Leicester City took on Liverpool in a Boxing Day top of the table clash, in a game many thought would be a close affair that could open up this so far routine title race in the Premier League. Ultimately, it was another showcase of a dominant Liverpool side, who limited Leicester to just 0.18 xG in the game. In this tactical analysis, we will look at how Liverpool’s in possession structure allowed them to attack effectively, and how it also allowed them to limit Leicester’s counter-attacking ability through counter-pressing.


Leicester lined up in a 4-1-4-1, with wingers James Maddison and Harvey Barnes forced to stay slightly narrower throughout the game. Liverpool meanwhile employed their usual 4-3-3, but their formation for most of the game resembled more of a 4-2-3-1, with Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum sat deeper to prevent counter-attacks, as we will discuss.

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