I had to laugh when I saw Coutinho’s positioning for this free kick. To the uninformed it almost looks like he’s hiding from the ball, which of course he’s not, but it was a little odd nevertheless. The players and coaching staff at Liverpool had obviously had discussions beforehand on how to strengthen the wall, and in particular how to prevent Eriksen scoring along the ground. The solution they came up with was stationing Coutinho behind the wall in a goalkeeper’s long barrier stance (to make as big an obstacle as possible). I can only speak for myself but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team arrange themselves in this manner. On a serious note, I find the fact they did this encouraging because it means the team and the staff are thinking creatively about how to strengthen the defense, especially on set pieces. I’d rather they came up with unusual solutions than stick with a status quo that has obvious flaws.

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warrior18
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Couldn’t believe what i was seeing but what made me laugh most was the look on coutinho’s face when the kick was taken and it came to nothing, he was almost saying “see, it was a great idea” rather than being embarrassed by it which i thought he should have been. All they had to do to have the same effect when the kick was taken is for two players in the wall not to jump rather than have one look so ridiculous as coutinho did, imo.

Kugan
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With us always complaining how bad we are at defending set pieces, all i can say great stuff,,,we are thinking out of the box ..does it look somewhat silly, yes it does but if it puts the opposition off with only one way to go, i am all for it..
If we don’t deploy a position like this next time and erickson slams one under ,,well lets not go there.
I do hope we are turning a corner as far as tactics are concerned..

Huytonian
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I’ve seen Ronaldo score by hitting the ball under a jumping wall but the only Premier League player I have seen do it is Coutinho himself (against West Ham in the FA Cup replay last season). Maybe Eriksen has been trying it recently but looking at the photos he could still have scored by putting the ball under the wall and through Coutinho’s legs! As others have said it does show the coaching staff are alert to these things. It will be interesting to see if the tactic is repeated.

Kugan
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I suppose the ball can still go through but at least it will beg the question if the attempt will be worth it soit leaves the defending side to only really concern itself with the high ball and as someone mentioned erickson can really do the dip..BUT having said that and now that i think about it, the boys didn’t jump up that high anyways.

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