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Liverpool 0, Roma 1 Fenway Park, Boston, USA Roma Scorer: Agger (og 90) Fabio Borini was withdrawn early in the first half with a shoulder injury.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′)  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 minutes when several substitutions were made. As well as the introduction of Peterson, Jordan 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

May 112014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Liverpool 2, Newcastle 1

Liverpool 2, Newcastle United 1Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,724)Liverpool scorers: Agger (63′), Sturridge (65′) Newcastle United scorer: Skrtel (20′ OG) Tactics Liverpool began the game with the diamond formation which has become familiar this season. Henderson returned to the right side of the diamond, replacing Lucas, with Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen retaining their places ahead of the deeper lying Steven Gerrard. Newcastle will have had an eye on Liverpool’s struggle against Chelsea in their last home game, and set up in a similar fashion with most players behind the ball. They looked to break using the speed of Gouffran against Liverpool’s slower defenders, which worked continue reading

May 052014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 3

Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 3Selhurst Park, London (Att: 25,261)Liverpool scorers: Allen (18′), Sturridge (53′), Suarez (55′) Crystal Palace scorers: Delaney (79′), Gayle (81′, 88′) Tactics Liverpool set up with a diamond midfield with Sterling at the tip, and Sturridge back in the side for Coutinho who wasn’t quite fit. A game of attacking football from Liverpool left the defence exposed at times, and Crystal Palace ruthlessly took advantage of this during a 12 minute period towards the end of the second half. Lucas and Suarez looked to be tiring in the second half, but instead Brendan Rodgers brought off Sterling. Many have said Liverpool were continue reading

Apr 272014
Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,726) Chelsea scorers: Ba (45′), Willian (90′) Tactical Overview There was nothing wrong with Chelsea’s tactics, and not much wrong with Liverpool’s. Both were being pragmatic, and as Neil Atkinson of the Anfield Wrap put it in his match review: “Pragmatism isn’t defensive football, too often it is used as a synonym of that. You will hear loads about pragmatism in the light of this Chelsea win. Pragmatism is deciding what is most likely to get your success.” If Liverpool tried to play Chelsea’s way, they’d have had less success. If Chelsea tried to play continue reading

Apr 202014
LFC Tactics & Ratings - Norwich 2, Liverpool 3

Norwich City 2, Liverpool 3 Carrow Road, Norwich (Att: 26,857) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (4′, 62′), Suarez (11′) Norwich City scorers: Hooper (54′), Snodgrass (77′) Tactics A very flexible, fluid, albeit narrow system saw Liverpool set up with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in behind Luis Suarez, and Joe Allen and Lucas just in front of Steven Gerrard. Gerrard remained very deep in attack, regularly dropping in between the two centre backs and rarely venturing beyond halfway. The absence of Sturridge meant that runners behind the defence were limited, but Suarez moved around the Norwich defenders, troubling them all. The team lacked width up continue reading

Apr 132014
LFC Tactics & Ratings - Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2

Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,601) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (6′), Skrtel (26′), Coutinho (78′) Manchester City scorers: Silva (57′),  Johnson (62′ OG) Tactics Liverpool opted for a diamond midfield to start the game. The noticeable difference to the usual set up in this formation was that Henderson was on the left side, helping Jon Flanagan to stifle the attacking threat posed by Jesús Navas and Pablo Zabaleta. Philippe Coutinho started on the right of the diamond, with Raheem Sterling in attacking midfield down the centre. Luis Suarez played on the right in the front two, as he looked to target continue reading

Apr 062014
Liverpool Tactics & Player Ratings - West Ham 1, Liverpool 2

West Ham United 1, Liverpool 2 Boleyn Ground, London (Att: 34,977) West Ham scorer: Demel (45′) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard (44′ pen, 71′ pen) Tactics Liverpool used two different formations in an attempt to break down a disciplined and resolute West Ham team. The first half began with Liverpool set up in a 4-3-3, with Suarez and Sterling either side of Sturridge at centre forward. Coutinho and Henderson played just ahead of Gerrard in midfield, with Flanagan and Johnson working the flanks behind the wide forwards. The second half saw a different shape as the team switched to a diamond midfield. This added continue reading

Mar 302014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Liverpool 4, Tottenham 0

Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,762) Liverpool scorers: Kaboul (2′ OG), Suarez (25′), Coutinho (55′), Henderson (75′) Tactics Liverpool reverted to the 4-3-3 formation which we saw at the end of the game against Sunderland. Philippe Coutinho replaced Joe Allen in the left of centre midfield, with Raheem Sterling playing as one of the three forwards. Luis Suarez played mainly on the left, with Daniel Sturridge through the middle and Sterling on the right, but the three interchanged when required. Width was provided by both full-backs, with Johnson more prominent on the right but Flanagan also providing an outlet continue reading