Liverpool Tactical Review

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Midfield Diamonds Are Forever

Liverpool's midfield diamond experienced a fresh development in the thrilling victory over Manchester City at Anfield that has ramifications for the title race and beyond.

Midfield Diamonds Are Forever

Liverpool's midfield diamond experienced a fresh development in the thrilling victory over Manchester City at Anfield that has ramifications for the title race and beyond.

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Attack Attack Attack

Liverpool's complete abandonment of anything resembling team balance can at times seem a reckless approach, but with Brendan Rodgers' side scoring at a record-setting pace it's an approach that's working.

Attack Attack Attack

Liverpool's complete abandonment of anything resembling team balance can at times seem a reckless approach, but with Brendan Rodgers' side scoring at a record-setting pace it's an approach that's working.

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Deconstructing Cardiff's Second

Liverpool eventually turned their match at Cardiff City Stadium into a fireworks display, but they also conceded three worryingly straightforward goals, none worse than Fraizer Campbell's in the 25th minute.

Deconstructing Cardiff's Second

Liverpool eventually turned their match at Cardiff City Stadium into a fireworks display, but they also conceded three worryingly straightforward goals, none worse than Fraizer Campbell's in the 25th minute.

On Guessing Right and Gross Incompetence

On Sunday, Brendan Rodgers targeted a potential weakness in how he believed United would set up and got it right. David Moyes spent the entire match failing to realise quite what had gone wrong.

On Holding Midfielders and Conventional Wisdom

Conventional wisdom says to play a more defensive lineup against strong opponents and a more attacking lineup against weaker ones. The return of Lucas Leiva gives Brendan Rodgers a chance to turn that on its head.

On Structural Failings and Individual Errors

Steven Gerrard might make a good deep-lying playmaker, but that isn't the same thing as a rounded holding player. Which doesn't have to be an entirely bad thing. It is, however, a structural weakness, even if it's by choice.

Coutinho Focused on Defensive Improvements

With a role deeper in the midfield in recent weeks, Philippe Coutinho's defensive responsibilities have increased, and he's proven successful in winning back possession with smart pressing and an aggressive defensive mentality.

Bitterly Disappointed Liverpool Must Move On

Liverpool may be bitterly disappointed by Sunday's loss to Arsenal and particularly incensed by Howard Webb's role in it, but with their cup run finished it's time to find the positives and push on in the league.

On Poor Performances and Finding Ways to Win

It was, for long stretches, a poor performance, the sort of match Liverpool has too often dropped points in. This time, though, they get to build on three points gained rather than trying to rebound from two lost.

On Winnable Games and Keeping it Simple

Victories over Everton and Arsenal may suggest Steven Gerrard has a future as a holding midfielder, but Fulham pose a very different sort of problem—one Brendan Rodgers and his captain have yet to solve.

Henderson's Hunting Leads the Way

Liverpool didn't do much wrong on Saturday afternoon, blowing Arsenal away in the first twenty minutes, and while the scoring mostly dried up as the match wore on, their relentless pressing caused problems for Arsenal all day long.

Rodgers Hails "Breathtaking" Liverpool

Speaking after the resounding 5-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, Brendan Rodgers praised his side's workrate and commitment in dominating the team that started the day as Premier League leaders.

To Counter, Or Not To Counter

With a thin squad facing the league's current top club, what can Liverpool do to take Arsene Wenger's men down a peg?

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On Three in Midfield and Learning from Mistakes

Brendan Rodgers was rightly proud of the way Tueday's Everton match showed his side had learned from recent mistakes. Just as important will be to not forget the lessons they've learned.

Gerrard Hopeful of Quick Adaptation

Four matches into his new role as the deepest-lying midfielder, Steven Gerrard acknowledged some growing pains but expressed optimism that it won't take him long to get used to his new responsibilities.

On Brendan Rodgers and Tenuous Grips on Reality

With Steven Gerrard failing in the holding role for the third match in a row, most Liverpool fans assumed the experiment was over. Turns out Brendan Rodgers doesn't see things quite the same way.

Confident Sterling Looks to Stay in the Lineup

In the best form of his young career, Raheem Sterling is looking to keep things going in the coming weeks, but the return of Daniel Sturridge means somebody's going to be missing out.

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