1. Rodgers’ half-time switch kills Liverpool’s momentum
Liverpool began this game in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with both Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho in narrow roles supporting lone striker Raheem Sterling. Although they trailed by two goals at half-time, the decision to abandon this shape was an error of judgement that hampered their ability to get back into the game. Continue reading
Rodgers springs a surprise
The Liverpool manager’s decision to field his side in an usual 3-4-2-1 shape surprised all, not least Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. In his pre-match interview, Pardew alleged that the key to beating Liverpool was “putting pressure on them in key areas”, a statement that could be interpreted as intent to attempt to control the game. Pardew presumably expected Liverpool to persist with the 4-3-3 that they fielded against Hull, allowing his side’s 4-2-3-1 to man-mark in midfield, putting pressure on Gerrard and choking Liverpool’s attempts to pass out from the back – a strategy that has already worked wonders for a number of sides this season. Continue reading
Southampton may have been raided of much of their top talent during the summer but only the absence of a clinical edge cost them a result here against the prime culprit.
Two early set-piece goals allowed Liverpool to play to their strengths with another breathtaking counter-attacking performance. Continue reading
A marvelous counter-attacking display from Liverpool ensured that this oft close fought derby was over by half-time. Continue reading
1-1 in the tactical battle between Rodgers and Lambert, 2-2 on the scoreboard.