Observations as Liverpool lose their cloak of invincibility at the Etihad

Observations as Liverpool lose their cloak of invincibility at the Etihad

Well... That was a bit shit, wasn't it? Many of us went into the game praying that Liverpool don't lose tonight, and for large parts of the game, it seemed as though the players heard the prayers as Liverpool were largely in their shell. Liverpool needed an Aguero goal at the Etihad (for the zillionth time) to wake up from their slumber. Liverpool equalised with an exquisite move but lost out to a great goal from Sane. The key observations …
Key Stats As Reds' Unbeaten Run Collapses

Key Stats As Reds' Unbeaten Run Collapses

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of title-rivals Manchester City to blow the title race wide open. But what were the key stats from an exciting and extremely painful 2-1 defeat at the Etihad? 1.1CM You always felt that that might be the moment the game was lost. Football is one of fine margins, and the margins in this game were even finer than that. Possession was equal, Man City had 9 shots to Liverpool’s …
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Liverpool have been beaten for the first time in the Premier League this season. It was closely-fought, but Manchester City, the ultimate in title rivals, were deserved winners. The Reds were punished for their first real defensive lapse late in the first half when Sergio Aguero lathered it past Alisson but managed to snatch an equaliser after raising their level just after the hour mark. Supporters may have dreamed of a glorious three points at that stage, but it was …
Reds stutter as superb City end the unbeaten run

Reds stutter as superb City end the unbeaten run

That Brexit midfield. That Dejan Lovren. Why? Just why? Liverpool finished second-best in all departments as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and saw their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to four points, with seventeen games left to play. Leroy Sane scored the winner for City after Sergio Aguero's superb opener was cancelled out by Roberto Firmino. Liverpool can have no complaints, and from the off, City looked like the side with more …
Player Ratings as City beat Liverpool to close the gap

Player Ratings as City beat Liverpool to close the gap

Lots of talk about City’s injuries in the last few weeks and the difference there was that the Reds missed key defenders, whilst the hosts had Fernandinho back to deliver a Man of the Match performance. Liverpool have played better and worse his season, they’ll walk away rueing a potential Kompany red and the introduction of goal line technology. Most importantly, they still walk away with a four point lead. Ratings... A Lovren special Alisson (7): Can’t do anything about …
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 | In-depth Match Review

Trade offs have been mentioned a number of times in this tactical column. That is largely because they are such a key part to football. Teams cannot fully control all areas of a game. If you press high, you leave space behind. If you defend deep, you leave space in front. If you play long, you get the ball forward quickly but with less chance of keeping the ball. If you change one area of your team, you might expose …