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02-03-15


Danny Murphy: How Manchester City set-up let Liverpool duo thrive.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy expands on his TV analysis of how Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's team selection suited Liverpool in the Reds' 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool's 3-4-3 formation definitely suits Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, but the way Manchester City were set up on Sunday allowed the pair to thrive.
Lallana and Coutinho were playing either side of Raheem Sterling in the Reds' attack, and both were looking to come in from the flanks when their side was in possession.
City were playing in a 4-4-2 shape, with Fernandinho as their only defensive-minded midfielder.

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The Brazilian was looking around and spotting Lallana and Coutinho coming in behind him, but he could only ever pick up one of them.
That meant the other man could get on the ball in the pockets of space between City's defence and midfield, in what you would normally call the number 10 position, to try to do some damage.
Lallana or Coutinho did not only find space well, they used it too, and frequently got into dangerous positions.
Both men played a key role in Liverpool's impressive attacking play even before Coutinho curled home his brilliant winner.

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