Opposition Closeup – Arsenal, Lineups and the Gooners to Watch!

Shirley Welcome everyone to the third (league) game of the season. Farrell and I will look at Unai Emery's Arsenal, who come to Anfield for the first time this season. A game in which Liverpool fans will be hoping for another goal glutz from the Reds. A certain Bobby Firmino's hat-trick in this fixture last season certainly leaves a sweet feeling, doesn't it? Players to Watch: Dani Ceballos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Ceballos had an ...

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Opposition Closeup – Southampton, Tactics, and Hasenhüttl

With Liverpool's first piece of silverware secured in the new season, following a penalty shoot-out in Istanbul, the club has its sights set on the South Coast and Ralph Hasenhüttl's Southampton outfit. One UEFA Super Cup in the bag, five trophies for Jürgen Klopp's men to play for. Though fans will have experienced far better football from this Liverpool side, this second trophy win of the Klopp era is telling of ...

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Opposition Closeup: Tactics, Daniel Farke, and Players to Watch

Shirley Welcome everyone, to the first (technically; as the Community Shield was the last game of last season) opposition piece for the 2019/20 EPL season. Farrell and I will look at a newly promoted Norwich City, who come to Anfield for the very first edition of Friday Night Football. I know some persons at this point are thinking "I miss Luis Suarez; we'd be sure of a hattrick tomorrow night".  Players to ...

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Community Shield Closeup: Pre-Season Glance, Tactics, and the Players to Watch

Welcome one and all to the return of opposition closeups. Shirley and I hope you've enjoyed the break, (its been excruciating, we know), and are ready for what looks to be, on paper, a tremendous fixture with the Community Shield. Farrell Though Jürgen Klopp was eager to downplay the significance of the traditional curtain-raiser, an opportunity to win silverware - even the less fervently coveted Community Shield - before the season proper ...

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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Key Battles

Liverpool versus Manchester City. Red versus Blue. Champions versus the contenders. This is a match that has been highly anticipated since the fixture lists were announced. After all, Liverpool were touted as the team to challenge the Citizens for the title. And having lost in midweek, the Reds will be looking to make amends with a win over their rivals. With all eyes on Anfield come Sunday, let us examine the key ...

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Analysis: Tactical Observations from #CHELIV

Heading into the final stretch of the game, Liverpool were staring down the barrel. After all they were 1-0 down, and risked losing their unbeaten streak in the league. And though they had numerous chances to equalise, the Reds just couldn't find a way past the Chelsea defence. Just when Liverpool looked down and out, up stepped a certain Daniel Sturridge. With a swing of his left boot, he unleashed a rocket ...

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Examining Shaqiri’s Role Against Southampton

It's fair to say that Shaqiri made quite the impact on his full debut. With Klopp opting to rest Milner, Shaqiri was thrust into the starting line up, at Anfield no less. That didn't faze Shaqiri though, who went on to have a storming half. And despite being substituted at half-time, fans were impressed enough by his performance to vote him as their Man of the Match. https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1043565955849314304 What made Shaqiri tick against ...

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Gini Wijnaldum MUST Return to the Number Six Role after the International Break

Before I go any further I must clarify one thing; this is not an attack on Jordan Henderson. As a Liverpool and England fan I cannot overlook just how far Henderson’s game has improved over the course of the last 18 months. His forward passing was crucial to England’s World Cup success in Russia. He is our captain and is a crucial component at the club both on and off ...

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Breaking Down the Sum of Liverpool’s Parts – Part 1

This series of articles aspires to explain and detail how Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side operate on an average basis in different areas of the pitch, scenarios, and for player(s) in different positions, i.e. being an attempt at dissecting the train of thought behind Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy and style at Liverpool FC.   FOREWORD Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool is many things – an attacking powerhouse, a defensive error waiting to happen, a perpetually-moving unit, a ...

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Is parking the bus the best way to take on Liverpool?

This past weekend, Liverpool dominated Southampton. With 65% of the possession and 15 total shots, Liverpool pressed against Southampton in a way that lead former Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to declare that Liverpool was the best he has ever faced. And yet, despite all of that, the score ended 0-0 and the two teams shared points. Considering this isn’t the first time something like this has happened to Liverpool ...

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Tactical Analysis – Liverpool Struggle against Saints Defence

Going in to the international break Liverpool found themselves sitting proudly at the top of the English Premier League table. A 6-0 demolition of Watford had shown Liverpool at their best, full of incisive passing and vertical movement that rendered their opponent’s defensive structure in pieces. International breaks are either a blessing or a curse depending on the form that you are in at the time. A run of poor results ...

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Why Liverpool’s Gegenpressing Makes the Clean Sheet Irrelevant

And here’s why. Four. That’s the number of clean sheets in all competitions earned by a Liverpool side that sits 2nd in the Premier League almost a third of the way into the campaign—five shutouts if you include the 4-0 dismantling of the mighty Barcelona in preseason. Which we will, because, you know, it was fun. Of those four (or five) clean sheets, two were earned against lower league sides in ...

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