Monday Night Football saw Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville analyse Liverpool’s 4-1 win at Man City, with plenty of praise for Jurgen KLopp’s front three.
“The first 30 or 35 minutes was as good as anything I can remember,” praised Carragher.
“For Liverpool supporters in their forties or fifties, the run they went on for the first goal was like Ian Rush running onto the end of a Kenny Dalglish pass – a straight pass to a diagonal run. That is what you saw all day.
“It was like the Red Arrows watching Liverpool, they were just running through people all the time. They could’ve scored another two or three goals just from this sort of tactic.
“The front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Adam Lallana were scintillating and they played very narrow. The two reasons for that, I think, was to stop Man City – when they were in possession – from playing balls into midfield and force them wide.
“But also when they’re that narrow, they can make penetrating runs from there because City centre-backs like to step out to the ball, be aggressive and when they’re on the edge of the box, they always hold that line.”
“You could see the work that had been done during the week.
“There was talk about why [Christian] Benteke wasn’t playing and Klopp said, ‘Well I’ve been using the same players for the last 10 days in training’ and you can see how that’s worked.
“We’ve spoken about the work of Klopp in terms of being organised and pressing. I think that was the first time we’ve seen the work of him offensively, what he can do and maybe the damage he can cause with his teams, and that’s from working with those players for 10 days during the international break.”
There was also analysis of Lucas’ role, and what went wrong for City.