Κυριακή, 27 Μαρτίου 2016
While most of Liverpool players are scattered in order to represent their countries, Jurgen Klopp has taken those who are left to Tenerife for training. As always international breaks are boring with nothing to report (apart from frustrating injuries). My way to deal with boredom is to draw. Here is my drawing of our beloved German, Jurgen Klopp. Hope you like it!
Τρίτη, 22 Μαρτίου 2016
When the referee blew the whistle for the start of the second half nobody could think that
Liverpool would let their lead slip not
only because they were two nil up, but also because they had chances to score
more goals. In this analysis my focus is on the defensive side of the second
half, with Skrtel on the pitch, where from the first minutes it was clear to
everybody who watched the game that Liverpool
wouldn’t have a stroll in the park in the end.
In this picture we can see where Flanagan and Sakho have set the defensive line. However, Skrtel is behind
this line along with Pele. In addition, he has already started pulling the
Flanagan loses concentration as well
This is another example of the same miscommunication at the back for
This time not only Skrtel but also Flanagan is way behind the defensive line
which is set by the rest of the team. The Slovakian misses the header once again and Sadio Mane, who isn’t offside due to all this lack of communication by the Liverpool
defense, could have scored.
Liverpool gets finally punished
Since Liverpool didn’t get the message by these two big
chances, they got punished. Can makes a poor pass to Flanagan who loses the
ball at a risky area. Although Southampton is
pressing high, there is a huge gap between the defense and the midfield. The
only player to be in that space is Sadio Mane. Martin Skrtel is concentrated on
his player and once more standing instead
of closing the channel where Mane is running towards to.
Liverpool show no desire at all
Skrtel loses one more header and leaves just Sakho and Flanagan at the back. But those two make the same mistake that
in the second half. They don’t keep a defensive line. That eases Shane Long to
make the pass to his Italian partner without any pressure whatsoever. Another
thing to notice is that Emre Can is just jogging instead of getting behind the
The same mistakes happen again
It's possible to actually copy the same things that I’ve said about the previous image and paste them in here. Skrtel loses the header and gets in a no man’s land; Flanagan is too deep and marks noone; Sakho, not being as rapid as Mane, should close him down better, maybe giving away a foul for the team. And the icing on the cake is Emre Can who shows no desire to defend, standing for another time and making Joe Allen run to mark where he himself should have been in the first place.
Sometimes the statistics may lie but in this case they tell the truth about one player. Dejan Lovren in 45 minutes won 66,7% of his duels and 100% of his aerial duels. On the other side, Martin Skrtel won 37,5% of his overall duels and 40% of his aerial duels…
Κυριακή, 20 Μαρτίου 2016
The introduction of Martin Skrtel coming on for, already booked, Dejan Lovren played a major role for the defeat, as the Slovakian was horrendous for his first 45 minutes back in the senior team after injury. Minutes into the second half he gave away a typical of him -shirt pulling- penalty, which thankfully for the defender, Simon Mignolet was able to catch. However he lost all of his aerial duels; he didn’t make a single tackle and overall he was abysmal. However, although nobody can defend Skrtel, we should remember that it was his first game after a long spell out due to injury. Hence, we shouldn’t bash on him and blame him for the loss.
Another player who received a lot of stick was Christian Benteke. Coming on for Sturridge, the Belgian wasn’t able to produce anything attacking wise, while he tossed away a glorious chance to put
back in front by two goals. It was yet another horrendous miss for the striker
who cost Liverpool 32 million pounds.
However the blame doesn’t fall just for those two players. In fact the whole
Liverpool team didn’t show up in that second half. Jon
Flanagan, as a skipper, made a lot of mistakes and couldn’t carry the team on
his back after Sadio Manè put Southampton back
in the game. The whole team didn’t show any desire and took the game for
granted. Jurgen Klopp is another man to blame for this performance in the
second half. His substitutions didn’t make any impact, whatsoever, and moreover
cost Liverpool the game.
Now the Reds have once more to pick their pieces up as important games are ahead. Firstly
Liverpool host Tottenham at Anfield
next Saturday and after this comes the first leg with Borrusia Dortmund for the
Europa League quarter finals.
Stay tuned for the tactical analysis for all the details about this shambolic
Liverpool performance in the second half.
Σάββατο, 19 Μαρτίου 2016
After winning the first leg by 2-0,
Liverpool had a
strong advantage going into the second leg at Old Trafford. The Reds didn’t
have to take as many chances as in the game at Anfield, thus they approached the game more defensively in order to progress
without any late slip ups into the next round. Defensive partners Dejan Lovren
and Mamadou Sakho were immense (Sakho won 8 duels and made 6 tackles). James
Milner was deployed as a left back due to Alberto Moreno’s last moment injury,
and, despite playing out of position, the vice captain put a solid performance.
However, Nathaniel Clyne had his worst performance in a Liverpool
shirt with plenty of mistakes throughout the game.
In this image, we can see that Lovren steps out of the box to mark Juan Mata, leaving a huge gap in the defense. Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne don’t communicate with each other, hence they mark the same space. That leaves Anthony Martial all alone asking for the ball. When the ball goes to the Frenchman it’s too late for Clyne to mark him effectively. The right back stamps him and gives away a penalty which put Manchester United back in the game.
Martial is alone once again
After Coutinho’s goal Manchester United had a lot to do in order to spoil
Liverpool’s party. But Liverpool’s
defending wasn’t up to scratch for the full 90 minutes. In this case Mata has
the ball in the edge of the area. Sakho and Lovren have a huge gap in between
them as Milner is slow to recover. That leaves again Clyne marking Fellaini
instead of Martial. Because of his height Fellaini could easily win a header in
a clash with Clyne. Although the ball didn’t end up either to Fellaini either
to Martial, nonetheless it proves why Clyne had such a rough night coping with
Defense improves significantly
This was the last big chance for Manchester United. Liverpool’s defending has improved by miles throughout the game, Sakho and Lovren are now close enough to each other and Clyne is in front of Martial meaning that a potential ball by
chance. The only problem was Emre Can not noticing quickly enough Fellaini’s
run inside the box leading to a shot which could put Manchester United back
into the game. After that Manchester United couldn’t break through Valencia Liverpool’s defense.
Liverpool was once more, under Klopp,
exceptional. In the 30th minute Firmino has the ball with five
players in front of him. Can and Lallana are making runs into the box;
Sturridge is all alone waiting for the ball, while on the other side asks for the
ball seeing that Varela is marking Can’s run. However, despite having so many
options Roberto Firmino blows the chance deciding to shoot straight at De Gea. Henderson
This time 4
Liverpool players are in front of Coutinho
giving him options. Lallana and Sturridge stretch the Manchester United defense
as shown in this image. The back four has a huge distance between each other. gets into the
space between the centre backs. Coutinho passess the ball perfectly but the
skipper misses the target by a mile, failing to
level things up. Henderson
Sturridge has a bad day at the office
Daniel Sturridge didn’t enjoy the best of nights but he has only himself to blame. In this image he has the ball inside the area and support is given by Firmino and Coutinho. The Englishman could possibly cut inside and shoot with his left foot. However, he shoots with his weak foot in a tight angle leading to ironic cheers by the home crowd.
Τρίτη, 15 Μαρτίου 2016
Possession 56% - 44%
Shots (on target) 13 (8) - 5 (1)
Corners 7 - 0
Strong start from United
Just 18 seconds in play
United attack but Rasfhord fails
to control the ball in order to have a free shot. Anthony Martial makes a great
move, leaving three Manchester Liverpool players behind
and making space. The problem for Liverpool’s
defense is that Lovren and Sakho are too close to each other. That leaves
Alberto Moreno, who isn’t the tallest of players, in the far post, misjudging
De Gea makes a great save
United started with a man to man defending system, after the goal, they fell
apart. Sturridge has the ball inside the penalty box and there are 4 United
players marking no one, letting Coutinho making the run behind everyone. At the
same time, Lallana is in the edge of the box alone as well, giving options to
Sturridge who decides to shoot. Coutinho nods the ball into the goal forcing De
Gea into an unbelievable save. Manchester
Roberto Firmino, after turning away from Schneiderlin, has options as Sturridge, Can and Lallana all make runs while Coutinho gets into place, maybe for a long shot as Fellaini’s attention is Firmino. However, Varela is out of position leaving Smalling with the duty of following Sturridge or marking Can’s run. This mistake by Varela could cost for
United had it not been for De Gea in goal saving Sturridge’s shot following a
miscalculation from Smalling. Manchester