Liverpool – Tottenham Hotspur: Passive Spurs Unable to Withstand Liverpool Barrage (2-1)
A very early goal from Harry Kane invited Spurs to try and shut up shop early on and defend deep against Liverpool. Spurs’ defending became perhaps too passive though, as Liverpool were able to dictate possession and constantly switch the play with little pressure. Eventually Liverpool’s dominance paid off, as Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet for the home side to prevail 2-1.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Liverpool’s winning start to the season came to an end last week as they dropped points away at Manchester United with a 1-1 draw. They got back to winning ways in midweek though as they defeated Genk in the Champions League group stage.
As was the case in midweek, Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané started up front in this game. Jürgen Klopp also tried something different in midfield in midweek as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita flanked Fabinho in midfield in their 4-3-3 formation.
For this game though, Klopp went back to a tried and tested formula of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum as the midfield partners for Fabinho. In defense, Trent Alexander-Arnold returned after missing out against Genk.
Spurs’ 5-0 victory over FK Crvena Zvezda in their Champions League fixture was a welcome result from their point of view after the terrible few weeks they have had on the pitch. However, it might take more than that . . .