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 four-pronged attack on Man City at Etihad
- Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota all started
- They were relentless in the early stages and City struggled to keep up
Watching Liverpool’s four-fold attack straight to 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 the Liverpool manager arrived at the Etihad Stadium with a plan to win this game in an adventurous way.
They were relentless in the opening rally, flying forward at will, while City’s Kevin De Bruyne tried to get between the lines.
Liverpool’s four-fold attack on Manchester City was like watching the Red Arrows
Jurgen Klopp took an adventurous approach to the Etihad and it blew City away from the start
It was always going to be a problem for Liverpool. On two occasions in particular, De Bruyne found pockets and that’s when City got the ball rolling.
In the 31st minute he received the ball and fed Gabriel Jesus, who scored with that wonderful lap. Then again in the 42nd, De Bruyne had space and won a penalty, which he unfortunately missed.
In the second half, De Bruyne pressed higher, while Liverpool didn’t get as many balls in their forwards as they did before the break.
Mohammed Salah, one of the Fab Four, scored for Liverpool but City returned to draw 1-1
When in a rush you’ll normally see Virgil van Dijk react by playing sweeping diagonals, or Trent Alexander-Arnold could produce punishing forward passes. But without those two on the pitch, Liverpool started to look predictable.
Overall it was a great game played at a very high level. Of the two, the visitors left the Etihad the happier team.
City might have been able to clinch victory towards the end, but now Liverpool can spend the international break watching their rivals from above in the Premier League.
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