Liverpool’s Struggles Without Virgil Van Dijk

Football is complex and football teams are built on intricate systems. This means when a club loses a star player, like Liverpool with Virgil Van Dijk, the effect this has isn’t just localized to their position, it effects the whole side. Van Dijk is undoubtedly an elite defender and would be a huge loss for …

Klopp v Guardiola: Gegenpressing v Possession, the tactical battle

On the 7th of October 2018, Man City drew 0-0 at Anfield. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement around the match for attacking football, but it did disappoint. After this game, there were claims Pep Guardiola changed his approach and tactics to be more conservative which is something he doesn’t do. This suggests …

Liverpool’s rise to the top and tactics under Jürgen Klopp

Before the suspension of football due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool were at the top of the table. Having played 29 league games, the Reds had amassed a 25-point gap of last season’s champions, but they have recently been crowned champions for the 2019/20 season. This coupled with winning the Champions League in 2019 having …

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