Tactical analysis: The impossible task of stopping Alexander-Arnold

Tactical analysis: The impossible task of stopping Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool’s march towards a highly anticipated first Premier League title seemed to take a significant step on Sunday evening when they defeated old rivals Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield.  The win saw the Reds extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points but it didn’t come as so usually seen at Anfield these days. Jurgen Klopp’s men created the best chances of the game against a depleted United side but the scoreline remained on a …
Liverpool Make World-Class Stars

Liverpool Make World-Class Stars

Jamie Carragher is right, Liverpool don’t tend to buy superstars. Speaking after the 1-0 win over Spurs, the former Reds centre-back heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp and the recruitment team at Anfield.  "It's not that Liverpool are just buying players with this special ability that nobody else sees these players," Carragher told Sky Sports. "[Andy] Robertson came from Hull City, [Gini] Wijnaldum was relegated with Newcastle United, Mohamed Salah had been at Chelsea, Sadio Mane had been in the Premier …
Does Robertson Need To Rein It In?

Does Robertson Need To Rein It In?

Something changed the night Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final. At that point, the Reds were still seen as plucky underdogs - a team who played fantastic football and were as entertaining as anyone, both for good and bad. Unless you were a rival supporter, they were easy to like, and it will have been hard not to feel some level of sympathy for them after their nightmare in Kiev. That defeat hurt and Liverpool …
Why Losing Wijnaldum Wouldn't be a Disaster

Why Losing Wijnaldum Wouldn't be a Disaster

Georginio Wijnaldum is an incredibly versatile, incredibly intelligent, and above all else incredibly important midfielder in this Liverpool team. He never gets injured, he never puts in less than a 6/10, he does the job that Klopp asks him to do week in, week out and there’s a reason that he is almost always on the team sheet when fit. Wijnaldum has started 19 of Liverpool’s 20 league games this season and started 32 last season, on top of 11 …
Youngsters Pose Food for Thought for Klopp After Derby Masterclass

Youngsters Pose Food for Thought for Klopp After Derby Masterclass

We all knew that widespread changes were likely for Liverpool's FA Cup tie with Everton, and that's exactly what we got. Mass hysteria greeted Klopp's team selection ahead of kick-off at Anfield, with many on social media questioning why more senior players hadn't been included alongside the likes of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, Nat Phillips and Pedro Chirivella. However, they need not have worried. After a scrappy first half, Liverpool's young guns came out firing on all cylinders …
Takumi Minamino - Analysis of Debut

Takumi Minamino - Analysis of Debut

When Liverpool announced the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg many fans were wondering what position he would play. Is he a centre midfielder? A number 10? A versatile attacker? Yesterday's game should put some of those questions to rest as Klopp deployed Minamino as the false nine, the Roberto Firmino role. Despite his debut being with an abundance of youngsters and fringe players where rustiness was expected, Minamino's first performance not only showed technical ability and skill but …
Liverpool vs Sheffield Utd - Tactical Analysis

Liverpool vs Sheffield Utd - Tactical Analysis

Liverpool met Sheffield Utd at Anfield for their first game of 2020, hoping to pick up where they left off in 2019. In securing a comfortable 2-0 victory, they did just that. Liverpool's tactical approach was an intelligent one given the challenges presented by their opponent's system & Christmas scheduling. They were able to simultaneously control possession of the ball whilst seeking to exploit their opponents' pressing system. Klopp's tactics contributed to the team breaking the club record for passes …
Liverpool 1-0 Wolves: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 1-0 Wolves: A Tactical Breakdown

"This was a marvellous tactical battle, but for Nuno Espirito Santo, despite his best efforts, couldn’t quite deliver a surprise in morphing into Nuno Espirito Santa(!!!), but with Liverpool, rather unexpectedly, now four points clear of Manchester City, it seems Christmas may just have come early…" - Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown, 23/12/2018
It's remarkable how much, and at the same time, how little has changed in just over a year. Indeed, given Wolves' comeback against Manchester …
The Ideal Next Step for Curtis Jones

The Ideal Next Step for Curtis Jones

It’s that time of the year once again where attention turns to the transfer market. The January transfer window is one that Jürgen Klopp tends to shy away from where possible, but Virgil Van Dijk and Takumi Minamino are examples of him willing to use it in exceptional circumstances. However, whilst any further purchases in January are unlikely, it is possible that a couple of the clubs promising youngsters will go out on loan.  Rhian Brewster has already been touted …
Back-To-Goal Salah Offers Liverpool New Attacking Dimension

Back-To-Goal Salah Offers Liverpool New Attacking Dimension

Mohamed Salah is back. After a few weeks of relatively low-key performances while clearly playing through an ankle injury, the Egyptian has burst back into form and has netted goals in games versus Watford (x2), Bournemouth and Red Bull Salzburg. The most striking feature of Salah's game in recent weeks, though, is how well the forward has linked the play, in the style of a burly old school centre forward. Standing at 5'9, the former Roma flyer is not the …
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