Liverpool 1-1 Napoli: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-1 Napoli: A Tactical Breakdown

Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli are a formidable force. Last season, they were an Alisson save away from knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League in the group stages. They were also one of the few teams to utterly outplay Liverpool over the course of last season, as they won 1-0 at the San Paolo stadium, a result that was rather kind to Liverpool. Both Liverpool and Napoli entered this game not quite at their best level, with Napoli enduring issues off …
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

International breaks can often pose a challenge for teams on a winning streak, with an unnecessary interruption to the rhythm of the side. Against Newcastle, for the opening 15-20 minutes at least, it seemed that was the case. Newcastle opted to launch balls into the wide channels, and fight for second balls, but it was an uncharacteristic mistake by the Liverpool defensive line, in an attempt to play Newcastle offside, which was then followed by an individual mistake by Alexander-Arnold, …
Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League. They may have been bankrolled by Jorge Mendes, but their enthralling style, talent-filled roster, and seriously cool manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, have rightfully garnered the praise of pundits and fans across the country. Wolves are no pushover side though, in games against Arsenal and Spurs, they outscored the opposition in xG, and were extremely unfortunate to draw and lose in those respective games, whilst they also managed …
Reviewing Liverpool's imbalance & openness in the 1st half vs Villa

Reviewing Liverpool's imbalance & openness in the 1st half vs Villa

 "It’s (the Premier League) less tactical, with more space, and more physical than in Spain. You don’t have to wait until the second half here for a game to open up and that is good for me." Michu
Traditionally, people think of English football as direct, as physical, as high intensity and sometimes a battle. But there's another aspect that is traditional to English football. And that's the openness within games. Whereas abroad, teams traditionally concentrate more on …