Jurgen Klopp made 10 (!) changes to the side, which made that huge comeback against
Dortmund on Thursday,
including a lot of youngsters into the line up, one of them being Danny Ward
who made his Premier League debut with Liverpool.
Despite all those changes, the brilliance of Daniel Sturridge and Roberto
Firmino was enough for Liverpool to win easier
than the final 1-2 score might seem.
Roberto Firmino works as a false nine
Allen, becoming slowly but surely a cult hero at Anfield, presses high on the pitch winning eventually the ball. The moment he gets it, Sturridge and Firmino are making runs. The Welshman passes to Sturridge, who is through on goal and chips the ball over Boruc just to see it hitting the post. This is another example of gegenpressing, Klopp’s method of winning the ball shortly after losing it, and counter attacking immediately.
No matter the defence, set pieces are a threat
Kolo Toure and Lucas Leiva were deployed as centre backs while Randall and Smith were on the flanks. This whole new defense showed exactly the same inefficiencies when it came to set pieces. Six
Bournemouth players are inside the box when the ball is delivered. No1 is all alone in the far post, while no 6 is standing with two Liverpool players marking him despite not posing any threat whatsoever. In addition one Bournemouth player is outside the box waiting for a poor clearance without anyone’s attention on him.