Sean, I think you’re both right. We’re not creative and as in-sync as we were last season and this leads to more but also better chances. The chances we’ve had then, we’ve been not only wasteful with but we’ve often looked like we are just not going to score them and that is a worrying thing when you’re looking to break the deadlock.
One thing that has happened is the 20 minutes and done football is gone but that’s not bad thing because teams were either blown away by the time the match was entering the latter stages, or they started to grow and grow and looked more and more like they could get a result. We take it easier and wear down tired teams now. I would prefer a balance of the 2 but who wouldn’t. We could definitely do a lot better in some areas and hopefully we will step up a gear, or we will struggle when we start to concede more , now that Gomez is out for 6 weeks.
The reason Liverpool aren’t as offensively strong as last season imo is because that’s the way Klopp’s playing it, playing the high press all season would potentially be physically draining and might damage their title challenge especially as the season develops.
Firstly much much better 2nd half from Liverpool & a great 3 points. I find it interesting reading comments on our attack compared to last season & our change in tactics this season. If klopp has changed tactics as the high press would be too demanding over a full season, do you think he will go back to it as the season rolls on. I cannot see us going back to the high press at all. I think there are certain games where it could be more effective than how we are currently playing but I don’t think we will see it this season. I think we have well & truly ridden our luck in some games & we have lost that fear factor from last season. We haven’t beaten the top teams (spurs & PSG aside) & I think the high press is more effective against the top teams as they come at you. I may be proved wrong but I’d be interested to hear what people think Koop will do.
Aussie, I honestly can;t see why we don’t switch between it and how we’re playing now in single matches. We can now play both styles very effectively. This is the main reason that leads me to believe that it isn’t entirely optional. Against Everton we saw the high press in effect sometimes. So i don’t think it’s as simple that it just boils down to one reason at all. I guess we’ll see. Maybe we’ll employ it when we really need it, like against Napoli.