AFC Bournemouth Vs Liverpool | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

AFC Bournemouth Vs Liverpool | FA Cup 4th Round Preview

The FA cup returns on Saturday as Liverpool fans make the 524 mile round trip for a 12:45 kick off against a team which they have never faced before. The Hosts Championship side AFC Bournemouth currently sit in 16th place in the table having not won in 4 league games. Bournemouth’s league record stands at 26 games played, 8 won, 7 drawn, 11 lost scoring 32 and conceding 45. Bournemouth were promoted to the Championship last season after finishing in 2nd …
Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen: The Dynamic Duo

Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen: The Dynamic Duo

Partnerships. Throughout the history of Liverpool Football Club, there have been many. Keegan and Toshack, Rush and Dalglish, McDermott and Souness, Aldridge and Beardsley, Fowler and Collymore, Hyypiä and Henchoz, Alonso and Mascherano, Gerrard and Torres, and of course the latest affiliation between Suarez and Sturridge. These combinations were/are at the heart of the success of their respective sides, and to look at the great European outfits, a similar pattern emerges. However, there is one possible pairing beginning to take …
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 …
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 | Review and Match Stats

Liverpool’s title winning credentials were all but written off, as Aston Villa boldly walked into Anfield to run the Reds ragged in what was possibly Rodgers’ worst tactical blunder since taking over from Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool lined up with a two man midfield and Villa simply ran Gerrard and Henderson for the entirety of the first half - the Reds were clearly missing the security of a natural defensive midfielder. The result was made doubly painful with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal …
Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

Rodgers Must Improve Team Selection, Learn Selective Faith

With a 2013 bolstered by tangible progress, Brendan Rodgers earned the trust of the mainstream Liverpool faithful. However, the 40-year-old manager is still learning the art of proper team selection -- if there's one big knock on Rodgers, it's his propensity to show seemingly blind faith in players that flounder repeatedly. In the doghouse after a catastrophic 2012-13 season, Martin Skrtel appeared destined to leave the club, with Napoli his most public suitor. However, Rodgers displayed unwavering belief in the …
Stoke City Vs Liverpool | Betting Preview

Stoke City Vs Liverpool | Betting Preview

After consecutive losses on the road at the end of December, Liverpool will look to get their away form back on track on Sunday when they travel to the Britania Stadium. Stoke have surprised a few this season, with Mark Hughes attempting to instil a new brand of football (opposed to the rugby that was played under Tony Pulis) and has managed to, so far, avoid a relegation battle that many predicted. Liverpool, though, rightly go into the game as …
Liverpool FC: It's all about perspective

Liverpool FC: It's all about perspective

With 2013 coming to an end, and as people strive to make New Years Resolutions, I find myself looking at some of the reaction to Liverpool defeats on the various social media outlets and forums that I sometimes wonder when all the common sense went out of being a football fan? Don't get me wrong, I am just as guilty of doing it as anyone and of course, in the heat of the moment it is easy to tweet something …
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Trade offs have been mentioned a number of times in this tactical column. That is largely because they are such a key part to football. Teams cannot fully control all areas of a game. If you press high, you leave space behind. If you defend deep, you leave space in front. If you play long, you get the ball forward quickly but with less chance of keeping the ball. If you change one area of your team, you might expose …
Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City | In-depth Tactical Review

Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City | In-depth Tactical Review

It's hard to say what position Liverpool are really in in terms of what they can challenge for at the end of the season. At the time of writing there are 2 points between 1st and 5th. Such is the compactness in points, results and general form within the current top five, it's difficult to predict which teams are genuine title contenders and which teams may fall away. After all, this is no normal league season - who would have …
Liverpool FC: Christmas Number 1

Liverpool FC: Christmas Number 1

First of all I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from myself and the rest of the AI team. I hope you are enjoying reading this on your shiny new devices or on your trusty old ones. Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have given the fans the best Christmas present that they could ask for. Liverpool are top yes TOP of the league at Christmas and in this article I will be looking back on the season …
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