A very good point, there is something very odd with our midfield this year in that they are normally extremely passive and hardly ever run with the ball or attack the opposition area. We seem to treat the midfield primarily as a first line of defense, which explains our superb defensive record but we simply cannot rely on squeaking 1-0's all season, we need to get more attacking movement and link up from the midfield and that is provided by Keita, Shaq and hopefully soon Ox.
In the game yesterday I think Klopp set up to get a draw and was unwilling or unable to switch it around after they had their injuries. If anything I think our players are sometimes overcoached and are not able to play football with any freedom or it seems passion. I mean honestly when is the last time we have seen genuine passion from this team? I certainly haven't seen it often this season. Manure yesterday, despite being hit with injuries played far more like a team and played off the crowd, it was impressive and something I miss.
Touched on the pace & power the Ox brings to midfield, on page 33. Yes we are lacking a bit of direct threat from midfield. We did see Matip make a run thru the heart of their defence and he very nearly won a penalty.( wonder if he could play midfield)
I was excited by the arrival of Keita because I thought he could offer more direct threat from midfield but he hasn't ignited just yet. We more or less knew our midfield was going to sit in but we just didn't have the game intelligence to adjust to their disarray in the first half. Most disappointing aspect was the lack of chances being created. Can't score if you don't create - never up,never in....Tiger would say..!
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