Tactical Analysis

Counter Narratives

Counter Narratives

This piece was written for the Anfield Index website.  From the first moment Brendan Rodgers was appointed as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club, fans angry with FSG for sacking a club legend couldn’t wait to see him fail. First, his team played too many passes sideways. Then, Rodgers was ‘too idealistic’. He talked too much, had no Plan […]

How Brendan Rodgers Can Repair Liverpool’s Faltering Midfield

How Brendan Rodgers Can Repair Liverpool’s Faltering Midfield

Six games into the 2012-2013 season, Liverpool sat 14th in the Premier League table on just five points. One year on, and Brendan Rodgers side are now second on 13 points – but many fans feel the football currently being played by the Reds is inferior to the style we saw a year ago. Gone is the possession football, gone is the […]

Rodgers’ Liverpool 2.0

Rodgers’ Liverpool 2.0

When new ideas and methods are introduced to the Premier League, there’s often a reactionary backlash from fans who find change hard to accept. It happened with rotation, zonal-marking, and when teams first started to experiment with formations other than 4-4-2. When Brendan Rodgers first arrived at Liverpool a year ago, he brought with him his ideas of ‘Tiki-Taka’, pressing and resting […]

Upping the Pace and Pressing Ahead

Upping the Pace and Pressing Ahead

Football managers often enjoy a ‘honeymoon period’ when taking over at a new club. Not so for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. With his every utterance and mannerism scrutinised on Being: Liverpool, and the tests of Arsenal, Man City and United in his first five fixtures, some Liverpool fans were filing for divorce even before the young groom had chance to cut […]

Rodgers Needs To Practice What He Preaches

Rodgers Needs To Practice What He Preaches

Anyone familiar with my writing will know I’m a huge fan of Brendan Rodgers and the style of football he has brought to Liverpool this season. I’ve defended him in the past when many were criticising, and tried to explain what he was trying to do when things have gone wrong, as well as what he might try to do in the future. […]

Suarez and the ‘Zola-Zone’

Suarez and the ‘Zola-Zone’

Perhaps the most crucial issue for the future development of Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers is whether or not the club can hang on to Luis Suarez. Despite a controversy-ridden spell on Merseyside, Suarez appears to feel at home at Liverpool, but as Steven Gerrard said last week, a player of his ability deserves to be playing in the Champions League. […]

Signs of a Revolution

Signs of a Revolution

Brenden Rodgers has made no secret of his intention to impose the style of play he used to success at Swansea on his new Liverpool players. But he’s also been careful to say that the way your team plays is dependent on the players at your disposal, and that we might not see a carbon copy of his Swansea side. […]

Rodgers’ Liverpool: The British Barcelona?

Rodgers’ Liverpool: The British Barcelona?

Now we know Brendan Rodgers is our new manager, we can start to think about how the playing philosophy he developed at Swansea might be implemented at Liverpool. He might want to bring a player or two with him from Swansea – with Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair being obvious candidates – and could lose a few he’d rather keep – Martin […]

Martinez and 3-4-3: A Way Forward for Liverpool?

Martinez and 3-4-3: A Way Forward for Liverpool?

Having flown to Miami to meet John Henry, Roberto Martinez now looks odds-on favourite to be appointed Liverpool’s new manager. Young, adept at pulling off value for money transfers and more likely to accept limitations on his role than a more established manager might be, he seems the perfect fit for what FSG are looking for. Another bonus to appointing the […]

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