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 …
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 …
Trent Alexander-Arnold's Use of the Ball

Trent Alexander-Arnold's Use of the Ball

Did you know that Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the ball away 38 times against Southampton? Of course you knew, that stat has been plastered over social media ever since the final whistle. Did you know that he also misplaced 28 passes against the Saints? That particular tweet swept across Football Twitter like wildfire.  While at first glance it may appear to be a lot, when you take everything into account, it really isn’t. Liverpool mixed things up against Ralph Hasenhüttl, opting …
Tactical breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tactical breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

This extraordinary season continues to surprise us all. On Thursday night, Spurs travelled to Anfield, atop the Premier League. Notwithstanding the champions' 65 match unbeaten run in the league at home, Anfield has been a particularly unwelcoming place for the visitors in recent years. Especially for their manager, José Mourinho, a man who has attracted the ire of the locals on a number of occasions. All the better that two thousand were able to make it for this fixture. Mourinho …
Firmino Fires Liverpool To Top Of Premier League Table

Firmino Fires Liverpool To Top Of Premier League Table

Liverpool moved to the summit of the Premier League table after beating Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 in the first versus second clash at Anfield. Heung Min Son had equalised for the uber defensive visitors after a deflected Mohamed Salah strike gave the Reds a more than deserved lead. Then, in stoppage time at the end of the game, Roberto Firmino powerfully planted a header into the top corner from Andy Robertson's corner to see the three points stay at Anfield. From …
Fulham 1-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds stutter on the road again

Fulham 1-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds stutter on the road again

Tottenham Hotspur's stumble at Crystal Palace means Liverpool stay joint-top ahead of Wednesday's Anfield clash, but they can't expect to stay at the summit for long unless they rediscover their consistency. They have won only one game away from home this season and have developed a remarkable habit of following-up world-class performances with unrecognisable displays. After Arsenal there was Aston Villa, after Leicester... Brighton, and after Wolves... Fulham. It somehow took 40 minutes for the Reds to pose any sort …
Jota's emergence springs Firmino back into life for Liverpool

Jota's emergence springs Firmino back into life for Liverpool

The real Roberto Firmino, or at least something close to it, has returned. The Brazilian has had a 2020 to forget on an individual footballing level, even if he was crowned a Premier League champion during the middle part of the year. That Club World Cup-clinching goal against Flamengo last December feels like a lifetime ago now, when Firmino was in excellent form and clinched yet more silverware for his club. While others have had major impacts for Liverpool throughout …
Jurgen Klopp and Five Substitutions

Jurgen Klopp and Five Substitutions

You know when you’re ordering a takeaway and you add on some last-minute spare ribs or something? They’re a nice little option, but it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t eat them. However, if someone said you can’t order them as you don’t eat them all, you’d be annoyed, I reckon. Well, I would anyway.  Anyway, that is how I think Jurgen Klopp views the five substitute situation. Just because he wants the option doesn’t mean he …
Liverpool Win The Jota & Werner Transfer Saga

Liverpool Win The Jota & Werner Transfer Saga

Liverpool's second choices in the transfer market have come up trumps in recent years. In the summer of 2016, the Reds were heavily linked with a move for Mario Gotze, a player who enjoyed his best footballing days under the management of Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. The German, however, opted to rejoin Dortmund from Bayern Munich. Klopp wasted no time and decided to push for a move for Sadio Mane from Southampton. Since then, the Senegalese winger has become …
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