Our favourite Red men were back on form on Sunday after winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. It was a tough game near the end, but the Reds managed to hold off Lampard’s men to maintain that five point lead.
However, there was many changes made since our defeat in Napoli.
1. The Milner-less midfield
We started out with Milner-Henderson-Fabinho in the game against Napoli. Yet, Klopp changed the formation once again this weekend to Henderson-Fabinho-Wijnaldum. You could definitely see the difference with the fast-paced style we presented- which ultimately led to two goals.
I’ve mentioned this before, but Milner should be used as a substitute midfielder. Not because I feel he doesn’t have the potential or is not good enough, but more to do with his style of play. Milner plays best when Liverpool need to defend; he’s great when it comes to tackling and preventing counter attacks.
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But he is also a liability in terms of the fouls he made; within ten minutes against Chelsea, he was booked. If he played the first half and received a yellow straight away, we do not get the maximum potential from him.
We needed him in the end to hold off Chelsea’s attack, especially as they dominated the second half.
2. We did not let them settle
Compared to the Napoli game, our offensive players ensured that Chelsea were not comfortable on the ball. Salah, Mane and Firmino kept their defenders under pressure, which led to Chelsea making numerous errors. If one player got the ball, there was at least two Liverpool players close by trying to win it back.
This applied to our defence too. Our back four were performing much better than last Tuesday, with their clearances more direct. There were a few moments where we had them scrambling to keep possession, which made it easier to gain back control.
3. Defence was structured
We may have let our guard down a little near the end of the match, but Liverpool defence was solid in the first half. Some may disagree because of the Azpilicueta disallowed goal, but that is exactly why. VAR would not have ruled in favour of Liverpool if the defenders were structured.
As Liverpool was able to maintain the line, we were able to catch Chelsea offside quite a few times.
Liverpool definitely improved from the Napoli defeat. Now we have to carry this energy on when we play MK Dons.