A Few Thoughts Of NUFC v Liverpool
Like the Spurs game in August, the plan that Rafa Benitez had, worked. If Jonjo Shelvey had managed not to be sent off against Spurs then the result in that one could and maybe should have been the same as today if not a nicked 1-0.
Knowing the sides limitations, the plan was spot on with very few chances created for them regardless of the possession stats as the shape of the side stayed solid throughout.
Allowing them the ball and to run at us on either flank, I think this was designed to tire them out and it seemed to work as Liverpool faded as the game went on.
Personally I thought Shelvey looked short of match fitness and looked off the pace so I was surprised to come home and see the reviews although his pass through to Joselu was top class and one that you thought Joselu couldn't miss as hard as he tried to though.
I also thought that Rob Elliot's positioning for their goal was wrong as he got nowhere near it and it looked savable but overall there was no real stand out performers, just a real good solid team performance that makes you think we'll have enough to stay up.