Liverpool take on Arsenal tonight away from home and Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers is in search of three pints as well as a “psychological edge” over the Gunners.
In the last 15 years only once has Liverpool taken three points away from against Arsene Wenger’s men and and the latest in this decade and a half debacle was the 4-1 thrashing at the Emirates Stadium in April. Despite this horrid track record Rodgers deems it possible.
“If you assess the last 10 games Arsenal have lost at home, it’s been about dangerous possession for the teams who have won,” Rodgers said.
“No matter when these games come in the season, they are always good for the psychological effect.”
Rodgers said: “The teams who have been [to Arsenal] have only averaged about four shots on target, with 43% possession. It tells you that you don’t need to dominate the ball, but you can dominate the space.
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“Like Arsenal, we do like to dominate the ball, but there are certain games where you look at the tactical approach of what will get you the result. That’s something we’ve done and have been working on this week.”
This seems to be the tactical plan that Liverpool have devised to take the points tonight which Adam Lallana alluded to last week, albeit rather vaguely.
This season has started well for the men from Merseyside with two 1-0 victories being picked up and placing them in a pleasant position of being able to go second with a win over Arsenal. Many on social media have picked up on the fact that this season’s beginning is not dissimilar to that which saw Liverpool ultimately finish second. The 2013/2014 campaign was one of terrific football for Liverpool and a return to such play would not go unwelcome.