- Nov 10, 2014
Thought I'd mention that our defense at the time of Reina and co also had a certain Mascherano and Alonso doing what they did in front of that back line. Plus Rafa's chess like management of the defensive situations should also be mentioned.Reina, Carra and Hyypia were the perfect match. Reina commanded the penalty box if hyypia was not around. He'd punch the ball all the way to the half way line!
Hyypia was never beaten in the air. Carra would always be the one making the impulsive tackles knowing hyypia is well positioned as well.
Van Dyjk is our new hyypia, and he also has pace. We know van dyjk is the one composed in the air and on the ground but this does not mean other players don't have to win the aerial balls.
It's great you point out the understanding the forwards have with each other, anticipating passes, occupying the right spaces and pouncing on the rebounds. If lovren had matip's pace, he wouldn't be as hap hazardous as he is. At the same time, matip is pacy and proficient on the deck...it wouldn't be so bad if he was the one stepping out of his line to collect the ball.
We can't expect the defenders to win every long ball so there are interesting times ahead on how Klopp will solve this with the right combination. We need a full pre-season to build chemistry with an established back-line which I believe we have now. I totally agree that it's not the errors that we make, but the fact that we are not agile enough to cover and recover for each other's error.
I saw an interesting point about the Lovren / Lukaku battle at the weekend. Basically for the first goal Lukaku pretty much drags Lovren way out of position into an area where it was difficult for him to win that first ball and gave him no chance with the second. It also opened the gap for Rashford. How intentional that was could be debated but it worked. Perhaps Can should have positioned himself in front of Lukaku to reduce that risk and try to avoid Lovren being dragged out of position like that.