The Man City draw reveals a breach in Liverpool’s defense that threatens to derail Jurgen Klopp’s title campaign once more.
Liverpool’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday revealed a weakness that could jeopardize Jurgen Klopp’s title hopes.
Liverpool were good value for a point in the end, as their 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday was an enthralling title thriller. However, they were quite fortunate to be in that position after being completely outplayed in the first half.
Despite their dominance, City’s absence of a real number nine nearly killed their chances of leaving Merseyside with anything after the Reds’ second-half performance.
Regardless, City’s rampage down Liverpool’s right flank in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold revealed the Reds’ lack of quality depth in that position – and will have set alarm bells ringing at Anfield.
James Milner is a capable squad player, but Phil Foden made the veteran, who has so frequently defied his age in a Liverpool shirt, appear every one of his 35 years.
Milner was tormented repeatedly on a chaotic afternoon that saw him substituted off before being sent off against the Manchester City wizard, who exploited the Reds’ evident weakness on that side of the pitch.
It would be naive to believe that Alexander-presence Arnold’s would have fully stopped Foden, who was in such seductive form.
But, as Gary Neville reflected after the game, if he had played, the situation on that wing would have been very different for both teams.
“Wouldn’t it have been fantastic to watch Trent Alexander-Arnold on that right-hand side against Phil Foden?” Neville wondered.
“He’d have been flying forward to see what Foden would have done defensively, and then Trent would have been put under great pressure the other way.”
“It wasn’t to be, and you always knew he [Foden] was the way back into the game as the game progressed.”
The actual issue, as Neville pointed out, is that Alexander-absence Arnold’s is a double whammy for Klopp because he is such an important attacking aspect in Liverpool’s style of play.
The 22-year-old right-back is tied for second in the Premier League with 23 vital passes.
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Liverpool have unable to find a replacement for his dynamism on the right wing. “Brinkwire Summary News”.