Liverpool FC 15/16 | 5 Strategic Keys to Champions League Football

Liverpool FC 15/16 | 5 Strategic Keys to Champions League Football

PART 1 OF 2 Preface As Liverpool fans close a chapter on last season, many are left to ponder if the club will come to rue a missed and golden opportunity, which in the grander context of British and European football, may well be the start of a new challenge in the English Premier League for upper mid-table clubs with Champions League ambitions. As our fierce rivals of the North-West faced a turbulent transition under the free-spending Woodward and disciplined …
Philippe Coutinho: Tactical, Flexible, Magical (Part 1)

Philippe Coutinho: Tactical, Flexible, Magical (Part 1)

PFA Player of the Month for February 2015, LFC Players’ and Fans’ Player of the Season, and PFA Team of the Year. Four individual awards in a year is a remarkable feat, to say the least. With the cherry on top that is to finally cement a place in the Seleção – it’s been a year to remember for Philippe Coutinho indeed. It’s not hard to appreciate what Philippe Coutinho can do. Your attention gets caught by his fancy, but …
Pro Evolution III: No Evolution - Where Now for Liverpool's Tactics?

Pro Evolution III: No Evolution - Where Now for Liverpool's Tactics?

The previous episode of this accidental series on Liverpool’s tactics and tribulations, ended with thought that Liverpool’s season should be judged after 38 games. And what a 38th game it was… The defeat at Stoke was one of the worst games in memory, but was only one part of an uninspiring season from Rodgers’ Reds. European frailty, the manager’s strengths and weaknesses, poor recruitment, good recruitment, and tactical changes have all been discussed in the previous two installments, which can …
Pro Evolution: Where Next For Liverpool's Tactics?

Pro Evolution: Where Next For Liverpool's Tactics?

Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in December was a perfect illustration of the team’s regression this season. It was a direct reversal of the result in the same fixture last March, when a trident of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, and Raheem Sterling, saw Liverpool become an unstoppable attacking force. If the club could take a positive from this defeat, it would be the 3-4-3 formation they lined up in for this game and have used, largely successfully, in each …
Liverpool's Midfield Balance Without Gerrard

Liverpool's Midfield Balance Without Gerrard

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reached new heights during his second season at the club, seeing his team finish 2nd in the league, just 2 points behind eventual winners Manchester City. After several seasons of disappointment, the Liverpool team looked rejuvenated under Rodgers, striking 101 goals over the course of the campaign and doing so in the most attractive of fashion; Suarez and Sturridge leading the line with 19-year-old Raheem Sterling operating at the peak of a diamond represented arguably the …
Where is the Diamond? | Why are Liverpool Using the 4231?

Where is the Diamond? | Why are Liverpool Using the 4231?

In mineralogy, diamond is a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face centred cubic crystal structure called the diamond lattice. Now in simpler terms, a diamond would be a pretty damn good formation for LFC in this moment in time. Whereas the 4231 on the other hand.. Adaptation In the season of 13/14, whilst trying to squeeze two of the most prolific goal-scorers into one starting XI, the diamond formation seemed …
Coutinho: The Future of Liverpool's Number Ten

Coutinho: The Future of Liverpool's Number Ten

Liverpool's number 1o may not be best suited for the role of his number. The performance of Stewart Downing in the number ‘10’ position against Liverpool made a few people take note of how the personnel tasked with making that position work is forever changing in the Premier League. Examples of teams playing a quicker player in that position, for the purpose of counter attacks, is becoming the norm for teams who aren’t the best with the ball. Liverpool fans …
Liverpool FC: The Rough Edge of the Diamond

Liverpool FC: The Rough Edge of the Diamond

Right. Let’s get this clear up front. Me and tactics? It’s like asking David Cameron to be compassionate. However, lately, I’ve made an effort to try and make sense of this Liverpool side. Watching it all I’m so confused as to what on earth it is we’re trying to do. Why play Gerrard and Lucas as a two? Why rest Raheem in the Premiership and then play him in the League cup? Why can’t we create chances? Lots of why’s …
Rodgers' Diamond Distraction

Rodgers' Diamond Distraction

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but the diamond is also starting to be crucial to Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team. The 4-4-2 diamond formation is bringing several benefits to this Liverpool team, most notably numbers centrally and lots of distraction up top. After the departure of Luis Suarez, the additions of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic and the pre-season form of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, it was felt by many that Rodgers would move away from the …
The United State of Liverpool's Pre-Season Tactics

The United State of Liverpool's Pre-Season Tactics

It’s often said that pre-season friendlies are meaningless money-spinning exercises, which if anything serve only to improve match fitness and sharpness. However, there’s an obvious trend when it comes to Liverpool’s opponents for these warm up games, and some noticeable tactical systems at play even at this early stage. With this in mind, here’s a look at what we can take from these fixtures, as Liverpool head into the International Champions Cup. We’re now four games into pre-season, and the …
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