Aug 172014
Liverpool 2, Southampton 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Southampton 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,736) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (23′), Sturridge (79′) Southampton scorer: Clyne (56′) Tactics Brendan Rodgers sent his Liverpool side out in the same shape we saw in the final pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund. There was one change in personnel, with Lucas Leiva replacing Emre Can as one of the deeper midfield two. In this 4-2-3-1 formation Jordan Henderson dropped back to help the defence when needed, but he also pressed high if Liverpool were defending higher up the pitch. In contrast to this, Raheem Sterling will take any chance he gets to become a continue reading

Aug 102014
Liverpool 4, Borussia Dortmund 0 - Liverpool Tactics

Liverpool 4, Borussia Dortmund 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,980) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge (10′), Lovren (13′), Coutinho (49′), Henderson (61′) Liverpool easily dispatched a below par Borussia Dortmund side at Anfield, in their last pre-season game of the summer. The game saw Anfield debuts for a number of players, and gave fans the opportunity to see new signings Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo in a Liverpool shirt for the first time. Both impressed in a new look back four, and there was noticeably more communication from Mignolet to the players in front of him – not just the defence. That said, much continue reading

Aug 062014
Kop Left Player Of The Season 2013/14 & Season Summary

2012/13 saw Philippe Coutinho walk away with the dubious title of Kop Left Player of the Season, as decided by the haphazard player ratings system used on this website. His impressive form after joining the club in January 2013 saw him trump Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. For 2013/14, the player ratings system was changed slightly to include increments of 0.5, rather than just using the whole numbers 1-10. As it turned out, the top five players in 2013/14 were exactly the same as those the season before, but we had a new, fairly obvious winner this time around. Here continue reading

Aug 052014
Manchester United 3, Liverpool 1 - Liverpool Tactics

Manchester United 3, Liverpool 1 Sun Life Stadium, Miami (51,014) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard (14′ pen) Manchester United scorers: Rooney (55′), Mata (57′), Lingard (88′) It was a game dubbed as “more than a friendly”, and was only the second time the two biggest teams in England had met in such non-competitive circumstances. Although there was a certain tempo to the game, which you might not usually see in these games, it was primarily a exercise in match fitness and tactical familiarity. Liverpool started the game using a 4-3-3 (4-1-2-3), against Manchester United’s new-look 3-4-3. The front three of Manchester United made it difficult continue reading

Aug 032014
Liverpool 2, Ac Milan 0 - Liverpool Tactics

Liverpool 2, AC Milan 0 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina (69,364) Liverpool scorers: Allen (17′), Suso (89′) The 4-3-3 formation was back, as Liverpool started the game with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe either side of Ricky Lambert up front. Starting Tactics Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was noticeably more vocal, and emerged regularly from his area, though this seemed like a token gesture as opposed to effective sweeping. The usual high pressing was evident when the team turned over possession, and Liverpool’s first goal came after good pressure from Joe Allen, who eventually got the goal after a couple continue reading

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