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This Year is our Year! Errrrm, Possibly….an analysis on Liverpool’s evolution.

Evolution is a dynamic word…every single day we are learning on experiences. The same goes with Liverpool’s young team. Like what Klopp mentioned earlier in pre-season, even without many new signings, the prospect of watching the team with another year’s experience and togetherness is thrilling. They are ready for their next step with the club. If you have any doubt about this, please check how Spurs are doing. They have managed to transform their young team to title contenders without many star players or big money transfers over the span of the past 3-4 seasons. Let us analyze how much Liverpool evolved as a team from the beginning of last season; from the gloom of Europa League defeat and the not so much inspiring signings to the final Champions League spot.

The Beginning

The gray feeling of Anfield after Europa League final was soon blown away by a wonderful performance by reds against Barcelona. Reds started the season brilliantly… punching well above their weight. Liverpool was the team that everybody was talking about until December. It was a proper 4-3-3 with high line and counter pressing, orchestrated masterfully by Firmino who was natural at it. Playing Firmino in the middle was pivotal to this and that made Klopp leaving out all of Liverpool strikers. Premier League teams of highest quality were played out of the park by Liverpool. Liverpool had issues throughout last season to break deep defending teams because of the narrow nature of attack. Both the full backs of Liverpool could not cross the ball first hand and knowing this, opponents started to defend narrow allowing fullbacks to have the ball. This made breaking down such teams difficult. Still, Liverpool’s game plan against footballing teams worked perfectly well.

AFCON & the Struggle

Like many say, Reds weren’t burned out (it is a popular belief that because of the nature of our style of play, players got worn out)…. Rather, it was the absence of Mane and what Liverpool did to counter that that was the reason Liverpool struggled in January and February. The threat of AFCON was always there but its impact on a high-flying Liverpool team was more than anyone could imagine. As we discussed earlier, Firmino was vital to what Liverpool does defensively. But, Klopp had no other choice but to take Firmino out from the middle and place him at a wing because of the lack of quality to replace Mane and because of forwards in the squad waiting to get a game. This dismantled Liverpool’s game as they couldn’t get the counter pressing going at the top. It was because of Origi being poor at it and Sturridge, for the very little games he played, never bothered doing that. Whenever Firmino was reinstated to the center role, Liverpool suffered fresh injury issues. Klopp for once did not try to change the system as well. As a result, by March, Liverpool of December became a distant dream. Liverpool’s lack of depth in attacking third, especially on the wings, and decision to change Firmino’s position made reds a different team altogether.

Struggle continues against lowly opposition

Bar final few games of the previous season, Liverpool played a 4-3-3 with a high line, pushing up full backs along with a counter pressing arrangement. Counter pressing worked wonderfully against teams who played out from the back. It was not equally effective against teams that defended deep, conceding up to 1/3 rd of territorial advantage and were forced to start attacks by launching the ball to the target man and playing from there. In a nutshell, without space behind the defenders and ineffective full backs to deliver good enough balls to the box, Liverpool struggled offensively even after deploying 6-7 men in attacking. The mentality of midfielders and defenders didn’t helped either as they kept losing patience too early in games where there was nothing happening offensively. They often went for too risky passes in dangerous areas of the pitch and ended up conceding goals.
Lovren got exposed the most because of lack of support on left side…. Coutinho, while playing at left wing, offered very little defensively, which made Lovren go up the pitch to become the first defender. He does not have the ability or skill set to do that. That made them leak goals, which looks terrible on the eye. It was easy to break Liverpool then; play out from the keeper and if you can manage to break the first 3 (which was not much of an issue with Origi or Sturridge as there were no communication on the trigger of a counter pressing situation which is very important and with Lallana who was always on the front foot to go for the support press from the second defender leaving a hole in the center of the midfield), then there will always be 2 centre backs who are up on half line without the support of full backs covering 50 yards all on their own, which obviously, was an impossible task. Having Mignolet, who is not much of a sweeper, made it even more difficult.
The tactical Tweak
If you analyze Klopp’s teams, Klopp tried a 4-4-1-1 with flat two Central Midfield at Dortmund where Gotze played behind Levandowski with Bender and Gundogan playing in the middle, a similar counter pressing arrangement but with a single support press given by Gotze. Liverpool were trying and failing to do this with different personals without much to show. Fast forward to May 2017, we saw us playing a 4-4-2 diamond against Middlesbrough, a game which we won 3-0… Again, we saw this against West Ham in a 4-0 result. However, to my surprise, we preferred to be compact and didn’t try the counter pressing when there were no triggers. I believe that these two victories in the back end of our last season is the prelude to the system we are going to use this term. The most important difference with Liverpool in these games was the space Coutinho managed to utilize. Ever since Klopp moved him to the midfield, we saw him getting more time on the ball.

Next season-Err could this be?

As far as I believe, Liverpool are going to use an adapted 4-2-1-3 with Coutinho in a free role against footballing teams and a 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2 diamond against teams defending deep. We were awe-struck with the hard work we put in for Keita and Virgil Van Dijk, and it makes sense if we check closely. Klopp wants a high line; a back line so high that Klopp want his 6’5” plus defenders on everything opposition goalkeeper launches. Virgil Van Dijk and Matip, with over 90% aerial duels statistics, make sense. Previous season, there were games were Liverpool could not do the counter press properly, were decision-making was poor and were team was not compact.
This happens when there is no support press from the second defender while counter press. With Liverpool, often player in the number 10 position goes for the press and leaves a huge hole in the middle. This opens up the midfield. There should not be a situation like this in the first place where pressing, in other words, pushing up and also being able to stay compact. We ditched counter pressing as it was in the way we started the season because of various factors. However, even when we were doing it fine, there were times when we had to sit back and defend deep. Especially in high tempo, open games. We were poor doing that all season, but in the previous 4-5 matches, when there was no counter pressing going, there was no option but to comeback, be compact and defend in numbers. Liverpool needed to accept that, and I believe they did.
So, I think for teams that rely on target man and his hold up play to start an attack, we will ditch the counter pressing strategy altogether. We might go for a dynamic 4-4-2 with Salah and Mane in wide midfield role with Coutinho playing the free role and Henderson at quarter back and with Sturridge and Firmino up front. This team will get even better if we get someone like Naby Keita. It is not that Henderson or Can is not good enough but the fact is that Keita is a massive upgrade on the number of second balls he wins compared to any of Can,Wijinaldum or Henderson. The rare skill set he possesses is defense and attack is another aspect worth mentioning. But still, if you ask me whether the team will get better if a continence is going, we are ‘the team’ in its real sense that relies on every individual…from the word go to the final second… A lapse in any of the player in attacking 3 will cost us in defense. It is almost a utopian idea of football. In white board, it could be the best possible plan but to execute it requires divine application and that too for whole the 90 minutes.
Decisions are important and that makes Firmino the most important player… Solanke looks a very good understudy to Firmino, not because he has scored in pre-season, but due to his movement and the fact that he is natural at what Firmino does when we do counter press that has impressed me. We are better equipped up front this term with Salah in and having Solanke, who could do a job defensively when we counter press. I am not fully convinced with the left side of our defense. Considering everything, Liverpool got a better squad compared to last season and if we can find a way to make Southampton sell Virgil Van Dijk, we could finish in top 3, and if we could sign both Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita we could challenge for the title.

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Midhun Jos
Midhun Jos Palackal was a goal Keeper, had to retire after an ACL injury very early in his career, currently technical director of SF Academy, and an ardent Liverpool supporter who likes tactical discussions and a bit of banter.
  • NorseDweller

    Much to like in this article, cheers.

    With Coutinho making play in the 10 or even deeper 8-position and genuine skilled and pacey width on both flanks with Mané and Salah, I am far more optimistic that our baseline positional rotation in the final third now has the complement it has been lacking to destabilise the low block/parked bus.

    The key concern, ironically, is that we will still likely persist with that high defensive position, with CBs often just inside the opposition half during the established attack phase. While this shares the workload and maximises the likelihood of recovering possession from any slips as high up the pitch as possible, we lack ball-winning steel in midfield and the resulting imbalance between attack and defence leaves us vulnerable to the counter with no pace of note in our starting back line. Barring errors on the part of the opposition attackers, virtually every counter will thus yield them a scoring opportunity.

    In sum, we will score more against bus-parkers, but we may be left drawing rather than winning given a midfield and, to a larger extent, back line still lacking the ultimate quality necessary to (defensively) adequately support the attacking commitment. We need a touch more quality, on the ball and off, in that defence and bringing in van Dijk would be a true game changer. I’m certain his game-changing would also include marshalling those troops to minimise the painful lapses we so often see on set pieces.

  • From Across the Pond

    Great article, although I disagree about using a classic 4-4-2 against teams that counterattack using target men and hold up play. Instead, I think a 3-4-1-2 would make more sense with Coutinho as the CAM so that he wouldn’t have to play in a double pivot.

    Alternatively, a 4-4-2 diamond would also maintain the numerical advantage in midfield so Coutinho wouldn’t have such significant defensive responsibility. But the 3-4-1-2 would still provide more width in attack without sacrificing too much defensively

    • Midhun Jos

      So you want Mane and Salah as wing backs……!!!!!!

  • gegenpressing

    Wonder what happened to Shaw.. seemed a good prospect and then went to United and stalled…

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      it’s amazing how few of their purchases since moyes have worked out.

      • gegenpressing

        They are only interested in players who can help them immediately and less concerned about development. Also, every time they change managers, the projects get reset

        • MentalAndBookmarked

          mou just seems to want to bully teams rather than actually play a decent game

        • C American Con

          They’ve still won a lot more than us in that time.

          • gegenpressing

            I know it’s hard to accept sometimes but that’s not the only measure that matters, surely. I would love to win things but I would also love a club that prioritizes developing young talent. Was asking because I genuinely thought Shaw a great prospect before he went to United and that appears to have disappeared…

    • Jason Patel

      Mourinho happened!

      • gegenpressing

        Didn’t exactly come on under Van Gaal either

        • Jason Patel

          The leg break didn’t help!

  • gegenpressing

    Would like to see Solanke get good minutes when we are closing out games this season…seems like the kid can’t wait to prove himself

    • Jason Patel

      I’m most excited about Woody

      • gegenpressing

        Think Solanke is closer to being first team ready and think he really has a point to prove to Chelsea. I fancy him to announce himself in a big way this season.

        • Jason Patel

          I think he looks great, but I just think Woody looks like an absolute star in the making. Sort of an aura thing.

          • gegenpressing

            He’ll struggle with the physical nature of the premier league. Think he needs to grow into his body a bit. players less likely to kick lumps out of you in preseason..

          • Jason Patel

            He’s probably best off looking at Coutinho’s example. We’ve seen relatively diminutive players succeed before. Owen was his age coming through.

          • gegenpressing

            Don’t think the premier league was as physical then and those smallish players tend to get lots of injuries…

          • Jason Patel

            Silva and Cazorla too. Totally think it’s doable if he’s good at finding space

          • gegenpressing

            The transition from youth football to senior level can be daunting especially when he comes up against Giants in teams like Watford, Stoke, Palace and West Brom who will like nothing more than to kick him into Oblivion

          • MentalAndBookmarked

            it is, but he’s starting very early so he has time to adapt as he grows. by the time he’s 20 it will be very interesting to see how he’s got on.

            Notice how strong Kent looks already too. They’re being developed very purposefully. The change in the academy to being stratified by standard not age is very interesting and allows this development.

          • Jason Patel

            Klopp will look after him better than Houllier did Owen I think. Tbh Houllier could’ve player Fowler more and held Owen back a bit. Would’ve been better in the long run

      • MentalAndBookmarked

        woody needs more time I think but it’s pretty nice seeing him deeper in MF, though he likely doesn’t have the physical game yet.

        • Jason Patel

          I’m not sure you know. Forget which game he got that chipped assist, but it was sensational. Then the goal against Bilbao! Reminds me of Stevie and Owen at his age. You can see it.

          • MentalAndBookmarked

            true, but it’s the off the ball stuff if you wanna be a midfielder in klopp’s team

          • Jason Patel

            I’d be more worried if I were not particularly quick on my feet like Can and Grujic. Interesting that we were better second half against Bilbao with the likes of Ejaria coming in. Shame we didn’t see more of him in pre season.

          • gegenpressing

            Bilbao also made changes and the players left were tired. Excited at Woody’s prospects but think he’s still two or three seasons away from a first team berth. Solanke could well be ready by the end of the season…

          • Jason Patel

            Oh yeah not bigging him up for first team, but am really excited about him as a prospect. Also think he can make an impact as sub, or in cups

          • MentalAndBookmarked

            nice combo between him and Ejaria in MF

          • Jason Patel

            Yeah think the young players were so great in pre season. Really exciting!

          • MentalAndBookmarked

            but it is pre-season. there’s some horror shows that look good in ps.

          • gegenpressing

            Yeah.. until we see what they look like in competitive games before we can say how far they’ve come…

          • Jason Patel

            Agreed TAA probably looks closest to a first team role and with Clyney struggling to get fit, he’s got a chance.

          • gegenpressing

            Agreed…The dream would be that he’s ready to take over from Couts when he leaves but I doubt it’ll be that quick…

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    wow, ramos scores that every time normally

    • OldFlaky

      Shakira will be furious tonight!

      • MentalAndBookmarked

        angry sex is the best sex.
        isn’t she with piquet?

        • OldFlaky

          Think she likes a threesome…

        • globalcockup

          Glad I’m always angry

      • gegenpressing

        Pique mate unless you know something we don’t 😁

        • OldFlaky

          Colombian, she is up for it…

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    fuck 7 mins added time. what happened?

    • gegenpressing

      Drinks break and Fellaini head injury…

      • MentalAndBookmarked

        well I think the madrid defence is drunk now

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    oooohya, amazing save de gea

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    casemiro is my MotM so far

    • gegenpressing

      Isco was a beast in that 1st half…

      • MentalAndBookmarked

        good shout.

    • Jason Patel

      Good old Rafa spotting how to make Madrid successful!

  • OldFlaky

    Ferck, my stream stopped, anyone else?

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      no, streamsarena.eu is a good one for me

  • OldFlaky

    Yeah, a good one! Long may it continue!

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    ooh, pogba got away with one there

  • OldFlaky

    WTF, Hairliani looks like he is playing tennis…

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    ooh, scum nearly equalised there. madrid defence has got lazy

    • gegenpressing

      And Madrid almost replied straight away..they allow you chances and kill you on the counter

      • MentalAndBookmarked

        they certainly know how to kill you. they’ve had 2 shots on the bar today. could have been out of sight

        • gegenpressing

          Would like to see what the expected goals tally is so far..Madrid far ahead would be my guess

  • OldFlaky

    That hairdo look fantastic!

  • jolive

    this has to be the only time i would like to see a ronaldo hat-trick

  • OldFlaky

    Why is Anderr Herrraaa the dick complaining? I want some answers, now!

    • gegenpressing

      It’s what dickheads do..

    • jolive

      he wasn’t complaining, he thought he saw a buffet of dicks in the crowd

      • OldFlaky

        Ah, wanted the first grab, understood…

        • jolive

          i noticed in the drinks break, he was the one that got milk

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    is that a foul on ramos? by elbows foullaini

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    nice subs. didn’t we enquire about ascensio?

    • OldFlaky

      Yes, and now Mouni touched his bad hand on him…

  • OldFlaky

    The vegetarian?

  • OldFlaky

    What I hope know is that the scum will use a lot of energy and loose their opening league game, how glorius!

    • gegenpressing

      They are playing West Ham at home on Sunday so probably not…

      • OldFlaky

        Ah, let me keep my illiusions without you killing it, realistically…

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    madrid defence falls asleep and you can see why they want to replace Navas. poor keeping

    • gegenpressing

      Maybe keeper could have pushed it away from danger?

  • gegenpressing

    I know people talk about Tottenham losing Bale but I think Modric was the bigger loss…

    • Jason Patel

      Best cm in the world?

      • gegenpressing

        So criminally underrated…

        • MentalAndBookmarked

          by who?

          • gegenpressing

            Everyone who talks about Madrid’s “galacticos”

        • Jason Patel

          It’s at least not mentioned often enough how great he is

          • gegenpressing

            Playing in a team of “flashier” players will do that to you…

          • Jason Patel

            Still Xavi was acknowledged despite Messi?

          • gegenpressing

            True but Xavi and Iniesta in tandem were a sight to behold

          • Jason Patel

            Yeah actually there’s is Busquets. Been such a huge player for them over the years. They lose when he’s not fit too

      • Delhi Belhi

        Thiago

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      keita would have been our modric but with a ton of pace and guile too.

      • gegenpressing

        That’s a lot of expectation on someone who has only had one good season at the top level, no?

        • MentalAndBookmarked

          oh totally, but I’m a football fan!

          • gegenpressing

            Fantastic answer

          • MentalAndBookmarked

            🙂

  • jolive

    I fucking hope this turns into rout, moani will end up spending a billion and then still play 6 at the back

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      they were so bad in the first half.

  • OldFlaky

    One dickhead out, one dickhead in…

    • gegenpressing

      Mourinho only has time for dickheads

      • OldFlaky

        Takes one to know one…

  • gegenpressing

    I’m calling it now… Solanke is better than Lukaku…lol

    • jolive

      yep, chavs sold lukaku, Solanke left

  • gegenpressing

    Isco is class

  • jolive

    Isco has improved under Zidane

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      the team has as a whole, they’re not as fixed in their positions as under Benitez. casemiro goes right forwards, isco drops right back, or vice versa.

      they’re more patient on the ball too.

      • jolive

        Zidane was a Jedi, their mids were always gonna get knowledge

        • MentalAndBookmarked

          ha, so true

  • jolive

    Hilarious if darmian has injured Bale

    • OldFlaky

      Mouni would be balling, not!

      • jolive

        he said he wants to buy him

        • OldFlaky

          Hilarious if said situation would happen…

  • OldFlaky

    When Marcelo retire, can he join Team Klopp?

    • gegenpressing

      Maybe Moreno will become Marcelo..lol

      • OldFlaky

        Same tought, with fantasy illusions added…

  • jolive

    Love the fact scum can’t play without having Liverpool pundits, hopefully BT will be Lfc as sky are manc

    • OldFlaky

      And Carra will keep ratnose in check…

  • MentalAndBookmarked

    hey guys,
    so the scum are no better than last season then?

    • OldFlaky

      Havent watched it so much since jolive keep me occupied…

      • jolive

        where’s my pony

        • OldFlaky

          Trade for an Unicorn?

          • jolive

            SCREEEAAAAMMMMMMMM

  • OldFlaky

    Is Lukaku the scums Benteke?

    • jolive

      not as intelligent. Did you see his off-side , what a dickhead, he could’ve left it and he wouldn’t have been active

    • gegenpressing

      He’ll get chances at United… won’t score as many as Zlatan though

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      he’s mou’s flat track bully. that’s where Mou failed last season, lukaku is perfect for that and of course they can get griezman next jan/july.

  • anonymous98345

    http://statsbomb.com/2017/08/liverpool-201718-season-preview/

    from the piece that I thought were interesting:
    “High-quality chances born of fast-paced attacks from deep and after midfield-transitions declined.” Author mentions that having Mane for the full season and the addition of Salah should really solve this problem.

    Our defensive stats are actually encouraging: we give up few shots, and few shots on target

    “According to the Objective Football website run by Benjamin Pugsley, Liverpool conceded just 8.1 non-penalty shots per game, ranking second over the past eight seasons behind a Pep-infused Manchester City last year. Shots-on-target conceded (3.0 per game) told a similar story, ranking joint-sixth over the same period. ”

    Our defensive problems are that the few shots we give up tend to be high quality. VVD to the rescue!

    According to the author’s analysis ( https://2plus2equals11.com/2017/07/07/thinking-about-goalkeepers ) he rates Karius much higher than Mignolet so while I was pleased with Migs in the last few months of the season, we might see Karius come in to his own this season.

    It is not a rah rah article but it highlights strengths and weaknesses of our team and hopefully we can shore up our d, lock down our goal, score a ton and win the fucking league!

    • midhun jos

      What if we concede from the only opportunity we give away… chances are very high because of our system….it is always 2not so quick cb against forwards and that is a concern

      • gegenpressing

        Hard to go through an entire match not conceding any chances though..we just have to ensure that our defense knows how to reduce the quality of those opportunities and give our keeper a chance when they are on target

      • MentalAndBookmarked

        a lot of demands on our back players and defensive mid too.

  • anonymous98345

    good article. I would only add that our tactics/formation/defensive play needs work with respect to hanging on to the lead. We have been very poor for years in this respect. I would like to see us clamp down like a vice in the last 10/15 minutes. We didn’t have a deep enough bench last season to throw on a fresh dm to shut the game down. too many lost points from leading positions. Solving that would take the stress out of the last minutes, but then that wouldn’t be a liverpool match, would it?

    • midhun jos

      We need to accept the fact that there will be times in season or in matches where it is necessary to sit back and defend deep…..

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      I think we did very well in the run in last season. only the palace game let us down.

    • gegenpressing

      Think not winning the league for a long time has also made us assume we need perfection. There were loads of times last season when Chelsea wasn’t playing well and we’re only bailed out by Costa scoring against the run of play or Hazard doing something exceptional. Your points are valid but sometimes having enough game changers will work even when other parts let you down

      • anonymous98345

        That’s true, but teams like Chelsea, Spurs have been better defensively than us for years. Until we stop leaking goals so easily our title challenges won’t go anywhere.

        • gegenpressing

          Hard to say really as it changes from season to season- United in 12/13 conceded 43 goals and won the title, I think. That’s more than we conceded last season. Just think that to win the title, you just need some things to go your way, particularly early on in the season. If we put together a 10-match winning run, it generates so much confidence and optimism that could carry the entire season, even if our players aren’t the best. This would be quite different from say winning 10 matches over 15 games. Like everybody else, i want us to improve defensively but it is hard to say that it would translate to winning the title. Tottenham has had the best defense over the last two seasons and haven’t won the title yet.

          • anonymous98345

            We are going round in circles here. Obviously, the champions need or get abit of luck along the way, but usually the champions are near the top in goals conceded. Nothing controversial in that. I think the focus on luck obscures more that it enlightens. If you look at statistical analysis of things like chances created, shots from inside the box, etc (both defensively and offensively) you will find the best teams clustered around the top in these categories. There will be outliers like leicester but that doesn’t say much. Klopp has progressed the team in these areas but we are still giving up a few very high quality chances that get converted at a high rate, so dismissing those goals as unlucky for us is to miss the point. City has similar problems which is why they spent so much on fullbacks and keeper. Spurs were a lot better team than us overall, their table position and goal difference shows that. by your logic, spurs were a total failure last season. Which would make our year what?

            not sure what we are arguing anymore, I am saying we need to be better defensively and clearly the team agrees or they wouldn’t be targeting VVD.

  • jolive

    Something has been playing on my mind. Did anyone else think it was a bit strange of Klopp to suddenly say Moreno is back. Moreno has had loads of false dawns, yet after a good performance in a friendly ‘he’s back to his best’. He hasn’t been injured, he hasn’t had a brain transplant, he hasn’t suddenly come to terms with having no dress sense, fuckin sketchy if you ask me.

    • OldFlaky

      How do you know Moreno didn’t have a brain transplant? Sciense lately has confirmed it is possible, perhaps Moreno was the labrat?

      • jolive

        Surely he would now have a bolt through his neck

        • OldFlaky

          Or some wodden earplugs…

          • jolive

            Hey Flake, you got an Acestream for the scum game, wanna see Ramos kick their money grabbers about

          • OldFlaky

            acestream://33b428a9cec1d7d2cd2809d8e49a687e167378a6

          • jolive

            i got one cheers dude

          • OldFlaky

            BT Sports?

          • jolive

            ye, found it on reddit, just in time to see the goal

          • OldFlaky

            Lot of buffering for me…

          • jolive

            few for me too but i’m not too fussed, just want to see jose scowling

          • OldFlaky

            Lot of cunts on both teams, I have a problem with this…

          • jolive

            basically 2 of the teams that have fucked football

          • OldFlaky

            What Damian did there, would that be an offense under the new rules?

          • jolive

            what was he doing, chewing on a cock-shaped breath mint

          • OldFlaky

            He dived in a defending situation. Talk is about diving in an attacking situation…Fooling is the overall rule I think…

          • MentalAndBookmarked

            streamsarena.eu

          • jolive

            it’s Chicks with Dicks Movie isn’t it

          • OldFlaky

            Strap-On? If only it could be some handy breakings…

          • jolive

            don’t worry i got it

  • Steinhaus

    Excellent piece. Obvious English is not the first language, and these could use a little editing prior to posting, but the content was quality. Nothing but respect, though. I couldn’t write in another language, so it’s hard for me to be critical!

    I agree with you that Firmino is our most important player at present, and if we are to take the next step, he has to take the next step first. Looking forward to more tactical analysis going forward!!

    • midhun jos

      got the point mentioned…….thank you

      • Steinhaus

        No disrespect meant at all sir!! Excellent work!

  • jolive

    If Solanke could teach Bobby how to finish and Bobby show Solanke how to press……b boing

    • midhun jos

      I think solenke is natural at pressing…..

      • jolive

        not to the same level mate, Bobby and Lalla are the best in the league

        • midhun jos

          Yes, there is none as good as firminho….. Lallana is very good as well…..ok..let me put it this way…. solenke could replace firminho and Liverpool could play the same system and formation.

          • jolive

            maybe, with a few tweaks, but Solanke has been drilled, session after session to be a lone striker for the chavs. He doesn’t know the decoy runs that Bobby makes. We would still be using a plan b even if we replaced them because there would be no spaces created for Salah/Mane to cut-in and get in the box.

        • MentalAndBookmarked

          they are perpetual motion machines, not typical players.

  • Adam Taylor

    This year last year next year? All we want as LFC fans is progress and consistency!

  • Welcome to the FOAR team, Midhun Jos Palackan!!!
    He will cover tactical aspects to the games ahead both pre and post.

    Great to have you on-board mate! 🙂

    Joe

  • Jason Patel

    I like that you noticed moving Firmino wide was one of the issues, I also noted how he tried to use Lallana as a winger, which then meant we had a weakened forward line and a weakened midfield!
    I think the solution should have been to simply play Origi as a winger. He wouldn’t have been as effective as Mane of course, but at least the rest of the team could have carried on as they were.
    Having said that, it’s pretty bad luck to lose all of Matip, Hendo, Mane and Coutinho at the same time!

    • MentalAndBookmarked

      and for other squad players to not step up.

      • Jason Patel

        Yeah Can, Origi and Studge were a bit disappointing in Jan/Feb.
        Looking at pre season, the likes of TAA, Grujic, Solanke and Woody should be able to be more involved this season.

        • MentalAndBookmarked

          looks like klopp is going to rely on a few of them for depth. Take a deep breath.

  • Drewster

    This year is always our year until it isn’t, then next year is our year

  • Onyx

    Great piece mate, very good read. Disagree on some areas though.

    It wasn’t just Mane to AFCON that hurt us. In that same period we didn’t have Coutinho through injury, Matip through injury and lack of clarity on his availability due to AFCON, Henderson through injury, Lallana through injury and Sturridge through injury. That’s all the players to use on the press, passing and counter attack. Basically all our best players per line, bar Firmino. Firmino was robbed and arrested with drunk driving in that same period. That’s 6 of your best players not available or on form.

    Can had to play with an injury, going on the ratings in that time that didn’t go to plan. Origi had a bright patch before he was actually needed. On top of that, there was little to no service. Klopp made some serious errors on how to play in that period. Had he played with Moreno to use Milner as a winger we’d not be very easy on the eye but wouldn’t have lost too much.

    And Lovren is our fastest defender. But he was in and out the side with injuries as well. Nor did we leak goals. We’ve conceded 40 goals in the entire season. That’s about a goal a game. That’s with Klavan and Lucas being used there a lot.

    • midhun jos

      Wanted to play down the worned out theory…..we were very unliky with the injuries and it’s timing…..you are right- midhun jos palackan

  • 44yearsAfan

    Evolution or revolution, either way we are priming for a Title challenge, get VVD keep Couts and get 1 maybe 2 more players to complement this squad and were rocking. Got a good feeling for this season despite my precautious ramblings. COYR its heavy metal time

  • gotta stay hopeful! we will win the fucking quadruple ignore the $10 bet I made for a Man city win

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