#2 Team selection
While Liverpool didn't play badly, one can say that Klopp was a little too pragmatic with his team selection. Starting Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, two defensive midfielders, together in a midfield three was slightly conservative.
Also, for some reason, Jordan Henderson occupied the left side of the midfield while Georginio Wijnaldum occupied the right, despite the fact that the Dutch international loves to operate from the left side of the midfield as a number 8.
The correction did happen in the second half, and the effect could be seen instantly, but again the damage was done early on.
Also, as soon as Henderson and Fabinho were sacrificed for two more attacking midfielders in Naby Keita and Adam Lallana, Liverpool started creating more chances than they did in the whole match. If only Klopp had started with another attacking option in the midfield, maybe Liverpool could have had much more control of the game in the first half.Published 05 Aug 2019, 01:51 IST