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 …
Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3: Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Norwich City 2 Liverpool 3: Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool took a bold step closer to the Premier League title with another arse-clenching, scrappy yet stylish victory. Norwich welcomed them with the very real possibility of relegation hanging over their heads, and three points the desperate objective. Liverpool came without the luxury of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson in the starting line-up, forcing Brendan Rodgers to adapt. Norwich Neil Adams went with his diamond formation to combat Liverpool's threat of midfield dominance and particularly to shut out the early …
Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool delivered another crushing blow to the wilting reputation of their fierce north-west rivals, making an emphatic statement of intent along the way in an incredibly closely run title race. A tactical contest comfortably won by Brendan Rodgers saw his side awarded three penalties, in a game which could have seen five or six in total. Manchester United David Moyes went with a 4-2-3-1 and arguably his strongest line-up, a dangerous front four of Mata, Januzaj, Rooney and Van Persie …
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 …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …