MARTIN KEOWN: Liverpool’s four-pronged attack was like watching the Red Arrows – Manchester City struggled to keep up with Jurgen Klopp’s adventurous approach
- Jurgen Klopp deployed a four-pronged attack vs Manchester City at the Etihad
- Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota all started
- They were relentless in the opening stages and City struggled to keep up
Watching Liverpool’s four-pronged attack drive directly at Manchester City in the first half was like watching the Red Arrows.
Not everyone thought Jurgen Klopp could use Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota together. But Liverpool’s manager arrived at the Etihad Stadium with a plan to win this game in an adventurous way.
They were relentless in the opening exchanges, flying forward at will, while City’s Kevin De Bruyne was trying to get between the lines.
Liverpool’s four-pronged attack against Manchester City was like watching the Red Arrows
Jurgen Klopp went with an adventurous approach at the Etihad and it blew City away early on
That was always going to pose Liverpool problems. On two occasions in particular, De Bruyne found pockets and that was when City made things happen.
In the 31st minute he received the ball and fed Gabriel Jesus, who scored with that wonderful turn. Then again in the 42nd, De Bruyne had space and won a penalty, which he regrettably missed.
In the second half, De Bruyne was pressing higher, while Liverpool weren’t getting as many balls into their attackers as they were before the break.
Mohammed Salah, one of the ‘Fab Four’, scored for Liverpool as they ended the game 1-1
When pressed, you’d normally see Virgil van Dijk react by playing raking diagonals, or Trent Alexander-Arnold might produce punishing forward passes. But without those two on the pitch, Liverpool started to look predictable.
Overall this was an excellent game played to a very high level. Of the two, the visitors left the Etihad the happier team.
City perhaps could have nicked the win towards the end, but now Liverpool get to spend the international break looking down on their rivals in the Premier League table.
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