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 …
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? …
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