Despite Klopp making seven changes to the line up which faced up Dortmund on Thursday, Liverpool were able to overcome the obstacle of Stoke City. As usual, Stoke approached the game defensively, trying to exploit Crouch’s power in the air as well as the strong wind around the Merseyside area. Although
did well to break the opposition’s strong defense down, it
wasn’t the same case for set pieces and corners
Set piece problems continue
Toure defends poorly
Again, coming from a set piece, Cameron had a huge chance to get Stoke back in the game, only to watch Simon Mignolet denying him with a wonderful save. Kolo Toure starts the run too soon to keep the dangerous Peter Crouch away from the ball, but he doesn’t realize that he keeps onside two Stoke players, who are behind the Liverpool defense.
Liverpool stretch the opposition apart
In order to break up Stoke’s defense, the
backs are high on the pitch stretching Mark Hughes side. Ojo and Sturridge sit
between the lines, waiting for the chance to get inside the box, as Firmino
waits for the ball just behind those two. In addition, since Milner and Stewart
rest behind, Allen finds the opportunity to get higher on the pitch giving
options to Toure.
Tight space, yet nice playEvery Stoke player, apart from Crouch, is defending creating a very tight space for