Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

Liverpool's 3-4-1-2 | Not so different after all? Tactical Analysis

This article will take a look at the “new” 3-4-1-2 of Liverpool FC when in-possession. It will then compare the 4-2-3-1 formation to the 3-4-1-2, using Crystal Palace (5th October 2013) and Norwich (19th January 2013) as precedents. This article considers the in-possession formation only. This isn’t the first time Liverpool have experimented with a back three under Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool used a 3-4-1-2 around this time last year for a short period of time. Chris Davies (Liverpool’s Head …
Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool: Tactical Analysis | Options for Liverpool

Liverpool made an impressive start to their 2013/14 season with three priceless 1-0 victories, eclipsing any of their previous opening three results in the last 19 years. Looking at the improvements to the side Brendan Rodgers has made since the January transfer window, there were many speaking of the idea that Liverpool could come into the season quietly confident, and surprise a few people as the year progressed with a much stronger presence in the top 6. However this element …
Martin Skrtel: A Route Back into the Side? Stats & Tactical Analysis

Martin Skrtel: A Route Back into the Side? Stats & Tactical Analysis

Ten months ago Martin Skrtel had just won Liverpool’s player of the season award for 2011/12, looked a prominent leader in the team, and seemed to be at the peak of his powers when he sent a bullet of a header past Joe Hart  mercilessly at Anfield. However he went on to experience a rough second half to the 2012/13 season, being dropped after the FA Cup defeat to Oldham and only going on to play another 205 minutes (compared …
Do Liverpool Have a Problem With Target Men? | Stats Analysis

Do Liverpool Have a Problem With Target Men? | Stats Analysis

It is far too early to judge Brendan Rodgers as a Liverpool manager just yet, and his first season in what is the biggest job of his career has gone mostly to script, with moments of promise tempered by crushing disappointments. After winning one competition last season and very nearly completing a domestic cup double, it is surely disappointing for Liverpool supporters in the manner at which they exited both the League and FA Cup this season. With high quality …
Liverpool v Arsenal - Analysis of Liverpool's Tactical Progress

Liverpool v Arsenal - Analysis of Liverpool's Tactical Progress

As Santi Carzola ran away from Pepe Reina’s goal into the Arsenal away support the camera’s cut to Brendan Rodgers. A man who has by now put away his notepad and pen to accept that his strategy did not go according to plan against an excellent Arsenal side. Brendan Rodgers sets his team up in a way that aims to achieve the following three aspects of systems football
High pressing and making the pitch as small as possible without …
Liverpool 2 Everton 1 | Going to Wembley Thrice | Opta Stats

Liverpool 2 Everton 1 | Going to Wembley Thrice | Opta Stats

April 14th 2012 will be remembered as an excellent day for any Liverpool FC supporter. The day when the neighbours were beaten at Wembley in the first FA Cup semi-final for 2012. It will also be remembered for a very good 2nd half performance from their £50m strike duo Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. Both players found their names on the scoresheet and were the star performers that turned the game around for Liverpool. It was an awful first half …
Reina compared to Rivals | Liverpool Defence Opta Stat Analysis

Reina compared to Rivals | Liverpool Defence Opta Stat Analysis

Following the debacle that was the defeat to Wigan, Liverpool fans have started to point their finger at a new target: Pepe Reina. A few of them saying: he's not been making as many saves or doesn't look as though he's trying or he can't save penalties anymore. Liverpool's slump shouldn't rest solely on the shoulders of Pepe Reina and hopefully the statistics will help show this. We're going to compare Pepe Reina to goalkeepers from the teams above Liverpool …
Liverpool Player Opta Stats Vs Aston Villa

Liverpool Player Opta Stats Vs Aston Villa

So Liverpool FC win back to back Premier League games for the first time in three months and it was total domination at Villa Park. This win marked Liverpool's 5th away win of the season and their excellent run away from Anfield continues. Stewart Downing was the most accurate passer of the game for Liverpool with a 93%, whilst defensively Martin Skrtel continued his excellent form this season winning all of his tackles, 80% of ground duels (50-50's) and all …
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