Liverpool vs Manchester United - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Manchester United - Key Battles

The big night draws ever closer. Battle lines have been drawn. The two most successful teams in English football clash on Monday Night… And what a clash it will be. Both teams have undergone changes in personnel in some form or the other, but the tension and rivalry remains the same. Nay, it actually gets more intense with each year that passes! These are some of the duels we are likely to see in this, the most watched/spoken/fought about football match in the world. …
The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The Re-Emergence of 4-4-2

The two top form sides Watford and Leicester are both deploying 4-4-2, with the four attacking individuals Igahlo, Deeney, Mahrez and Vardy scoring 48 goals between them. The modus operandi is "attack is the best form of defence" and it is proving very fruitful for two sides who were relegation favourites before the season started. When defending the 2nd attacker Deeney for Watford and Mahrez for Leicester, drops into midfield making it 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1 in defending situations. There are …
Football's One Club Men

Football's One Club Men

Ronaldo made a comment in his Jonathan Ross interview (plugging his film) that "he would have more dignity than end his career in the U.S. or the Middle East." Even players you would once have considered stalwart, one-club men like Steven Gerrard (504 appearances for Liverpool) and Raul (550 appearances for Real Madrid) are ending their careers in this way; either as a last pay off or for the love of playing on. Their motives may be mixed. Iker Cassillas …
Should Gerrard Start Vs Manchester United? Carragher Thinks Otherwise

Should Gerrard Start Vs Manchester United? Carragher Thinks Otherwise

Steven Gerrard returned from injury against Swansea on Monday night to help Liverpool win their sixth consecutive game away from home and their fifth victory in a row in total. Liverpool are the from team in the Premier League right now winning eleven games and drawing two in their last thirteen games. The majority of these games have been without Steven Gerrard in the side. Many are wondering if Steven should start against Manchester United as it'll be his last …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday looking to build upon their good performance at Arsenal on Wednesday night, while Manchester City were hoping to close the gap at the top of the table after Manchester United’s win over Fulham on Saturday. Roberto Mancini was hoping that his side would be able to cope without key men Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure and Liverpool would have been trying to produce a similar showing to their first-half performance at the …
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's experimental tactical approach vs. Anji

Liverpool's experimental tactical approach vs. Anji

Marco Van Basten often spoke about an invisible cord that connected players within a formation, that one player's movements would directly affect another. The possession-based philosophical approach to football thinks about football in terms of space; how can a team control the game both with or without the ball? What was particularly interesting about the Anji match was that Rodgers’ Liverpool tactical approach moved away from the 1-4-3-3 that Rodgers has relied on since becoming the Liverpool manager. The Europa …
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 …