Everton – Liverpool: Liverpool No Longer Premier League Leaders After Dearth Of Offense (0-0)
Despite Liverpool’s excessively direct attack, Everton defended their increasingly desperate crosstown rivals quite well. During the first half, Liverpool struggled to progress past Everton’s press. In the second half, some tactical changes and substitutions allowed Liverpool to move forward, but their creative issues in the final third appeared once again.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Pérez.
Liverpool continues to fight Manchester City in an intense battle for the Premier League title. However, with four draws in the last six games, valuable points and momentum have been conceded to Manchester City, who seem to be in good shape entering the business end of the season. Liverpool’s series of draws, including a worrying performance against an injury-ridden Manchester United, have reminded us that their attack, while still very productive, is not perfect. Chance creation relies heavily on the fullbacks and front trio, and Liverpool can struggle to disorder opponents when the front trio is not in peak form.
Against Everton, Klopp came out with most of his usual 4-3-3 starting lineup. The goal of Alisson Becker was defended by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson. In front of them, the midfield trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum was fielded, with the ever-productive James Milner being left on the bench this time around. Roberto Firmino was still not ready to start after recovering from his injury, so Klopp went the same forward trio that pummeled Watford mid-week . . .