Liverpool clinched an important win in their crucial clash against Villareal to book a place in the final of the UEFA Champions League.
It was an impressive second-half performance from Liverpool and the manager would be very pleased with the result.
Liverpool started the game on a poor note as went behind in the space of three minutes. Dia found the back of the net with a simple tap-in from close to give Villareal a deserving lead.
Things got even worse for Liverpool before the end of the first half as Coquelin scored a brilliant head in the 42nd minute to put Villareal in control.
However, we can’t possibly overlook Unai Emery’s tactical masterclass in the first 45 minutes. The Villareal boss managed to expose two tactical weaknesses in Jurgen Klopp‘s game.
We will take a look at two tactical weaknesses in Klopp’s Style that Unai Emery exposed in the first half of today’s game:
1. Stop the full-backs from creating chances
Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were far from impressive in the first 45 minutes as Foyth and Estupinan stopped them from whipping in crosses.
However, things changed in the second half when Liverpool fullbacks freely advanced into the opposition half.
2. Press the central defenders
Van Dijk and Konate struggled in the first half as Gerard Moreno and Dia couldn’t stop running at them. Jurgen Klopp’s tactics flourish only when there’s a good transition from the defenders to the attackers.
However, Moreno and Dia did a great job to keep Liverpool’s central defenders under pressure for the first 45 minutes.