Burnley Closeup: Fighting for a Premier League Place

It's safe to say that there was much left to be desired following Liverpool's goalless draw with Mersey rivals Everton at Goodison Park. Certainly, as anyone who was brave enough to venture into Twitter will attest, the reaction was rather 'knee-jerk,' with many fans (myself included), declaring Liverpool had handed the title to Manchester City in the race for glory. With calmer minds, we can appreciate that this is simply not ...

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European Opposition Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Niko Kovač

Without Dutch International Virgil Van Dijk on their return to Champions League action, the Reds face a difficult task against Bundesliga challengers Bayern Munich at Anfield this coming Tuesday. With injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Klopp will be forced to field a makeshift centre-back partnership with Joel Matip and Fabinho, although, given the latter's stellar performance in the role against Brighton, albeit less prestigious opposition, perhaps one shouldn't ...

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Bournemouth Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Eddie Howe

With the latest against Pellegrini's West Ham, its been a couple performances to forget for Liverpool. Though one would imagine the club's fortunes will change in the upcoming Anfield clash with Bournemouth. WHERE ARE BOURNEMOUTH NOW? Coming off the back of two consecutive wins including a highly impressive, if unexpected, 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth now face a tough run of fixtures with title challengers Liverpool and Manchester ...

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Leicester City Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Claude Puel

Following a goal glutz of an affair between Palace and Liverpool, the Reds will be hoping for a more routine experience against their latest opposition from the East Midlands - Leicester City. WHERE ARE LEICESTER CITY NOW? Having been the victim of a last minute goal in the other 4-3 thriller last weekend at the Molineux, the pressure is mounting on Claude Puel to deliver the points. With only one win in ...

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Crystal Palace Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Roy Hodgson

Following on from the hard-fought victory over Brighton, its rather fitting that our next opponents should be the South-Coast club's arch rivals, Crystal Palace, led by former Liverpool man, Roy Hodgson. WHERE ARE PALACE NOW? Brought in to steady the Palace ship following the sacking of Dutch manager Frank de Boer, after only 77 days in charge, former England manager Roy Hodgson endured a difficult return to his boyhood club, which saw ...

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Brighton and Hove Albion Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Chris Hughton

It's my hometown club against the Reds this week - although I won't be wishing them well against Liverpool - so this is a special piece for me to deliver to you all! WHERE ARE BRIGHTON NOW? It's far to say that Brighton have come a long way since their brush with liquidation in 1997. Successive promotions four years later in 2001 and 2002 brought the club back to the second tier, ...

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Manchester City Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and the Boys in Blue

So here it comes - the most exciting game of the year. A game in which, some claim, the title itself will hinge upon. To prepare you for it, Shirley and I are delivering you another opposition closeup! Farrell WHERE ARE CITY NOW? Manchester City's fans have enjoyed quite the change of fortunes since the club's ownership switched hands to Sheikh Mansour in 2008, one of football's wealthiest owners. The appointment of Roberto Mancini ...

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Tactics: What Liverpool Needs to Look Out for Against Arsenal

Hello everyone. It’s the second half of the season being kicked off at Anfield with a game against Arsenal. It has been quite an exhilarating first half and as usual, Farrell and I bring you our thoughts on how The Gunners may approach the game and the player who must keep our entire team on alert. Farrell Where Are Arsenal Now? Arsenal have endured a mixed bag of results of late ahead of ...

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Manchester United Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Rashford

Welcome to another edition of our opposition closeup's where we have a real treat in store for you. Come Sunday, Liverpool will host historic rivals Manchester United on home turf at Anfield. Whilst United are but a shadow of the team and the ethos legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson left behind, this fixture still represents a must win for the club. Joining me in analysing the threats we have to keep ...

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Burnley Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Sean Dyche

Off the back of a brilliant win against Everton in the Merseyside derby, courtesy of a late Divock Origi goal, the mood in the Anfield camp could not be better, as they prepare to embark on a packed Christmas schedule. This week, I'll be looking at Sean Dyche's Burnley, who find themselves right in the middle of the relegation scrapheap at 19th.   Where are Burnley Now? Given Burnley's success last season in earning ...

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Watford Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Pereyra

With the Watford game ahead, the team at FOAR have decided to launch a set of pieces every week looking at the tactics, stats, and key players of the opposition we'll be coming across in the league. To start it all off, we've got a joint piece on Javi Gracia's Watford by Shirley and myself. Enjoy!   (Farrell) Where are Watford now? It's been quite the journey for Watford, having secured their return to the ...

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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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Arsenal vs Liverpool: The Tactical View

A tough match for both sides to start the new season, but certainly more so for Arsenal who entered the match without either Mertesacker or Koscielny at centre back, leaving Calum Chambers and Rob Holding to fill in. Along with that, Wenger opted to leave Granit Xhaka on the bench with a midfield three of Coquelin and Eleney behind Ramsey in Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1. For Liverpool, who had a first and relatively ...

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