Liverpool are not sharp enough without Mo Salah or Roberto F

Liverpool are not sharp enough without Mo Salah or Roberto F

Postby chanoudom » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:21 am

Liverpool are not sharp enough without Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino - the lack of cutting-edge depth is concerning
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แทง บอล ออนไลน์ The Reds were unable to break down Everton with their stripped-back line-up at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon

Jurgen Klopp will be ­seriously concerned by Liverpool’s lack of cutting-edge depth ahead of ­Tuesday’s season-defining clash with Manchester City.

Without Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino, Liverpool were ­nowhere near sharp enough in the final third of the pitch.

In fact, they were about as sharp as a Primark suit. It is, though, understandable.

Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke have had hardly any game time this season, and have never really played ­together, certainly not in a game with this intensity.

It was always going to be a big ask for them to reproduce ­Liverpool’s first-choice counter-attacking verve.

Yet Klopp knows this lack of options is a real worry. All the top teams have strength in depth up front – I sometimes think Jose Mourinho at ­Manchester United is collecting forwards for his World Cup sticker album!

Liverpool have a front three... and then nothing too obvious beyond that, with both Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge out on loan.

Obviously, Salah will be the key on Tuesday in the ­quarter-final second leg.

If he’s fit, then that is a ­massive weapon. If he’s not, then we saw in the derby how Klopp’s team will struggle to find any pace or penetration on the break.

I’m not getting carried away about the lack of quality in this contest though.

For a start, Everton were given a bit of a humiliating ­lesson at home last Saturday. The last thing Big Sam could do was risk getting turned over again.

In the first half, they sat deep and seemed content to chase the ball around a bit, making sure they didn’t allow any space for the counter-attack that Klopp’s men produced so ­effectively against City. แทง บอล ออนไลน์

It worked in the sense that at least Allardyce’s team clung on in the game, and actually had the moments at the end to win it.

He was always going to keep it as tight as possible, stay in the game as long as possible, and then try to snatch something in the final few minutes when ­Liverpool tired and brought on their subs with an eye to ­Tuesday.

That’s exactly how it panned out, and I reckon the City scouts watching will have noticed how the Liverpool ­defence seemed to get a little flustered under pressure at the end here.

Then again, scouting reports are not entirely valid when you have a centre-half making his first start since January – at left-back. I think that Ragnar Klavan did pretty well in those ­circumstances.

Of more interest to the City scouts was the way Klopp used Georginio Wijnaldum at the base of his midfield in the ­holding role, because Jordan Henderson is suspended for Tuesday, and Emre Can injured.

I thought Wijnaldum did well. Perhaps he took a few risks that come more naturally to ­attacking midfielders, but he looks athletic and physical in that position, and that could be a big attribute against City. แทง บอล ออนไลน์
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