Michael Mongie continues his wildly popular series where he analyses Liverpool’s next three fixtures.
In my last edition of the series, I incorrectly predicted that Liverpool would claim maximum points and Jose Mourinho’s boring and, I’m being honest, sh*t football ruined that for me. In their last three Premier League games, Jurgen Klopp’s men have picked up a very respectable seven points.
It was a run of games that proved to be rather tricky for Liverpool after previously displaying some absolutely blistering football, dispatching the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal. A trip to Swansea on a muggy Sunday afternoon almost proved disastrous as the Reds conceded a sloppy goal in the eighth minute of play to Leroy Fer. The Swans’, and Francesco Guidolin especially, had their hopes dashed as second half goals from Firmino and Milner rescued the game and the points for Liverpool.
Klopp’s Jurgenauts then hosted Jose Mourinho’s sad excuse for a Manchester United team and were held to a draw as the Portuguese coach had his team adopt a flat back of four defenders with operational wingbacks which meant that it was virtually impossible to breakthrough.
Philippe Coutinho very almost found the back of the net from all of 30 yards with a trademark curler but David De Gea thwarted him.
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After playing four of their opening five games of the season away from home, it all of a sudden seemed as though Liverpool was only playing home games as United, West Brom and Spurs visited Anfield in the space of eight days.
West Brom presented a similar issue that United had five days earlier. The Baggies are known for being a compact side that plays on the counter and poses a significant physical threat. According to Whoscored.com, Tony Pulis’ men play 73 long balls per game on average and only 220 short ones. Liverpool, for the most part, coped with their barrage and won 2-1 after dominating for large stretches of the game.
Shall we get on with analysing Liverpool’s next three fixtures?