Kate Cohen

A football enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. You can read more of my work on katecohensoccer.wordpress.com and also follow me on twitter (@Kate_LFC_SFC)

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Wigan 0 Liverpool 4 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Wigan 0 Liverpool 4 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool came out comfortable winners thanks to an early Stewart Downing goal and a hat-trick from Luis Suarez. New signing Philippe Coutinho also provided a brace of assists against an out-of-sorts Wigan side, who struggled with defensive discipline and defensive roles in a changed system. Teams With the injury to Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool were forced into a change to their attack which destroyed Swansea two weeks prior. Joe Allen was given a starting berth ahead of Jordan Henderson, who had …
Tactical Analysis: Aston Villa Sit Back and Counter to Defeat Liverpool

Tactical Analysis: Aston Villa Sit Back and Counter to Defeat Liverpool

Aston Villa got a deserved win by exploiting Liverpool’s major weakness this season – defending the counter attack. It was a backs to the wall display from a young Villa side, who played with a back 5 to help get numbers behind the ball and prevent Liverpool’s attacking players from finding space. Liverpool’s Fullbacks Find the Ball [caption id="attachment_23509" align="alignright" width="195"] Formations[/caption] With Villa’s formation and deep block, Liverpool’s fullbacks frequently saw the ball. Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson attempted …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 | Lucas Leiva Stats

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0 | Lucas Leiva Stats

Liverpool defeated the newly promoted Southampton 1-nil, although their display was more convincing then the score-line suggested. The game wasn’t particularly difficult to understand, with Liverpool’s dominate display aided by the fact Southampton sat back and was sloppy. A headed goal by Daniel Agger just prior to half-time gave Liverpool the lead, although more should have followed. Line Ups The biggest inclusion to the Liverpool line-up was the return of Lucas Leiva. Lucas returned from a three month spell on …
Tactical Analysis: West Brom vs. Chelsea, 2-1

Tactical Analysis: West Brom vs. Chelsea, 2-1

Chelsea’s downturn of form continued at the Hawthorns, with a 2-1 loss to West Brom. It is now no wins in four league games (L, D, D, L) for the European Champions. On the other hand, West Brom under the tutelage of Steve Clarke, have continued their strong performances throughout the season so far – this win sees them go into 4th, 1 point behind Chelsea. Line Ups West Brom lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1, however, Gareth McAuley and …
Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

This was a surprisingly poor game between two of the biggest teams in the Premier League. There were few tactical battles of note and both goals – John Terry and Luis Suarez the scorers – came via set pieces. The only real point of interest was Brendan Rodgers’ decision to move to a back three and his subsequent change back to the favoured formation midway through the second half. Line Ups Roberto Di Matteo used the 4-2-3-1 formation, as he …
Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

Merseyside Derby Tactical Analysis: Everton 2 Liverpool 2

The 219th Merseyside Derby finished all square after Everton fought back from a two goal deficit the level the game. Luis Suarez, Leighton Baines (own goal), Leon Osman and Steven Naismith scored the goals in a game which wasn’t short of controversy. But let’s focus on the football … First Half The game started with a frantic tempo and that continued throughout the match. Everton imposed their style on Liverpool, who was forced to play mainly on the counter attack. The …
Tactical Analysis: Liverpool vs. Reading, 1-0

Tactical Analysis: Liverpool vs. Reading, 1-0

Liverpool registered their first home win of the season at the fifth attempt, defeating Reading 1-0. The goal came in the 29th minute from 17-year-old Raheem Sterling. Whilst the score line seemed close, Liverpool had the majority of possession (56.8% vs. Reading’s 43.2%) and created four times as many chances as Reading (20 to 5). It was another case of Liverpool failing to score when they dominated a team, which might have allowed the opposition back into the match. Liverpool’s …
Goals Analysis: Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0

Goals Analysis: Manchester City 3 Sunderland 0

A goal from substitute Sergio Agüero came in between two thumping free kicks as Manchester City recorded their first clean sheet of the season in a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland. Kolarov Goal (1-0) After 5 minutes Manchester City took the lead thanks to a brilliant Kolarov free kick. The free kick came from a crude challenge from Cuellar on Carlos Tevez after Manchester City had counter attacked with unstoppable pace. Adam Johnson had isolated Aleksandar Kolarov and tried to cut …
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