Premier League hits and misses: Liverpool’s injury crisis and Leeds on the defensive

Matip deepens Liverpool injury crisis


FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s draw with West Brom.

West Brom’s late equaliser at Anfield got here as a heavy blow to Liverpool however Joel Matip’s injury, sustained round 20 minutes earlier in the sport, might show extra expensive.

The 29-year-old trudged down the tunnel clutching his groin on the hour mark, with Jurgen Klopp providing a dismal prognosis afterwards “Joel told me he felt something in his adductor, and that’s obviously not too good,” he mentioned. “He was in a really good shape again but we have to accept it and carry on.”

Liverpool, already with out their first-choice centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as a consequence of knee accidents, now face the prospect of navigating a busy run of fixtures with kids Rhys Williams, Nathanial Phillips and Sepp van den Berg as their solely pure centre-backs.

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Fabinho will proceed to fill in, after all, however Matip’s injury is very poorly timed as Klopp’s facet gear up for a run of three away video games in 10 days – in opposition to Newcastle, Southampton and Aston Villa – adopted by the go to of Manchester United on January 17.

The Reds might hope to have bolstered their defensive choices by then – Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher insists it’s crucial that they do – however the January market turns into much more difficult when the complete world is aware of precisely what you want – and how badly you want it.

Liverpool danger being held to ransom by promoting golf equipment, but when their solely various is to attempt to defend their title with a number of inexperienced kids and a repurposed midfielder, then they have to do what it takes to usher in reinforcements.
Nick Wright

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Should Spurs be fearful about latest kind?


FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Wolves’ draw with Tottenham in the Premier League

It looks as if a very long time in the past since Tottenham have been high of the Premier League. The ecstasy of these huge wins in opposition to Manchester United and Manchester City in a powerful unbeaten run has now been changed by a worrying slip in kind.

Spurs have gained simply one in every of their final six Premier League video games – though that was the north London derby – and the Jose Mourinho tactic of sitting again and absorbing the stress as soon as once more proved to be a part of their downfall in Sunday’s draw with Wolves.

  • Wolves 1-1 Tottenham – Match report and highlights

Admittedly, it was a very long time to attempt and maintain on for a victory after Tanguy Ndombele’s opener after 57 seconds. But Spurs solely had one shot in the second half and none on goal after the twenty first minute. The often effervescent Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane had solely two pictures between them.

Wolves had seven in the second half alone and poor defending from a nook allowed Romain Saiss to nod residence a deserved equaliser late on.

After the sport, Jamie Redknapp advised Sky Sports: “The disappointment is that they had it in their hands. If you are going to keep sitting back, you are asking for trouble. This wasn’t a one-off. There are many, many games where this is happening. It is now becoming a pattern.

“And the extra it occurs, the extra the gamers begin to get adverse and suppose ‘it will occur once more’. I feel it is a main downside for Jose proper now.”

Mourinho performed his playing cards near his chest when questioned about his group’s lacklustre attacking show, however whether or not it is fatigue, an absence of focus or one thing mistaken elsewhere, Mourinho must discover a fast resolution to maintain Spurs in the top-four race.
Charlotte Marsh

Big Sam places his stamp on West Brom

West Brom gamers have a good time after drawing 1-1 with Liverpool

West Brom’s efficiency in opposition to Liverpool confirmed why Sam Allardyce stays the go-to man for Premier League golf equipment in crisis. His newest project might show his hardest but, however 11 days into his reign, there’s already a way of one thing stirring.

It appeared the Baggies have been in for a protracted night time when Sadio Mane struck Liverpool’s early opener. With Mohamed Salah again in the beginning line-up, the hosts’ facet truly appeared stronger than the one which put seven objectives previous Crystal Palace earlier than Christmas.

But West Brom have been excellent from then on, fortunately ceding possession to Liverpool and gleefully repelling all the things they threw at them. The again 4 have been disciplined and compact. Callum Robinson and Grady Diangana willingly dropped again to make it a again six.

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The outcome was that Liverpool didn’t muster their second shot on goal till the remaining minute of regular time, as an alternative sending a collection of half-chances excessive and extensive. West Brom have been just too tough to interrupt down, too properly organised and too resilient.

As the sport wore on and Liverpool’s frustration grew, West Brom grew to become harmful at the different finish too, counter-attacking with tempo and goal and in the end testing Alisson Becker extra occasions than the Reds examined Sam Johnstone. “What a fantastic job they did,” beamed Allardyce afterwards.

The 66-year-old is now unbeaten in his final 4 visits to Anfield, and it’s a testomony to the effectiveness of his strategies that every of these outcomes was achieved with a unique membership. West Brom stay 5 factors from security, however with Big Sam at the helm they will not go down with out a battle.
Nick Wright

Phillips shores up Leeds’ leaky defence


FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leeds’ win over Burnley.

There has been loads of criticism for Leeds’ defence in latest weeks, and rightly so, particularly after their 6-2 humbling in opposition to Manchester United at Old Trafford final week.

Heading into the sport, Leeds had the worst defensive report in the Premier League conceding 30 objectives, together with 13 of their final 4 Premier League video games.

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They had additionally conceded the most Premier League objectives from set-pieces this season with 14, one thing which Burnley had certainly deliberate to take advantage of.

But Leeds, impressed by Kalvin Phillips, who was moved into the coronary heart of a again three by Marcelo Bielsa, held agency in opposition to a bodily Burnley facet.

Kalvin Phillips vs Burnley

Ably assisted by goalkeeper Illan Meslier and defenders Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk, Phillips, taking part in in a task he has not crammed a lot this season, produced a wonderful efficiency as the hosts picked up a primary clear sheet in over a month.

He put his physique on the line on quite a few events to make some essential blocks and additionally received his head to the ball quite a few events as the Sean Dyche’s facet bombarded the Leeds field.

“Phillips is player with a big capacity to adapt to playing in different positions on the pitch and the times showed he has had to play as a centre-back in the back three, every time he has done this he has had good responses, and he did today,” Bielsa mentioned after the victory.

And judging by his efficiency, it might properly be a place we see him extra and extra over the coming weeks.
Oli Yew

    Brighton have to lose the unfortunate tag


    FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from West Ham’s draw with Brighton.

    At least Brighton emerged with one other level, as an alternative of being labelled ‘unfortunate losers’ once more. West Ham have been poor in the first half, actually poor, and it took a double substitution at the interval to spark any sort of life right into a stagnant facet.

    The Seagulls have gotten synonymous with dangerous luck. The pre-match info included a typical nugget – suggesting they’d shipped seven objectives greater than anticipated this season, based on xG. There’s the same story at the different finish of the pitch – scoring 4 fewer than anticipated.

    • West Ham 2-2 Brighton – Match report and highlights
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    But there is no such thing as a escaping it, Brighton have been unfortunate, once more, and totally deserved three factors at the London Stadium – notching the lion’s share of possession, makes an attempt at aim and endeavour.

    Their type is strikingly expansive and engaging however the finish product stays largely ineffective, but by some means on the cusp of clicking. Perhaps a fully-fit Adam Lallana, who was compelled off at half-time, might wield extra inventive affect and assist convert these possibilities into unmissable ones.

    Perhaps they only want time to ‘click on’, however Graham Potter’s males have to undertake the cliche of creating their very own luck – in any other case there may very well be a far harsher dose of dangerous fortune come May.
    Adam Smith

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