James Nalton

Apr 132017
Jurgen Klopp on Sakho, Gerrard, & the West Brom Game

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke to the press ahead of Sunday’s game against West Bromwich Albion. He commented on this week’s events in Dortmund, Mamadou Sakho’s loan contract, and looked ahead to the coming fixtures in terms of injuries and the chance of Champions League qualification. He also confirmed that Steven Gerrard will be taking a job with the Liverpool under-18s next season. By James Nalton at Melwood. The ex-Dortmund manager expressed concern about his former team who were the victims of a bomb attack on their team bus prior to Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Monaco. Klopp paused for continue reading

Apr 032017
The Magic of The Top Four - Who Makes The Cut?

On paper Liverpool have the easier run in in the race for the top four, but will they be able to capitalise on a favourable set of fixtures? Man United dropped points, Man City dropped points, Arsenal dropped points, and even Chelsea stumbled in the face of Crystal Palace’s excellent new defensive signing, Mamadou Sakho. Conte’s side’s lead at the top has been cut to seven points, but are still widely considered to be champions elect. But anything could happen when it comes to the five clubs below them, and which three of this quintet will finish along with Chelsea continue reading

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

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

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

Jul 092016
Match Report & Tactics: Liverpool's 1-0 Friendly Win at Tranmere Rovers

Liverpool kicked off their first full season under the management of Jurgen Klopp with a friendly away to local side Tranmere Rovers. An impressive, surprisingly sharp display from Danny Ings was the highlight of the game, but there were plenty of encouraging signs from a few of the club’s academy players. Embed from Getty Images The German manager attended the game fresh from signing a new six year contract, and used 22 players during this training exercise against National League (5th tier) opposition. Klopp’s 4-3-3 formation surprised a few people, but this fairly simple system is one which is often continue reading

Jul 072016

Having not played a single minute of football at the European Championships in France, Emre Can was brought into the German side for their massive semi-final tie versus the hosts. The versatile Liverpool man, who’d spent much of last season in midfield under the management of his compatriot Jurgen Klopp, was listed as a defender when Germany submitted their squad prior to the tournament. For this game, however, Germany manager Joachim Loew called upon Can to provide a physical presence in midfield against France’s much talked about midfield duo. Both Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba have been linked with big continue reading

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