Jordan Henderson Liverpool Tactical Analysis Analysis Statistics

It was indeed football at its finest to see Liverpool come back from a 1-0 lead and win 2-1 against Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend. Spurs’ keeper, Paulo Gazzaniga made sure it was not an easy win for Liverpool, putting in a superb performance with his incredible saves but Liverpool’s captain, Jordan Henderson stepped up and switch the game to give his side the win. The victory kept Liverpool ahead of Man City in the title-race meaning their odds at bestcasinosites24.co.uk remain unchanged and they are favourites to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.

Harry Kane had scored a stooping header off Son Heung-Min’s shot that deflected off the bar, putting Tottenham Hotspur in the lead 47 seconds into the game. Spurs had maintained the lead all through the first half of the game with Liverpool pressing hard for goals and Paulo Gazzaniga denying them the chance to it.

The first half was all about Liverpool trying to make sure they didn’t lose to Tottenham at home and the latter trying to secure a win that would have seen them move up in the Premier League table. It was a show of caution but at the same time, a hunt of a sort. It was Spurs who managed to go in half time with the lead but it was Liverpool who came back in the second half with all the pressure.

The switch that changed things

We had seen Henderson make this switch against Manchester United at the Old Trafford and know how it went down. That was more of a tactical switch than the one we saw this weekend. It seemed like the Liverpool Captain had taken it upon himself to play a little bit more on the right-hand side, and it worked. His presence there had nullified Danny Rose’s threat somewhat, also making an impact going forward.

His ability to press forward and fall back to defend when needed freed Alexander-Arnold, giving him more space to play and put more pressure on the Tottenham side, a move that later paid off in the 52nd minute. Fabinho’s chipped pass had found Henderson who reacted fast with a cross-shot that swung beyond the grasp of Paulo Gazzaniga and into the net.

Liverpool was back in the game. It was ‘Game On’ again for the Reds and it showed in the jubilation and how much more pressure Liverpool added after that goal. Another goal was imminent. All Liverpool needed was more pressure and they would force Spurs to make mistakes. And they did just that.

The moment came again for Liverpool when a panicky Aurier kicked Sadio Mane in the box leading to an awarded penalty. Salah stepped up and drove the ball low to Paulo Gazzaniga’s left to put Liverpool in the lead 75 minutes into the game.

It was interesting to see Spur struggle to get a draw all through the fifteen minutes left in the game. A draw would have been better than a loss anyways but Liverpool held their own till the last minute, taking all the 3 points in a well-deserved win.

Conclusion

The switch Henderson did on the right-hand side might not have looked like it did much in the game but it had decided the game, allowing the captain to take charge and playing where he’s most comfortable. He had contributed immensely in attack and defence, freeing Alexander-Arnold and blocking Danny Rose’s threat. His impact on the match was nothing less than impressive.