5 things Liverpool must learn from El Clasico
It's been a week since El Clasico, and Liverpool have had plenty of time to analyse and ruminate on how Los Blancos performed in their last big match of the season before Kyiv. With that in mind, we've worked out five key lessons that Jurgen Klopp and co. must keep in mind whilst preparing for the biggest match of their lives...
#5 The Marcelo conundrum
What exactly is Marcelo? Calling him a left-back feels an oversimplification, calling him a winger would be inaccurate.
Ostensibly starting as part of the back four, at any given point in time you can find him in the inside-forward channel, near the opposition corner flag and even in central midfield... but, then you already knew this.
The spaces he leaves in behind the area he's supposed to be defending - sample the acres Sergi Roberto was allowed to gallop in to provide the first assist of the Clasico, Marcelo was in central midfield at the time - the threat he is rampaging forward - he was the most advanced player when he got into that 'tussle' with Roberto that got the Catalan sent off, and he should have won a pen after a loose Jordi Alba tackle on the right side of the Barca box.
Mohamed Salah is Liverpool's greatest threat, and he'll have a party down that left; but the Egyptian loathes tracking back and if left unattended, Marcelo can wreak havoc at the other end. Klopp needs to find a fine balance between exploiting - and defending against - the charismatic Brazilian full-back.