In the fifth round of the Premier League, Liverpool faced Everton away. In this Merseyside derby, the referee's several penalties became the focus of attention after the game. Mane and Salah helped Liverpool lead twice, but the team still failed to hold the victory. In the end, Liverpool drew with Everton 2:2 away.
Due to injuries, Henderson's attendance rate in Liverpool's games since the start of the season is not high, and against Leeds United and Chelsea, he was adjusted in the middle of the game. Even counting the 90 minutes of the game, Henderson only played 202 minutes. His absence also affected the team's record to a certain extent. The last game 2:7 defeated Villa, which had a lot to do with Keita's failure to control the rhythm and the imbalance of offense and defense in the midfield.
In this game, Henderson returned to the starting lineup, and his midfield partner, also changed from Wijnaldum to Thiago. This is the first time Thiago has played a full game since joining. He has done a good job of organizing and coordinating the midfield, ranking first in several ball possession statistics. In the short and medium distance passing, Thiago's performance is perfect. If we must find any shortcomings, it is that in the team's midfield attack-organization-defense three-sided system, Thiago did not participate too much in the front and back links due to his personal characteristics. If the original main force Wijnaldum in this position is relatively balanced in three aspects, then Thiago is more like filling up the skill points in the middle organization link, and most of the attacking opponent's penalty area The responsibility was handed over to Henderson, and most of the responsibility for defending the front of the penalty area was handed over to Fabinho.
This time it was Thiago holding the ball in the frontcourt and swaying, looking for a very threatening through ball. Henderson was already in the middle of the penalty area, but unfortunately the ball was intercepted by Mane.
Henderson frequently hit the opponent's penalty area in this game, which is actually a compensation for Thiago's appearance. The Red Arrows, as the first echelon of the team's offense, rush to the forefront, and the midfielder must have the second echelon to follow up at any time. In the team's previous tactical arrangements, Henderson often made a response from the outside of the penalty area because he had to take care of the fill on the right side. It is Wijnaldum who rushed into the penalty area and participated in the attack. If Keita appears on the field, then he will take on more of this late task. Although Keita's performance in recent games has not been satisfactory, he is still a very threatening point in the process of holding the ball. In this game, Keita and Wijnaldum did not appear in the starting lineup. Thiago is more accustomed to playing in the area around 20 meters before the center line. Henderson will naturally take over the responsibility of the back row.
Judging from the team's average position, Arnold is a bit behind Robertson. This season, the number of passes he pressed near the opponent's penalty area and then sent out significantly reduced. Then the area on the right side of the frontcourt was naturally divided by Salah and Henderson. From the perspective of passing success rate, Henderson is ten percentage points lower than Thiago, but it is undeniable that Henderson is the team's first initiator of long-distance passes on the right. In addition to the long-distance scheduling across the court in the first half, Henderson also assumed a large part of the original Arnold's tasks.
This time Salah went to the middle, and Henderson naturally appeared on this side near the sideline. After a match with Arnold behind him, Henderson sent a pass. It's a pity that the Everton defender topped the ball in the middle, but Firmino in the middle failed to receive it.
Salah's second goal for the team was also a cross from Henderson. Compared with Arnold, Henderson's pass arc is relatively low, and it is not easy to cross Everton's defense. However, Mina made a mistake in the rescue, and he came to Salah's feet. Salah hit the goal with a kick, and the ball flew into the net with a little external spin.
The goal at the last minute was judged offside by VAR, and Henderson was just a little away from becoming the savior of the team. However, the three effective shots in the whole game, compared to the average number of shots per game in the previous few seasons in the Premier League, which fluctuated between 0.5-0.7, are enough to reflect Henderson's investment in attacking this game. This time Salah and Firmino cooperated near the corner of the penalty area, and Mane was still behind, so the outflank in the middle must be Henderson. It's a pity that the final shot missed the target, and Henderson also collided with the opposing player. In fact, after this attack was launched, except for Robertson who briefly appeared on the screen because of the broadcast perspective, the remaining four Liverpool attackers were the Red Arrows and Henderson.
This time the team's offense moved along the left. Robertson and Mane made a cross, and Firmino points the ball and makes it back. It was Henderson again that appeared at the front of the penalty area. This kick is more difficult to control, Henderson fired the anti-aircraft artillery.
2: 2 Draw with Everton. Facing rivals in the same city that have been on a strong momentum since the beginning of the season, Liverpool at least did not continue the poor state of the previous game. However, the cost of this derby is also too heavy for Liverpool. Judging from the first news after the game, Thiago and Van Dyke will both be injured for a period of time. Among them, Van Dyke's knee injury is suspected to be reimbursed for the season. The Champions League is about to start, and the double matches in a week will become the main theme. Can the lineup of the midfield, especially the central defender, be able to hold it?
2：2和埃弗顿比赛。自本赛季开始以来，面对同城势头强劲的竞争对手，利物浦至少没有延续上一场比赛的糟糕状态。但是，这支德比战的费用对于利物浦来说也太重了。从赛后的第一则新闻来看，Thiago和Van Dyke都将受伤一段时间。其中，范戴克（Van Dyke）的膝盖受伤被怀疑可在本赛季报销。冠军联赛即将开始，一周内的两次比赛将成为主要主题。中场的阵容，尤其是中后卫，是否能够坚持下去？