Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

When Manchester United travel to Anfield, it's usually a big affair. It was even bigger an occasion than usual because on Sunday they travelled not just to Anfield, but to Anfield, the home of the Premier League Champions, for the first time in thirty years. Their players were spared the taunts that would likely have filled their eardrums from the first minute to the very last. In both that regard and the scoreline, they can consider themselves fortunate. Jürgen Klopp …
Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

Colossal Fabinho standing tall while other Liverpool stars fade

When Marcus Rashford burst clear in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Man United, every Liverpool supporter on the planet must have feared the worst. The England striker is renowned for his blistering pace, and as he sprinted through on goal, the Reds' long unbeaten home run felt like it could go up in smoke, against the worst possible opponents. From nowhere, though, the marauding Fabinho appeared to save the day, racing back to thwart Rashford, muscling him off the ball and …
Big Man Centre Forward: The Next Step In Liverpool's Evolution

Big Man Centre Forward: The Next Step In Liverpool's Evolution

The attacking trident of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane has served Liverpool extremely well over the course of the last four years. But now, after umpteen defences burned and English and Champions League medals in their back pockets, the time feels right to break up the forward threesome. The Reds have now drawn a blank in three consecutive Premier League games and their attack has been culpable for this toothlessness. In times gone by, any responsibility for the …
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Reds draw blank against arch-rivals

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Reds draw blank against arch-rivals

This was an occasion for Liverpool to banish their rut. Instead, they've sunk further into it. The draw with arch-rivals United keeps the Reds three points off the pace, but above all it cements Manchester City's newly-established status as title favourites. Belief among supporters and among the players is clearly low. Liverpool aren't functioning as a unit given their makeshift defence and with every match the task of retaining their title is growing more difficult. Joel Matip's imminent return will …
Toothless Liverpool Fail To Score In United Stalemate

Toothless Liverpool Fail To Score In United Stalemate

Liverpool find themselves third in the Premier League table after a 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield. Despite dominating the game in terms of shots, possession, and territory, the Reds failed to make the most of their ascendancy and test David de Gea in the visitors' goal. The result means that the Champions have now gone three games in the league without scoring, the longest in Jurgen Klopp's tenure in charge of the team. United were content to sit …
Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Southampton 1-0 Liverpool

On Monday night the Champions travelled down to St Mary's to face a depleted Southampton side, who were without a number of key players, such as Alex McCarthy, Oriol Romeu and Ché Adams. The Saints lined up in a 4-4-2, in which they looked to press Liverpool's backline. Ralph Hassenhutl's team were also instructed to form a box around the deepest midfielder, Thiago, who would be pressed from all four players whenever he received the ball. As he passed the …
Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as missed chances cost Reds

Liverpool's title success was built on 'finding a way to win', but their title defence has been hamstrung by their repeated failure to do so. It wasn't a vintage performance but it should have been enough to take the three points. The Reds have been left two reflect on the two glorious opportunities they squandered. Here is how they rated. Alisson Becker - 7/10 No qualms about the 'keeper's performance whatsoever. Distributed the ball tidily and sprung into action to …
Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool Stumble To Newcastle Draw

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table, despite a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at St James' Park. A combination of bad finishing from the visitors -- an aspect of the game where Mohamed Salah was particularly guilty -- and the saves of Karl Darlow kept the hosts in the contest as the Reds failed to prize open their low block defence on enough occasions. Newcastle had opportunities themselves and Fabinho saved Nat Phillips blushes when he diverted a …
Lame Liverpool Limp To Listless Draw With West Brom

Lame Liverpool Limp To Listless Draw With West Brom

Liverpool remain top of the Premier League table by three points after their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Sadio Mane gave the Reds the lead in the first half, but Semi Ajayi equalized for Sam Allardyce's men in the second half with a glancing header from a corner. Overall, the defending champions -- who were sublime at times in the first half -- cannot complain too much about the result, given their toothless second-half display and inability …
Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

After a seemingly huge victory against José Mourinho's Spurs side on Wednesday night, Liverpool travelled to quiet Selhurst Park on a cold Saturday morning, warmed by the comforting knowledge that a win would establish a six-point lead over Spurs, even if only for a few hours. The quick turnaround between fixtures saw Jürgen Klopp make a number of changes to his team. Joel Matip returned to the starting XI in place of Rhys Williams, whilst Naby Keïta came in for …
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