Manager Jürgen Klopp and coach Peter Krawietz deserve immense credit for their work at half-time to perfectly prepare the team to win games in the second half.
Author: James Noble
Ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Shrewsbury Town, The Kopite spoke to Ollie Warner of Salopcast – the popular Shrewsbury Town podcast which has been running since 2016 – to learn more about the Shropshire club and get his thoughts on the match.
A tactical analysis of how Liverpool should approach Sunday’s crunch clash with bitter rivals Manchester United.
At times this trio has been bemoaned — even derogatorily dubbed the ‘Brexit midfield’ — but they are still quietly proving that they remain a vital cog in Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool machine.
The Hornets gave a good showing at Anfield under their new manager, but lacked any sting as the Reds eased over the line.
A tough time was expected in Austria, and until the deadlock was finally broken just before the hour mark it had been tough for the Reds. Once the lead was established, though, progression to the next round was never in doubt.
It’s undeniably something we could have done without. Having been a domineering, composed lynchpin in the Reds midfield thus far this season and, in truth, since around this time last year, the Brazilian’s expected eight-week absence was far from ideal news going into the season’s busiest spell. It’s quite possible that as one door closes, a number of others may open.
It is increasingly appreciated just how under-appreciated Roberto Firmino’s importance to the Reds is but, after a relatively quiet couple of months in-front of goal, Liverpool’s smiling assassin provided his latest clarification at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
There are plenty of reasons to believe the Swiss international could still make a notable contribution to the Reds’ season upon his anticipated return from injury, despite his lack of game time in recent months.
Those three numbers are what appear to make these sides so similar, yet oh so different, at the same time. James Noble dissects the formations that make this steadily intensifying modern-day rivalry all the more fascinating.