Tactical Breakdown: Spurs 1-3 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Spurs 1-3 Liverpool

A month ago, Spurs travelled to Anfield in a contest for the league's top spot. Since then, results have tailed off for both sides, and an hour prior to kickoff, the news that Fabinho was injured compounded a terrible winless run for Liverpool with more adversity. However, the truth was that the Reds had played fairly well recently, but had not had the results to reflect their performances. As Statsbomb's James Yorke argued in recent weeks, Liverpool were due to …
Liverpool End Goal Drought With Tottenham Thumping

Liverpool End Goal Drought With Tottenham Thumping

Liverpool scored their first Premier League goals in over a month in their 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander Arnold, and Sadio Mane wrapped up a deserved win for the Reds and saw them move to fourth place, four points off the leader's Manchester City. From the outset, it was clear that the defending champions were in the mood to attack and they ought to have opened the scoring after …
Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Are Liverpool just unlucky?

Remember during the first couple of seasons under Jurgen Klopp, when Liverpool would perform well, but an individual mistake would cost them? I’m talking about Alberto Moreno against Sevilla in the Europa League final, Simon Mignolet in the Carabao Cup final, Dejan Lovren on multiple occasions, and Loris Karius in the Champions League final. This isn’t a criticism of any of these players either. I’m just pointing out that their individual errors played a pivotal part in the outcome of …
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 …
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