Liverpool are back on top and they started the game in electric fashion. A brilliant Sadio Mane goal with a photo finish past David de Gea was a sight to behold. However, here is one stat for you which will give away other important facts of the game. Liverpool dominated the possession as they enjoyed 64 percent of the ball far superior to Man United’s 36 percent.
Diago dalot in place of Antonio Valencia was always a questionable decision. Both Robertson and Firmino got the better of him on more occasions than less. Paul Pogba missed out again ecause of his fallout with Jose Mourinho. Juan Mata could not show his sneaky skills and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Marital were again below par.
The area where United lost the game was the midfield. The dynamic trio of Fabinho, Wijnadlum and Naby Keita won the ball back so many times. This made life difficult for united midfielders as they were forced to operate as defenders more often.
Andy Robertson looked more like taking a shot than Mohammad Salah. Moreover, Both Salah and Robert Firminho were keen on passing and meeting the perfect pass. With the introduction of Shaqiri they got the man who would shoot instead of waiting for the perfect pass. Shaqiri scored both the goals with a deflection but he executed the strategy which players on the pitch were not able to see.
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Jurgen Klopp realized that Manchester united had a strong formation at the back which did not allow Mohammad Salah to find the perfect pass. However, he got his tactics dead right with the introduction of Xherdan Shaqiri as Liverpool ran riot.
Moreover super sub shaqiri is only one of the powerhouses on the Liverpool bench as the players who could have feature include Trent Alexander Arnold, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Things could not have gone better for Liverpool as they have remained unbeaten in the league. Moreover, in the aftermath of the result united have sacked mourinho as they don’t want a similar fate for their team when they take on PSG in the Champions league.
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