Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Little creativity, little service for Janssen

A great game to watch, a proper cup tie in which Liverpool had the greater creativity in the final third ultimately.

Vincent Janssen tucked away a penalty for us, but just like Roberto Soldado he is getting no service whatsoever. Everything played to him is with his back to goal.

There were at least two incidences where he made runs into the six-yard box, one with the ball on the left and one on the right. He attacked the six-yard box was in space and a low cross  might have picked him our, yet Davies blasted a high cross no centre-forward would have got anywhere near to the far touchline.

Then we were through on goal and Onomah I think had a shot the goalkeeper didn't spill but Janssen had a tap-in with the ball played across. He isn't fashioning chances for himself, but nobody is creating them for him either.

There was too much side-to-side passing when we could have attacked the box. Tom Carroll had acres of space in front of him 25 yards from goal in a line extending from the 18-yard box roughly. Instead of driving forward, he simply passed wide and N'Koudou was closed down with nowhere to go. That sums him up for me, he simply isn't good enough.

In those instances, you have to make defenders commit themselves and break up their defensive shield. We weren't going to do that with a ball simply passed out wide. It is an abdication of responsibility and demonstrates why we weren't good enough in the final third.

Lamela came on and tried to create, not everything came off, but that doesn't matter, you can't create unless you try and create without fear of failure. It's another mental thing we have to work on.

Liverpool vs Spurs - The Teams

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Klavan, Moreno, Stewart, Wijnaldum, Grujic, Ejaria, Origi, Sturridge

Subs: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Can, Lallana, Mane, Ings


Tottenham Hotspur
Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Dier (c), Winks; Onomah, Carroll, Nkoudou; Janssen.

Subs: Lopez, Walkes, Vertonghen, Amos, Lamela, Wanyama, Harrison.

Liverpool fans website gets it all wrong

Liverpool fans website gets it all wrong

I'm afraid the fella who wrote this article hasn't much of a clue about the Tottenham youngsters. The chip on the shoulder sees an innocent comment turned into a criticism and then they try to suggest Pochettino's youth policy isn't backed-up by the facts, which of course are then distorted.

Pochettino criticises Liverpool

"Liverpool prefers to buy experience and quality, and bring a player who is 24, 23 or 26 that performs quickly, rather than give time to the younger players. 
"Tottenham is in a different project. We bring in players, but we try to give the opportunity to the younger players who have potential one day to be in the first team".
Pochettino joined Spurs on 27 May 2014 and has given chances to a host of players while developing other youth players. Harry Kane had only played a few games for instance, who wasn't a first-team regular. 

The website lists who Liverpool have introduced this season, whilst not grasping how you actually develop youngsters. The competition you play in is irrelevant. 

However, they list the League Cup for Liverpool players introduced and totally dismiss someone like Cameron Carter-Vickers who played in the last round against Gillingham. There is no mention of Tottenham having the youngest squad in the Premier League or players who have been introduced and sold. As Pochettino pointed out, an opportunity for younger players who have the 'potential' to be in the first team. 

Some are naturally not going to make it or, as in the case of Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb, wanted to move on. It is rather silly to suggest a policy isn't backed up by the facts when your facts are somewhat distorted.

Sturridge too selfish for Spurs


Sturridge too selfish for Spurs

Injury prone Daniel Sturridge is reported to want to leave Liverpool with Tottenham mentioned as a possible destination as we are playing each other tonight. It is the usual sort of lazy story games between two sides produce. How many time have we seen an article where one player wants to leave, the other is suggested and the move actually happens. Very rare.

He likes to play central and not out wide, but if you watched him closely in his last England game, he was far too selfish. Once he had the ball the rest of the team didn't seem to exist for him. He wasn't looking to see if there were better options and in an intricate passing side that is a serious problem.

He can't get regular starts for Liverpool and their style is similar to ours, a high pressing game, albeit a slightly different style. Sturridge did look a decent player a few years back, but at 27 (18 next September) time isn't really on his side. His game would have to be developed, the big question is, how long would that take and is he one to want to improve his game? Without knowing what his mentality is to how Pochettino wants to develop Spurs it is hard to make a solid case for buying him.

A very tough test expected tonight


Liverpool vs Tottenham
England – League Cup
Date: Tuesday, 25th October 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur usually means goals and with this being the League Cup and Tottenham playing a young side you would expect that trend to continue.

In the League Cup since 2002 we have met twice winning one round each. In 2004 Liverpool beat us in the quarter-final after the two legs both ended in 0-0 draws.

In 2008 we won 3-0 and lost 2-1 to go through 4-2 on aggregate in the fourth round.

With Liverpool not having qualified for Europe this season they can afford to play a strong side, while we will be looking to play the youngsters who played against Gillingham in the last round. It is a chance for a player like Harry Winks to show once again what he can do. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kevin Wimmer can renew their partnership, but they will have a far more demanding game than the one-sided rout of the Kent-based side.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou came on in that game as did young Marcus Edwards. Josh Onomah scored his debut goal and Vincent Janssen tucked away a penalty.

The Spurs XI who started were: Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Carroll, Winks; Lamela, Onomah, Eriksen (C); Janssen.

Subs: Whiteman, Vertonghen, Walkes, Wanyama, N'koudou, Edwards, Son.