Jermaine Jenas stated on BBC One’s live coverage of Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United that he was ‘surprised’ by Rhys Williams and Fabinho’s positioning in the wall before Bruno Fernandes’ winner on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Liverpool were beaten 3-2 in an enthralling FA Cup tie, with Fernandes coming off the bench and scoring a sublime free-kick on the edge of the area to seal his side’s passage into the fifth round.
It was Fabinho who gave away the foul for the free-kick, and rather than go over the wall because of the short distance, Fernandes opted to go towards Alisson Becker’s side and the Liverpool man was unable to keep the ball out of the net.
Prior to the winning goal going in, Jenas shared an interesting insight into what he noticed about Liverpool’s wall.
“If I am Fernandes, I am thinking keepers side,” said Jenas before the goal went in. “As much power as you can.
“Getting up and down that wall, I mean the guy’s brilliant, but it’s a big ask.
“I am surprised by the positioning of the wall as well. Williams and Fabinho. The bigger players are almost on the outside thinking Fred is going to hit it. But they are needed more central.”
When Liverpool ran riot in the Premier League last season, one thing they were credited for was their mental strength and never-say-die attitude.
That is needed right now, but in different circumstances, because most of their players are bang out of form.
Some of the positives from Old Trafford was Roberto Firmino showcasing his best when dropping deep and Mo Salah getting back on the scoresheet. But more is clearly needed for this currently confidence-drained side.