Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Liverpool fell to a third straight league defeat as Manchester City won 4-1 at Anfield. The result all but rubberstamped Manchester City's attempts to reclaim the title, yet the scoreline flatters to deceive in a game that was closely contested but ultimately decided by a number of key individual errors from Liverpool. Systems Liverpool were set up in their usual 4-3-3. Initially, they pressed across the front, but as the game wore on their pressing waned. The midfield of Thiago, …
Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview - Reds do battle to keep failing title hopes alive

Liverpool vs Manchester City Preview - Reds do battle to keep failing title hopes alive

THE DETAILS Venue – Anfield, Liverpool Referee – Michael Oliver Date & Time – Sunday, February 7th @ 16:30 Current Odds – Liverpool 12/5, Draw 11/4, Manchester City 21/20 ________________________________________________________ This game has grown in stature in recent years as Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City established themselves as the two main powerhouses in the Premier League. The last few weeks have seen Liverpool's topsy-turvy form cost them dearly in their pursuit of a second consecutive league title. …
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 vs Liverpool Preview - Etihad bears witness to the first title-rivals clash of the season

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Etihad bears witness to the first title-rivals clash of the season

THE DETAILS Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee – Craig Pawson Date & Time – Sunday, November 8th @ 16:30 Current Odds – Manchester City 19/20, Draw 16/5, Liverpool 23/10 ________________________________________________________ Five points separate these sides as they prepare to do battle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening. Liverpool look well-primed to push for the Premier League title again and City will certainly rise among the placings as the weeks progress. Both sides will see this weekend's clash as the …
Key stats as hungover Liverpool routed by Man City

Key stats as hungover Liverpool routed by Man City

Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning hangover kicked off as they were resoundingly beaten 4-0 by a dominant Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium. What are the key stats from the first game since the Reds lifted their first title in 30 years? Pep’s Revenge This was Liverpool’s heaviest Premier League defeat in almost three years – since their 5-0 defeat to City on 9th September 2017. Whilst the Reds have suffered that five goal hammering, and a number of three …
Reflecting on August's error of judgement

Reflecting on August's error of judgement

"Part of me can't help but think that the side that beat us to win the league by a point have strengthened while we've stood still." That's what I tweeted on 7 August 2019. Manchester City had just broken the bank for a big-name full-back again, this time Juventus' Joao Cancelo. Earlier in the summer, they had brought in Rodri, a coveted 23-year-old who seemed set for a seamless transition into Pep Guardiola's purring midfield. On 27 July, I had …
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Champions still with plenty to fight for at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview - Champions still with plenty to fight for at the Etihad

THE DETAILS Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester Referee – Anthony Taylor Date & Time – Thursday, July 2nd @ 20:15 Current Odds – Manchester City 21/20, Draw 29/10, Liverpool 23/10 ________________________________________________________ Liverpool arrive at the Etihad Stadium as Premier League champions, reigning Champions League holders, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners. That's not bad, is it? If ever a team was deserving of a guard of honour from their peers, Liverpool is that team. The Reds won …
Liverpool Aren't Lucky

Liverpool Aren't Lucky

There’s a strange narrative appearing online. Not only are Liverpool lucky to be in the position they find themselves in, but they’re also boring.  Firstly, we’ll address the latter. Fans aren’t used to seeing the level of control shown by the Reds this season. Even the Centurions didn’t have as many points as Liverpool do at this stage of the campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t been thrashing teams like Man City did during the 2017/18 season but it feels as …
Is Jurgen Klopp the Enemy of the Football League? Or it's Defender?

Is Jurgen Klopp the Enemy of the Football League? Or it's Defender?

Whether you’re a Liverpool supporter or not, you’ll almost certainly have an opinion on Jurgen Klopp’s comments after (some) of his world champions drew 2-2 against a battling Shrewsbury at New Meadow Stadium. The main talking point from the game was the upcoming replay the Shrews had just valiantly earned themselves in fighting from 2-0 down. Klopp immediately dampened the tone stating, "We will not be there". This was the most cutting line he delivered post-match as he used the …
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Observations as Reds overpower title rivals

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Observations as Reds overpower title rivals

It may only be November, but still this has the air of a season-defining victory for title-chasing Liverpool. They lead Manchester City by nine points, and though there remain 26 games before season's end, the sheer relentlessness of the Red machine makes the present deficit look rather bleak for the reigning champions. Pep Guardiola's men played well at Anfield, but ultimately Liverpool just had too much for them. Pre-match fears for City defence realised When the teams were announced, you …
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