FC Basel

Dec 092014
Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1 Anfield, Liverpool (43,290) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard (80′) FC Basel scorer: Frei (25′) Lazar Markovic sent off (61′) Tactics Brendan Rodgers went with an experienced but weak starting XI in this must win Champions League game. Lucas and Joe Allen acted as a double pivot of sorts, which may work when a more defensive set up is required but wasn’t suited to this situation, and even then the pair were bypassed easily for the FC Basel goal. Steven Gerrard played ahead of them, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling in wide midfield positions, which meant they continue reading

Oct 012014
FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0  St. Jakob-Park (36,000) FC Basel scorer: Streller (50′) Tactics Liverpool lined up with something resembling a 4-4-1-1 in defence, and a 4-2-4 in attack. Philippe Coutinho played off Mario Balotelli up front, with Sterling and Markovic joining in on the wings but also covering back in defence. Jordan Henderson was slightly more advanced than Steven Gerrard in the midfield pairing. The full-backs, especially Manquillo bombed forward when the opportunity arose. Later in the game Lallana replaced Coutinho, and took up a similar position, with Balotelli moving slightly to the right wing when Lambert came on for Markovic. continue reading

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