‘They lost out of respect’ – Hargreaves on Gerrard’s tactics

Owen Hargreaves is delivering his post-match analysis of Liverpool’s win over Aston Villa and offering his thoughts on the tactics deployed.

It is widely suggested that Steven Gerrard will be a man who understands Jurgen Klopp’s tactics better than most and so it will always be interesting to see how he sets up at Anfield.

It’s simple; Our former captain’s tactic was to sit deep, get frustrated and waste time, hoping to find a way to get a draw or maybe win a late game.

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The former Manchester United midfielder said: “He [Gerrard} has the utmost respect for Jurgen Klopp and that Liverpool team which is back to its absolute best, you can be slightly worried that if they’re [Liverpool] shoot and you are too open in the back, they can take you far.

“I think he got there but maybe a little too defensively, as Klopp said – for the first 75 minutes they dominated and then they [Aston Villa] there are a few chances at the end.

“I think Stevie knows how to show the utmost respect for Klopp and that group of players, because they deserve it and they can attack you if you’re too open, but I think for Stevie, they’ve played against Man City and Liverpool right now and even if they’ve lost, they’ve lost out of respect and I think this Villa team are playing really well under Stevie G.”

The former Rangers manager may have been a little too respectful of the Reds but he wanted to make sure his squad could stay positive after the game and not suffer a crushing defeat.

Sitting back has given our players more confidence that the opportunities will come, as well as inspiring the crowd to become louder and more passionate as the game approaches a goalless finish.

Fortunately, the strategy did not work and we went away with all 3 points.

You can see Owen Hargreaves’ analysis (at 2:21) thanks to Premier League works (via Kr4Tos-YT):

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