Neglecting attacking philosophy…
Last term, Liverpool scored more than 100 Premier League goals, and made a habit out of coming out of the blocks and steamrolling sides within the first 25 minutes.
Versus Arsenal, they were 4-0 up within 18 minutes earlier this calendar year.
This season, they haven’t scored a goal in the first 20 minutes at Anfield.
Instead of relentlessly pressing and viciously counter attacking, Liverpool slow games down, with a complete lack of any creative ability to open up opposition sides even if they are dominating possession.
Against FC Basel, a must-win Champions League game; Rodgers chose four central midfielders in a monumentally uninspiring team selection. Steven Gerrard, Lucas, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson all started, and the team lacked ideas, dynamism and forward runs.
The contrast in the team’s creativity, movement, pressing, and work-rate between this year and last is actually absurd.