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 …
Tactical Breakdown: Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool

After an extremely disappointing match against West Bromwich Albion at home, Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool travelled up to Tyneside, to face Newcastle. Liverpool, as usual, set up in a 4-3-3 Ahead of Alisson was Alexander-Arnold, Nat Philips, Fabinho and Robertson. The midfield featured Jones, Henderson and Milner, whilst the front three comprised Salah, Firmino and Mané. Newcastle set up in a 5-2-3. This was a really interesting tactical decision by Steve Bruce. It incorporated a number of tactical elements from Liverpool's …
Tactical breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tactical breakdown: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

This extraordinary season continues to surprise us all. On Thursday night, Spurs travelled to Anfield, atop the Premier League. Notwithstanding the champions' 65 match unbeaten run in the league at home, Anfield has been a particularly unwelcoming place for the visitors in recent years. Especially for their manager, José Mourinho, a man who has attracted the ire of the locals on a number of occasions. All the better that two thousand were able to make it for this fixture. Mourinho …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 1-0 Ajax

After last week's home defeat to Atalanta - Liverpool's twelfth loss at Anfield in the European Cup/Champions League - Group D was suddenly fraught with unexpected possibilities. Jürgen Klopp's men, amidst a biblical injury crisis, needed to settle their European affairs as soon as possible, but given the nature of recent performances and the strength of Ajax, victory was by no means a foregone conclusion. The Reds set up in a 4-3-3, with Salah and Mané flanking Jota, in place …
Tactical Breakdown: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Before looking at tactics I think it's important to preface any tactical discussion within the unique circumstances players, managers and clubs find themselves in, especially Liverpool FC. Jürgen Klopp's team is currently in the midst of a season in which their pre-season was disrupted, their transfer plans unexpectedly affected and in which games are being played at a faster rate than I can write them up. The nature of this campaign has resulted in a number of decisions being made …
Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

With injuries aplenty following the international break and a deluge of fixtures awaiting Jürgen Klopp's red men, an acceptable result seemed more important than a strong performance. With Salah, Alexander-Arnold and Thiago all unavailable, the champions were without their three best creative players, leaving the creative burden upon a midfield and forward line that has had little time to develop the sort of relationships required to pick apart a defence. Likewise, Leicester was without Ndidi - their most important midfield …
Tactical Breakdown: Ajax 0-1 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Ajax 0-1 Liverpool

Despite both clubs' European pedigree, the last competitive game between these two sides was played back in the time of Bill Shankly. Much has changed since then. Nonetheless, football is still football, and tactics are the gameplans employed by managers to produce a particular outcome. These gameplans are often the product of the manager's philosophy, the players available to them and the opposition team, all of which characterised both manager's setups on Wednesday night. Liverpool set up in their usual …
Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool's goalless draw against Everton back in June - the first game of the restarted league season - was an intriguing affair in which Everton posed a number of tactical questions to Liverpool, and was able to slow down the red juggernaut. With Ancelotti's coaching clearly making a difference to Everton's performance, this game had an exciting tactical dimension to it. Yet despite Everton's superb form leading into this game, it was one which Liverpool dominated, with a number of …
What Makes The Reds So Great Part 2

What Makes The Reds So Great Part 2

Before the worldwide coronavirus pandemic ground the Premier League season to what we are assured is a temporary halt, Liverpool looked set to win the league title at a canter. Winning 27 out of their 29 games, the Reds — who have beaten every other team in the league on their remarkable run — find themselves a full 25 points ahead of second-place Manchester City and, mathematically, only need two more wins to claim the clubs’ 19th league success and …
Tactics Weekly: The Tactical Evolution of Jurgen Klopp

Tactics Weekly: The Tactical Evolution of Jurgen Klopp

Daniel Rhodes hosts Ray Power, a UEFA A license coach, academy manager in the UK, Africa and Ireland as well as prolific tactics author. Topics include: Some background about Ray, and how he got into football coaching.  Tactical analysis requires an understanding of the four phases of the game: what are they and why are they so important? Where did Klopp start tactically, and have these four phases always been crucial to his teams? Alongside tactics, how important is his man management and what does it involve? Are these just intangibles we can’t measure? Or even copy. Who were the best man managers? …
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