VIDEO: Carragher and Neville Discuss Chelsea Tactics

Video by FootballSupremo

In the wake of Liverpool’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, it’s hard to listen to anyone — even Reds legend Jamie Carragher or eternal hate figure Gary Neville — talk too much about it. Pre-historic football and large vehicle parking was certainly the order of the day, but even as it was playing out and the supporters in the stands and on social media were growing more irate by the minute, those of us with a memory longer than most didn’t miss the irony.

We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? What we would have called a defensive master-class during the Rafa Benitez era, we’ll now call anti-football as the beautiful game — for us anyway — has taken on a whole new meaning with the positive, attacking play that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing under Brendan Rodgers.

As Carragher rightly points out, we’ve played these very tactics, sometimes to great effect, on many occasions before the Northern Irishman took charge. Preventing the counter-attack by forcing their opponents to play direct, slowing the match to a crawl, avoiding square balls across the middle and, of course, the dark art of time wasting were all hallmarks of our not so distant past.

Chelsea came to Anfield and did a job — pure and simple. Jose Mourinho knew exactly what he was doing and we played right into it. Sitting at the top of the league, it’s hard to criticize Rodgers for not adapting to the situation to having something in his locker to breakdown the visitors. Considering how well we’ve done this season, it’s easy to forget how young and relatively inexperienced both the Northern Irishman and large swathes of our squad are. Where someone like Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger may have been able to make adjustments on the fly to nullify the threat — or in this case, lack thereof — Rodgers doesn’t quite have that next level quite yet.

If his advancements and tactical growth this season are any indication, he’ll be finding it in the very near future.

4 thoughts on “VIDEO: Carragher and Neville Discuss Chelsea Tactics

  • April 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Bollox. Adjusting comments to the wrong result. Liverpool were the better team but did not get the rub of the green. This happens. Rogers was fully justified in playing how we did. An early goal or two would not have been out of the question.

  • April 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

    We were certainly the more attractive, positive side, but that didn’t quite work out for us.

    This was always going to be a difficult game no matter who Chelsea played or what tactics they employed. Fact of the matter is, they’re stocked with world class players — even their “B team” is full to the brim.

  • April 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    What they don’t talk about is that Liverpool still looked like they could have played another 45 mins… And that is because Chelsea wasted nearly 40% of the time.

    What they don’t talk about in the media is the fact that it was cheating. Because that would bring the game into disrepute.

    But this video really helped me to get closer.

    When Rafa arrived Liverpool we a very experienced Cup team. Now Liverpool don’t have players with experience except The captain. Even Glen does not have the kind of experience that Alonso or Harman had because when Glen was at Chelsea he was not really playing, and that is why he left. (Experience is not about age).

  • April 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    It’s an ugly way of playing, that’s for sure…

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