The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

The Case for the Defence: Part 1, ‘The back 5 of Liverpool’

Last week, on the 'Jumpers for Goalposts' pod in one of our more serious moments, we took a look at the travails of the Liverpool defence...notice please, I specifically say 'defence', not 'back four', 'central pairing' or other, more targeted breakdown. There is a reason for this, and one that surprisingly perhaps, when having so many recent defenders among their number, the various Sky, BT, BBC and other media commentators rarely seem to address - in my old fashioned view, …
Liverpool's Catch-22 Season

Liverpool's Catch-22 Season

One of the Webster definition’s for Catch-22 goes like this ‘a difficult situation for which there is no easy or possible solution’. Does it sound vague?  Let’s just make that simple by invoking Liverpool FC 2014/15. After all, the team this season is riddled with Catch-22 situations. Let’s start with the building block of the team. Defence When Simon Mignolet was bought, he was coming off a pretty decent season with Sunderland and had built up a reputation as a …

Me, My Opinions about Liverpool and My Rear End

Opinions eh! They are like.... You know the rest and yes, we all have them. Especially those of us who crave the attention enough to write or talk about Liverpool on the many wonderful websites and podcasts there are at the moment. I'm one of them, of course I am, here I am writing about my opinion here and why I want you to read what I have to say. I want you to read it and whether you agree …
Liverpool's Defensive Shambles - Who is to Blame?

Liverpool's Defensive Shambles - Who is to Blame?

Fabio Aurelio, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher and Alvaro Arbeloa. Now that was a solid back four. You felt confident going into games under Benitez with those four at the back. Well organised by Carragher, and Hyypia read the game magnificently. Time to stop drooling folks and wipe that smile of your face as that was back in 2009 and a distant memory from now! In Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge at Liverpool we conceded 43 goals in the Premier …
Skrtel: Taking control - Lovren's Injury Heaps Pressure on Slovakian

Skrtel: Taking control - Lovren's Injury Heaps Pressure on Slovakian

This Summer's transfer window was all about improving our defence. We learned first hand, and harshly, last year that our defence had to be worked on, and dramatically. There were numerous incidents where our mistakes at the back left us with memories that we really don't want to recollect or repeat. And even when we thought we had taken our share of bad luck with international injuries for the time being, Dejan Lovren is the latest to hit the absence …
In-Depth Analysis: What’s Wrong with Liverpool FC this Season?

In-Depth Analysis: What’s Wrong with Liverpool FC this Season?

What a difference a summer break makes. Brendan Rodgers had Liverpool playing some of the best attacking football the Premier League had ever seen during the latter stages of last season, but now the Northern Irishman is facing question marks over his credentials and player signing policy. Seemingly, Liverpool have morphed into an ugly duckling version of themselves. A version of themselves that cannot break down supposedly weaker teams, a version of themselves that relies on individuals rather than the …
Whether You’re Lovren It or Not - Analysis Of The New LFC Defence.

Whether You’re Lovren It or Not - Analysis Of The New LFC Defence.

It has been a mixed start to the campaign for LFC.  A nervy 2-1 victory over a depleted Southampton  side, a harsh sounding 3-1 defeat to Man City & and a commanding win over Spurs at White Lane. Many positives can be taken from the opening 3 games: a sublime Henderson assist, a world class save from Mignolet, an excellent opening 35 mins display at the Eithad and an amazing 60 yard run & finish from Moreno.  For all the …
Proactive vs Reactive | Liverpool's divided back four?

Proactive vs Reactive | Liverpool's divided back four?

Monday was disappointing wasn’t it? After impressing for the majority of the first half, Liverpool went in at half time 1-0 down but with justification to remain positive that we could come back into it in the second 45. However, as we all know, it wasn’t to be and after 95 minutes we had been beaten 3-1 by last years champions. Their strength and quality in depth shone through and we were given a harsh reminder of the level required …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

It is important to preface this analysis by saying the Bundesliga season doesn’t start until the week after the Premier League, so Borussia Dortmund were seven days behind in their physical preparation. However, at times, Rodgers’ Liverpool made them look like they had never played football before, with the exquisite movement, technical ability and break-neck speed of the attacking play. Line-Ups: Liverpool:  Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, …
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