Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Manuel Pellegrini put out a strong side, with Sergio Aguero as the only notable absence - they were fortunate to have Pablo Zabaleta fit to start at right back, while Demichelis was dropped to see Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott start at centre-back. It was a 4-2-3-1 with Silva in the number 10 role, which provided an extra creative body as opposed to two strikers. Brendan Rodgers lined Liverpool up as expected, unchanged apart from the return of Aly Cissokho …
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool produced a rare victory at White Hart Lane - their first since 2008 - and they did it in style with a 5-0 demolition. With Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge out injured for the next month, the question aimed at Brendan Rodgers before the game was ' will Liverpool cope?', not just with Spurs, but also the upcoming away fixtures at Man City and Chelsea. Pressure was already mounting on Andre Villas-Boas, with a number of high profile signings …
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 …
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┬ádiscussions 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 …
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Arsenal took themselves five points clear at the top of the Premier League with an efficient and dominating midfield performance, keeping Liverpool level, with Chelsea just below them. They were without Mattheiu Flamini who was replaced at the base of midfield by Aaron Ramsey alongside Mikel Arteta, while Tomas Rosicky started on the right of the attacking three. There was a shock inclusion for John Flanagan at right wing back for Liverpool, with Glen Johnson sick, he got the nod …
Manchester United 3 Stoke City 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 3 Stoke City 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United clinched a much needed 3 points against Stoke at Old Trafford on Saturday, coming back from 1-0 and then 2-1 down with two late headers from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. Stoke started the game positively, soaking up United pressure and then countering through the wide areas, taking advantage of a very poor back four performance. Despite Van Persie getting the seemingly inevitable goal just before half-time, Stoke were still able to nip back in front straight away …
Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 2 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

In a Premier League fixture that has rarely disappointed in 20 years, we saw yet another Newcastle-Liverpool clash full of incident, goals and excitement. Newcastle lost Yanga-Mbiwa before half time to a red card and did well to go back in front before Sturridge levelled the scores. In the corresponding fixture at the end of last season, Liverpool dominated by using combinations to exploit the wide areas, particularly with the use of some brilliant third man runs, the wingers running …
England 4-1 Montenegro | Tactical Analysis - Townsend impresses on debut

England 4-1 Montenegro | Tactical Analysis - Townsend impresses on debut

England beat Montenegro 4-1 at Wembley on Friday night in a must-win qualifier which earned them 3 points and took them another step closer to Brazil 2014. Daniel Sturridge was back available after returning to fitness, which saw Jack Wilshere dropped to the bench to allow Rooney and Sturridge to work as a two, and Gerrard and Lampard to continue their partnership in the holding roles. This meant another bench-warming role for Carrick, and a surprise start on the right …
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