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 …
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 …
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