Oct 042014
Liverpool 2, West Brom 1 - LFC Tactics & Ratings

Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,708) Liverpool scorers: Lallana (45′), Henderson (61′) West Brom scorer: Berahino (pen 56′) Tactics Liverpool played a 4-3-3 shape with a 1-2 set-up in midfield. Steven Gerrard was the deep lying player in the midfield two, with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho ahead of him. Late in the second half Gerrard was pushed forward into an attacking midfield position as Lucas entered the fray to form a deeper lying two with Henderson, with the shape becoming 4-2-3-1. Liverpool formation – last 15 minutes Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Better than in recent weeks. continue reading

Oct 012014
FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0  St. Jakob-Park (36,000) FC Basel scorer: Streller (50′) Tactics Liverpool lined up with something resembling a 4-4-1-1 in defence, and a 4-2-4 in attack. Philippe Coutinho played off Mario Balotelli up front, with Sterling and Markovic joining in on the wings but also covering back in defence. Jordan Henderson was slightly more advanced than Steven Gerrard in the midfield pairing. The full-backs, especially Manquillo bombed forward when the opportunity arose. Later in the game Lallana replaced Coutinho, and took up a similar position, with Balotelli moving slightly to the right wing when Lambert came on for Markovic. continue reading

Sep 272014
Liverpool 1, Everton 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 1, Everton 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,511) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard (65′) Everton scorer: Jagielka (90’+1) Tactics A slight change in formation saw Liverpool line up in what was something like 4-1-3-1-1 in attack, and often 4-4-1-1 in defence. Steven Gerrard was always the deepest of the midfielders, with the wide players and Henderson breaking forward into a three when the team had the ball. Lazar Markovic started on the right, with Raheem Sterling on the left, but they alternated positions in the second half. Adam Lallana played a prominent role in the side supporting Balotelli up front, before being moved wider continue reading

Sep 242014
Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties AET Anfield, Liverpool (41,857) Liverpool scorers: Rossiter (10′), Suso (109′) Middlesbrough scorers: Reach (62′), Bamford (pen 120′) Tactics The personnel changes saw Brendan Rodgers set the team up in a formation which is used throughout the club from youth and under-21s upwards. The variations of 4-3-3 are familiar to all players and suited the deep lying midfield pair of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Rossiter, who played big roles in the execution of the tactical plan. Adam Lallana played ahead of the pair for much of the game, but Markovic move central later on continue reading

Sep 202014
West Ham 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

West Ham United 3, Liverpool 1 Boleyn Ground, London (34,977) Liverpool scorer: Sterling (26′) West Ham United scorers: Reid (2′), Sakho (7′), Amalfitano (88′) Tactics Liverpool started the game using a diamond formation with Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson ahead of the deeper Steven Gerrard, and Raheem Sterling at the top. Fabio Borini came into the side to join Mario Balotelli up front, and Skrtel returned to the right side of defence. First 20 Minutes West Ham’s two early goals saw Rodgers take a gamble and change his tactics early on, replacing Javier Manquillo with Mamadou Sakho. The team switched continue reading

Sep 172014
Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1 16/09/2014 – Anfield, Liverpool (43,307) Liverpool scorers: Balotelli (82′), Gerrard (pen 90+3′) Ludogorets scorer: Abalo Paulos (90′) Tactics Liverpool played much of the game using a 4-3-3 formation which morphed into 4-1-4-1 at times. The back four remained the same as the previous game, with the full backs pushing up in attack and the two centre-backs operating on the front foot in defence. Steven Gerrard played between the centre-backs and the midfield, with Henderson and Coutinho ahead of him. The midfield pressed aggressively from the start of the game. In an attempt to find a goal, the side switched continue reading

Sep 142014
Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1- LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1 14/09/2014 – Anfield, Liverpool (44,689) Aston Villa scorer: Agbonlahor (9′) Tactics The absence of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, and Joe Allen saw Liverpool unsuccessfully revert to a double pivot, a system which the side also struggled with in the first game of the season against Southampton. Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard were used as the deep two, with Philippe Coutinho in the number ten role ahead of them. The front three consisted of a trio making their Anfield debuts. Adam Lallana started on the left, with Lazar Markovic on the right and Mario Balotelli through continue reading

Aug 312014
Tottenham 0, Liverpool 3 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 3 White Hart Lane, London (36,130) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (8′), Gerrard (pen 49′), Moreno (60′) Tactics The introduction of a second striker – Mario Balotelli – saw Liverpool revert to the diamond formation which was successful last season. The main difference this campaign is that new full-backs Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno seem well suited a system which relies heavily on them to provide both width and defensive solidity. 1st Half Formation The prime example of this was Alberto Moreno’s excellent goal. He won the ball back just inside his own half before sprinting down the left continue reading

Aug 262014
Manchester City 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Manchester City 3, Liverpool 1 25/08/2014 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester (45,471) Liverpool scorer: Zabaleta (OG 83′) Manchester City scorers: Jovetic (41′, 55′), Aguero (69′) Liverpool Tactics Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3 formation which regularly changed to a 4-1-4-1 when defending. The wide forwards in the front three, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, were often seen in the defensive line, as their instructions obviously included helping out the full-back behind them. In attack the pair would take up different roles from their wide position, with Sterling often joining Daniel Sturridge up front, whilst Coutinho liked to drift into more central positions in continue reading

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