Liverpool’s high-line was a problem last season, but it may be back this time. This tactic was used again by the Reds in pre-season, when they drew 1-1 in Austria with Stuttgart.
Ibrahima Konate made his debut in the new colours he received from RB Leipzig after he switched to PS34m earlier this summer.
Already it is clear that Jurgen Klopp will use his speed across the ground to Liverpool’s advantage. His attributes could be the weapon to help Reds control their aggressive backline.
The opening exchanges of the Frenchman’s unofficial debut didn’t go according to plan.
Chelsea transfer target Sasakalajdzic was dragged wide of the penalty box and the run gave the Austrian space to backheel into Philipp Forster’s path, who scored the opening goal for Stuttgart.
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Konate will eat up the ground and sweep up so it doesn’t seem like a problem.
This allows Liverpool to push higher up the pitch, and try to win the ball back into the opposition’s half.
It will take Konate time to adjust to his new environment, especially until he plays with Joe Gomez and Van Dijk.
He teamed up with Rhys Williams today in defense and, besides the goal in the end, Liverpool appeared solid in defense.
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Memories of last season will fade when Fabinho returns to screen the defence and Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold return.
Harvey Elliott impressed as well, and his sharpness of mind and energy really stood out after his return from Liverpool.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also had the opportunity to play as a false nine and he looked brilliant.
Liverpool had a chance to get back to basics and a different XI was present for the 1-1 draw with FC Wacker Innsbruck.
Divock Origi scored from the penalty spot in that match before the Austrian side fought back to a draw.
Published on Tue, 20 July 2021 21:10.22 +0000