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    Posted on April 15th, 2014

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    Liverpool 3 Man City 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 3 Man City 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. True to their footballing philosophy both managers went with a very attack-minded starting selection. Neither team surprised in terms of line-ups, as the managers opted for what was largely anticipated. As expected, Clichy was preferred to Kolarov, presumably with Pellegrini anticipating Sterling to start on the right of a 4-1-2-3 shape. But [...]

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    Posted on April 1st, 2014

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    Liverpool 4 Spurs 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 4 Spurs 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers went with, to an extent, the expected starting XIs. For Rodgers, the main dilemma was whether to stick with the 4-3-1-2 seen in the last four games or revert to the previously used 4-1-2-3. He opted for the latter, putting increased onus on creativity and penetration by starting both Sterling [...]

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    Posted on March 28th, 2014

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    Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  For Liverpool, Rodgers unsurprisingly decided to keep the same formation and personnel he used against Cardiff. In stark contrast, Poyet made several changes to his starting XI and opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation. Poyet’s selection choices On first glance, Sunderland starting with a back three system was solely to account for Liverpool’s [...]

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    Posted on March 24th, 2014

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    Cardiff 3 Liverpool 6: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Cardiff 3 Liverpool 6: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers made only one change from their previous league games. Solskjaer replaced Noone with Bellamy, which morphed Cardiff’s formation from the 5-4-1 diamond seen against Everton to a 3-1-4-2. For Liverpool Sterling was replaced by Coutinho at the tip of the midfield quartet. Formations Apart the goal-scoring fiesta, what this game [...]

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    Posted on March 20th, 2014

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    Man Utd 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Man Utd 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov. Moyes started with his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Vidic returning to the side in place of Smalling, to partner Jones at the heart of the home team’s defence. Januzaj started on the left, Mata on the right with Rooney in behind Van Persie to create an attacking quartet expected [...]

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    Posted on March 5th, 2014

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    Tactics for Beginners – No.15.

    Tactics for Beginners – No.15.

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. ‘The only interesting part of the game’ When we began these conversations I said that I saw the game as periods of ‘inactivity’, mixed with spells of excitement around the goals. We are now coming to what I used to see as the only interesting part of the game [...]

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    Posted on March 4th, 2014

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    So’ton 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    So’ton 0 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Pochettino went for his usual starting XI and 4-1-2-3 formation. Lovren was back in the team, replacing Yoshida, with the Saints now having their first choice centre-back pairing. Interestingly Lallana and Rodgriguez were swapped – the former was on the left with the latter on the right within the front three unit, [...]

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    Posted on February 26th, 2014

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    Liverpool 4 Swansea 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 4 Swansea 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers selected the expected XI. With Johnson back fit and immediately reinstated in the team, it was unsurprising – and arguably warranted – to see Cissokho benched. Still, it was interesting to see Flanagan retained on the right with Johnson put on the left. The front three was once again re-shuffled, [...]

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    Posted on February 14th, 2014

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    Fulham 2 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Fulham 2 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov.  After the good showing at Old Trafford, Meulensteen rather logically kept the same starting formation and personnel for this game. The only change was in attack, where Bent replaced Tankovic as the spearhead striker. Rodgers unsurprisingly continued with the exact same starting XI as in the past three games. The only change [...]

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    Posted on February 10th, 2014

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    Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Rodgers kept the same XI and formation from the previous two games. The only changes were in the positioning of the midfield and front players (more on this below). For Arsenal, Wenger recalled Wilshere from injury to partner Arteta. This meant a place for Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank with Cazorla on [...]

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    Posted on February 4th, 2014

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    W.B.Albion 1 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    W.B.Albion 1 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Pepe  Mel made a host of changes for this game following the defeat in the derby against Aston Villa in the previous game. In defence Jones and McAuley were reinstated with Lugano and Reid benched. Morrison and Anelka were both out due to injury so Gera and Berahino started, and Vydra replaced [...]

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    Posted on January 28th, 2014

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    Tactics for Beginners – No.14

    Tactics for Beginners – No.14

    By Bob Pearce and Mihail Vladimirov. A 1-2 and a 2-1 TV commentators often present formations as though they are quite simple and fixed, but two teams can play with the same formation and put quite different emphasis on attacking and defending and so look very different. Of course. Two teams could use the same [...]

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    Posted on January 19th, 2014

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    Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Sakho was once again deemed unfit to feature, so the Toure-Skrtel pair continued. As Sturridge was ready to start, Rodgers had to make the decision of who would sit on the bench and how to construct his team. As it turned out, it was Lucas who missed out, with Liverpool lining-up in [...]

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    Posted on January 14th, 2014

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    Stoke 3 Liverpool 5: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Stoke 3 Liverpool 5: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Mark Hughes opted for the expected starting XI. Sorensen was only fit for the bench, so Butland made his first start in goal. Arnautovic replaced the ineligible Assaidi down the left flank – the rest of the team was as per usual. With Agger and Sakho injured, Toure needed to start alongside [...]

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    Posted on January 9th, 2014

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    A Question of Tactics – January 2014

    A Question of Tactics – January 2014

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Here’s the latest in our monthly series where Mihail answers some of the tactical questions he is sent. These are some questions Bob prepared in order to address what seemed the most interesting things, tactically speaking, during December. What adjustments will Rodgers need to make to accommodate the return of either Gerrard [...]

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    Posted on January 3rd, 2014

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    Liverpool 2 Hull 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 2 Hull 0: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Liverpool’s previously threadbare squad took another hit for this game as Sakho and Allen were injured and couldn’t feature. Cissokho and Aspas made the starting XI, with Gerrard only deemed fit enough for the bench. Since we played them at the KC stadium, Hull have played their subsequent games exclusively with a [...]

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    Posted on December 31st, 2013

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    Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. With Mikel presumably jaded after playing 180 minutes against Arsenal and Swansea over the Christmas period, it was decided a third start in six days would be too much for him. With the additional factor of the Ramires ban, Mourinho faced the puzzle of how to reconstruct his midfield. As it was, [...]

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    Posted on December 28th, 2013

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    Man City 2 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Man City 2 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. As anticipated Pellegrini solidified his midfield by both switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation and having Silva as the third midfielder behind Negredo. This meant Nasri was placed on the left, adding another midfield body by drifting infield. With Zabaleta fit to start the home team re-established his fearsome wide partnership on the [...]

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    Posted on December 23rd, 2013

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    Liverpool 3 Cardiff 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 3 Cardiff 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Unsurprisingly Rodgers kept the same XI, continuing with what was a cross between a lopsided 4-1-2-3 and a very asymmetrical 4-2-3-1. On the other side Mackay reverted back to what was closer to 4-4-2 than 4-4-1-1, given how Mutch was supporting Odemwingie high up the pitch rather than the midfield duo. The [...]

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    Posted on December 17th, 2013

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    Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both managers started with the expected XIs and team shapes. Villas-Boas continued with the 4-2-3-1 that looks more like a 4-4-1-1- that he has used since the Man City game. Meanwhile with Gerrard missing but Henderson fit to start, Rodgers simply went for the model Liverpool showed in the last half of [...]

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    Posted on December 10th, 2013

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    Liverpool 4 West Ham 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 4 West Ham 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Rodgers has a habit of keeping the Liverpool side unchanged after a good result; here it was the same, with only Agger replaced by Sakho due to illness. Allardyce made a few changes, changing his full-backs and lone striker. Furthermore, Morrison, who was suspended, made way for Jarvis, with Nolan playing deeper [...]

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    Posted on December 6th, 2013

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    Liverpool 5 Norwich 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Liverpool 5 Norwich 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Liverpool made three changes from the Hull game, but two of them were enforced. Toure had some complaints following the Hull match, so Rodgers logically replaced him for this game. Meanwhile Coutinho was fit again, so he started. It was a direct contest between Moses and Sterling for the remaining place and [...]

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    Posted on December 3rd, 2013

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    Hull City 3 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Hull City 3 Liverpool 1: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. As expected, Steve Bruce opted for a very defensive-minded system of play. But instead of going with either 4-1-4-1 or 5-4-1, he chose a 3-5-1-1 shape with a back three unit, two wing-backs and a diamond midfield behind the lone target-man Sagbo. With Sturridge and Coutinho unable to start (with the latter [...]

  • Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on November 25th, 2013

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    Everton 3 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    Everton 3 Liverpool 3: In-Depth Tactical Analysis

    By Mihail Vladimirov. Both teams had to make one or two changes to their usual starting eleven. For Everton, the only change was Barkley replacing Osman as the attacking midfielder behind Lukaku. Everyone else remained in their usual positions within Martinez’s usual lopsided 4-2-3-1 formation. The Reds had to make two rather enforced changes. With [...]

  • Subscribers Only, Talking Tactics

    Posted on November 22nd, 2013

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    A Question of Tactics – November 2013

    A Question of Tactics – November 2013

    By Mihail Vladimirov. The second in our series in which Mihail answers questions on tactics raised by Subscribers. Was the substitution of Gerrard against Fulham after 67 minutes significant for you? I suspect many people would take this substitution as a signal that Rodgers is suddenly prepared to sub Gerrard on a more regular basis. [...]

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