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 …
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 …
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 …
Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Sunderland 1 Liverpool 3 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool moved back up to 2nd in the table with a tight victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in which the 1-3 scoreline did not reflect the fine balance between the two sides on the day. Luis Suarez made his Premier League return after completing his suspension, a much needed creative addition since the loss of Philippe Coutinho. Sunderland fielded a fired up starting XI hoping to start their clean slate with a home win to lift them …
Who will start in Liverpool's central midfield? Stats & Tactics

Who will start in Liverpool's central midfield? Stats & Tactics

The beginning of the 2012-13 season saw something of a revolution at Liverpool FC. Kenny Dalglish presided over an up-and-down 2011-12 season, but the final straw came when the club could only manage 8th place in the Premier League, their worst placing in nearly two decades. As a result, rising star Brendan Rodgers replaced Dalglish as the Merseysiders looked to build a team capable of challenging at the top end of the table. It wasn’t just results the board were …
Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 0 Liverpool 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool created a staggering amount of chances, but Reading managed to keep the game scoreless through a fantastic breakout performance by their goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy. Liverpool dominated every metric of this match. It’s a wonder that Reading managed to keep them out, but then again, it’s also a wonder that no one in a Liverpool jersey managed to put a chance away. The Reds had 19 chances at goal, the most of any team this weekend. They also possessed 60% …
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 …
Scouting Report: Liverpool | Stats & In-Depth Tactical Analysis

Scouting Report: Liverpool | Stats & In-Depth Tactical Analysis

This week Martin Lewis has a scouting report on Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side. This will not only be interesting for Liverpool supporters but also Tottenham Hotspur supporters before the big Super Sunday game. In fact supporters of any club that are yet to play Liverpool this season will find this in-depth tactical and statistical analysis interesting. You can find Tottenham's Scouting Report from earlier in the season here: Tottenham Scouting Report [box_light]N.B. Please note that this is not an article …