Tactical Analysis & Predicted Team: How Will Liverpool Play Against Man City?
It’s arguably the hardest game of the season. Liverpool face a stern test in Manchester City and we look at how Liverpool will go about tackling them.
It’s arguably the hardest game of the season. The only unbeaten team left in the division, and Liverpool face a stern test in Manchester City. Here we will look at how Liverpool will go about tackling the league leaders. Let’s start by looking at our formation versus Chelsea.
First of all, it’s a very balanced side. The defenders managed to successfully stifle out the threats of Malouda-Drogba-Mata and they limited them to few chances in the game.
On the other side, Liverpool essentially had 4 forwards. But unlike most other formations with 4 very attack minded players playing, we had two key types of players playing behind them. That would be a destroyer, whom Lucas Leiva was, breaking down play, and a distributor, whom was Adam, getting the ball to the forwards.
Less Reliance on Luis Suarez
Liverpool’s victory against Chelsea suggested that Liverpool were not in fact a one man team, as many had suggested our over-reliance on Luis Suarez. Liverpool’s 4 pronged attack meant the attackers stepped up, with Maxi Rodriguez in particular doing himself a favour with a neat display capped off with a goal.
So I conducted a bit of research, looking at Maxi Rodriguez’s strike rate. I came across these interesting statistics on AnfieldIndex.com.
Maxi (Rodriguez) a chance conversion rate of 47.06% (in context, Sergio Agüero has a chance conversion rate of 26.32% this season).
Other players like Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt stepped up to the plate as well. But it has to be said that Bellamy saw very little of the ball. Much of his activity was in drawing markers away and providing the passes for teammates. Plus, he did a super unselfish thing faking his shot to give Maxi Rodriguez his goal.
Despite the strong Starting XI, Liverpool’s bench looks really strong as well. The likes of Stewart Downing, Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll and even Martin Kelly providing the additional backup from the bench.
I’ve already written an article here how Jordan Henderson would be better off making an impact coming off the bench, and I maintain that opinion. Henderson came off the bench against the Blues and did a superb job in adding that positive energy and running along with accurate passing.
Andy Carroll must also not be written off, because as Kenny Dalglish says it all the time, signing him was for the long term. He has a lot of time, and from what I’ve heard, he’s even going through a boot camp to make him stronger and eat less, something along those lines. Apparently, it includes cutting off some of his hair as well.
Martin Kelly? I’m not sure where his future lies. It looks highly likely that Dalglish is grooming him to become a top class center back, hence not playing in recent weeks. He faces stiff competition in the likes of Agger, Carragher, Coates and Skrtel for that spot, but I’m more than happy to see him play in either right-back or center-back.
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