Tactics Weekly: Special Preview Edition

Tactics Weekly: Special Preview Edition

Daniel Rhodes hosts Hamzah Khalique-Loonat for a special preview podcast of the next three matches against Manchester United, Genk and Tottenham Hotspur, topics include: With all the international matches and injuries, how predictable are the starting elevens for the game at Old Trafford? Can be expect Man Utd, at home, to sit deep and try to keep the game compact with very few transitions? What are the Red Devils’ key weaknesses? Will Klopp be proactive with the midfield, especially considering many considered it a factor last time we played at Old Trafford and dropped points. How much have we seen of Genk? Who are their biggest threats? How do they set up?Spurs travel to Anfield on Sunday after the Reds have travelled to Manchester and Belgium, will the first two matches drive selection for this one? Or does the fact the league cup follows make it easier for Klopp to stick with his preferred eleven? Why are Spurs struggling so much, and which games have you seen them play? Should OGS and Poch get the sack? Predictions …
Tactics Weekly:  Klopp's Tactical Masterclass Destroys Rodgers' Defence

Tactics Weekly: Klopp's Tactical Masterclass Destroys Rodgers' Defence

Danie lRhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat for a double header looking at the two victories over the past week, topics include:Salzburg:Line-ups for both sides, any surprises?Quick combinations and switches of the play in the first halfSalzburg’s pressing was poor, too many gaps behind the initial press leaving space for Liverpool to exploitGoing through the first three goals, and the tactical elements involvedTheir counterattacks gained more quality after Jesse Marsch switched to a 4-3-1-2 diamond shape after thirty minutes Minamino now played as a number ten behind the strikers Klopp brought on Divock Origi and changed to a 4-2-3-1 formation. Mané played on the right, Firmino as the number ten and Salah as a strikerAfter the fourth goal, Salzburg’s intensity decreased and Liverpool were able to control the game with longer possession spells.LeicesterCity:Expected teams from both sides? Shock to see Lovren and Milner?Liverpool dominate, but how did they manage to be so effective?Discussion around the plethora of chances in the first half and the goal Klopp’s side slightly different out of possessionThe impressive James MilnerWhy couldn’t Rodgers do anything about our control of the game?The equaliser from nowhereWas there a bit of panic from the Reds towards the end of the game?Deserved penalty? …
Tactics Weekly: Where Does Wilder Sit on The Steve Bruce Managerial Spectrum?

Tactics Weekly: Where Does Wilder Sit on The Steve Bruce Managerial Spectrum?

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott to discuss the hard fought victory over Sheffield United, topics include:Has Klopp now settled on a first team? And is this it? Wilder’s tactical set-up and what he wanted his team to do within the formation.  The Blades restrict Liverpool for the first 30 minutes, with what seemed like relative ease.It was after the 32nd minute that the Reds created two big chances before the end of the first half. Was this a consequence of the tactics or individual ability.Were many of the away side’s problems because of the lack of cover behind Alexander-Arnold?The marauding centre-backs towards the end of the game.How did the substitutions influence the game, from both teams?Brief Champions League preview of the RB Salzberg game …
Tactics Weekly: The Full Tactical Armoury

Tactics Weekly: The Full Tactical Armoury

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to look back at the Reds’ away victories over Chelsea and MK Dons, topics include: Klopp’s team selectionsLampard reverts to a back four - why? The successful set pieces - how much can they be improved on the training ground? Fabinho vs JorginhoConsequences of the offside trap being out of syncThe VAR disallowed goal for the hostsAnalysis of other key chances in the gameChelsea trouble the Reds in the final thirty minutesHow big a factor was fatigue? Who excites you the most in the line-up for the MK Dons match? The problems of a team not playing togetherThe importance of the league cup to the manager’s management of the squad …
Tactics Weekly: Week of Contrast

Tactics Weekly: Week of Contrast

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss and debate the matches against Newcastle and Napoli, topics include: Any surprises from Klopp or Bruce? How did the Origi injury impact the Reds’ set up? Willems’ goal: who was at fault? Liverpool turn it around and dominateKlopp’s initial tactics turn out to be effectiveGame state, finishing hot streak or tactical set-up? FirminoNapoli tactical contrasts and did Klopp get it right? Who created the best chances? Ruiz, Mane angled shot, Milner squares it to Salah but cut out, Firmino header, Mertens big chance, Mane's poor pass to Salah on the break, Manolas mistake, Salah strike, Mane shot after throughball from Firmino, Robertson gives away the penalty, Van Dijk mistake for Napoli’s second goal. Chelsea to follow, how is Lampard doing?All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

International breaks can often pose a challenge for teams on a winning streak, with an unnecessary interruption to the rhythm of the side. Against Newcastle, for the opening 15-20 minutes at least, it seemed that was the case. Newcastle opted to launch balls into the wide channels, and fight for second balls, but it was an uncharacteristic mistake by the Liverpool defensive line, in an attempt to play Newcastle offside, which was then followed by an individual mistake by Alexander-Arnold, …
Tactics Weekly: Breaking Down Burnley

Tactics Weekly: Breaking Down Burnley

Daniel Rhodes hosts Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to discuss the main tactical and talking points from the Reds’ impressive three-nil win over Burnley at Turf Moor as well as a look back at the season so far, topics include: Klopp stays with the same eleven that beat Arsenal, and Dyche’s selections were equally predictable. Burnley had the first chance of the game with a long punt forward, a mistake on the offside trap and a save from Adrian, but that was about it for them in the first half. Did Liverpool’s tactical set up nullify any threat of the home side? However, the Reds’ chances were also limited in the first thirty minutes: Salah hit the post, Salah put through by Henderson and that was it until the own goal from Alexander-Arnold’s cross. There was some decent build up on the break that led to the good fortune off Wood’s back. More excellent pace on the break after Firmino’s interception for the second goal, and a wonderfully timed run and throughball. Fabinho again involved in the build up, setting up Firmino to drive forward on the counterattack, feed Salah before striking the ball into the corner of the net for the third goal. Is it unlikely that Burnley will concede three goals, that all involved an element of counterattacks, in one game again this season? Did Klopp again make changes to shut up shop or did we go for the goal difference? Views on the supposed Salah selfishness. What has changed this season in terms of defensive structure, especially since the first two games. What is the most effective tactical set up we’ve encountered this season? All this and more on Tactics Weekly …
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: A Tactical Breakdown

After a series of underwhelming performances, Liverpool's victory against Arsenal was a significant step in the right direction. Whereas in previous games, Liverpool had conceded a number of chances, and defended poorly, through not pressing effectively or making positional errors, the fixture on Saturday evening was far more akin to the efficient, composed and effective performances which came to define Liverpool's ruthless machine-like intensity over the course of last season. Liverpool set up in their typical 4-3-3 formation, but whereas …
Tactics Weekly: Arsenal Review

Tactics Weekly: Arsenal Review

Daniel Rhodes hosts Lee Scott and Hamzah Khalique-Loonat to analyse the three-one victory over Arsenal at Anfield, topics include:Line-ups - expected or any surprises from either side? Arsenal’s deep build-upplay, and Liverpool’s intense pressing in the first half. Up until the first goal, whose tactical set-up was most effective?The Gunners were forced deeper and deeper, but did it lead to clear chances when the Reds recovered the ball? (Mane) How to mark against Liverpool from corners: zonal, man marking or hybridDid Arsenal open up and change their structure after the opening goal?  Salah causing nightmares for Luiz at the start of the second half  The midfield performance compared to Arsenal’sBoth managers’ substitutions and tactical tweaks in the second half Brief Burnley previewAll this and more on Tactics Weekly …
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 …
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