Pre-Match Interview: Reds Boss Wants to Dominate Space in Arsenal Clash

Earlier in the week, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana said he had faith in the game plan that the Anfield outfit were brining with them to the Emirates Stadium when they square off with Arsenal on Monday night. Though part of that finely worked scheme has likely been disrupted with boss Brendan Rodgers confirming that they’ll likely be without captain Jordan Henderson, the Northern Irishman believes the depth in the squad he has at his disposal will be a key factor in who comes out on top.

“Ideally, the consistency is important in your line-up but we have a squad which allows us to change it.
If you assess the games we’ve had against Arsenal, especially at home, we’ve had dominance of the ball. If you assess the last 10 games they’ve lost at home, the teams that have won have had dangerous possession,” said Rodgers in his pre-match press conference. “The winners have averaged four shots on target with 43% possession. You don’t dominate the ball but you can dominate space,” explained the Liverpool manager having obviously done his homework. “Tactically, we arrive with a good mind of how to win it.”

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The Reds travel to the capital on the back of two narrow wins in their opening Premier League matches. The mere fact that they have yet to concede a goal is a cause to celebrate for supporters the world ’round, but they’ll do well to keep that streak alive at the Emirates Stadium. At the other end of the pitch, just how we’re going to find the net, of course, will also be a problem worth solving when you consider that of the two goals we’ve scored thus far, half of them shouldn’t have counted — a fact not lost on Rodgers, but not one that he’s willing to just give up on all too easily.

“Firstly, from coaching perspective, we were very happy with the goal in terms of our short corner routine,” enthused the Northern Irishman. “I think the decision epitomises how difficult it is for officials. It’s very difficult to call. The linesman has made an excellent decision,” he added, though you get the impression that had it gone the other way, he’d be taking a different tone. “There may have been intent from Philippe but he was never going to get the ball.”