Saturday 17 August 2019

John Aldridge: Jurgen Klopp made a big tactical error last night and it may have cost Liverpool all three points

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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John Aldridge thinks that Liverpool should have shored up their defence after taking the lead against Chelsea yesterday - and failure to do so may have cost the Reds a crucial victory.

Mohamed Salah struck in the second half to give Jurgen Klopp's men a vital lead over their rivals, before Willian equalised with what looked to be a cross from the right wing to snatch a point for the visitors.

There was some confusion on the touchline in the build-up to the goal, with Klopp looking to bring Adam Lallana on, only for the substitution to be delayed.

The Liverpool manager was critical of the delay after the game, saying that it contributed to the equaliser, but writing in his Sunday World column today, Aldridge says that he thinks the goal could have been prevented had Klopp made a different substitution earlier.

"Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made a big tactical error against Chelsea last night and it may have cost his side a vital victory," Aldridge wrote.

"When you get yourself into that kind of position against a team with so much class going forward, you have to protect what you have and that's why I felt Klopp should have thrown Trent Alexander-Arnold into the mix and play with a back five for the final 15 minutes.

"There appeared to be some uncertainty on the Liverpool bench as Adam Lallana was coming on at one point and then moved back to the bench and while all that was going on, Willian got his lucky equaliser for Chelsea.

"A back five would have probably stopped that Willian cross heading towards the top corner of the Liverpool net, but the moment passed and two points slipped through Liverpool's fingers."

Read John Aldridge's full column in The Sunday World.

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