Jul 312014
Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 - Liverpool Tactics

Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 Yankee Stadium, New York (49,653) Liverpool scorers: Henderson (59′), Sterling (85′) Manchester City scorer: Jovetić (53′, 67′) Liverpool kicked off the game using the diamond midfield, with Steven Gerrard deep, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson in the middle and Philippe Coutinho as the number ten. The system relies heavily on full-backs, but neither Martin Kelly nor José Enrique could offer the required quality in this area. Liverpool first half tactics Sebastián Coates and Phillipe Coutinho stood out in the first half, with the latter’s first touch being excellent, but his final ball not quite finding the continue reading

Jul 282014
Olympiacos 0, Liverpool 1 - Liverpool Tactics

Olympiacos 0 , Liverpool 1 Soldier Field, Chicago (36,170) Liverpool scorer: Sterling (5′) Liverpool began the game with a strong line-up, playing in the 4-3-3 system we’ve seen used in most of the pre-season games so far. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Kolo Touré, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and Daniel Sturridge returned to the fray, with Lazar Marković playing his first game for the club. Gerrard dropped deep between the central defenders who would spread wide when the team had the ball, allowing the full backs to push up. Henderson and Emre Can provided the insurance in midfield either side of continue reading

Jul 242014
Liverpool 0, Roma 1 - Liverpool Tactics

Liverpool 0, Roma 1 Fenway Park, Boston, USA Roma Scorer: Agger (og 90) Fabio Borini was withdrawn early in the first half with a shoulder injury. Emre Can came on to replace him and dropped into midfield, with Coutinho taking Borini’s place on the right hand side. First Half Starting Line-Up Liverpool played a fairly high line when in possession, but were forced to drop deep on numerous occasions by the pace of Iturbe, and the overlapping of Ashley Cole on the left when Roma had the ball. Jordan Ibe and Coutinho swapped sides towards the end of the first half, continue reading

Jul 202014
Preston 1, Liverpool 2 - Liverpool Tactics

Preston North End 1, Liverpool 2 Deepdale, Preston (17,488) Liverpool scorers: Suso (74′), Peterson (77′) Preston scorer: Brownhill (45+1′)  Liverpool started the game using the diamond formation which saw much success last season. Emre Can was taken off injured midway through the first half, and was replaced by Jordon Ibe. The team shifted to a 4-3-3 with Borini, Lambert, and Ibe up front, with Coutinho and Allen in front of Lucas in midfield. Liverpool stuck with the 4-3-3 in the second half, and whilst there were numerous changes, the system remained the same. Goalscorer Peterson replaced Borini up front on 64 continue reading

Jul 162014
Brøndby IF 2, Liverpool 1 - Liverpool Tactics

Brøndby IF 2, Liverpool 1 Brøndby Stadion Liverpool scorer: Peterson (48′) Brondby Scorers: C. Nørgaard (23′), F. Hasani (91′) Tiago Ilori started the game at centre back with Martin Kelly at right back. Ilori went off after 21 minutes, being replaced by Kevin Stewart who came on at right back, with Kelly moving to the centre. First half tactics The second half saw lots of changes, with Jordan Ibe making an immediate impact on the left of midfield. He stormed down the left flank to the byline before squaring to Kristoffer Peterson via the goalkeeper. The midfield three worked well, covering for each continue reading

May 112014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Liverpool 2, Newcastle 1

Liverpool 2, Newcastle United 1Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,724)Liverpool scorers: Agger (63′), Sturridge (65′) Newcastle United scorer: Skrtel (20′ OG) Tactics Liverpool began the game with the diamond formation which has become familiar this season. Henderson returned to the right side of the diamond, replacing Lucas, with Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen retaining their places ahead of the deeper lying Steven Gerrard. Newcastle will have had an eye on Liverpool’s struggle against Chelsea in their last home game, and set up in a similar fashion with most players behind the ball. They looked to break using the speed of Gouffran against Liverpool’s slower defenders, which worked continue reading

May 052014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 3

Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 3Selhurst Park, London (Att: 25,261)Liverpool scorers: Allen (18′), Sturridge (53′), Suarez (55′) Crystal Palace scorers: Delaney (79′), Gayle (81′, 88′) Tactics Liverpool set up with a diamond midfield with Sterling at the tip, and Sturridge back in the side for Coutinho who wasn’t quite fit. A game of attacking football from Liverpool left the defence exposed at times, and Crystal Palace ruthlessly took advantage of this during a 12 minute period towards the end of the second half. Lucas and Suarez looked to be tiring in the second half, but instead Brendan Rodgers brought off Sterling. Many have said Liverpool were continue reading

Apr 272014
Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,726) Chelsea scorers: Ba (45′), Willian (90′) Tactical Overview There was nothing wrong with Chelsea’s tactics, and not much wrong with Liverpool’s. Both were being pragmatic, and as Neil Atkinson of the Anfield Wrap put it in his match review: “Pragmatism isn’t defensive football, too often it is used as a synonym of that. You will hear loads about pragmatism in the light of this Chelsea win. Pragmatism is deciding what is most likely to get your success.” If Liverpool tried to play Chelsea’s way, they’d have had less success. If Chelsea tried to play continue reading

Apr 202014
LFC Tactics & Ratings - Norwich 2, Liverpool 3

Norwich City 2, Liverpool 3 Carrow Road, Norwich (Att: 26,857) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (4′, 62′), Suarez (11′) Norwich City scorers: Hooper (54′), Snodgrass (77′) Tactics A very flexible, fluid, albeit narrow system saw Liverpool set up with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in behind Luis Suarez, and Joe Allen and Lucas just in front of Steven Gerrard. Gerrard remained very deep in attack, regularly dropping in between the two centre backs and rarely venturing beyond halfway. The absence of Sturridge meant that runners behind the defence were limited, but Suarez moved around the Norwich defenders, troubling them all. The team lacked width up continue reading

Apr 132014
LFC Tactics & Ratings - Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2

Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,601) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (6′), Skrtel (26′), Coutinho (78′) Manchester City scorers: Silva (57′),  Johnson (62′ OG) Tactics Liverpool opted for a diamond midfield to start the game. The noticeable difference to the usual set up in this formation was that Henderson was on the left side, helping Jon Flanagan to stifle the attacking threat posed by Jesús Navas and Pablo Zabaleta. Philippe Coutinho started on the right of the diamond, with Raheem Sterling in attacking midfield down the centre. Luis Suarez played on the right in the front two, as he looked to target continue reading