For much of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield reign, Liverpool have favored a 4-3-3 shape. In this system, the Reds have enjoyed defensive solidity, offensive prowess and become one of the most dominant forces in world football. The results speak for themselves regarding the effectiveness of this shape, with the well-rounded formation taking Liverpool to Champions League and Premier League success. While the Reds weren’t always ruthless in their title-winning season, few can deny that they were efficient. But is it time for Klopp to freshen things up? Well, he may have the chance to try something new in 2021-22.
According to multiple sources, RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konaté is set to join Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, as the club look to end their search for a new centre-back. The French defender broke onto the scene with Leipzig at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, making 28 appearances in the Bundesliga as Die Roten Bullen finished third. Since then, Konaté's found minutes on the pitch difficult to come by, appearing in only 12 league fixtures in 2020-21 and 8 in 2019-20. In Liverpool's Round of 16 match-up against the Red Bulls in the UEFA Champions League this season, the Frenchman was absent for both fixtures. Upon hearing this you might be wondering...did they get the wrong man?
Rhys sits down with Kaustubh Kapoor and Russell Tho to discuss why Chelsea are having such a tough time scoring goals. In addition, the panel discuss Leicester City's injury crisis, and whether or not Liverpool and Tottenham are back on track to claim a top four place.
One of the most consistent tactics of the past decade has been the reliance on pressing from the front from some of the biggest clubs in the world. It would be foolish to say that pressing did not exist until the 2010s. What is perhaps more true is just how systematic pressing has become in recent years. In 2020, pressing evolved in unique ways, with many teams bringing their own unique approach to the tactical trend. Here are some of the trends seen in 2020 with regards to pressing from the front.
The final list of the Top 100 Footballers of 2018 numbers 20-1 - featuring World Cup winner N'Golo Kante, Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric and a battle between Ronaldo and Messi for first prize!
Just when Chelsea looked to have sewn up the Premier League title, a massive slip up against Crystal Palace occurred as Sam Allardyce's side propelled themselves 4 points clear of the relegation zone. The Eagles managed to grab a surprising 2-1 victory over the Blues; the most impressive victory in a host of surprising results all … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 30
Continuing to get their business done early, that is before the transfer window even opens, Borussia Dortmund have completed their second signing of the summer as Monchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud joins Thomas Tuchel's ever-growing side. The signing comes a month after Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak confirmed that he would be joining BVB on a free … Continue reading Mahmoud Dahoud Joins Borussia Dortmund
The Premier League is well and truly heating up. The relegation battle is as tight as can be with Swansea's 2-0 win against Leicester really dragging the Foxes into dangerous territory. The race for the top four is also alive and zestful as Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all picked up crucial results … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 25
In the most ridiculous stat of the weekend that must be some kind of record, Liverpool had 80% of the possession against Burnley, but it was the Clarets who walked away with a 2-0 win. It's not even as if Liverpool did nothing with all the possession they had but Sean Dyche and Burnley just put … Continue reading Burnley vs. Liverpool Review