Neville: ‘No subtlety’ in new Liverpool 4-2-4 formation

November 9, 2020

Gary Neville says there was “no subtlety” to Liverpool’s gung-ho approach in the first half of their clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Liverpool started with a front four of Diogo Jota, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and threatened to overwhelm City early in the clash.

They forged a lead through a Salah penalty after Kyle Walker brought down Mane but City eventually coped well with the formation and were worthy of at least a point.

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Neville told his podcast: “In that first 25 minutes it was exhilarating, the speed of play, the tempo, the passes into the front players, it was a throwback, and a little bit of throwback to the earlier Klopp days, a bit more frantic.

“Now it’s a lot more measured, more rounded, but it caught City out. The idea of playing Jota was like a front four, there was no subtlety to it, they were going for it.

“It really was a brilliant display and wonderful to watch, and it just really caught City out, and it took half an hour for City to weather that storm, get into the game and realise what’s happening here.

“I think in the first half, it was a demonstration of how brilliant these two teams can be, the exhibition they can put on and the Premier League can put on.

“The second half showed how long we’ve got left in this season, I think both teams went in at half-time and said: ‘We’ve got to calm this down a little bit.’”

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