Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool's start to the season always appeared challenging. But how Liverpool would respond to this challenge would likely be the best indicator of how well the team will perform in the coming months. Playing Southampton away from home was the first potential banana skin of the season, even more so due to the 120 minutes, Liverpool had to play against Chelsea in midweek. Nonetheless, Liverpool was expected to win, perhaps not comfortably, but win as the better side. Whilst Liverpool …
Tactics Weekly: Super Cup & Saints

Tactics Weekly: Super Cup & Saints

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss and debate the victories over Chelsea and Southampton, topics include: The team selections and tactical set-up for the Super Cup. The Reds’ shambolic first half: What went wrong? Second half control and consolidation. Extra-time madness. Rotation and reality versus the Saints.Again, huge first 45 struggles and chances conceded. Midfield lack of pressing cohesion in both games.Adrian’s distribution.Arsenal preview.All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Tactics Weekly: Norwich Review

Tactics Weekly: Norwich Review

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss the Reds’ opening day victory over Norwich at Anfield, topics include: Discussing the teams selected by both managers and the initial tactical approachesNorwich’s risk taking and the threat it posed to LiverpoolWhy did the midfielders for Klopp’s side regularly drop into the first line in the build up phase? Did the Canaries suffer for committing too many players forward and leaving gaps for the Reds’ forwards to exploit? Henderson’s new role drifting out to the right to link up with SalahWhy was Robertson so restrained compared to last season? Going through both teams’ best chancesThe Alisson injury and how it’ll impact us from a tactical perspectiveDid Klopp order his players to take their foot off the gas? Were the substitutions too late? Brief Chelsea Super Cup previewAll this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Liverpool 4-1 Norwich: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool's Premier League game against Norwich was the first genuine test Jürgen Klopp's men have faced since becoming European Champions. This was the first occasion in which points were at stake, the team would be able to set a marker and display their intent for the season. The scoreline indicates a strong performance, and the side picking up from where it left off. Yet there were a number of signs that indicate both change and qualitative variance compared to last …
Tactics Weekly - Season Preview

Tactics Weekly - Season Preview

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to look forward to the season ahead, topics include: Brief look at the pre-season games, with particular focus on the Man City match and the key tactical points from the penalty shootout defeat. Does it tell us anything about the likely tactical set-ups, or potentially different roles for players this season? What will the specific orientation of the midfield three be this season? How to cover the front three this seasonDo we still have tactical flexibility despite the lack of transfers, or will we struggle to switch from 4-3-3? Predictions for the season aheadAll this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Tactics Weekly - Predictable vs Unpredictable - A Tactical Preview of the Champions League Final

Tactics Weekly - Predictable vs Unpredictable - A Tactical Preview of the Champions League Final

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat get together to breakdown the tactics of Liverpool versus Tottenham in the Champions League Final, topics include:Line-UpsKey tactical battles within those formations?Scenarios: score an early goal; concede an early goal; 0-0 at half-time; crucial player injured; man sent off; Spurs winning too many second balls after going long over the press; expected substitutions if the Reds are winning with 30 minutes to go.Set piece analysis.Penalty takers?Predictions.Hamzah’s no look penalty stories.All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Tactics Weekly - Tactical Review of the Season

Tactics Weekly - Tactical Review of the Season

Paul Dalglish, Gav Jones, Hamzah Khalique-Loonat and Daniel Rhodes debate the key tactical elements of the season, topics include: Tactical performance of the season.Most tactically effective player of the season in defence/midfield/attack.Best tactical goal (a goal that looked like it had been designed on the training ground).Best tactical substitution.Most improved player. All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly -  Elated, Deflated, Defiant - Liverpool Win, but Fail to Land the Title

Tactics Weekly - Elated, Deflated, Defiant - Liverpool Win, but Fail to Land the Title

Paul Dalglish and Daniel Rhodes discuss the Reds’ final league game of the season, the two-nil victory over Wolves. Enough for 97 points, but not the Premier League title. Topics include:Liverpool’s fast start, goal on 17 minutes; then Brighton score. Describe those 83 seconds...Trent’s record-breaking season of assists.The match becomes a bit surreal as it seems everyone is interested in the Man City match, and Wolves become more of a threat.It was the away team’s 3-5-2 formation and flooding forward on the counterattack that tested us.All seven of Wolves' shots between the 36th and 73rd minutes.Mane scores just before the end to draw level with Salah and Auba for the Golden Boot.Were you deflated or elated at the end of the game?It has been 750 days since Liverpool last tasted defeat at Anfield in a league game; the next best is Chelsea and Man City on 142 days. It’s been two days since Man Utd lost at Old Trafford, to Cardiff.Subscriber questions.All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly -  Klopp’s Tactical Machine Destroys Barca's Dreams

Tactics Weekly - Klopp’s Tactical Machine Destroys Barca's Dreams

Daniel Rhodes and Paul Dalglish discuss the magnificent comeback versus Barcelona, topics include: Barcelona exact same team, with all 11 players having been rested for the league game. Klopp’s selections, how much choice did he have? Was it just a continuation of the tactics the Reds used in Spain? Barcelona’s more compact shape, and the negative consequences. The atmosphere, and were Barcelona players influenced by it? Were we slightly fortunate not to concede in the first half? The shithousery from Suarez. Wijnaldum coming on for Robertson and a mad two minutes. The gung ho nature of the midfield in recent weeks. The genius of the corner that won it. Do you want to win the league or Champions League more? All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly - Barca Beat Off Target Reds

Tactics Weekly - Barca Beat Off Target Reds

Gav steps into the hosts chair and is joined by Hamzah and Paul to discuss the deflating loss to Barcelona. They breakdown the game in detail as Van Dijk has an off night, Mo and Mane fail in front of goal, and does Valverde out-tactic Klopp? All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
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