Jul 292016
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 - Stateside Tactics

Liverpool began the stateside leg of their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in Pasedena, Los Angeles, California. Gary Cahil’s header from a Chelsea corner was the only goal of the game, and it harked back to LFC’s set piece troubles in recent seasons. Embed from Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s men continued with the 4-3-3 formation used during the majority of the pre-season games so far. Left sided defender Ragnar Klavan made his first appearance for the club, which meant captain for the day Dejan Lovren shifted to the right side of defence. Lovren had previously played on the continue reading

Jul 152016
Liverpool FC & The Jordan Henderson Dilemma

Summer always brings plenty of chatter around football – who goes, who stays, which player fell out with the manager, which manager lost the dressing room, etc. As Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tightened the information leaks coming directly from the club, there’s decidedly less hard gossip to talk about. One topic that has circled around the social globe recently, however, has not only sparked much debate, but has an immense impact on the future of the squad – the captaincy. Before we delve into this topic, a small disclaimer: while there doesn’t seem to be as much clout or continue reading

Jul 132016

The Euros are finally over, and if you haven’t given up on football out of sheer despair after watching Cristiano Ronaldo lift the trophy, then you’ll have realised that the transfer window has sparked into life. Whilst signings have been taking place since the football season ended, now’s the time things begin to get serious. And with some huge managerial names joining the Premier League this season, you can bet your bottom dollar that huge money will be exchanging hands for some of the most exciting players on the planet. Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte will join Jurgen continue reading

Jul 092016
Match Report & Tactics: Liverpool's 1-0 Friendly Win at Tranmere Rovers

Liverpool kicked off their first full season under the management of Jurgen Klopp with a friendly away to local side Tranmere Rovers. An impressive, surprisingly sharp display from Danny Ings was the highlight of the game, but there were plenty of encouraging signs from a few of the club’s academy players. Embed from Getty Images The German manager attended the game fresh from signing a new six year contract, and used 22 players during this training exercise against National League (5th tier) opposition. Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation surprised a few people, but this fairly simple system is one which is often continue reading

Jul 072016

Having not played a single minute of football at the European Championships in France, Emre Can was brought into the German side for their massive semi-final tie versus the hosts. The versatile Liverpool man, who’d spent much of last season in midfield under the management of his compatriot Jurgen Klopp, was listed as a defender when Germany submitted their squad prior to the tournament. For this game, however, Germany manager Joachim Loew called upon Can to provide a physical presence in midfield against France’s much talked about midfield duo. Both Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba have been linked with big continue reading

Mar 072016
Liverpool Tactical Overview & Analysis of Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2

Since the return of Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool have been playing with a similar formation, and one which only changes subtly due to the personnel in it. Prior to the English striker’s return, Roberto Firmino had replaced Christian Benteke as the striker as Jurgen Klopp sought more movement up front, both on and off the ball. Firmino offers pressing from the front – a prerequisite in Klopp’s system – as well as being more mobile in attack. The Brazilian showed surprisingly good hold-up play, outshining Benteke even in this area, while also being able to run into the channels, play on continue reading

Mar 032016
Back to Basics for Klopp's Liverpool in City victory.

There have been numerous discussions recently on the subject of Jurgen Klopp’s tactics, or rather a supposed lack of them, which has left many fans feeling uneasy. In the 3-0 victory against Manchester City on Wednesday evening, however, it’s fair to say that the German answered his critics emphatically. He masterminded the victory by going back to basics tactically. Back in October when Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager his first match was away at Spurs. The match finished 0-0 but Klopp earned rave reviews for how he’d set Liverpool up. The Reds, who had been woeful defensively in the continue reading

Jan 202016
Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,292) Liverpool scorers: Allen 10′, Ojo 74′, J. Teixeira 82′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Didn’t have anything to do but gets a .5 on top of the average 6 for wirking with Tiago Ilori to help organise an inexperienced back line. Connor Randall – 6 Grew with confidence as the game went on, and made some good forays into the opposition half just before he was brought off early in the second half. Tiago Ilori – 7 Was in charge of controlling the defensive line, occasionally reminding José Enrique to maintain his position continue reading

Jan 132016
Liverpool 3, Arsenal 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Arsenal 3 Anfield, Liverpool (44,109) Liverpool scorer:sFirmino 10′, 19′Allen 90′ Arsenal scorers: Ramsey 14′Giroud 25′, 55′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 Beaten by an Aaron Ramsey shot at his near post which he didn’t look set for despite having time to asses the situation. Deflected Giroud’s flick from a corner into the net, and didn’t command his six yard box, never mind the rest of his area. Nathaniel Clyne – 6 Struggled in attack with Ibe down the right, but is generally reassuring in his position. Kolo Touré – 6 In the week that centre-back Steven Caulker joined continue reading

Dec 262015
Liverpool 1, Leicester 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Leicester City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,123) Liverpool scorer: Benteke 63′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Made a couple of good saves on his return to the side, including an important one in the first half from Mahrez which he managed to divert over the bar. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 More of the same from the steady Liverpool and England right back. Does his defensive duties well and gets forward when needed, but can improve his play in the final third. Dejan Lovren – 7.5 Replaced Skrtel at right centre-back and looked to be a slight improvement continue reading