Mizgan Ahmed on October 25, 2015
Liverpool and Southampton played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield in Barclays Premier League. It was Liverpool’s fifth draw in a row in the Premier League which showed that Jurgen Klopp has a big job in his hands and he needs some time and probably some money in transfer windows to turn things around.
Let’s analyse the game half by half.
Liverpool started with a 4-3-3 formation with Lucas replacing Allen the only change from the team that played on Thursday. Liverpool started the game as if they were fazed by the fatigue of Thursday, passing the ball with no threat. Divock Origi again looked a mere passenger and struggled a lot. Coutinho in the left hand side looked very uninterested.First chance came in 29th minute by Milner driving through two players before mistiming his shot wide, that chance didn’t really shrugged the home team who looked increasingly flat in the first half. The next two chances went in favour of the visitors with Virgil missing a good chance from a free kick and one from a corner.
Half time came and changes had to be made as it looked very flat.
Klopp responded by bringing in Benteke in place of Origi. It was a change that was needed as Benteke has more threat in air and can run channels intelligently and can hold the ball as well to allow runners to run around and ahead of him.
In second half though, Liverpool started brightly with Benteke introduction paying dividends. He ran channels wisely and was a constant threat in the box with his strength. Liverpool started to play more wider and crossing balls from either side became the go to attacking option. In the 77th minute, Milner floated a cross in the box and Benteke banged in a header out of nowhere and gave Liverpool the lead. Saints replied after Milner clumsily giving a free kick and the resulting set piece was bundled home by Mane. It showed that Liverpool’s set piece defending is still a worry, Southampton had two headed touches in Liverpool’s box before it was tapped in by Mane, if any team has two headed touches in opposition box implies that the opposition’s defending is struggling. Although, Liverpool looked solid in ground defending.
Coutinho looked a worry again in that left hand side, was easily dispossessed, he has to improve his ball holding and he has to be more active when on the ball. Lucas and Sakho again were solid. Fullbacks gave a good shift in both fronts although Moreno should have done better in one or two second half chances. Can looked tired today and he has to learn to pass the ball a bit quicker when on a counter. Chelsea upnext in Premier League for Liverpool now.
Overall it was a point that should be good for now given the team is in transition stage and as Klopp said in post match that he saw many good things and some bad things, still not his worst day.