Tactic which has been built and developed for Liverpool, with strongly offensive movement and combinations, high pressing, and quick attacking.
This tactic could be also used with a lot of other clubs, even small teams with less technical abilities. I used it especially with Leyton Orient. As you can see, results are quite impressive, and we are now a stable club of Premier League thanks to this way of playing.
Some tips for best resultsIt is a demanding tactic, requiring good physical but above all mental qualities. Regular players, resistant to pressure, determined and focused will be more likely to succeed in this tactic, although you may take players who are sometimes a little less technical if your budget does not allow you to have all the required qualities.
- The most important player is your advanced playmaker. He will often have the highest score at the end of the game and the most key passes. Obviously, you need a technical player, able to withstand the pressure of your opponents, with good passing skills and good at set-pieces.
- inside forwards must be fast to optimise the counter-attacking phases and skillful in front of the goal. Favour also team players with a good quality of pass and very good mental grades.
- the lateral rear ends are key, as they must have a fairly complete profile. To privilege the qualities of center, and the mental aspect (placement, concentration...)
- the central defenders must be fast enough and, like the laterals, must have the best possible mental characteristics.
- concerning the attacker, several possibilities: complete attacker, pressing attacker, even fake new (impression that it works less well); again, the mental notes are important, notably cold blood, volume of play, ball calls... and all this with the best possible finishing note. Big plus if he's a good passer with good vision.
AdaptationsIf you are managing smaller teams, or if you have low sweepers or some players with less technical abilities, some adaptations could be useful :
- To be more "Kloppy style", you can use "look for the lateral overlap" (not sure of my translation from French to English...); it will help you to maintain your ball control on the wings. I'm using it quite a lot.
- What I deactivate also most regularly is asking players to play the ball in the area. I often get the impression that this tends to free them from a certain constraint that is intended to restrain them.
- The starting mentality is fixed on Attacking. When you dominate your subject and draw at the 50-60 minute, choose to go on Very Attacking.
- On the contrary, against a very big team that seems to dominate you, sometimes opting for a Positive mentality can allow you to better control the game. I find that it is nevertheless more effective to lower the rhythm of the game to have more possession and to be more stable.
- You can use a Defensive Midfielder instead of a Deep Lying Playmaker. It will reinforce and stabilize your defense.
- Going down the defensive line to "Normal" or "a bit more high" may also seems wise, especially if the sweepers have a low grade in acceleration and speed. But your pressing will be less effective.
Waiting to see your results with it and waiting for your feedback. Don't hesitate if you have any question.
Have a nice game !
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