Liverpool counter-attacks ‘devastating’ – Neville

Date published: Sunday 22nd November 2015 10:07

Liverpool: Counter-attacking impressed Gary Neville

Liverpool: Counter-attacking impressed Gary Neville

Gary Neville¬†was impressed with the way Liverpool executed a slightly different game plan at Manchester City, describing their counter-attacks as “devastating”.

Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead inside 31 minutes at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening as they coasted their way to a 4-1 win which saw City knocked off the top of the Premier League.

Klopp has quickly implemented his high-intensity, high pressing style since taking over at Anfield, but Neville noted a change in approach from the Reds in Manchester.

“They were fantastic,” he said on The Gary Neville Podcast on Sky Sports.

“Even before they scored, we noticed the belief and their intent to pass the ball really quickly and brightly. City couldn’t cope – they looked really sluggish in the first half.

“People talk about the frantic press of Klopp’s teams and the pressing from the front. It wasn’t necessarily all about that against City – it was all about dropping off and then springing into counter-attacks.

“The transition was devastating from Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.

“They knew that City would spread their full-backs wide and their wingers would go wide too, meaning the two centre-backs and central midfielders could get isolated.

“The game plan was executed brilliantly. Klopp will be delighted as he’d have worked on it all week and his team have gone and done it for him.”

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    Gary Neville was impressed with the way Liverpool executed their plan at Manchester City, describing their counter-attacks as devastating.

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    When you have players like Coutinho and Firmino and adding to that fullbacks like Moreno and Clyne, you should work with their strengths. Theirs is speed and flair and that was well worked by Klopp. When I saw the line-ups I knew City could get into trouble. They didn’t have any pace in their back four and knowing Liverpool’s wide men have that pace, I would have put Clichy and Zabaleta in the full back positions. Otamendi should have started as well. Yaya Toure can’t be bothered to defend anymore and he looks a bit lost when Silva is not playing. He shouldn’t be an automatic starter for them anymore.
    But all credit to Liverpool and Klopp. They’re just a different team now, I wouldn’t mind having Klopp at United these days. Liverpool need just a little more consistency and a couple of top players and they could challenge at all fronts.



    A fully deserved win.

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