Jul 292016
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 - Stateside Tactics

Liverpool began the stateside leg of their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in Pasedena, Los Angeles, California. Gary Cahil’s header from a Chelsea corner was the only goal of the game, and it harked back to LFC’s set piece troubles in recent seasons. Embed from Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s men continued with the 4-3-3 formation used during the majority of the pre-season games so far. Left sided defender Ragnar Klavan made his first appearance for the club, which meant captain for the day Dejan Lovren shifted to the right side of defence. Lovren had previously played on the 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

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 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

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

Jul 282014
Olympiacos 0, Liverpool 1 - Liverpool Tactics

Olympiacos 0 , Liverpool 1 Soldier Field, Chicago (36,170) Liverpool scorer: Sterling (5′) Liverpool began the game with a strong line-up, playing in the 4-3-3 system we’ve seen used in most of the pre-season games so far. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Kolo Touré, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and Daniel Sturridge returned to the fray, with Lazar Marković playing his first game for the club. Gerrard dropped deep between the central defenders who would spread wide when the team had the ball, allowing the full backs to push up. Henderson and Emre Can provided the insurance in midfield either side of continue reading

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′)  Liverpool started the game using the diamond formation which saw much success last season. 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 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

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