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 4 West Ham 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 4 West Ham 1 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool won their second of two home games this week with another goal-fest, beating West Ham 4-1 despite a couple of scares, and an overall good performance ahead of a tough end to the month. Line-Ups Brendan Rodgers started Mamadou Sakho at left centre-back alongside Martin Skrtel in the absence of Daniel Agger who was sick. Sakho has been out of the side for a few weeks and has been unlucky not to feature, so this was an opportunity for …
The Importance of Liverpool's Wing Backs | Stats

The Importance of Liverpool's Wing Backs | Stats

Liverpool have started the season in tremendous form, picking up 20 points from the 27 available this season. This is double the amount they had accumulated at this point last season. A lot of this is to be attributed to the goalscoring ‘SAS’ of Suarez and Sturridge, but also, due to the nature of the 3-5-2 line-up that Rodgers has deployed in recent weeks, the wing backs have to be praised. Their job is unique yet extremely vital to the …
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's the best left wing choice for England's trip to Ukraine? Young, Milner, Townsend or Sterling?

Who's the best left wing choice for England's trip to Ukraine? Young, Milner, Townsend or Sterling?

After his booking against Moldova on Friday night, Danny Welbeck is set to miss out on the away trip to Ukraine and poses another selection issue for Roy Hodgson as he prepares for a crucial qualifying match. The left hand side of midfield has been a constant problem for England over the last decade with Steven Gerrard, and even more so Paul Scholes, being criminally shafted out of position to occupy the troubled role. The future does look slightly more …
A Sterling Effort | Raheem Sterling Compared to Rivals

A Sterling Effort | Raheem Sterling Compared to Rivals

Raheem Sterling couldn’t have it easier. In the past, young players breaking into the Liverpool first team have had huge pressure placed on their shoulders almost immediately. Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and especially Michael Owen quickly became fans’ favourites expected to perform to a high level consistently, but through a combination of good management, circumstance and the odd misconception, Sterling is being allowed to develop away from the intense glare of the spotlight at his own, deceptively rapid pace. Good management, …
Suso: What Next for the Rising Star? Stats & Tactical Analysis

Suso: What Next for the Rising Star? Stats & Tactical Analysis

With Liverpool completing four moves already in the transfer market with a view to more, it means that their squad is now being bolstered significantly and looking more capable of competing at the top level. However this boost in competition is not just coming from the new arrivals; the young players who Rodgers was initially reliant upon last season just to 'fill the gaps', are now trying to establish themselves as genuine contenders for a starting spot, which presents the …
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