Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Liverpool And Their Calculated Defensive Gamble

Gambling, by its very nature, doesn't always come off. There can be no debate that Liverpool -- after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg -- gambled when they didn't sign a centre half last summer. Instead, the Reds pushed the boat out to sign Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern and planned on using Fabinho as their fourth choice centre half. Now, with long term injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez that strategy looks shortsighted, …
Priceless Matip faces career-defining period at Liverpool

Priceless Matip faces career-defining period at Liverpool

When it rains, it pours. Or in Liverpool's case, when it rains, a monsoon arrives. The Reds find themselves in one of the most bleak, unfortunate injury situations in their recent history, following an awful period in the fitness department. When Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season with cruciate ligament damage it felt bad enough, but in the weeks since, things have got even worse for Jurgen Klopp. Having to make do without the likes of Thiago, …
Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

As I have grown up, I have witnessed titanic clashes between footballing behemoths. Games for which the world would stand still for 90 minutes in order to witness the spectacle. In the early noughties, it was Arsenal and Manchester United; then Chelsea and United; Liverpool and Ferguson's side followed briefly, before the rise of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona precipitated a new dimension to El Clasico, now a monumental clash between the world's two finest teams. Matches between Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and …
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool: Who Was Man of the Match?

The points were shared at the Etihad Stadium as Liverpool and Manchester City played out a 1-1 draw in the final match before we head into another international break. It was probably a fair result with both teams failing to create too many clear-cut chances. City will feel the more disappointed of the two sides, though, having missed a penalty late in the first half. In goal, Alisson was very impressive. He was so quick off his line on a …
Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips Can Provide Temporary Centre Half Relief For Liverpool.

Nat Phillips was picked as the man of the match award in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday last. The performance -- and individual plaudits -- represents somewhat of a redemption for the 23-year old centre-half. With 12 Championship clubs chasing the Bolton natives’ signature in the summer, Phillips -- who had been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield -- saw the writing on the wall for his Liverpool career. However, a move never materialized -- with Swansea …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

With Manchester City dropping points in the early kick-off, and Liverpool denied a late winner in last week's Merseyside Derby at the behest of David Coote, the pressure was on for the champions to regain some momentum after the hammer blows of injuries and disappointing results. Jürgen Klopp made a surprising tactical change, playing four forwards in a 4-2-3-1, as he looked to take advantage of the 30 minutes he saved in the legs of Salah, Mané and Firmino, after …
Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Virgil Loss Will Be a Huge Blow But Liverpool Are Still Brilliant

Let's get the captain obvious statement out of the way at the beginning, shall we? Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk during his injury lay off, which, per reports, could last anything from six to nine months. If you could manufacture the perfect centre half in a lab, equipped with elite physical, mental, technical and leadership attributes, then the Reds' towering Dutchman would be the ideal prototype. Any team -- Barcelona with Lionel Messi, FC Bayern with Robert Lewandowski, to …
Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool's goalless draw against Everton back in June - the first game of the restarted league season - was an intriguing affair in which Everton posed a number of tactical questions to Liverpool, and was able to slow down the red juggernaut. With Ancelotti's coaching clearly making a difference to Everton's performance, this game had an exciting tactical dimension to it. Yet despite Everton's superb form leading into this game, it was one which Liverpool dominated, with a number of …
Observations as Liverpool robbed against Everton

Observations as Liverpool robbed against Everton

Liverpool drew 2-2 at Goodison Park in a typically tempestuous and controversial Merseyside derby. Sadio Mané and Mo Salah twice gave Liverpool the lead, before goals from Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin snatched a point for the Blues. But it was two marginal offside decisions that decided the game, as Jordan Pickford avoided a red card and Jordan Henderson’s late winner was chalked off. Here are the observations from the game: Liverpool aren’t as good defensively without their two best …
Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Why Fabinho needs another centre-back

Every top team wants versatile players. In fact, they need flexible players to give them the option of changing things within a match without having to make changes. Liverpool, as an example, have deployed Sadio Mane on the left, on the right and at times centrally. Mohamed Salah has played right-wing and as a centre-forward. Gini Wijnaldum has played, well, he’s played everywhere. But some players should be exempt from this. However, there’s an argument to be made that specialist …
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