15 Mar 2022 | 05:42 | Football
Robertson and Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool’s dynamic full-back duo
Although Arsenal are in high form, but in terms of forces, it is clear that the Red Brigade is superior. In the last 10 confrontations between the two teams in the Premier League, Liverpool won 7, the rest drew 2 and lost only 1. In the first leg this season, The Kop also destroyed the Gunners with a score of 4-0.
Therefore, if you want to knock down the representative of Merseyside, coach Mikel Arteta needs to have very careful calculations. Here are 3 steps that the Gunners need to do, to find a chance to defeat coach Jurgen Klopp’s army.
1. Learn from Inter Milan
The Nerazzurri cut Liverpool’s 366-day unbeaten streak at home. The effort of the Serie A champions is something that Mikel Arteta can learn from. Inter’s intense approach to the game left Liverpool confused by not being able to play with familiar intensity. In other words, the Gunners are not allowed to let The Kop control the game and play as they want.
2. Break the offside trap
Liverpool usually play with a forward formation. Their central defenders therefore also have to give up to keep the distance of the squad. Whenever being counter-attacked, one of the extremely effective methods that The Kop defense uses to prevent, is the offside trap.
Virgil van Dijk (35) and Joel Matip (29) are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in the number of successful offside traps in the Premier League this season. Ruben Dias in 3rd place also only 19 times.
However, the offside trap is inherently a “double-edged sword”. Therefore, Arsenal need to have a plan to distract the trap set by Liverpool central defenders. The flexibility of Alexandre Lacazette, the vision of Martin Odegaard and especially the speed of Bukayo Saka or Gabriel Martinelli can completely help the Gunners do that.
3. Don’t score too early
In the first leg, Mikel Arteta made the mistake of arguing with Jurgen Klopp outside the touchline, accidentally “inciting” the opposing fans and Liverpool players. Similarly, if there is an early goal against The Kop, Klopp will certainly command his students to push high and increase the pressure.
Liverpool like a “beast” when injured. The best trick for Arsenal was to try to keep the score 0-0 in the first half, then attack in the second half – a time when the Kop’s physical and mental health had been worn down.