Liverpool play some of the best football in England when they are on song but a pair of former players have suggested that can also be seen as a weakness, making Liverpool predictable to play against.
Liverpool had a fantastic start to the season but have since suffered back-to-back defeats which has led to a slight inquest into the way the side has been playing and the tactics which have been used.
“The thing that’s a little bit worrying this season is that even though they play some good football, in the second half they lose their shape - I think it’s ‘play, play, play, play’ and the opposition get used to that and they step on and pen us in. I think we’re too predictable,” said Wright.
So what can Liverpool do to try and develop a plan B, coming up with something different against sides that counter their natural game well.
Liverpool are a side that like to control the pace and flow of games, using a good variety of experience and youth to play attractive and effective football.
Liverpool do have some extremely quick players and players who can run onto the ball well which means there could be an advantage at times for the side to play the ball into space.
It’s not hoof ball, but when an opposition side presses high up the pitch, it leaves space in behind which can be exploited and Liverpool have several players who can pass well into open spaces.
“The second half performance for me has been worrying - We’ve been one-nil up and sat back and allowed teams to come at us and still won 1-0. We can’t continue to do that, we have to get our second half performances much better,” added Barnes.
One way Liverpool can change those second half performances is to improve their possession stats.
They are a much better and impressive side in possession and they need to improve their average possession percentage this season which is currently 49.4% making them the tenth best side in the country at keeping the ball.
The other simple way the side can improve is to show more variety in how they attack.
At the moment 73% of Liverpool's attacking play is coming from wide areas. The club does have some talented wide men but it statistically makes Liverpool literally predictable to play against.
It's simply about variety and finding different ways to get at the opposition when conventional tactics are countered.
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