Breaking Down Liverpool’s Tactics Position by Position Under Brendan Rodgers
Nine games in and Brendan Rodgers’ tactical blueprint is starting to take shape. Bleacher Report assesses how the Ulsterman has gone about changing the Anfield club and what he’s yet to do.
Comparisons are made to Swansea and Roma in order to explain exactly what the Liverpool manager has asked his troops to do and and what setbacks he’s faced.
Lastly, we take a look at players who clearly have no future in this ideology and where Rodgers could look to recruit.
Rodgers so far in the Premier League has shown to be a one trick pony in the tactical department.
Whether he lines up a back 3, 4 or 5 his style of play is ALWAYS the same – short quick passing with player movement while looking for breaks.
When it works, it is a wonderful thing to watch. More often than not, however, it fails. Since Everton exposed Swansea last season and showed the rest of the league that all you had to do was bein in their face the entire game Rodgers’ style of play has been hit and miss. Some teams have ignored the blueprint and attempted to “outplay” his teams to their perril. Others have stuck with the Everton way and overcome his teams with tennacity and bite.
Rodgers seems to have no alternative tricks. There’s no change of direction or pace to the play. There’s no plan B. Carroll offered a plan B, which was to play more direct football by getting it to the wings for crosses. However, he moved him on because he didn’t “fit the style”. Well, the style no longer works.
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