From Michael Budgen:
Morning Myles, enjoying the weather ??
‘Liverpool were not the same team after Firmino went off early.Without the Brazilian, Salah and Mane became invisible’
Incredibly, Liverpool have 6 players with 25 or more appearances, out of 27, even more incredibly 3 of those are the Trident of Firmino, Salah & Mane, more naturally are the other 3 are defenders, Allison, VVD & Robertson.
The reason those 3 have had to start is they simply can’t be rotated!!
Sturridge barely breaks into a jog these days, (Anelka anyone) and once one of the front three’s energy is missing it saps everyone else’s.
Thanks to their early FA Cup exit Liverpool have had 2 warm weather winter breaks, however, Klopps inability to rotate up top looks like their only potential Achilles heel,.
They have coped admirably with injuries elsewhere.
VVD is surely a contender for Player of the Year and if he was injured it would be hard to cope with, although, as he rarely needs to sprint, it’s hard to see how!
This weather is surreal, Michael, and rather unBritish.
On Monday I heard it was the warmest February day ever recorded at Northolt and on Tuesday they told me that South London was now warmer than Malibu or Barcelona!
The obvious trouble with gegenpressing is burn-out.
Dispossession works because you have a shorter distances to run but at Old Trafford they never took the lead, so they were never able to slow the game down. Both teams suffered from the physicality and tempo of a very fierce contest.
When Klopperpool stutter their style can look rather one-dimensional. But they’re still evolving and Fabinho is a lovely playmaker to have when you are 1-0 up.
Football is always about the next game. They think like that, have done for decades. I know Liverpool have not won the league since 1990 but this season they’ve only lost one of their first 27 games.
I reckon Liverpool will beat Watford at Anfield tonight.