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

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