Liverpool have been suggested to discover a “maestro” for his or her midfield after Graeme Souness claimed their three gamers in that place had been “bullied” of their draw towards Chelsea.
Liverpool came away from Stamford Bridge with a point after a 2-2 draw on Sunday. They had been two targets forward courtesy of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, however Chelsea hit again earlier than half-time. Mateo Kovacic scored a stunner earlier than Christian Pulisic equalised.
In reality, it was the least Chelsea deserved. The Blues had been on prime earlier than going behind and ended the sport with extra pictures and possession than Liverpool.
One key space during which the hosts outperformed their guests, based on Souness, was in midfield. Seeing the larger image, the pundit urged his former aspect to discover a strategy to get higher management of possession.
He mentioned on Sky Sports activities: “Chelsea bossed midfield at the moment. Liverpool have an amazing success by pushing up, all three elements of the staff all being involved with one another.
“It solely works when the midfield of Liverpool are placing the opposition beneath strain, each time they get the ball and retaining the midfielders’ head down and the strikers’ head down and you may’t maintain a excessive line.
“Within the Liverpool groups I performed in we knew there could be half a dozen occasions the place we’d get caught by holding a excessive line that may value you a purpose however the benefits over the remainder of the season by taking part in that approach you win extra video games than lose.
‘Bossed and bullied’
“Liverpool this 12 months, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and James Milner weren’t on the races at the moment. They had been bossed and bullied by Chelsea’s midfield.
“The possession stats let you know that, 130 extra passes tells you that and it wasn’t the Liverpool we’ve seen the final three or 4 years the place they bully groups.
“Liverpool want extra of a maestro in there. Thiago is definitely a greater footballer than what they’ve however by doing that you simply lose that in momentum by way of urgent and being on the entrance foot.
“They had been uncovered at the moment Liverpool by the midfield probably not managing to manage Chelsea.”
Liverpool urged to strengthen midfield
Souness is just not the one pundit to advocate that Liverpool enhance in midfield.
Previous to the sport, Paddy Kenny instructed Soccer Insider that Liverpool need to recruit both in midfield and up front to keep away from a season with out trophies.
Reflecting on their earlier loss to Leicester, Kenny mentioned: “Liverpool had been miles off it. They only didn’t appear to be they wished it sufficient. In order that was a blow for them with Man Metropolis wanting so dominant as properly.
“Then you definitely take a look at Salah, Mane and Keita all set to go to the Africa Cup of Nations, they want new gamers in January.
“The midfield is already a bit weak, for me, so that’s someplace I’d look to enhance.
“However Salah is the one who will likely be missed most, clearly. A brand new attacker may simply clean up that frontline.
“I don’t suppose Liverpool can afford one other quiet window. They should closely make investments or they received’t win something once more. For this supervisor and these gamers that’s unacceptable.”