Tháng Một 26, 2021

What Makes Liverpool So Good?

[Music] Jurgen Klopp has guided Liverpool to the top of the Premier League and on a significant unbeaten run ended only by Watford in the season after the side won the Champions League Liverpool are an excellent example of the chemistry required to form a really successful side they are

a club that understands recruitment and support staff which acquires excellent players and blends them together under a coach with a philosophy agile enough to be adapted on a match by match basis Clough himself is of course a big part of this having developed his coaching approach and philosophy

first at mines and then at Borussia Dortmund he favors a direct style played with intensity and pace and defined by pressing and counter pressing which he has described as the best playmaker in football and he's brought in coaches to give his team an edge perhaps most notably using

Thomas chrono mark as a specialist throwing coach he's also a charismatic presence capable of inspiring the kind of selfless collective effort required for his intense style of football he's good at adapting his tactics to mitigate weaknesses lacking the sort of creative past as he had at Dortmund he

has instead developed his full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold into playmakers he's adjusted the pressing intensity of the side in key matches to pace the team's trajectory through the season and he's honed a front three that is equal to or even the superior of the top

sides in world football behind the scenes Michael Edwards and his transfer committee have harnessed the use of data and analytics as well as anyone and arguably achieved buy-in for those ideas within the club and its owners Fenway Sports Group better than any other analytics team in the Premier

League good data driven recruitment only works if the benefits can be communicated to the receptive manager coaching staff and ownership structure but Edwards has achieved this his many successes including Roberto Firmino Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk outweigh his less successful purchases and even players like Dominic solanki

could still be argued to have been excellent value having been sold for a vast profit to Bournemouth so it's no surprise then that recruitment has worked well for Liverpool Mercer's to a lesser degree the pipeline to the first team although much of Liverpool seniors squad has also been

available for most games and so the use of reserves has been limited the bulk of the squad has been put together over the last three seasons looking at players who started 20 or more games from Liverpool this season it's possible to see that while a few have been

around since before 2016-17 from then on two or three key figures were brought in each year add to this the resurgent Alex oxlade-chamberlain signed from Arsenal for just under 35 million pounds Fubini oh the Monaco utility player turned defensive midfielder who cost 40 million and even James Milner

and Joel mattock snapped up for free from Manchester City in Schalke in 2015 and 2016 respectively Liverpool have made astute signings that have added to the squad in key areas at the right time and they haven't splurged and brought in too many players in key roles in one

go where they have spent serious money they spent on players like Van Dyck and Alison arguably in the top three in their positions in the world the age profile and experience of the squad is good too five players had Premier League experience before joining in some instances relatively

inexpensively from relegated teams and the others came from top five European leagues with experience of Champions League football the exception is Alexander Arnold but as a Liverpool youth player he fitted seamlessly into the squad and system but a system is of course what makes Liverpool tick on the

pitch a great group of players without a plan is useless just as a great plan without the players is Liverpool have recruited with cop style and requirements in mind they've generally played a 4-3-3 although Klopp has at times used a 4-2-3-1 generally to help doubling up defensively in

the wide areas most often Liverpool play with a narrow compact midfield and forward line with the progressive attacking fullbacks Robertson and Alexander Arnold providing width and thrust Femina will drop off while if navigator or oxlade-chamberlain are available they push up between the lines to augment the Liverpool attack

the team is pressing system is well understood and it's still a very effective means of attacking or counter-attacking from winning possession back but this season Liverpool have also blended this modern approach with a more direct functional style of football that could almost be considered old fashioned with the

addition of Van Dyck and the reliability of Alison's passing from goal keeping positions Liverpool have added even more directness to their game and this results in several interesting facets of play firstly Liverpool play quite a lot of long diagonal passes to the wide areas either looking for one

of the two white players pulling towards the touchline the full-back pushing on or even a runner from midfield Van Dyck to Salah is a frequent route but Liverpool will try various options their third goal against Southampton this season at home was a fine example Alison's stroke two clearance

out to the right-hand side of Liverpool's attack Femina running back pulled the Southampton defender with him which allowed Jordan Henderson to collect the ball in space he then angled a pass inside to the run of salla who finished tightly direct latching onto a diagonal pass in the white

channel using runs to create space it was a hugely economical attacking move that required only two passes and three touches when Liverpool also like to open up the opposing wide area switching the play with long cross field passes rather than shuttling the ball across as would be more

often the case in a possession based site these passes often go from full back to fullback pinged long across the pitch into the air into space through the opposite fullback can attack and it again relies a lot on pace and the directness of the approach catching teams out

they can't shuffle across as you might defend a series of passes into space and the sudden opening of the opposite flank creates space inside for runners to attack the cross lastly Liverpool will also hit long balls forwards especially towards Fermi no dropping in and then mop up the

second ball will win it back with intense pressing this fits more with clops Gagan pressing style but the use of long balls to create opportunities to win turnovers from pressing is an interesting mix of a more old-fashioned direct approach and Liverpool's high-energy very modern pressing game it's something

that Ralph Hasson hoodlum Roger Schmidt have also used effectively the development of the two young fall backs has largely created these options to the long cross field passes and the diagonal balls from the back also facilitated by Van Dyck and Alison joining the club are functions of how

good Alexander Arnold and Robinson are in their roles when L dam slightly more attacking role also works because Alexander Arnold can push up and tuck into cover this frees the Dutch midfielder to attack the box with late runs and has resulted in a number of goals in recent

months Liverpool do still play a lot like they have done under Klopp up to this season for me no dropping off to feed runs inside from salla and marnay pressing and a relatively functional midfield indeed Liverpool would likely play between the lines more if and when cater and

oxlade-chamberlain can play regularly but in their absence clops decisions make sense they have added additional approaches some very direct while retaining their identity and clops philosophy and this is what makes Liverpool great a squad assembled with thought and skill working under a coach who retains his overall approach

but is flexible enough to adapt all supported by a number of smart decision makers off the pitch and progressive coaches it's a blend the other clubs would do well to emulate [Music]

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