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

Dec 202015
 
Watford 3, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Watford 3, Liverpool 0 Vicarage Road, Watford (20,707) Watford scorers: Aké 3′ Ighalo 15′, 85′ Player Ratings Adam Bogdan – 4.5 A dropped cross in the opening minutes of his league debut put his team in trouble from the start. Even though he had hold of the ball and should have had a free kick, it was still a wholly unconvincing piece of play from the man Liverpool dubbed “safe hands” on an ill-advised pre-match Snapchat post. Nathaniel Clyne – 5.5 Right-back Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Beaten for pace, power, and guile by the Watford strike pair. Should have dealt with Ighalo, but continue reading

Dec 062015
 
Newcastle 2, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Newcastle United 2, Liverpool 0 St. James’ Park, Newcastle (52,363) Newcastle scorer: Cisse 19′, 59′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Nathaniel Clyne – 6 More of the same from Clyne, but suffered along with the rest of the team as the system broke down thanks to the failure of several key players to perform their role. Martin Skrtel – 5 Struggles against pace on the counter, and in games like this the lack of defensive leadership is exposed. Despite his age and experience he’s still unable to be this leader. Dejan Lovren – 6 Slightly more assured than Skrtel as continue reading

Dec 022015
 
Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 St. Marys, Southampton (31,592) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 25′, 29′; Origi 45′, 68′, 86′; Ibe 73′ Southampton scorer: Mané 1′ Player Ratings Adam Bogdan – 6 Had little to do, but looked assured in all that he did. Didn’t have much chance with the goal. Connor Randall – 6 Looked like he was going to struggle early on, but grew in confidence instead of shrinking, despite picking up an early booking. Martin Skrtel – 6 Was relatively untroubled, but did what he needed to. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Received abuse from the fans of his old club throughout the game, continue reading

Nov 292015
 
Liverpool 1, Swansea 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Swansea City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,905) Liverpool scorer: Milner 62′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Had little to do Nathaniel Clyne – 7 Solid as usual, offering consistency in both attack and defence on the right. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Looks more comfortable with Lovren than he used to, and appears to have been told to hold back and cover when his centre back partner steps out of the line to intervene. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 A player who seems to be improving under the new manager. Pro-active with his defending. Alberto Moreno – 6.5 Solid and continue reading

Nov 262015
 
Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1 Anfield, Liverpool (42,525) Liverpool scorer: Milner 38′ (pen), Benteke 45′ Bordeaux scorer: Saivet 33′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Culpable for the first goal after holding onto the ball in the area for about half an hour, giving away an indirect free kick in the area from which Saivet scored. Had made an earlier error when he came out of his box to head the ball clear, but instead headed it sideways into the path of a Bordeaux attacked. Made a good intervention later on when Saivet sent in another stinging free kick from outside the area. Nathaniel Clyne continue reading