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Liverpool (4-3-3) | Manager: Jurgen Klopp
22.Mignolet – 66.Alexander-Arnold, 32.Matip, 6.Lovren, 18.Moreno – 23.Can, 14.Henderson, 5.Wijnaldum – 11.Salah, 9.Firmino, 19.Mane
Hoffenheim (3-4-2-1) | Manager: Julian Nagelsmann
1.Baumann – 6.Nordtveit, 22.Vogt, 21.Hubner – 3.Kaderabek, 32.Geiger, 10.Demirbay, 17.Zuber – 29.Gnabry, 27.Kramaric – 14.Wagner
Mane Firmino and Salah have drifted into the center and created space in the half spaces and the wings.
Here is the influence the dropping movements from Firmino and Mane has had on creating space out wide for Moreno to exploit. Brilliant again!
Here is the final video before we come back after full time. The press that gave Liverpool the upper hand in the first half. Such energy.
A recurring pattern in the second half with advancing forward runs made by Wijnaldum. Salah’s attraction of press is vital here.
Creating space out wide for the full backs against the Hoffenheim back four. Mane slotting in and Salah’s attraction of press vital again
High press leading to Henderson winning the ball high up the field that led to Firmino getting the goal. Great pressing once again
The front three of Mane, Firmino and Salah moved inwards and dropped deep to drag defenders around and create space on the left for Can
Dropping movements from Firmino and Mane facilitate a third man run for Moreno out wide. The movements displace the defenders
The crucial reason as to how Liverpool dominated Hoffenheim in the first half and forced Naglesmann into a sub early on. The high press!
The second half saw Wijnaldum take over the runs from deep as he effectively used the space in front of him to create numerous opportunities.
Salah was brilliant as he attracted the press towards himself when he had the ball and combined with Wijnaldum to release the full back.
The instance which saw Henderson win the ball high up the pitch and lay it off to Firmino for the goal. The Brazilian deserved it.
Here is a look at how Liverpool were able to close down all the passing options and force a turnover in play.
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