Thompson: Liverpool need to put Arsenal under immediate pressure

Phil Thompson wants Liverpool to employ a high pressure tactic

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Phil Thompson wants Liverpool to return to their high pressure game for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.

The Reds were memorable 5-1 winners against Arsene Wenger’s side at Anfield in the Premier League earlier this year.

Don’t forget the Arsenal defence has been as poor as Liverpool’s so there are options for both teams offensively

Phil Thompson

However, Brendan Rodgers’s side have struggled this term without Barcelona star Luis Suarez and injured Daniel Sturridge.

But Liverpool captain Thompson still feels the Reds are capable of upsetting Arsenal if they employ a high-pressure tactic.

“One of the big things about the victory last year was the high pressure,” Thompson told Sky Sports News HQ. “Arsenal like to pass it around from the back and into the midfield at a nice leisurely pace and then they get quicker in the offensive third.

“Liverpool must try to do the same thing as last year and win the ball high up against the guys in midfield. If they win that there then they can play from that area.

“If they have the pace up front and the creativity of (Adam) Lallana and (Philippe) Coutinho I think they can trouble Arsenal. Don’t forget the Arsenal defence has been as poor as Liverpool’s so there are options for both teams offensively.”

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