Liverpool – Manchester United: Klopp’s Juggernaut Sweeps Aside Solskjær’s Plan (2-0)
Manchester United came to Anfield seemingly looking to replicate the game plan that earned them a draw against Liverpool earlier in the season, with a 5-2-1-2 system from which to counterattack Jürgen Klopp’s side. Liverpool grabbed an early lead through Virgil van Dijk’s header though, and limited United to very little on the counter. In the second half United eventually found some attacking impetus, but Liverpool wrapped up the three points with a late Mohamed Salah goal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Liverpool continued their winning form last week with a 1-0 victory away at Tottenham Hotspur. Jürgen Klopp’s side now hosted the only team to take points from them so far this season – Manchester United.
Last time out against Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was able to find a formula to limit Liverpool offensively as well as providing a counterattacking threat, with his United side switching to a 5-2-1-2 system, which allowed them to attack the spaces behind Liverpool’s fullbacks in transition.
For this game at Anfield, Solskjær again went with the 5-2-1-2 formation that had helped them to a draw at home earlier in the season. Luke Shaw was used as a left center-back alongside the usual duo of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf, while Aaron . . .