I thought that was alright on Wednesday.
Maybe I’ve just become too conditioned to us not scoring, but the approach looked correct and there were things to admire.
Even without Ruben in midfield, we controlled possession and gave Burnley very little. The organisation and the appetite to deal with their agricultural style were there.
The tactic was clearly to move them side-to-side and play through them, rather than just going wide and slinging in crosses. Again, I thought this was the right thing to do, but we never quite got the break of the ball and there wasn’t enough aggression in the area to go for the kill when we did.
The style is good, but we’re just not quite incisive or ruthless enough. I’m not sure if the answer is personnel or tactics, but we have to improve in that regard.
We have the second weakest attacking record in the division now, but we also have the third-best defensive record, which shouldn’t be overlooked and we’ll definitely need to lean on that strength tomorrow.
The Reds have scored 31 more league goals than us already, which is embarrassing but less so when you consider they’ve also got 14 more than Man City. They’re basically an unstoppable attacking force.
Even on the rare occasions they’ve dropped points, it’s usually having scored at least twice, underlining just how tough this is going to be for goal-shy Wolves.
Their second-best attacking weapon has been our old friend Diogo with 8 PL goals to his name this season and there is no question that £42 million was well spent. Boy, could we do with him now.
Special mention for Mo Salah who has been propping up my Fantasy team for the last couple of years and has been ridiculous this season.
Brentford, Brighton and West Ham have taken points off them so the job can be done, but they’ve scored four goals in each of their last three Premier League matches, so they’re coming in hot.
If they keep everyone fit, it’s hard to see how they can be stopped. Man City and Chelsea are both excellent but sheer firepower may well give them the edge.
The away end
Some thoughts lifted from the pre-match thread on a popular Liverpool forum.
Will be strange playing Wolves in daylight because it seems they have a policy to only play games at night. Keep Hwang and Jimenez quiet and we’ll win, they’re not a bad side but we should have enough to overcome them. 0-2.
Maybe jinxing things but I don’t see how they live with us. You are likely going to have to score 2 just to get a point and they don’t have goals in them. Think this will be a comfortable victory.
Being a bit more serious, we tend to struggle after massive performances (I’d said Everton was one). Post-Man Utd we draw with Brighton, post Atletico we lose vs West Ham. Jurgen needs to manage the emotion and energy carefully so we can bin these hangover performances. Finally, I love the aesthetics of red vs gold, reminds me of old school football, so hope we keep our home kit. It’s not as if you can confuse them.
Not enough goals in this wolves team to hurt us, they don’t concede much though so will be a professional 2-0 I think.
Wolves don’t look particularly threatening but they won’t concede many. I don’t think Jimenez is coming back as the same player, not sure anybody could though. Traore can hurt you but he’s largely harmless, and other than that there isn’t really anybody who stands out. What happened to Podence and Neto? If they’d have kept Jota alongside those that could have been a tasty attack. Midfield will be key again, and I’d expect us to take control against an ageing Moutinho and co. Three points please, reds, by any means.
Will Bruno make any special concessions to combat such attacking excellence? He could use the old Nuno ploy of playing three in midfield, but I suspect he’ll retain the front three with more specific instructions about how to position themselves.
As they like to pile their full-backs forward, you’d hope that would at least afford Adama and Hwang some opportunities to get at their centre-halves.
We should create chances, but can we take those chances and can we do it before they lay siege to our goal? It’s a big ask.
With Neves back and possibly Podence, we should at least have a few more options off the bench.
Last time out
We’ve lost all six league games to Liverpool since returning to the Premier League. There’s been a degree of misfortune in some of those but we got a right pasting at Anfield last season. Coady made a terrible error for the first goal and we fell apart in the second half.
Both teams were being held together by sellotape late in the season, but it was again Liverpool who emerged with the victory courtesy of Diogo Jota’s goal. We probably did enough to warrant a point from that game but as is so often the case, we just couldn’t execute in the final third.
Well done to Woodend wolf and Mike Jones for correctly predicting another blank in the Burnley game. Both collect a maximum.
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