Anfield boss in leaked dressing room photo sting?
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The picture was posted on Twitter by Ben Smith, a journalist for The Times, with the accompanying caption, “Was this Roy Hodgson’s tactics board v #nufc? #lfc refusing to confirm or deny”.
If it is, it would be a quite spectacular security breach for Liverpool – on the day that club owners John W Henry and Tom Werner took questions on the Reds’ own television channel.
Presuming the board is genuine for the sake of playing devil’s advocate, the tactics outlined seem decent enough – the move to take advantage of space either side of Cheik Tiote was a clever one, and the desire to have at least three players in the box to attack crosses showed a more ambitious approach to previous performances.
The trouble is, these instructions didn’t seem to be followed by Liverpool’s players, with players sitting back too deep without the ball and failing to provide support to Fernando Torres and David Ngog.
More worrisome still, Martin Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos failed to deal with the aerial threat of Andy Carroll in the air – despite usually being so dominant aerially. The Magpies striker won 16 of 18 challenges in the air, and 17 of 20 including those on the ground.
In fairness to Hodgson, that’s not something he can control. Once players are on the pitch, it is in their hands.
What should not happen though, is for something like this to be leaked, and if it is verified as genuine then these are very worrying times for Hodgson indeed.
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