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VIDEO: PST Extra – Liverpool’s naive tactics, Manchester City’s big chance

May 1, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

In the latest edition of PST Extra we dissect how Liverpool lost to Chelsea in a pivotal Premier League encounter last Sunday, as Brendan Rodgers‘ naive tactics have handed Manchester City the initiative in the title race.

City now know if they win their last three games and keep up their goal differential ahead of Liverpool, then they will win the title on goal difference. The Reds’ destiny is no longer in their own hands.

As for the Citizens, they now face a tricky trip away to Everton on Saturday (Live on CNBC, 12:30 p.m. ET) in their toughest test remaining this season. Will Manuel Pellegrini’s men come unstuck against the Toffees? Myself and Mike Prindiville discuss that and more.

If you can’t get enough of PST Extra, here is the full archive from JPW and Prindi.

  1. pRohphet8 - May 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    A one-in-a-million mistake by an individual does not equate to naive tactics. Completely different game if the half finishes 0-0, as LFC would have been fine with possessing and a draw, only needing 7 pts from 3 games. Once that mistake is made you have to go all out attack as there is no difference losing 1-0 v 2-0.

    For naive tactics, see the opening leg of Atletico v Chelsea in the Champion’s league, where away goals are king. Or see Chelsea games vs Villa, Palace, & Sunderland. The only difference between Mourinho & Big Sam is the former has a (MUCH) bigger budget and is hypocritical.

  2. mdac1012 - May 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Joe, I have to agree with the above poster, I think your a little off base. Jose did what he had to do to win the game, and I don’t criticize him for that, a win is a win. But the game essentially came down to Steven Gerrard slipping. If that slip doesn’t occur, the game ends 0-0 and we are talking about how Liverpool did what they needed to do in the game against a team playing 9-10 guys in the box from about the 12th minute on.

    The only thing Liverpool I think could have done a little differently was to take more shots from just outside the box instead of trying to constantly penetrate and dribble into 2-3 defenders. They were looking for a foul that never came.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - May 1, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Appreciate and respect both of your opinions, 100 percent. However I have to disagree.

      Personally, I would have liked to have seen Liverpool sit back and entice Chelsea out of their ultra-defensive shape. Liverpool would have then created space in behind for the likes of Suarez & Sterling to run onto and would’ve played Mourinho at his own game. Instead Jose’s side let Liverpool have the ball and wide and dealt with every single cross that was flung in aimlessly (at times) into the box.

      Why did they need to constantly go on the front foot and risk mistakes like Gerrard’s putting them 1-0 down? I think Rodgers was too cavalier in his approach when the home side only needed a point to cement their place at the top.

      I have loved watching Liverpool’s attack-minded approach this season and it is hard to argue with them winning the title, but in this instance I think Rodgers got it wrong. He wasn’t adaptable and he played right into Chelsea’s hands.

      Against the current top four Liverpool have lost home and away against Chelsea, and have split games with Arsenal and Man City. 2 wins from six against the league’s best teams shows that Rodgers’ experience in big games just isn’t quite there… but he is close.

      • mdac1012 - May 1, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Joe, thanks for replying, I understand what you are saying and respect the hell out of your opinion. I don’t know if that would have worked against Chelsea in that particular game. Early on, Chelsea didn’t park the bus, and Suarez and Sterling had a few opportunities. Once Chelsea decided to put 9 guys in the box, I don’t think they were budging. Mourihno would have walked away with a 0-0 draw and told the world that if he could have played his regular line up he could have won the game.

        Well , just my opinion, we will never know. Hopefully, City drops some points and Stevie G’s slip doesn’t cost them the title.

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