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Liverpool – Manchester United: Super sub Shaqiri seals the deal with a double in Liverpool’s big Premier League victory (3-1)

Liverpool’s dominant display on the ball managed to edge out a passive Manchester United side. United’s lopsided pressing shape was outnumbered time and time again but they seemed more than happy to soak up pressure and block as much as they could. In doing so, José Mourinho’s team put up a good fight against a one-sided, free-flowing Liverpool attack. Despite some luck on the finishing side of things, Jürgen Kopp’s side ran out deserved winners.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
From the eleven that knocked SSC Napoli out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, Klopp made four changes – two in midfield and two in defense. Trent Alexander-Arnold was out through injury so in came Nathaniel Clyne. At center-back, Dejan Lovren stepped in for Joël Matip. Further ahead, Jordan Henderson and James Milner were replaced by Fabinho and Naby Keïta respectively.

On the flipside, there were wholesale changes made by Mourinho from his ‘warm-up match’ against Valencia in midweek. Only Eric Bailly and Romelu Lukaku kept their starting places.

Both teams’ setups with Liverpool being shown as the pressing side, here.

Liverpool’s midfield control enables high intensity start
In some games this season, Liverpool have elected to sit off their opponents a bit more and remain centrally compact. This was not even close to being the case here. They were lightning fast out of the traps, never giving United a moment of rest.

What helped them maintain . . .

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]


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