Manchester City’s tactics a compliment to Liverpool, says Virgil van Dijk

09 October, 2018, 12:56 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Silva was criticised for his team selection against Southampton in midweek

Liverpool are now tied on 20 points alongside Chelsea and Manchester City but if Jurgen Klopp is really serious about dominating the league he should consider dropping Jordan Henderson down the pecking order and try out the combination of Fabinho and Naby Keita.

Mahrez let slip a good chance on the hour when he shot wide when well placed in the penalty box.

Mourinho has been roundly criticised in the past two seasons after his United team emerged from Anfield with successive 0-0 draws.

"Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world of football", said Klopp, who urged the soccer authorities to look at the issue of players being overused. That's been long overdue and a huge positive for Reds fans to take from yesterday's stalemate.

"I'm so comfortable (with) the performance we have done". We don't need to be lip readers to know what they were talking about.

But after eight games I still think it's very early to think about Chelsea challenging (Man City or Liverpool)'.


The previously unstoppable Liverpool registered just two efforts on target, with City mustering the same. It makes no sense to moan about it when you are in it. That's why I say, going away is not a big problem, but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says: 'I am under pressure as well, ' because now it's Nations Cup. "But now it is over so I can", said Klopp. "But with this fixture list, I would definitely buy it".

However, Chelsea FC have managed to keep pace with the defending champions and Liverpool FC after eight games despite Maurizio Sarri's appointment on 14 July. We were close, more than ever to winning here, but it is better than last season.

Liverpool and City appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack and only succeeded in canceling each other out.

A rare incisive Liverpool counter-attack found Salah again in a good position 21 minutes from time, but he blazed high over the bar. Manchester City got the biggest chance to seal the game when Lorey Sane was knocked down by Virgil van Dijk in his own penalty area and the Cityzens' were handed a spot kick.

Jesus stepped up to assume penalty taking duties, only to be moved aside by another winger, Riyad Mahrez, after Benjamin Mendy had run onto the pitch with instructions from the bench.

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