Thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s goal, Liverpool got three points in the home game against Manchester City to stay in the race for the Premier League title.
The expectations from the main game of the 18th Premier League round were high. Both teams, headed by coaches with an attacking philosophy, were expected to show an attractive performance with a lot of goals. However, the reality brought the opposite scenario for this game with a few moments and only one goal.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) December 31, 2016
Liverpool made the score 1-0 in the eighth minute of the game after Wijnaldum transformed a wonderful cross from Adam Lallana into a goal, which was the only shot on target for Klopp’s team this game. However, Manchester City did not go further and made only two shots that reached Simon Mignolet.
As was expected, City tried to possess the ball, but their attempts to create dangerous moments near Simon Mignolet’s gates were useless. Klopp built a wall in defense, which is unusual for his Liverpool, who tends to play in attack and whose attack is the best in the league so far (46 goals in 18 games). The attacking line Mane – Firmino – Sturridge has already scored 20 goals and made 15 assists.
Melhores ataques da Premier League 2016-17:
Liverpool – 46
Chelsea – 42
Arsenal – 41
Manchester City – 39
Tottenham – 37 pic.twitter.com/06BnLnoBB2
— Curiosidades PL (@CuriosidadesPL) January 1, 2017
Even without Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool’s main star, who is currently injured, Liverpool’s attack seems perfect. Jurgen Klopp can vary it by substituting Sturridge on Origi, and by placing Wijnaldum in the midfield instead of Emre Can, who is more focused on defense. Plus, Liverpool has the Jocker named Adam Lallana, who organizes most of his team’s attacks and who has made 7 assists this season (in 17 appearances).
Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp understands the problems of his team in defense. That is why his team tried to focus on defense and rely on counterattacks in the game against City, whose defense is not reliable as well. However, Guardiola, unlike Klopp, never plays from defense, which results in the loss of many points for Man City this season.
The victory over Man City allowed Liverpool to increase the gap from the third place by 4 points and continue to pursue Chelsea in the Premier League race.