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A move that captured exactly why they are master lock-pickers

Liverpool’s ten second move

Liverpool's ten second move
Liverpool sliced Tottenham Hotspur to shreds with one scintillating passing move which almost resulted in one of the goals of the season.

At the start of the move, there appears to be absolutely no danger...

When you think of the classic Liverpool team goals under Jürgen Klopp, Emre Can against Hoffenheim in 2017 probably springs immediately to mind as the shining example of slick, quick-fire, back-to-front football, beautiful in its simplicity but perfect in its execution.

Another, which probably doesn’t receive anywhere near the credit it deserves because of the end result and what that ultimately meant in a wider context, was Roberto Firmino’s equaliser against Manchester City at the Etihad last season, which was the culmination of a remarkably patient and precise passing sequence.

Against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Liverpool came close to producing another team goal of this calibre which would instantly have been a contender for one of the Premier League goals of the season, encapsulating the very essence of what makes them the most formidable team on the planet at present.

Starting with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the right-back position mid-way inside Liverpool’s own half, Tottenham were relatively well set up with two banks of four, leaving Dele Alli and Lucas Moura up top. Alexander-Arnold then exchanges passes with Gini Wijnaldum, drawing Heung-Min Son and Harry Winks towards him before threading the ball through the gap into Firmino.

At that point, Davinson Sanchez panics and pushes out of defence to close Firmino down, but the Brazilian instantly lays it off to Jordan Henderson, who takes advantage of the space vacated by the former Ajax man, punching a crisp, first-time pass into the feet of Mohamed Salah.

But in the space of just 10 seconds, via six passes, Liverpool slice their way through to the edge of Tottenham’s box.

The Egyptian controls it perfectly, dragging Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld with him as he drifts infield before sliding the ball across to Sadio Mané on the edge of the box, whose first-time pass to the onrushing Firmino is ever so slightly under-hit, just allowing Sanchez to make a last-ditch recovery.

It might not have ended up in the back of the net, but in the space of 10 seconds, via just six passes, Liverpool sliced Tottenham to shreds, shifting the ball from the right-back position to leave Mané one-on-one on the edge of their box – the kind of sequence one might instinctively associate with the great Barcelona sides of years gone by.

And it’s that ability to hurt teams in an instant with one rapid, killer move starting from what looks like a totally unthreatening situation which makes them such a devastating force which is almost impossible to defend against.

While Liverpool under Klopp are widely renowned for scoring via surging counter-attacks or pressing to win the ball back high up the pitch, their ability to pass their way through teams remains one of their most underappreciated collective qualities.

Whatever plan any opposition manager devises to try and stop them, they’ll invariably find a solution to pick the lock – because the sheer variety to their play makes them capable of scoring virtually any type of goal.

Source:Liverpool.com

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