Tactics Weekly: Liverpool’s Diamond Destroys Cardiff on a Dry Pitch

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool’s Diamond Destroys Cardiff on a Dry Pitch

Paul Dalglish and Daniel Rhodes take a look at the Cardiff victory, the title run-in and the upcoming Champions League semi-finals, other topics include:Klopp decided to keep Henderson in a more attacking role and use Wijnaldum at the base of the midfield instead of Fabinho. It often appeared that Mane and Salah were playing as a two, with Firmino dropping and creating a diamond.Warnock’s approach was passive, and why did it seem like their were plenty of gaps to go through them rather than around or over-the-top.Each of the front three has a good chance in the first half, but no manage to convert.It was analysis by the players at half-time that led to a slightly different corner routine being tried, and it broke the deadlock.Matip and Van Dijk dribbling out with the ball and creating space and committing players.The controversy surrounding the Salah penalty, especially after Warnock’s comments after the game.Looking ahead to Barcelona.All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly: Mo Thunderbolts The Reds to Three Points Over Chelsea

Tactics Weekly: Mo Thunderbolts The Reds to Three Points Over Chelsea

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Gavin Jones discuss the victories over Chelsea and Porto at Anfield, topics include: Klopp sticks with the same team (and formation) that faced Porto, apart from Matip coming back in for Lovren. Sarri decided to play Hazard as the false nine with Willian and Hudson-Odoi out wide, and Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek and Kante in midfield. Sarri slightly altered Chelsea’s usual build-up, so instead of going through the middle when Liverpool pressed, they focused on a similar tactic to Bayern and tried to go down the flanks. A fairly passive first 45 minutes for the away side, but they did manage to blunt the Reds’ attacks and offered the occasional threat on break. Klopp mentioned post-match that we needed more focus down the right hand side, and that came immediately after the break with Firmino, Salah, Henderson and Mane linking up for the first goal. Another switch to the right led to Salah’s thunderbastard. Hazard’s two big chances, and then Klopp bringing on Milner and Wijnaldum to regain control. Against Porto, Klopp went for a familiar 4-3-3 formation, with Henderson and Keita as the attacking number eights in midfield versus Conceição who opted to change to a 3-4-3 (or five at the back when out of possession). Porto, like many previous opponents, struggled to deal with the width of the Reds’ set up; particularly when Liverpool attacked on the left, and quickly switched to Alexander-Arnold on the right. Porto’s early passivity allowed the Red to take advantage in the first 30 minutes with two goals and the Salah big chance from the defensive error. The away side coming into the game by exploiting the channel between Alexander-Arnold and Lovren. Although the second big chance for Marega came after the second phase following a corner. Discussing the goals: Keita & Firmino, and the key players involved. Look ahead to the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final away at Porto. All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly:  Switching the Play, Switching Formations and Snatching Victory

Tactics Weekly: Switching the Play, Switching Formations and Snatching Victory

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat analyse the late victory over Spurs at Anfield to take the Reds back to the top of the league! Topics include: Klopp lined up in the 4-3-3 formation, with Fabinho and Lallana dropping to the bench and the manager opting for his favoured midfield of Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum in the big games. Mauricio Pochettino decided on switching to a back three/five. Toby Alderweireld replaced the injured Eric Dier, and Kieran Trippier replaced Kyle Walker-Peters When the Reds had the ball, Spurs defended in a 5-3-2 shape, or even a 5-4-1 when Lucas Moura dropped deep. Tottenham were unable to cope with Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, especially when play was switched.Eriksen and Alli hardly got involved either, with too much space to cover.Wijnaldum covered at right-midfield with Salah staying high in a 4-4-2 when defending, allowing the quick counter.Spurs shifted to a 4-2-3-1 formation in the second half, Vertonghen to left-back, Rose pushed up to left midfield. Sissoko and Alli central midfield, Eriksen on the right, Moura as the number ten. The asymmetric nature of the full-backs contributed to goal, as Trippier bombed forward onto Kane’s pass; whereas Vertonghen always stayed deeper. Discussing the tactical elements of the goals and biggest chances.The best kind of victories.How many points with Liverpool and Man City drop before the end of the season? All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Tactics Weekly: Reds Scrape Through Self-Inflicted Fulham Test

Tactics Weekly: Reds Scrape Through Self-Inflicted Fulham Test

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Gavin Jones put Sunday’s nerves behind them to discuss the two-one victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage, topics include: Was it always going to be a tough outing after the CL tie against Bayern? Manager or fan reaction Initial tactics and set up Frustrating delivery Lack of tempo in the first half Mane’s goal - and the build up play Salah’s overall performance - good or poor final decisions, or both? The key is the total contribution of the front three, and the team - not individual records Who was to blame for the Fulham goal? How good was the Reds’ reaction to conceding? The Firmino song - crucial new evidence emerges All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly: Klopp in Complete Control as Liverpool Dominate Bayern Munich and Burnley

Tactics Weekly: Klopp in Complete Control as Liverpool Dominate Bayern Munich and Burnley

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Gavin Jones react to the Reds fantastic 3-1 victory in Germany and the league win over Burnley, topics include: Klopp’s decision to drop Fabinho, and go with Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum in midfield. Why did Salah start on the left? Both teams setting in similar to the first leg trying to cancel each other out The German side focusing their attacks down the flanks Going over the goals and big chances Restricting Bayern Munich to 0.2 xG, which is by far their worst attacking performance at home in over three years. Both sides’ substitutions - did they have any impact? Who do we want in the next round? Brief overview of the Burnley game and the key tactical tweaks, such as Lallana and Wijnaldum’s different roles and Fabinho staying deeper to protect the Claret’s two-pronged attack. Going over the key moments and goals from the 4-2 victory All this and more on Tactics Weekly! …
Tactics Weekly: Tactical Similarities and Quality in Key Moments 

Tactics Weekly: Tactical Similarities and Quality in Key Moments 

Paul Dalglish, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat discuss Watford, Everton and a broader look at the season’s key moments, topics include: The tactical set up against Watford Alexander-Arnold’s influence at right-back  Why did Mane move up front with Origi on the left?  Going through the big chances and goals How did we exploit Watford’s defensive system?  Against Everton Klopp goes with a similar set up  Was it effective in breaking down the Toffees’ defensive approach?  The Reds create enough to win, but fail to convert What was the manager’s intention behind the substitutions? Breaking down the Reds’ season into key moments, and how it compares to Man City What could decide the title race in the upcoming weeks?  All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Tactics Weekly:  Reds Fail to Breakdown Two Very Different Defences

Tactics Weekly: Reds Fail to Breakdown Two Very Different Defences

Paul Dalglish, Gavin Jones, Daniel Rhodes and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat complete a full house getting together to discuss the two nil-nil draws against Bayern Munich and Manchester United, topics include: Klopp stuck with the 4-3-3 against Man Utd, but changed the midfield Solskjær went 4-3-1-2 - midfield diamond - looked like a 4-4-2 in a low block United fail to press and counterattack well McTominay and Herrera breaking up play and screening the defence Liverpool control possession, but struggle in the final third MUFC defend in a low 4-5-1 block after the injuries How good was the Alisson save? Klopp decides to go with the 4-3-3, similar to Bayern own set up Liverpool restrict Munich’s buildup play Three big chances in the first half Why did Liverpool fail to register a shot until the 81st minute after the break? Should we be happy with the results if not the performances? All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: A Tactical Breakdown

There are very few clubs with the prestige and history of Bayern Munich. Irrespective of their current form or standing, when a club such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona are set to visit, everyone sits a little straighter. These fixtures are precisely what makes Europe's premier competition the best club competition in the world, in any sport. Yet when Bayern Munich were drawn against Liverpool, it was one of the few occasions that they were not immediately considered …
Why Liverpool were excellent on and off the ball against Bournemouth

Why Liverpool were excellent on and off the ball against Bournemouth

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained why he was very happy with almost all aspects of his team's performance in their 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Many fans and pundits alike had commented that The Reds looked leggy and lethargic in recent weeks and lacked the urgency to regain possession when the opposition had the ball. Thankfully, Liverpool displayed a masterful pressing performance against Bournemouth (all AI:Pro customers can listen here to an in-depth review of the game …
Tactics Weekly:  Liverpool Back To Their Best

Tactics Weekly: Liverpool Back To Their Best

Gavin Jones is hosting this week and is joined by usual guests Hamzah and Paul to breakdown the victory over Bournemouth at Anfield, topics include: -Formation - team sheet -Bournemouth - did they play how we expected them to play? -Influence of Wijnaldum - getting beyond the front three -Naby Keita - was that his best game? -Reverting back to the 433 - why did it work so well? -Discuss the goals -Look ahead to Bayern Munich All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
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