Post-Match Analysis: Liverpool 2-0 Leicester City

Post-Match Analysis: Liverpool 2-0 Leicester City
February 10, 2022 Daniel Rhodes

Paul Tomkins, Andrew Beasley, Daniel Rhodes, Chris Rowland and other TTT regulars will give their thoughts for 24 hours after the game, and we’ll have all the post-match stats too.

Post-Match Thoughts

Paul Tomkins:

We’ve seen man-marking and zonal-marking. Tonight, as Liverpool capitalised on some corners, we saw Leicester deploying neither. Just leave Virgil Van Dijk free: simple. Then, don’t track Diogo Jota. Zero-marking. It’s a winner; innovation at its finest.

The Reds never really hit top gear after a period of winter hibernation, but Luis Diaz’s full debut was full of pace, cunning, determination and awareness, as Liverpool gradually seized total control of the game, and ramped it up in the final 35 minutes. In the end it felt like Kasper Schmeichel made a dozen saves, some of them pretty good, two or three of them excellent.

Mo Salah, on as a sub after playing 120 minutes at AFCON every three days, curled a beauty onto the woodwork and then got taken out by a potential leg-breaking tackle a fraction after he got a shot away in the box, but as he’d just got a shot away, you’re allowed to do that, apparently (PGMOL logic).

No Sadio Mané. No Jordan Henderson. No Joe Gomez, and no Divock Origi. No young whipper-snapper Kaide Gordon. And yet a bench of Caoimhin Kelleher, Ibrahima Konaté, James Milner, Naby Keita, Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Taki Minamino, Kostas Tsimikas and the prodigious Harvey Elliott.

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