Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

Naby Keita - The Two in One Midfielder

In the summer of 2012, Brendan Rodgers brought a player to Liverpool who remains the signing that has excited me the most in recent years when first announced. It was only a loan signing, but when Nuri Sahin arrived at Anfield, I was beside myself with joy. Here finally was the player in central midfield Liverpool had been crying out for since Xabi Alonso left. The three interim years had seen barren service for the players further up field. In …
What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

What is Liverpool’s Best Midfield? Stats Analysis

At the beginning of this season, it appeared that a shallow Liverpool side was only truly secure in one area: midfield. The signings of Joe Allen and the now departed Nuri Sahin added depth to an area of the squad already containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Certainly on paper, Liverpool’s midfield looked formidable, but the problem all season has seemingly been that no group of players have been on form together. For example, when Lucas was …
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 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 …