Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Liverpool must stop using a high line because it may cost them in future matches. The Reds again decided to push their defence up onto the halfway line and they were very nearly made to pay.
They went behind inside ten minutes when Joe Gomez was dispossessed by Callum Wilson, who later went onto finish the move after Jefferson Lerma squared the ball.
Wilson did appear to shove his England team-mate but VAR let the goal stand.
Liverpool would suffer a few further scares from the high line, with Bournemouth’s pace on the flanks causing real problems in behind.
After the match, Rio Ferdinand questioned why Liverpool are continuing to persist with a tactic that is causing them problems at the back.
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The Manchester United hero said: “The defending is something that I think he will address, not today but maybe tomorrow.
“This is like schoolboy for me, the big threat in the last three games has been the runs in behind.
“Teams have been playing into a target man and running off of that.
“I think there’s someone in the management team, Klopp or one of his staff saying ‘you have to play high’.
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“That’s all I can see, it’s schoolboy errors.”
It was something that created Liverpool problem at the start of the season, but the Reds then seemed to scrap the defensive approach.
That saw more clean sheets follow with Liverpool looking like their former selves when Gomez returned alongside Van Dijk.
However the last few games have shown a few cracks which Watford and Chelsea both exploited to earn their victories.
Peter Crouch believes teams may look to put the ball in behind in the future to expose the weakness.
“It’s a definite tactic that they employ,” Crouch said.
“Higher up the pitch if they win the ball back it’s great but if teams do turn them round like they will definitely get in
“If there was a scout watching this game today, there’s a definite tactic you can employ.”
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