Oct 212016
Liverpool v Manchester United - LFC Tactics & Report from Dour Stalemate

Tactics After a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield, Jose Mourinho accused Liverpool of playing too defensively. It was a cunning ploy to detract the attention from his own side’s defensive, long-ball tactics, but his tactical view of Liverpool’s play was (intentionally) incorrect. Manchester United went with the classic triple target man, double full-backs, and, er, Herrera set-up. #LFCvMUFC pic.twitter.com/xsItxeFMoT — James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 17, 2016 He accused the home side of using two defensive midfielders in the shape of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, implying that Jurgen Klopp had set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 rather than the 4-3-3 they’ve used continue reading

Oct 142016
The Era of Klopp Begins - A Year of Jurgen

Embed from Getty Images A year has passed under Jurgen Klopp’s reign, Ein Jahr as the Germans would say, Fans united as he began, His much awaited Anfield stay. The journey began at White Hart Lane, Where the difference was there to see, Just like the fans, the squad seemed buoyed, We saw Gegenpressing in its infancy. The hard-fought battle at the Lane, Ended in a goalless draw, The Saints snatched a point at Anfield, With Mané ruining the score. Klopp didn’t have very long to wait, For his first three points as the boss, At Stamford Bridge and how continue reading

Sep 282016
Phelan: Liverpool are up there with the best - Liverpool 5, Hull 1

Following Liverpool’s convincing 5-1 victory at home to Hull City, managers Jurgen Klopp and Mike Phelan were in agreement that Liverpool are currently playing some of the best football in the division. Two penalties from James Milner, plus goals from Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, and the excellent Adam Lallana gave the home side the win. Embed from Getty Images “The first half was brilliant,” said Liverpool boss Klopp. “That’s how football should be if you are able to do it.” “I think it was the best game of counter-pressing we’ve played until now,” added the German who’s well known for continue reading

Sep 152016
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Selection Headache - Who to Pick v Chelsea?

After the fantastic win against reigning league Champions Leicester City last weekend, Liverpool face the tough assignment this Friday when they take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Embed from Getty Images We have all seen how dangerous Liverpool can be in attack. Creating chances, scoring goals, playing football with real freedom as they did last Sunday. Friday will be a real challenge to that, though. Chelsea are disciplined in defence and have been playing with two strong defensive minded midfielders in N’Golo Kante and Nemantja Matic. They are notoriously difficult to break down. Jurgen Klopp has a few decisions to continue reading

Sep 022016
Questions For Liverpool's Recruitment Strategy

A point against Tottenham Hotspur, not a bad result, so from 3 league matches we have 4 points, not a bad return. The side look really strong on the counter, with great speed on the break, and look likely to score goals and create chances this season against sides who come to play looking for a win. Embed from Getty Images But can I just ask some questions which in my view would make us an even better side, more balanced, a tougher proposition for all, and have a major say in all domestic competitions this season. Transfers: teams live continue reading

Aug 262016

After a tough week, Liverpool have the task of travelling to North London on Saturday lunchtime to take on Tottenham Hotspur in a difficult league encounter. This article looks that challenge, and how I see the game panning out. After the last league match, Liverpool need to put in a strong performance so fans can reinstall their trust in the league campaign. Some fans comments on social media after the Burnley game would have you believe that relegation was imminent. It was a very poor performance, but one thing we do know as Liverpool fans is the inconsistency of the side continue reading

Aug 212016
Klopp Toppled as Clarets Flow, But the Gloom is Too Soon

Embed from Getty Images Klopp off his head! This would be just one of the headlines were the papers run by certain Liverpool fans after the loss against Burnley on Saturday. Embed from Getty Images I’d like to say it was the minority of them but I’m really not that sure. Usually sane, patient fans reacted with unusually high levels of gloom after the Reds suffered a humiliating defeat against the newly promoted team. Not humiliating because of the scoreline but due to what seemed like an almost apathetic (or pathetic, take your pick) performance. Following the enthralling win over continue reading

Aug 202016

When it comes to Alberto Moreno, it seems that Liverpool fans either defend him or cannot wait for a new left back to be bought and move him on. Embed from Getty Images There are many players who split opinions among LFC fans, such as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana, but none seem to suffer the spiteful of comments that Moreno has been on the receiving end of. When Liverpool purchased the player in 2014 for a reported £12 million, I was pleased with the signing. I had seen Moreno play for Sevilla, and I liked continue reading

Aug 192016

After a fantastic entertaining opening game of the season for Liverpool, this piece looks at with the preferred formation of 4-3-3 in its simplest form. I ask the question: Is the current midfield balance correct to fit Liverpool’s strengths and weaknesses? On Sunday, Liverpool started with a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.  Henderson played as the deepest of the three, and in my view put in a decent performance. He used his athleticism to get him into positions to break up play, and he used the ball intelligently when in possession. Embed from Getty Images continue reading

Aug 132016
Liverpool's Unsigned Brands & The Klopp Factor

A recent episode of KopCast discussed the idea of marquee signings, and those players across the football world who are themselves as much of a brand as their clubs are. Zlatan, Götze World Cup Final Goalscorer™, Özil’s Face, Ronaldo’s 8-Pack, Neymar, Adebayo “The Beast” Akinfenwa. The big name signing is something which seems to regularly evade Liverpool, but it might be the case that the club just don’t go after this type of player. The podcast raised the idea that the biggest signing in the last few years has been non other that the manager, Jurgen Klopp. Embed from Getty Images It continue reading