Liverpool edge out Stoke in a close encounter
Liverpool started their Premier League season in style with a victory over a determined Stoke side . While the Stoke defence was carved upon a numerous occasion , debutant Aspas who was leading the side in absence of Luis Suarez , failed to convert any of the chances leading to a miserable first display in front of the away crowd .
LIVERPOOL – Mignolet ; Cissokho Sakho Balanta Johnson ; Gerrard Peryra ; Henderson Sturridge (wings) ; Aspas
STOKE – Begovic ; Pieters Huth Wilkinson Solly ; N’Zonzi Palacios Cameron ; Ireland Arnautovic ; Crouch
Goal :- Solly – 23 min (OG)
MOTM :- Sakho
Liverpool’s attempt at goal were thwarted constantly but the excellent Begovic . But his defence was breached from a Steven Gerrard corner which was powered to goal by new – singing Mamadou Sakho , whose header was deflected by Chris Solly resulting in the well deserved goal .
“ It is a good result against Stoke. We have to consider the fact that the Britannia Stadium is one of the most difficult venues to play at.” said Steven Gerrard , Liverpool Captain and Manger .He added “ We still have to improve a lot. Especially in finishing off the game. More often than not it is the difference between a win and a draw. But I am happy with my team as they remained focused until the end of the match ”
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and banned striker Luis Suarez were in attendance at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke assistant manager Mark Hughes conceded that the result could have been much worse without the heroics of Begovic. “The team tried their best and did not lose their confidence . Begovic was excellent and kept us in the game”
Liverpool’s next encounter will be against Swansea at Anfield on the 25th at Anfield .
Manger’s Notes :- Tactics
After some 8 matches in charge I am getting to know how the team is responding to my tactics. I am going to prefer a 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 formation with no winger’s but three attacking midfielders . Behind them Lucas will provide defensive cover and I will have the job of recycling the ball from deep while keeping my defensive discipline. The formation will look somewhat like this
The plan is to play attacking football while not leaving the defence is shambles. A lot of focus will be put on creating chances from the front ‘3’. An other formation I will be using sparingly will be
When Suarez eventually returns we will have two quality striker who have shown how well they complement each other during the last season. The task on creating chances will fall on mainly on the AM and sparingly on the third midfielder.
While I was quite happy with my tactic’s , Rodolfo pointed out that the team will lack width in any of the formations I had suggested. It was an important issue but I still have faith in them. But I will also consider the tactic he has suggested.