Tactical analysis video explains why Liverpool's high press failed away at Arsenal

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Arsenal and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.

James Milner had initially put the visitors in front before Alexandre Lacazette produced a lovely finish to salvage a point for Arsenal.

The Gunners thoroughly deserved their hard-fought point against an in-form Liverpool side - although Liverpool's goalscorer was disappointed with the result.

Milner said: “We are very disappointed really, which is a good thing I suppose, playing away at Arsenal.

“To be 1-0 up in the second half and not see it out, we are disappointed; with the chances we created we should have scored a few more goals."

Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have become renowned for their pressing approach without possession.

However, they appear to have taken the foot off the pedal this season and there was very little pressing away at Arsenal.

YouTuber Nouman has posted a brilliant tactical analysis video in which he explains why Liverpool elected not to press Arsenal's backline.

Nouman has explained that Arsenal were able to bypass Liverpool's "aggressive press" in the early stages by switching the play to the other flank.

And Liverpool's high line could then be exposed by the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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No wonder Klopp was quick to change things.

The German coach, who is still looking to win his first trophy at Anfield, isn't afraid to alter his tactics if he sees that things aren't going his way.

In October, Klopp suggested that Liverpool aren't pressing as much this season because their opponents aren't trying to play out from the back.


“It’s more the case that teams don’t usually play against us,” said Klopp. “They overplay our pressing with long balls, which makes sense.

“In terms of the high press, it depends on the style of play of the other team. You can’t do it if they don’t play.

"It’s not that we don’t want to do it any more. If they play then we should be there.”

Klopp might have a point but Liverpool were unable to press successfully against an Arsenal team that weren't playing long balls.

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