The Delicate Balance of Player Rotation and Winning Strategies In the realm of football, the balance between science and player management and the imperative to secure wins is a delicate one. Simon Brundish elucidates, “if you just use science players would play about 10% less than they currently do to be as fresh as possible.” […]

Under Pressure Podcast Hails Reds’ Pressing Evolution Liverpool FC, under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp, are experiencing a remarkable return to form, having won seven consecutive games in the Premier League. The reasons for this success are varied, but three key factors seem to stand out: the pressing tactics deployed by Klopp, the emergence of […]

The arrival of Thiago was supposed to give Liverpool a Plan B. The fear was that the opposition would soon find a way to limit the influence of the full-backs and that the Reds might get found out. However, injuries and Covid robbed Jurgen Klopp of his No.6 for the best part of half of […]

Liverpool’s success since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp has been built around the press. Initially, it was full-throttle, relentless and tiring to watch. But as the team evolved, so did the press. Their approach was more meticulous, their approach was more intelligent and they seemed to take a more measured approach to it all. It […]

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained why he was very happy with almost all aspects of his team’s performance in their 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Many fans and pundits alike had commented that The Reds looked leggy and lethargic in recent weeks and lacked the urgency to regain possession when the opposition […]

In Liverpool’s most recent contest, The Reds achieved a 0-0 draw at home to title rivals, Manchester City. The match was cagey, conservative and respectful, and despite Liverpool restricting City to just two shots on target, some viewers weren’t happy with the home side’s work without the ball. The main viewer that I’m referencing here […]

Any back-line – let alone the back-five of Liverpool’s – will face adversities in the form of the high initial press in trying to lay the foundation for attacks. Jürgen Klopp’s system for Liverpool works in a multitude of ways in order to overcome these adversities as mentioned in Part 1 here, but nevertheless, football is […]

Liverpool’s third Premier League game of the season ended in a frustrating draw as the Reds rued missed chances whilst being on top in the first half and bemoaned poor defending once again which cost them the three points at White Hart Lane. As always the Anfield Index Under Pressure team analysed the game covering at […]

Liverpool have signed Sadio Mane this week, continuing the trend of shopping on the South Coast. The reported fee has ranged between 30 million pounds to 36 million pounds depending on whom you would want to believe. It is a valid question whether the question is of great significance in that if you have stumped […]

Based in the tiny City of Vila-Real in the Comunitat Valenciana on the East Coast of Spain, Villarreal have arguably been the 21st century’s biggest football over-achievers. With a stadium that could fit half the city’s population, the club captivated the football world back in 2006 when they reached the Champions League semi-final with a […]

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