Sheffield United might have lost to Liverpool on Saturday, but only very narrowly and it required a freak error for Jurgen Klopp’s side to win.
More importantly, Chris Wilder devised a method of playing that might be picked up by any of Liverpool’s future opponents, as Daniel Storey explained on Monday’s edition of the Totally Football Show.
“Basically what Sheffield United did – and this is easier said than done – is they told George Baldock, at right wing-back, to just sprint at Andrew Robertson whenever he got the ball and not let him get over halfway with the ball at his feet, which meant he had to turn back and play into defence.
“Then with Trent Alexander-Arnold, all they did was attack down his side because we think that’s where the weakness is, and if they could unnerve him he would stop running forwards too.
“And they did it. Liverpool tried going direct, which didn’t work because Sheffield United were just winning header after header, then in the second-half Jurgen Klopp had to change things, brought on Divock Origi and played almost a 4-2-4, all his forwards on the pitch, and tried to play into the channels.
“Sheffield United would have survived if it wasn’t for Henderson’s mistake…a draw would’ve been a fair result.”
League defeats against non-Big Six teams over the last 20 months:
10 – Man United, Arsenal
9 – Tottenham
7 – Chelsea
4 – Man City
0 – Liverpool
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) September 26, 2019
And it so very nearly worked, helped along of course by an off-day by the European champions.
“Liverpool were really poor – Salah was awful, the fullbacks were closed down, Fabinho was good but other than that nobody else really turned up. They missed two or three golden chances and then had to rely on a fairly catastrophic error from Dean Henderson.
“But Liverpool will care not a jot. They’re three wins away from breaking the top flight record for consecutive victories, which is pretty phenomenal given Manchester City only broke that record last season.”
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