Three things we learned from Liverpool v Chelsea
Chelsea came back to beat Liverpool and go through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Here are the main lessons:
1. Liverpool 1-2 Eden Hazard
This victory had nothing to do with Sarri’s system or team work. Eden Hazard is entirely responsible. At 1-0 down, his whipped-in free kick resulted in Emerson stabbing home. The second goal was all his own work. Hazard is probably the best player in the Premier League.
2. Leaving out Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu makes no sense
We cannot complain about Sarri’s results and style of play. However, those factors are only part of his job specification. Another is the long-term health of the club.
Young talents such as Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu are the future of the club. Sarri should be more interested in them getting playing time than Gary Cahill and Victor Moses.
Nobody looked twice when Danny Drinkwater was dropped from every domestic and European squad. Therefore, continuing to select Cahill and Moses, who will both be sold within the next year, is bizarre.
3. Alvaro Morata needs support
True, Morata is playing poorly. However, one main problem is that nobody is running beyond Morata from midfield. This means that he always has three defenders surrounding him as soon as he receives the ball.
Ross Barkley, Willian and Mateo Kovacic are lovely footballers but they are not threatening to run in behind. They all want to create the play from deeper. Chelsea have a lot of cooks in the kitchen but the man up top finds himself alone.