LIVERPOOL 1 Vs 2 MANCHESTER UNITED ANALYSIS

Premier League Analysis

Liverpool Vs Manchester United Analysis: ‘Liverpool Crying out for striker or was it typical UTD’

A liverpool Vs Manchester United derby has always created an interesting game and this game was just that. Liverpool however dominated the game for long periods creating more chances than Manchester United throughout.

Line Ups:

1st Half:

Both teams had chances but it was Liverpool that had more. Young Raheem Sterling is a shining light in the liverpool side, full of confidence wanting to run at players and combining with Suarez well. This happened a few times in the first half as he caused Evra Problems. Suarez’s movement is always a handful as he checks short and peels into space behind defenders always looking to make runs in behind from passes from wide or from Gerrard. He is an intelligent player that creates so much with his movement creating space for himself or others.

The Sending Off…..Liverpool down to 10 men

It was a bad mistake by JonJo Shelvey to lunge in on Jonny Evans as he had a ‘rush of blood to the head’. Yes the ball was there to be one but he didn’t need to lunge in but he merely just needed to stay on his feet. Yes both went with both feet but Shelvey’s dramatic lunge got him sent off. Right decision!

2nd Half

Liverpools Goal…

Liverpool goal was a piece of great overlapping movement from Johnson and Suso but also Bad defending from Manchester United. Johnson and Suso worked it well down the left and play a ball into the box. To get the cross in Scholes made it very easy for Suso by diving in (typical Scholes challenge). As Suso was driving at Scholes, Gerrard was driving into the box with Carrick Tracking his run. The ball was deflected into the box into Gerrard after Johnson’s run. As this was happening Carrick pushes up and leaves Gerrard with to much space and time to finish. Carrick went to early and should have denied Gerrad the space. Because he pushes up he is now the wrong side and consequently watches Gerrard chest and volley into the bottom right hand corner.

Manchester UTD’s 1st Goal….

Just before the goal Scholes came on for United. His Defensively ability is his weakness but his passing and his ability to dictate the play is his major strong point. Scholes gets on the ball and starts to distribute. He plays it wide to Rafael who runs into the attacking third. Sisou makes it easy for him to cut inside and draw a defender. Sisou should have stood his ground and made it difficult for him to penetrate. Rafael immediately gets pressed and plays to Valencia who delivers a great ball in. As Rafael plays wide he does not get tracked and is allowed to run into the box and receive the knock down by Kagawa. Rafael’s finish was excellent and was a shock to Liverpool’s GK Reina.


Manchester UTD’S 2nd Goal…

The goal was caused by Liverpool giving the ball away in a dangerous area in the field with a sloppy square ball across the pitch. The weight and accuracy of the pass wasn’t good enough and was intercepted by the speedy Valencia. This allowed Valencia lots of space to break into on the counter and hurt Liverpool with a number’s up (3v2) situation. The desperate Johnson who was in the collision when Valencia stole the ball came in a tried to make a challenge from behind. Valenci went down pretty easy and the Referee pointed to the spot. Johnson didn’t need to make the challenge as it seemed valencia had ran out of ideas and space but it was too late for Johnson. Robin Van Persie consequently stepped up to take the penalty and scored.


10 men Liverpool still created chances and pushed for an equalizer but it was to be.

Rogers is yet to spark liverpool with that cutting edge, as chances are created but they still lack the goals. With a 4-3-3 system it is clear Liverpool will always create chances and possibly dominate possession with the likes of Joe Allen providing the distribution (Stat 57 complete passes out of 65) however it seems the way Liverpool play it is Suarez that is the player producing the movement and assists rather than the finish. For me it shows they are crying out a ‘Natural’ goalscorer. It was typical UTD winning a game that really this time they didn’t deserve. However they have mastered the art of the counter attack and have been doing it for years in the Premier League. They score against the run of play with their pace and when Liverpool got sloppy they capitalized.

Liverpool deserved more even with 10 men for long periods but Man UTD took all 3 points.

Q&A WITH JILL ELLIS US WOMEN’S TEAM ASSISTANT & WOMENS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Jill has extensive experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs, having served as an assistant coach under Pia Sundhage helping the U.S. Women’s National Team to a Gold Medal at the 2008 and recently the 2012 Olympics in London. Jill has served two stints as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team, guiding the squad to the CONCACAF title in 2010 and to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Jill Ellis took the lead on interacting directly with key coaches within the youth club environment while also guiding and directing the U.S. U-17s, U-15s and U-14s US National Teams

She also has been Head Coach for UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Women’s Program but took a full time role with the USSF in 2011 as Women’s Development Director. Jill holds a USSF A license.

Questions…

1/What is your Role at US Soccer?

I oversee the U14, U15, and U17 Women’s Youth National teams’ programs, the Scouting Network, and our Training Center program.  Simplified, I am working with my counter part April Heinrichs to provide direction and assistance to the women’s youth national team players, coaches, and their environments.

 2/ How has your experience working with Pia Sundhage been? 

Pia is fantastic to work with.  Most of our time on the road is off the field, so working with someone who loves to laugh and is eternally optimistic is a real joy.  She is incredibly inclusive with her staff and that really does create an environment that is very collegial.  I have enjoyed talking soccer and life with Pia and I will miss her.

3/ As a youth coach at national team level what kind of characteristics in a player are you looking for?

The demands of the international game really dictate what players need to be able to do to perform for a National Team.  A high degree of technical proficiency is optimum, even at the U14 age group in camp, the more comfortable a player is on the ball the easier it is to execute in a faster environment.  I think a player’s mental makeup is another important attribute.  They are playing  against the other top players in their age, so bringing a confident and competitive attitude to training is an important piece.  Tactics will be taught in training camps, but those players who watch soccer regularly definitely  show a quicker learning curve to absorb information.

4/ Do you think the standard of players being produced in US is getting better?

I do, but we must continue to push higher.  We will only be able to play at the top level if our club coaches believe they are an integral part of the process and also continue to evolve.  There are some very skillful players out there and more and more our top young players are watching the game so we are seeing some very sophisticated players in our programs. The truly special players need a club coach who has a specific plan for that player’s development.  Typically our most technical players are our smaller players, well now the challenge is to have our most athletic players be as technical so we can be a nation that has it all.

 5/ Do you think the standard of youth coaching is getting better?

In this new role I have been fortunate to meet and interact with many coaches in the club system and yes there are some quality coaches out there.  In hiring for the U17 and U15 Head Coaches in this last cycle it was how Albertin and Damon’s teams played that I was initially drawn to.  Yes, they have been successful, but they emphasized technical development and their teams like to build and possess. I would definitely challenge the club coach to revisit their training environment – as coaches we all get comfortable with the drills we know, but the practices we ran with a team 5 years ago might be beneath the current players we have.  Instead of simply possession in a grid for our high school age players, now let’s add direction and positions. Can we do more functional work with the players?  Instead of one drill to fit everyone maybe tonight we focus on our wide players and we put them in learning situations they will see in the game.  I know its a long answer, but the same weaknesses the club coaches identify in their game exist at the YNT – so let’s start to address them…crossing, finishing, driven balls etc.
6/ Do you think the new USSF Curriculum will take US Soccer to the next level?

 The new curriculum definitely has information that is both valuable and practical, but, ultimately it will come down to the coaches of our younger players who are out on the practice fields and sidelines being able to take the recommendations and utilize them.  Claudio Reyna spent a lot of time traveling Europe to look at what the rest of the world is doing so the information is current and relevant to both boys and girls.

7/ How was the Olympic Experience in London. 

London was great, Wembley even better.  It was fun to finish in London and stay in the Village with all the other nations and truly get immersed in the Olympic spirit.  I grew up in England and watched games at Wembley on tv,  so to get to experience that was amazing.

Here is a video with Jill Ellis and other technical coaching staff at US Soccer talking about the new USSF Curriculum: