Liverpool FC’s Positional System Explained
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Liverpool FC’s Positional System Explained

The following article was first published on EPLindex and offers the reader an understanding of the links and relationships between formation and the phases of play. The article gives a detailed account and diagrammatic explanation into how the ‘football ecosystem’ approach to formation is an adaptable and flexible approach to football. The processes of football … Continue reading

An Analysis of Liverpool’s Tactical Progress Towards Brendan Rodgers’ Ideal
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An Analysis of Liverpool’s Tactical Progress Towards Brendan Rodgers’ Ideal

The following article was first published on EPLindex and offers an insight into a methodology of how to examine the progress of Liverpool FC under Brendan Rodgers. Of course possession is a wonderful stat, but ultimately it is a tool for other objectives; how should we measure the progress made? This article suggests that exploring … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers’ Tactical Philosophy: How will Liverpool FC adapt? 2.0
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Brendan Rodgers’ Tactical Philosophy: How will Liverpool FC adapt? 2.0

The following article was first published on EPLindex, later on Liverpool Football Club’s official website, published in This Is Anfield‘s ebook ‘Welcome to Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ and on The Path is Made By Walking. The article is considered to be a landmark article written by Jed C.Davies and received over one million views on the … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part Four
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Systems Football: Part Four

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW Part four of this series isolates the scenario of playing against a team who sits deep and hits you on the counter attack (Chelsea v Barcelona 2012) and proposes a few practical solutions. This is a scenario that occurs more and more frequently in … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part Three
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Systems Football: Part Three

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW In both approaches of totaal-voetbal and tiki-taka, it is likely that the possession statistics will be balanced in your favour; therefore, the way in which you think about defending needs to be altered. This article will cover three aspects of defensive thinking in a system’s approach: … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part Two
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Systems Football: Part Two

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW There are several overarching themes found in the array of approaches to systems football: the concept of spatial zones, player duties, practical space creation, positional relations and flexibility Brendan Rodgers explained that his approach uses eight different horizontal zones across the field and he thinks about … Continue reading

Systems Football: Part One
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Systems Football: Part One

First written and published on EPLindex.com by Jed C.Davies of TPiMBW In your search in fathoming the secrets of how to coach or play ‘systems football’, you’ll need to not only question everything you read here but everything you already know about tactical approaches in football – never assume you know all there is to know. Forget … Continue reading