Sunday 21 January 2018

Adams' praise for defensive masterclass

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Derek Adams believes Plymouth Argyle delivered "one of the best defensive performances Anfield has probably ever seen".

Adams did not care that Liverpool's domination was marked by statistics which revealed 88pc possession in their favour at half-time and then 77pc at the end.

"They could have had 90pc, the game plan was to stop them scoring," said Adams.

"There are only three teams who have come to Anfield in recent times and drawn 0-0. Plymouth are one of them. We are a League Two side.

"We defended deep, in numbers, we allowed Liverpool to have the ball. We did have a couple of opportunities, we didn't take them. We limited Liverpool to not many. The players have worked extremely hard."

Liverpool face a journey to Home Park after trips to Southampton in the League Cup semi-final and then Manchester United in a key Premier League fixture and Adams warned Jurgen Klopp about the conditions he should expect in Devon.

"Not as luxurious dressing rooms as they are here," he joked. "We are in a Portakabin. Welcome to the real world."

Having made 10 changes following the draw at Sunderland, Klopp was not aware he was making history by selecting a team with an average age of 21 - twin details which perhaps contributed towards the lack of intensity in Liverpool's play.

"It is my responsibility, the whole thing, line-up and performance," he conceded. "We could have done better, 100pc. In the first-half, we lost too early the patience. Crossing at the wrong moment, the wrong pass.

"The result is not the worst thing in the world. The young players will have more experience of frustrating situations."

Irish Independent

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