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Puzzle of Liverpool’s right

With a win in the top match against Manchester City might divide with titelconcurrent up to ten points

Puzzle of Liverpool’s right

Liverpool can tonight against Manchester City a step towards a first championship title since 1990. After coach Jürgen Klopp first aanvalsmachine in motion got, are now elsewhere on the field all the pieces together.

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With Mo Salah (l.) central at rush hour and Xherdan Shaqiri on the flank can defensievere Liverpool attacking still surprise. Paul Ellis/afp

With a win in the top match against Manchester City might divide with titelconcurrent up to ten points

Puzzle of Liverpool’s right

Liverpool can tonight against Manchester City a step towards a first championship title since 1990. After coach Jürgen Klopp first aanvalsmachine in motion got, are now elsewhere on the field all the pieces together.

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VoetbalPremier League

Guillaume Maebe

Recordkeeper

Liverpool will 72,5 million euros should be paid to AS Roma for goalkeeper Alisson Becker, but there has still not regret it. With eight tegendoelpunten in twenty competitiematchen the Brazilian is keeper of the least passed defence of Europe. And although he is not always flawless – in the beginning of the season flaterde he against Leicester a few weeks back, he was inaccurate against Manchester United – the performance of Alisson a relief after the dramatic passage of Loris Karius. Alisson has good reflexes and is placed between on the crossing. But his greatest strength lies in the build-up. With an average of 4.7 long balls per match is the Brazilian much more involved in an attacking action of Liverpool than predecessors Karius and Simon Mignolet. Of those long passes, there is 66 percent, twice as good as Karius and Mignolet. “He is the full package’, predicted Klopp already at the presentation of the Brazilian.

Most expensive defender ever

Alisson gets its penalty figures to the modified playing style of Liverpool. The Reds were under Klopp ever a hyperaanvallend team. High pressing on the opponent, a lot of attempts and physical exigency were the code words of what one the ‘Heavy Metal football’ of the German, called. But that style of play has made Liverpool defensively vulnerable, something which Klopp this year enough. Liverpool is no longer too embarrassed to be from the organisation waiting for the right moment, thanks to Virgil van Dijk. The surprise was somewhat large when The Deck of the Dutchman, the most expensive defender ever made – the paid in the summer of 2017 84.5 million euros to Southampton – but his physical presence has Van Dijk is to be the leader of the defense is crowned. Not coincidentally, he is the player who, in the calendar year 2018 most of the duels won, the entire core of Liverpool. His presence makes defenders better. And more concentrated. “Our defense was the past few years, a puzzle, now it seems as if we are a perfect match,” said fellow defender Dejan Lovren recently.

Society with options

Klopp threw yesterday at his press conference with compliments about the midfielders of Manchester City. “Everyone who like soccer, Kevin De Bruyne”, he was full of praise for the Red Devil, who will this morning know whether he is fit touches for the cake topper. “But if he is not playing, you have David Silva or Bernardo Silva. And also Ilkay Gundogan has already excellently done. The football City are playing, is better than last year and that is partly because they are so flexible on the society.’

“How Liverpool are currently playing, that makes them the best team of Europe

Pep Guardiola

Coach Manchester City

It is a decision that Liverpool have been able to go. While Klopp the previous seasons especially appealed to one defensive midfielder with two controlling pawns, he turns to the triangle now arranged to have his team more stability. A tactic that he can to apply thanks to newcomer Fabinho. The midfielder arrived last summer from AS Monaco for 45 million euros and has after a period of adjustment and gradually in the base achieve. Along with Georginio Wijnaldum, he is today the by Klopp most preferred duo at the heart of the leader.

Aanvalsleider Salah

Mo Salah wrong last season in extremely good shape, but it seemed that in the beginning of this voetbaljaar not to maintain. But in early december scored Salah suddenly a hattrick against Bournemouth in his last three league games was the Egyptian, always good for a goal and an assist. That the Egyptian, again very strong performance, is a part of the new role that Klopp has given to him. While the German previously often chose the combination Sadio Mané on the left, Roberto Firmino central and Salah on the right, he places the Salah is now in the forefront. That is supported by Firmino, while Mané on one of the flanks. The other flank is then populated by dribbelaar Xherdan Shaqiri, who are team mates in the depth, or something behoudendere midfielder Near Keïta, who arranged centrally pops up.

By these variations may be something defensievere Liverpool front continue to surprise. With an average of 2,4 goals per competitieduel the production was under Klopp never more than this season. The German told me yesterday that he, despite the point difference, Manchester City are still the best team of the world, but that said Pep Guardiola: “How Liverpool are currently playing, that makes them the best team of Europe.’ Agreement between the two best of this moment, tonight at 21 hours.

Results and Standings

PREMIER LEAGUE

21st match day: Chelsea – Southampton 0-0; West Ham – Brighton 2-2; Huddersfield – Burnley 1-2; Wolverhampton – Crystal Palace 0-2; Bournemouth – Watford 3-3; Newcastle – Man United 0-2.

Position: 1. Liverpool 54; 2. Tottenham 48; 3. Manchester City 47; 4. Chelsea 44; 5. Arsenal 41; 6. Man United 38; 7. Leicester 31; 8. Watford 29; 9. Wolverhampton 29; 10. West Ham 28; 11. Everton 27; 12. Bournemouth 27; 13. Brighton 26; 14. Crystal Palace 22; 15. Newcastle 18; 16. Burnley 18; 17. Cardiff City 18; 18. Southampton 16; 19. Fulham 14; 20. Huddersfield 10.

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