4231 Formation The Next Tactical Port of Call For Liverpool

4231 Formation The Next Tactical Port of Call For Liverpool

Ever since the beginning of the 2016/2017 season, Jurgen Klopp has almost consistently lined Liverpool up in a 433 formation. The only exception came in the winter of the 2018/2019 season when the Reds lined up in a 4231 shape. In that reshuffle, Mohamed Salah played as the teams' focal point, with Roberto Firmino dropping into the number 10 role. Xherdan Shaqiri, meanwhile, in his most productive run at the club, added creativity from a right-wing berth. Klopp soon reverted …
The Trent Alexander-Arnold Myth

The Trent Alexander-Arnold Myth

It’s 2021 and people are still claiming that Trent Alexander-Arnold can’t defend. It is beyond boring now and is arguably one of the laziest narratives in world football.  It all stems from that match against Manchester United when Marcus Rashford scored twice.  People always overlook the fact that Dejan Lovren allowed Romelu Lukaku a free header after initially tracking him into the midfield area. They tend to ignore that Alexander-Arnold was left one-on-one with Rashford with a lot of space …
Tactical Breakdown: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool

Liverpool won 3-0 at the Emirates, to breathe life back into their hopes of redeeming their league campaign, with goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah. Systems Mikel Arteta's Arsenal set up in a 4-2-3-1 on ball shape, and a 4-5-1 off ball system. Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos were paired together in a double-pivot. Martin Ødegaard was deployed as the no.10, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pépé either side of him. Alexandre Lacazette played up top. Jürgen Klopp's side …
Potential Ibrahima Konate Purchase Shows Liverpool's Pulling Power

Potential Ibrahima Konate Purchase Shows Liverpool's Pulling Power

Liverpool will trigger Red Bull Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate's €40M release clause before signing the Frenchman in the summer, according to reports from The Athletic. The 22-year-old centre half is one of Europe's foremost young central defenders and any move for the 6'4" stopper will represent a coup for the Reds, even if Konate has had his fair share of injuries in the recent past. Should the transfer come to fruition -- and, according to the report in the Athletic, …
How Liverpool identify centre-backs

How Liverpool identify centre-backs

It might not necessarily be a good thing, but Liverpool do have a type.  They know what they want from their attackers with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota all sharing a number of similar traits and metrics.  On one hand, it is positive that the Reds know exactly the sort of player they want in the final third. If we’re being overly critical, you can make the point that it makes them somewhat predictable in the market. Selling …
Why Liverpool need Konate and Kabak

Why Liverpool need Konate and Kabak

Liverpool went from having no centre-backs to potentially having an abundance of them. Per The Athletic, the Reds are in advanced negotiations to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. If all goes to plan, he’ll be the eighth senior centre-back within the squad.   Granted, injuries have deprived Jurgen Klopp of his first-choice centre-back options this season, Liverpool do have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ozan Kabak, Ben Davies, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams on their books. Fabinho also …
Tactical Breakdown: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Liverpool

Why Ozan Kabak Looks Likely To Earn Full Time Liverpool Move

Why Ozan Kabak Looks Likely To Earn Full Time Liverpool Move

At 20 years old, footballers are going to have peaks and valleys in their form. Nowhere is this truer than in the case of defenders. Since joining Liverpool on loan from Schalke 04 on the January transfer deadline day, Ozan Kabak has had his ups and downs in red. High profile errors against Leicester on debut and some nervy moments against Everton in the Anfield derby have been counterbalanced with assured performances against Leipzig (x2) in Europe and away to …
The truth about Thiago and his pressing

The truth about Thiago and his pressing

The arrival of Thiago was supposed to give Liverpool a Plan B. The fear was that the opposition would soon find a way to limit the influence of the full-backs and that the Reds might get found out. However, injuries and Covid robbed Jurgen Klopp of his No.6 for the best part of half of the season. To complicate things even further, Thiago’s involvement with the first-team coincides with the Reds having their worst run of form under the German …
The Thiago & Fabinho Partnership: The Midfield of Liverpool's Future

The Thiago & Fabinho Partnership: The Midfield of Liverpool's Future

Finally, for the first time since October, Fabinho played as a defensive midfielder in Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League last 16 win over Red Bull Leipzig. The Brazilian, who, due to the Reds' huge injury toll, had operated in the centre half role for the majority of the season. The 27-year-old mostly excelled in the heart of the defence, but he was sorely missed in the engine room. But with the signing of Ozan Kabak -- not to mention Ben Davies, …
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