Is the Diamond Dying at Liverpool?

Is the Diamond Dying at Liverpool?

Brendan Rodgers implemented the rarely used midfield diamond with great success during the closing stages of the 2013-2014 season. With the substitution of Javier Manquillo for Mamadou Sakho in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s loss to West Ham, Rodgers scrapped the diamond for a 3-5-2. Does this signal the beginning of the end of the diamond or was it just a tactical switch in the face of an early deficit? Loss Against West Ham The starting formation cannot be the …
Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …
Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea put an end to Liverpool's 11 game unbeaten run in a massively anticipated potential title decider. The pretext to the contest was what some referred to as a psychological masterclass from Jose Mourinho. It appeared that he had provided the greatest platform possible for a Chelsea defeat, knowing full well that he would not allow defeat to happen. From the absence of crucial players, the declaration that the 'reserves' would be played to save fire power for Atletico, Mourinho's …
Liverpool FC: March Tactical Overview

Liverpool FC: March Tactical Overview

Throughout the season, I have spoken of March as a month that would make or break Liverpool's season. Upon the completion of those five fixtures, the Reds sit top of the league with six games to go. There seems to be an infinite number of factors swinging in the favour of the Brendan Rodgers men which are heavily influencing this incredible season. The Reds face the task now of winning their last 6 games to take the league title back …
Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City edged past Stoke with a narrow but crucial victory which has allowed them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Yaya Toure struck with 20 minutes left to play after being moved forward into attacking central midfield, leaving Stoke hovering precariously above the relegation zone. With regards to the system that Manuel Pellegrini went with, I will risk sounding like a football 'hipster' and say that this was a 4-2-2-2 formation. This is not …
Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke and Liverpool played out an incredible thriller, full of goals, end to end action and some controversial decisions. After being 2-0 up, Liverpool failed to kill the intensity and fire of the game - eventually turning it into a scoring contest and having to out-fire Stoke in order to get a rare win at the Britannia. Stoke Mark Hughes used Charlie Adam as an unorthodox number 10 against his old club, and he actually played higher up the field …
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Manuel Pellegrini put out a strong side, with Sergio Aguero as the only notable absence - they were fortunate to have Pablo Zabaleta fit to start at right back, while Demichelis was dropped to see Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott start at centre-back. It was a 4-2-3-1 with Silva in the number 10 role, which provided an extra creative body as opposed to two strikers. Brendan Rodgers lined Liverpool up as expected, unchanged apart from the return of Aly Cissokho …
Liverpool 4-0 Fulham | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Fulham endured an afternoon to forget as Liverpool recovered from their defeat at the Emirates with an emphatic and convincing display which saw them run out deserved 4-0 winners at Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool fan and media discussions revolved around the big decisions now facing Brendan Rodgers, with the back three system failing to provide the team with a clean sheet in the recent weeks of experimentation. The general belief was that he would return to four at the back, while …
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