Trent Alexander-Arnold posted a tweet with a simple but assertive message. “No Entry,” it read, accompanied by an image of him crossing the line to deny a hit from Pablo Fornals.
Our aim, first and foremost, is to keep a clean sheet,” the right-back said after Liverpool’s 1-0 win over West Ham. “Especially we’ve been able to do that well over the past few weeks, but we want to make sure we keep going.”
Of course, a team with explosives like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will be seen through the lens of their attacking power.
Scoring three or more frequently doesn’t shake that frame, but it’s on the other end of the pitch where the foundation for a viable quarterback has been built.
Since the beginning of the year, Liverpool have only conceded 7 goals in all competitions. Two of those came to Chelsea when they were still considered Manchester City’s closest rivals.
There have been nine appearances and the rejection of David Moyes’ men on Saturday really increased the focus on how important the clean sheet routine is.
The Liverpool defender was far from perfect at Anfield on Saturday night, but they showed determination. Their inability to contest the second ball properly after time is a particular problem, hampered by some incredible recoveries and a lack of finishing from West Ham.
Manuel Lanzini was the best opener to beat, while the consistently excellent Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio were stymied by what Jurgen Klopp described as “great passion”.
It was certainly a must as West Ham had 10 shots from inside the box, just one less than the hosts in a brave and belligerent display.
Klopp detailed: “In the first half, we protected Antonio extremely well with high balls and long balls.
“We took some risks in the last lane for their build, we played against three against five and that we should have had enough time to get in the right position to tackle the situation or win. challenges.
“The second half after that, it was a little bit different. Now we’re always a little late; even if Antonio doesn’t win the ball, he makes sure we can’t win it and they’re in a better position for the second serve.”
Where Liverpool lacked perfection, they painted it with solidity. Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant save was joined by him denying Bowen, with a fine save by Andy Robertson producing the same result.
Left-back and Naby Keita then combined to stop some danger from Antonio at death.
“Honestly, all these situations for me are like scoring a goal,” said Klopp. “After a goal the game is interrupted and that’s why you can celebrate it, but the game was obviously not interrupted after we cleared these because the ball was still playing, so we I don’t celebrate.
“But on the inside, it’s exactly how important it is to me. If we were to talk about the game again, I would consider it exactly that, like we scored a goal.
“Like I said, if organizing is wrong for a moment doesn’t mean you can’t protect the situation, you just have to do it differently. We did it here pretty well.”
Liverpool have forged, even under siege, their brand once again since the start of the year. Arsenal, Inter Milan, Leicester and Chelsea, at Wembley, all failed to find a way through.
Moyes has admitted that although they attack in favor of Anfield, the goal is to make it as difficult as possible for the opposition’s forwards. “I think we can keep a clean sheet and if we do that, we’ll win the game,” he said.
However, that is Liverpool’s forte, as they have proven again.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/liverpools-defensive-heart-is-where-the-platform-for-a-possible-quadruple-has-been-constructed-41419131.html Liverpool’s defensive heart is where the foundation for a viable quartet has been built