Tactics Weekly: Reds Stutter Against Effective Low Blocks

Tactics Weekly: Reds Stutter Against Effective Low Blocks

Daniel Rhodes hosts Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss the win at Crystal Palace and the frustrating draw against Napoli at Anfield, topics include:  Team selection against the Italian side. Any concerns? The first 20 mins: who was controlling the game. Fabinho injury, how did we adapt? Napoli score, should it have been allowed, and could we have reacted better to the potential foul on Van Dijk. The Reds’ response until half-time and just after.Gomez goes off, does The Ox have an impact? Lovren’s goal, should it have been allowed? Why was the attack seemingly nullified? Our problem, or Napoli’s excellence? Hodgson vs Klopp - expected line-ups from both? How bad were Liverpool in the first half? Were they fortunate to go in level? Any tactical switches after the break? Mane’s goal was vital, and helped us control the first 20 mins of the second half. Should Firmino have killed the game off with his first big chance? Zaha scores, who was at fault? Mentality monsters score a late goal to secure victory …
Tactics Weekly: Can Klopp Avoid Poch's Pitfalls?

Tactics Weekly: Can Klopp Avoid Poch's Pitfalls?

Daniel Rhodes hosts Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss listeners' questions, topics include:Do high intensity teams have a shelf life?Can Shaqiri be the next Maldini? How do we deal with injuries to our full-backs? How much tactical adjustments are required if Salah is missing? What are the expectations for our next five league games? …
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: A Tactical Breakdown

When the fixture list was announced, all eyes immediately scanned for one fixture: Liverpool vs. Manchester City. Last season, the fixture at the Etihad provided some of the most breathtaking, tactically stimulating and utterly brilliant football England has ever seen. It was a credit to football and to sport. This time, the Anfield leg offered Liverpool the opportunity to go nine points clear of their rivals, in November. Titles cannot be won in November, but they can be lost. Whether …
Tactics Weekly: Clinical Reds Beat Man City To Move Eight Points Clear

Tactics Weekly: Clinical Reds Beat Man City To Move Eight Points Clear

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to look back at the Reds’ superb three-one victory over Manchester City at Anfield, topics include: Any unexpected selections in either line-up? We all know how Liverpool were likely to play, but did Guardiola tweak his tactics against Klopp’s side once again? The fast and furious first fifteen minutes. Any tactics involved in the opening two goals? Who was in control for the rest of the second half? Liverpool dominating after the break. The impact of the substitutions and tactical tweaks. The City ‘barrage’ in the last 20 minutes - how effective was it? Any other business and brief look back at the Genk match? …
Tactics Weekly: Liverpool do the Double over their North London Opponents

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool do the Double over their North London Opponents

Daniel Rhodes hosts Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss the league cup victory over Arsenal before Lee Scott joined the pod to focus solely on the win over Spurs last Sunday, topics include: Both teams’ line-ups, and tactical set ups in the league cupWhy it is tough to criticise systemic tactical issues with a group of players who have hardly played together, and at times out of positionA goal bonanzaThe tactical elements of each goal scored and concededShould we expect more from that midfield? The impact of Curtis Jones when he comes on as substituteThe overall influence of OzilThe crazy shin-infused finishLee goes through the Spurs set up, and how they were likely to deal with usThe early goal is vital for game state and tacticsHow well do Liverpool respond? Alexander-Arnold: is he more like Neves, Alves or De Bruyne?Any tactical elements to the goal? How often do we see Henderson getting into the box? Was it a penalty? Did the scoreline flatter Spurs somewhat? …
Liverpool 2-1 Spurs: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 2-1 Spurs: A Tactical Breakdown

Despite the scoreline displaying a marginal difference, custom to a penalty, this was one of Liverpool's finest performances of the season, and the perfect follow-up to the dull, drab and wasted opportunity that was the Manchester United game. Displaying patience, breathtaking intensity and consistency, Liverpool dominated from the moment the first goal went in, and for the 75 odd minutes that preceded it. This not just a mature and organised performance, it was utterly brilliant, a display of composure and …
Genk 1-4 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Genk 1-4 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

So it begins. A gruelling period for Liverpool’s squad which will only leave three full rest days until the 23rd January (that’s days between games that are not classed as recovery). However, this particular fixture carried a little extra weight. Having won seventeen consecutive league matches, Liverpool put in one of their worst displays over the past year, with a drab, insipid and utterly dull affair against Manchester United, for all but fifteen minutes. Having already lost one group stage …
Tactics Weekly: Tactical Twists, Midfield Contrasts & CL Moments to Remember

Tactics Weekly: Tactical Twists, Midfield Contrasts & CL Moments to Remember

Daniel Rhodes hosts Hamzah Khalique-Loonat and Lee Scott to discuss the draw at Old Trafford and the away win in the group stages of the Champions League against Genk (with a K). Topics include: Solskjaer’s tactical surprise, and Liverpool’s inability to counter it.Is a purely defensive set up what the Old Trafford crowd desire? Is it enough? Is ti still commendable?Jurgen’s tactical switch at half-time.Was it enough, or effective, and did it require a change in players - and the roles - to exploit the passivity of Man Utd?What is the best way to respond to team who cut off four potential creative outlets in your team?What’s the best context for Henderson in midfield?Hamzah’s UniversityTeam UpdatePre-game celebrations about the midfield, and potential of the line-up with Salah back in the front three.How important isthe early goal, and how much did it change the game?The intensity of the Reds’ pressing!Four big chances in total, four goals, a group stage victory away from home - could it have gone any better?Influence, if any, of the substitutes.The Briefest FiveGame Preview in History by Hamzah …
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

On Sunday afternoon, perhaps the worst United side in living memory lined up against arguably the best Liverpool side in living memory, and most certainly the best side in the Premier League era. With Mohamed Salah unavailable through injury, Sadio Mané was positioned on the right of Liverpool’s 4-3-3, and Divock Origi on the left. Conceptually, even without Salah, these two forwards were supposed to operate inside United’s wingbacks, and attack the spaces outside of the centre-backs. From this, it …
Tactical Analysis - What Went Wrong For Liverpool and How Klopp Fixed it

Tactical Analysis - What Went Wrong For Liverpool and How Klopp Fixed it

Coming away from Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw in years gone by would have been seen as a good result for many Liverpool fans, but having a historic 17 game winning streak come to a halt against a struggling United side has seen fans complain about the performance rather than the actual result. Everyone knows, including Jurgen Klopp, that Liverpool could and really should have played a lot better than they did, but why didn't they? With United setting …
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