Davies explains how Liverpool are more impressive than Arsenal

Date published: Monday 26th September 2016 10:21

Adam Lallana

Hull captain Curtis Davies admits Liverpool were much tougher to play against than Arsenal.

Liverpool thrashed Hull 5-1 on Saturday thanks to James Milner’s brace and goals from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.

And Davies lauded the attacking display of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“When you play against a Liverpool team that is vibrant, exciting and enjoying itself it is tough,” he said. “They are a side which literally plays with (Jordan) Henderson and the two centre-halves at the back and the rest can go where-ever they want.

“That is not ill-discipline, it’s organised. The inter-changing, the good football, the passing – they are a very, very tough team to deal with when they are on their game.

“It is hard to lay a glove on anyone, put it that way. When there is so much inter-changing you cannot put your mark on one person.

“It is tough to try and get in and try and make a tackle which makes them think again because literally one second Mane will be in that hole, then Lallana and then Coutinho.

“With the full backs playing like wingers it becomes very difficult because you end up with backs against the wall.”

A week earlier Hull were beaten 4-1 by Arsenal, but gave the Gunners a scare after pulling a goal back despite having a man sent off.

“Last week against Arsenal, we had 10 men but it was a different performance,” he said. “We were good. We kept hold of the ball but Liverpool, with their pressing game, they weren’t going to be satisfied with 3-0.

“They weren’t satisfied with 4-0 or scoring five. They wanted six, seven, eight and that is the difference. Arsenal were like, ‘We will sit, we will let them have the ball and then we will have it for another five minutes’.

“But Liverpool didn’t give you a chance to breathe to be honest. Arsenal are a very good passing team, but a lot of their stuff is on front of you. Nice little passes.

“Liverpool have that mix of nice little passes and then people who will run and run at you and beat you as well. Like Mane. Like Coutinho.

“They will open the game up just on their own by making runs and beating people. It is very difficult to take.

“When we went down to 10 men then, if I am being honest, as a Liverpool I would be thinking, ‘We can give them a hiding. Let’s be ruthless.’ And they were ruthless.”

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