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 …
Pressing: The Formula for Success for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Pressing: The Formula for Success for Liverpool? Tactical Analysis

Pressing. Many people think it's as easy as: See the ball... Chase the ball... Win the ball. As I wrote about in my tactical analysis of Liverpool's win over Spurs, a critical element of Liverpool's victory was their ability to press throughout the game and dominate the ball. As Brendan Rodgers put it they 'were like animals without the ball', and this isn't always easy to achieve. Successful pressing is dependant on group understanding, collective perception of ball, opponent and …
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 …
Why Joe Allen Can Still Be Key for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

Why Joe Allen Can Still Be Key for Liverpool | Stats Analysis

What Formation Should Liverpool Use Going Forward? | Rafa, Dalglish & Rodgers Tactics

What Formation Should Liverpool Use Going Forward? | Rafa, Dalglish & Rodgers Tactics

The recent release of the EPL Index Tactics Board has kept me busy over the last few nights and judging by the reaction on Twitter, I haven’t been the only one. Playing with the tool (which can be found here: http://www.eplindex.com/tacticsboard/) prompted me to put this article together looking at different formations used by Liverpool in the recent history. I’ll start where most discussions today tend to start about Liverpool; with Rafa Benitez’s Premier League runners up of 2008/09. Having …
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 …
Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Tactical Analysis: Norwich 2 Liverpool 5

Both sides went into this fixture without a league win this season, what resulted was a convincing performance and victory for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat trick. Line Ups Norwich made wholesale changes to their team that beat Doncaster 1-0 in the League Cup. Grant Holt was again left out of the starting team, with Simeon Jackson and Steve Morison preferred. Liverpool also made nine changes from the midweek win at West Brom. Nuri Şahin’s double meant he …
Liverpool 2 Man City 2: | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 2 Man City 2: | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Lineups   Liverpool continued with Rodgers implementation of a 4-3-3. Sterling was given the nod on the left side of the front three and Gerrard was given his roaming role in the ‘hole’. After the early loss of Lucas, Allen had to pick up a lot of the dirty work that the Brazilian covers. Shelvey helped out admirably as well and went on to become more influential in attack as he helped establish a foothold in the game. City are …
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