Liverpool – West Ham United: Liverpool Clinch Semi Final Berth With Commanding Display (5-1)
Liverpool and West Ham United had their vision set on a League Cup semi-final appearance, but only one team turned up at Anfield. Liverpool, sparked by Jürgen Klopp’s tactical shift and a performance reminiscent of their old selves, dominated right from the beginning and secured their spot in the final four.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.
Jürgen Klopp and David Moyes have been the catalysts of transformation at their respective clubs, but they are currently grappling to seek the optimal balance in their teams. But despite these challenges, both the tacticians have consistently found results.
For Liverpool, the rebuild of the team’s midfield department has encountered its share of challenges. Still, Jürgen Klopp’s men find themselves in the thick of a title race, trailing league leaders Arsenal by just one point. While Liverpool has leaned on individual brilliance, that reliance was unfruitful against Manchester United, where despite an impressive thirty-four attempts, they fell short. Following a defeat in the Europa League and a goalless draw, a victory was pivotal to get back on track.
West Ham United, on the other hand, has faced scrutiny under Moyes’ leadership once again. Yet, their results paint a different story, as they have lost only once in their last nine games, which was a resounding 5-0 defeat over Fulham two weeks ago. Since then, the well-oiled machinery appears to be in full swing, clinching two comfortable victories, while booking their spot in the Europa League knockout stages. However, Anfield has proven to be an elusive venue . . .