Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool's 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park was a perfect result. The performance itself though was a great deal detached from perfect. LFC's attacking brilliance is regularly lauded and rightfully praised, however, the response to the victory against Palace does not accurately reflect the performance itself, nor the underwhelming work of the forwards and midfield against a low block, again. Andrew Beasley wrote an excellent piece praising Liverpool, particularly the defence, and whilst his analysis of the defence is largely agreeable, …
Why Liverpool Must Be More Than Just Their Front Three

Why Liverpool Must Be More Than Just Their Front Three

“I’m worried about Liverpool’s front three.” What Pep Guardiola said was correct. Words that were shared far and wide amid social media following the release of Amazon’s Manchester City documentary: "All or Nothing", the sentiment of the manager whose ideals defined a generation should well be shared among every manager who comes up against Jürgen Klopp’s side if it isn’t already. For evidence, see the remnants of Roma once Liverpool had put five past them in a single leg of …
Observations as Liverpool cruise to second win in a row

Observations as Liverpool cruise to second win in a row

Liverpool ran out winners against bogey team Crystal Palace on Monday night, leaving fresh hope that Klopp’s side can truly match Man City for the Premier League title this season. Goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane confirmed a 2-0 win, giving the Reds six points from a possible six thus far. Here are the observations from the match. Mane in for a stellar campaign  If Salah was Liverpool’s main man last season, it sure as hell looks like Mane …
Virgil Van Wall - Key Stats from Palace 0 Liverpool 2

Virgil Van Wall - Key Stats from Palace 0 Liverpool 2

Liverpool made it two wins out of two in the Premier League with a hard-fought but thoroughly deserved 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. But what were the key stats as the Reds continued their impressive start to the season? Reds Run At Palace Continues Palace are a team that most Liverpool fans hate to play, and for good reason, but Liverpool have now won all four games played at Selhurst Park under Jürgen Klopp. Admittedly most of …
Crystal Palace v Liverpool Preview - Maintaining Momentum

Crystal Palace v Liverpool Preview - Maintaining Momentum

The Details Venue - Selhurst Park, London Referee - Michael Oliver Date & Time - Monday, August 20th @ 20:00 Current Odds - Crystal Palace 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 2/5 Form Crystal Palace Form A quick look at the form stats below shows that Crystal Palace are the form team in the Premier League when taking the run-in at the end of last season into consideration. Roy Hodson's team got off to a great start in their mini-London derby with Fulham at Craven Cottage …
Buoyed by Optimism - Liverpool's Season Ahead

Buoyed by Optimism - Liverpool's Season Ahead

It’s a weird feeling not really knowing how to manage your expectations as a Liverpool fan. I’m 38 - a seasoned pro at this. However, never in my experience of supporting The Reds can I remember a feeling of such enthusiasm surrounding the club. Not Then, Not Ever Even after Rafa’s fantastic 08/09 team came within touching distance of the title there was still the unmissable grey Hicks & Gillett cloud hanging over Anfield. We knew Benitez had almost achieved …
Tactical Analysis: All Shots Conceded in Game 1 vs West Ham

Tactical Analysis: All Shots Conceded in Game 1 vs West Ham

If you haven't got the memo yet, Liverpool won't be conceding any goals this season thanks to Virgil simply swearing at anybody who lets the ball come into the box and Alisson dealing with whatever small amount that Virgil's swearing fails to deter. https://twitter.com/babuyagu/status/1028711576071753729 This is great obviously for us Liverpool fans but sucks for me as someone who enjoys analysing the goals we concede to see where the failures lie tactically/individually. Therefore, I have decided to look at all …
The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

It’s good to be a Liverpool supporter right now. The team is top of the table after the first matchweek, and the opener could not have gone any better. The additions in the summer appear to be spot on, and the team looks truly up for it this season. But it’s not 100% sunshine and rainbows for Liverpool at the moment as the club seems unable to go too long with some drama. While Salah’s multi-tasking driving skills may be …
Rating Liverpool's Transfer Window

Rating Liverpool's Transfer Window

The new Premier League season is finally upon us, and after last season's changes, the transfer window slamming shut comes with it. Liverpool were the biggest spenders in England this summer, and fans and pundits alike are touting Klopp's men for a big season. But just how good was their transfer window? In: Following the Champions League final on the 26th May Reds fans weren't in the highest spirits. Salah's injury coupled with Karius' blunders (no matter what caused them), …
Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Klopp's Liverpool and Doing Things the Fun Way

Playing the Liverpool way. It’s a fairly common trope, perhaps an oxymoron when every football club seems to have a “way” these days – there’s even a “Norwich way”, apparently. For Liverpool fans, however, identity is everything. Football is bound together by its unique fan culture, the interconnectedness of the football landscape means stories are perpetuated, and Liverpool’s story is one of decorated trophy cabinets and an envied atmosphere. Perhaps Anfield’s atmosphere hasn’t lived up to its hype recently. But …
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