Holding Midfield: Case Study: Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace 23/4/2017

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As the season reaches its climax, Liverpool participation in the Champions League still looks uncertain. With Arsenal floundering and Manchester United navigating a tough run-in on top of a Europa League campaign, the Reds should be confident of fourth place with a fixture list made up of midtable and relegation-threatened sides. FSG were criticised at the start of the season for failing to provide funds when Liverpool finished the summer transfer window with a positive net spend, with questions over whether there’s any justification for a Premier League team to not invest in its squad when there’s so much money being pumped into teams from television deals, especially one that’s meant to have ambitions of title challenges yet finished eighth the season before. Those criticisms haven’t been assuaged, as a weak squad with little genuine top quality started strongly but fell away as soon as the fixture list got busy and failed to claw their way back. Liverpool should be beating the likes of Crystal Palace, yet as the game loomed a defeat felt inevitable before a ball was even kicked. Both teams started the game in 4-3-3 formations, but their priorities were unsurprisingly different. Sam Allardyce’s side looked to […]

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