure from the nature of Liverpool's most recent games, with a distinct shift in tone, tempo and action, akin …
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