The Build-Up Phases in Liverpool's Diamond Formation

The Build-Up Phases in Liverpool's Diamond Formation

Since the introduction of the diamond system into the Liverpool team last season, the overall performance of the team improved radically. This article aims to look at the various build-up plays that are involved in the 4-3-1-2 system or the diamond system, as it is commonly known. The basic principle in this system is to control the game while holding possession of the ball but also have the option of making a fast counter attack when opponents lose possession on …
What Does Allen Even Do?

What Does Allen Even Do?

Since the beginning of 2014 nearly everybody in the Liverpool squad has come on leaps and bounds in terms of development and importance within the structure. Jordan Henderson has gone from water carrier to team carrier. Raheem Sterling has gone from wasted talent to one of, if not the brightest spark in English football. Even Simon Mignolet has gone from silent shot stopper to giving the men in front of him a good rollicking or two on a number of …
The Talismanic Enigma: Mario Balotelli

The Talismanic Enigma: Mario Balotelli

Welcome to The Sterling & Coutinho Show!

Welcome to The Sterling & Coutinho Show!

It has been said that the club will always be bigger than any one player and new heroes are born. In the past decade we have seen Owen, Torres and Suarez leave the club with fans wondering who will the next superstar to arrive at Anfield. Thankfully, we don’t need to look any further than our young dynamic duo of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, who in my mind are going to take the Premier League by storm this season …
Liverpool 2 Southampton 1 | The Awkward First Date

Liverpool 2 Southampton 1 | The Awkward First Date

So life goes on without Luis Suarez for Liverpool FC. They played their first competitive game without him. The prospect of starting a new season without your main talisman was a daunting one for the reds and you could sense the nerves on and off the pitch. The opening game against Southampton was somewhat reminiscent to going on a date post breakup from your long-term partner. You feel all exposed and vulnerable and don’t want to rock the boat. But …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 0

It is important to preface this analysis by saying the Bundesliga season doesn’t start until the week after the Premier League, so Borussia Dortmund were seven days behind in their physical preparation. However, at times, Rodgers’ Liverpool made them look like they had never played football before, with the exquisite movement, technical ability and break-neck speed of the attacking play. Line-Ups: Liverpool:  Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Jose Enrique, Toure, Lambert, …
From creators to converters: Who's going to step up for Liverpool FC?

From creators to converters: Who's going to step up for Liverpool FC?

Being at the Dortmund game on Sunday was truly the first time that I thought Liverpool were going to kick on from last season without Luis Suarez. You hear all of the Twitter words of wisdom where people say that the world doesn't end just because Suarez has left - which is true, but still doesn't make you lose the "fear the worst" when you see clips of how many goals he scored last season. It was said at the …
Suso - Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Suso - Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre. You might know him as Suso. A prime example of another young talent in an all too familiar situation. Is there room for him in the squad for the up-coming season or should he be loaned out again? Where would he go? After showing plenty of promise in 2012/13 he was slowly phased out by Rodgers due to the transitional situation of the club not particularly allowing for youth development. Suso has continued …
Liverpool FC - Fit for Purpose

Liverpool FC - Fit for Purpose

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, having finished 2nd playing a breathtaking style of football, have been praised for various qualities – skill, pace, creativity etc but one quality - which they have that has received relatively little comment - is the fitness levels of the players. With much of Liverpool’s success last season based on blitzing teams early with high intensity pressing – as evidenced by a certain podcast we know and love. (Gags made me add that bit in!) Rodgers perhaps …
Adam Lallana - A Guide to Liverpool’s Latest Signing

Adam Lallana - A Guide to Liverpool’s Latest Signing

Whilst the World Cup continues to enthral and delight us all with its late goals and tight penalty shootouts, the transfer window has finally opened up and clubs are now rapidly tying up their new stars, with contracts finally able to be signed. Adam Lallana was finally confirmed as a Liverpool player on the 1st July and he is now the name on everyone’s lips. Liverpool’s new man will be well known to many of us who have watched the …
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