Gary Neville has claimed that Anfield is the hardest ground in the Premier League to counter-attack on.
Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the pundit said the tightness of the pitch made life difficult for Liverpool’s opponents. He also praised how Tottenham Hotspur countered successfully against The Reds on Saturday night.
“That ground to counter-attack on is the toughest ground to counter-attack on,” said Neville. “I believe there’s less space there than there is here (at Manchester City), there just is.
“I know they’ve (Spurs) done well here (at City), but that ground is so tight and Van Dijk and Konate they’re so quick and so strong that you think to yourself how do Kane and Son do it against them, but they did.
“That’s the toughest away game that you have to play I think, Anfield, and it’s the toughest game that you have to counter-attack in because the space is so little it feels like in the centre of midfield.”
Spurs consistently looked a threat on the counter on Saturday night. It may have been largely down to fatigue creeping into Liverpool more than anything else. But in Kane, Son and Dejan Kulusevski, they have a front-three who are a match for any defence in the world.
Klopp’s home comforts
As well as the obvious factors, Anfield has many hidden intricacies that make playing on it so tough for any away side.
Villarreal’s Etienne Capoue recently called visiting Liverpool’s ground ‘hell.’ Meanwhile Petr Cech claimed that he couldn’t see thanks to the sun shining over The Kop.
All these things make visiting Anfield a tough ask for any team, even one with as much firepower as Spurs.
Antonio Conte’s side came as close as anyone to ending Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League streak at Anfield. But Luis Diaz’s deflected goal means that The Reds are now undefeated in 21 games at home. They’ve scored 52 and conceded just nine in that time.
One last chance for added Anfield edge
There was huge disappointment from a Liverpool point of view this weekend. The draw with Spurs was compounded by City demolishing Newcastle United 5-0 on Sunday.
That leaves The Reds three points behind Pep Guardiola’s team and now with an inferior goal difference. All is not lost just yet though, and Liverpool will be hoping that the next time they play at Anfield the title is still a possibility.
Before facing Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the season, Liverpool first have two away games.
If they can get to May 22nd within touching distance of City, there will be a fervent atmosphere at the old stadium as Wolves roll into town.