Liverpool vindicated Jurgen Klopp’s risky rotation policy by doing just enough to beat wasteful Aston Villa

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

Klopp demoted Mo Salah to the bench and Andy Robertson from the squad but Liverpool had enough to reserve to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment

Sport Analysis

Liverpool vindicated jurgen klopp’s risky rotation policy by doing just enough to beat wasteful aston villa

Jurgen Klopp’s selection gamble paid off at Villa Park (Photo: Reuters)

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

By Daniel StoreyChief Football Writer

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool (Luiz 3′ | Matip 6′, Mane 65′)

Global Tech News Daily

VILLA PARK — This team has some bottle, make no mistake. They may have left it too late, and been a little too limp, to fully turn Saturday night’s match around at Anfield, but they rarely make the same mistake twice in a row. One pass is all it takes, this time swept into the box by the irrepressible Luis Diaz for Sadio Mane to clip a header home. A red flare was released in one corner of Villa Park; let’s call it a warning shot to Manchester City.

Liverpool will win better quality matches. They will play with more control time and time and time again and some of those games may not even end in victory. They will allow their opponents fewer clear chances than they did on Tuesday and concede more than once. But they will not care. After falling behind, Liverpool knew that City could secure the title before they played another league fixture. If you do nothing else, Klopp will say, make them wait.

Global Tech News Daily

The weekend draw with Tottenham put Jurgen Klopp in an awkward position. Win and he would have had no choice but to pick a full-strength team in the league. But with Manchester City holding the title in one hand, Klopp had an FA Cup final to consider.

Klopp hedged his bets. Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Ibrahima Konate and Andrew Robertson dropped out, while Mohamed Salah was rested to give Diogo Jota a start with Luis Diaz operating from the right. Cue the worst news: Fabinho holding the back of his hamstring and limping off in the first half. His participation in the two finals must surely be in doubt.

Liverpool’s rotation has been relatively seamless this season, changes coming in twos and threes. With five changes here, in the first half we saw why. It is not that any Liverpool player performed dreadfully – not at all. But there was a whiff of unfamiliarity about the component parts of a machine that typically operates as one whole.

Over a series of moments, you missed what was missing: Kostas Tsimikas turning back rather than Robertson pushing on; Curtis Jones twice shooting when teammates had their arms outstretched; Naby Keita thrashing at the occasional clearance, pass and, most notably, a shot when unmarked 12 yards from goal.

Klopp spent Saturday late evening explaining why he could never coach a team to be defensive, so he must have been mightily impressed by the intensity of Villa’s start. Ollie Watkins had already had a shot saved and Liverpool been thrice robbed of the ball in midfield before Lucas Digne’s cross found two Liverpool central defenders unusually uncertain of their positioning. Douglas Luiz had two bites and dined on the second.

The opening exchanges were gloriously frantic, neither side in control but both seemingly happy to react to their results of their mutual chaos. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick appeared comparatively harmless, slightly looped toward Tyrone Mings. Somehow he – and at least one more – Villa defender acted or thought out of turn. Joel Matip had scored exactly one league goal in each of his previous five seasons at Liverpool; he ruined that streak by stabbing in an equaliser.

The result of such chaotic games is inevitably determined by who keeps their head when it matters most. For all the stunning simplicity of Liverpool’s second goal, the equivalent of the perfect cheese on toast, Villa had plenty enough chances to take at least one point and probably three. For all the focus on Coutinho, booed throughout by the away support, they should thank another former player.

The signing of Danny Ings was hailed as a particularly savvy piece of business by Villa. He had scored 34 Premier League goals in two seasons at Southampton, and his service would surely improve at Villa Park. Ings’ success lay in his clinicality. Somewhere, that has got a little lost. His shooting accuracy and chance conversion have both dropped from last season to this, south coast to West Midlands.

The game’s crucial moments came in the aftermath of Liverpool’s winner, when twice Ings was sent through on goal and twice made the wrong choice. First he chopped back onto his left foot and was tackled. Then, to the groans and general chagrin of Villa supporters, his comically heavy touch allowed Alisson to gobble up the ball. Even when he finally scored, an assistant’s flag pointed out that he had run at least three yards offside.

These are the differences, fine margins between those who demand to be considered elite and those who demand to be the best of the elite. Klopp will accept that he took a leap of faith by changing half a team. He may accept too that his side dodged bullets and their own occasional lack of cohesion. But doubts and dithers can be solved with a smile. Now to go and win the one major trophy that has eluded this glorious generation.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

This is America: It's not just Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month anymore

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was already a lot to take in. There are so many distinct cultures and disparate experiences within these two massive identity groups, so ... Read more »

Red-hot inflation is probably costing you an extra $311 per month

Financial squeeze stems from the rising cost for a number of everyday goods Read more »

How Kurtwood Smith Approached His Character In Firestarter - Exclusive

Blumhouse/Universal Stephen King’s 1980 novel, “Firestarter,” was the celebrated horror author’s first full-fledged foray into science fiction, after incorporating elements of the genre into his two previous books, “The Stand” ... Read more »

The Devastating Death Of Tremors Star Fred Ward

Kevin Winter/Getty The entertainment world is reeling today at the news that character actor extraordinaire Fred Ward has died at the age of 79. No cause of death has been ... Read more »

Formula shortage reveals GOP's compassion for American babies, anger over nourished immigrant ones

Cearly these Republicans are addressing the baby-formula shortage through the scriptural philosophy of: “All lives are precious, expect these little immigrant whiners over here. They can pound sand.” Read more »

Self-driving truck company looks to fix supply chain issues for the long haul

Embark Trucks successfully completes autonomous driving tests in winter conditions Read more »

A timeline of billionaire Elon Musk's bid to control Twitter

Elon Musk announced on Friday that his plan to buy Twitter in a proposed $44 billion deal is “ temporarily on hold ” as he tries to pinpoint the exact ... Read more »

Protesters demand arrest of former Sri Lankan PM over attack

The Associated PressSri Lankans protest demanding president Gotabaya Rajakasa resign and decrying the appointment of Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 13, 2022. Five-time former Sri ... Read more »

Law & Order: SVU Fans Are Outraged With Olivia Benson After Season 23, Episode 21

Michael Greenberg/NBC Since the series debuted in 1999, “Law & Order: SVU” fans have rallied behind the exploits of protagonist Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). As the Commanding Officer of ... Read more »

Here's Who's Hosting The Saturday Night Live Season Finale

Amy Sussman/Getty The untold truth of “Saturday Night Live” involves all sorts of behind-the-scenes shenanigans, but when it comes to the show’s guest hosts, few things are left untold. There’s a ... Read more »

Woman arrested in 2002 Missouri hospital patient's death

On Location: May 13, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A former respiratory therapist charged with first-degree murder in the death of ... Read more »

Inflation has eroded 40% of Social Security's purchasing power since 2000

Social Security would need to increase by $539 per month to offset inflation Read more »

Toddler weighing under 10 pounds dies; parents arrested

The Associated PressThis photo provided by Polk County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office shows Arhonda Tillman and Regis Johnson. A 2-year-old girl in Florida weighing less than 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) died ... Read more »

Jesse Spencer Responds To Those Leaked Chicago Fire Finale Images

Timothy Hiatt/Getty Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) has been a fixture on “Chicago Fire” ever since the very first episode. Originally starting off as a lieutenant for the first six seasons, ... Read more »

Multiverse Of Madness Screenwriter Reveals Elizabeth Olsen's Reaction To Scarlet Witch's Violent Scene - Exclusive

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Spoiler warning: This article includes major plot details from “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Arguably one of the most dramatic character arcs in the history ... Read more »

Pilots at United will vote on contract after tentative deal

The Associated PressFILE – In this July 2, 2021 file photo, a United Airlines jetliner taxis down a runway for take off from Denver International Airport in Denver. United Airlines ... Read more »

Unionists block new N Ireland govt over Brexit trade rules

The Associated PressFILE – Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson pauses as he speaks to the media at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Monday, May 9, 2022. Britain and the European ... Read more »

Five-year-old girl dies after being found unconscious in the sea in Stavanger

The five-year-old girl who was found lifeless in the sea in Stavanger on Thursday night was declared dead at the hospital on Friday. The police do not suspect that the ... Read more »

Mixed Texas ruling allows trans youth parent investigations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that ... Read more »

Mimi Rogers Cried When She Learned About Her Bosch Character's Fate - Exclusive

Tyler Golden/Amazon Freevee Emmy-nominated actress Mimi Rogers has more than 100 IMDb credits to her name, but dedicated fans of “Bosch” almost certainly know her best from her role as the ... Read more »

Severe storms blamed for 2 deaths in South Dakota, Minnesota

Severe weather hits the Heartland and moves East Chief meteorologist Ginger Zee has the latest forecast after damaging storm reports from Kansas to Minnesota. The Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. ... Read more »

Jesse Williams addresses leak of Broadway nude scene

The Associated PressMichael Oberholtzer, from left, Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend the Tony Awards: Meet The Nominees media day at the Sofitel New York on Thursday, May 12, ... Read more »

House of Representatives to give staff free Peloton memberships, costing taxpayers

The benefit is is being offered to Capitol Police officers and House staff Read more »

Elon Musk pausing Twitter deal because of spam accounts not a ‘legitimate excuse': Market expert

Musk could be putting the Twitter deal on hold to renegotiate the price, says Gregg Smith Read more »

Here's Why Moon Knight Could Suddenly Fly In The Final Episode

Disney+/Marvel Studios Marvel’s “Moon Knight” wraps up its six-episode run with an epic battle between Marc Spector/Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) and the powerful zealot Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke). It’s a ... Read more »

The Fed raising interest rates will ‘create a recession,' Dick Bove warns

The Fed ‘can’t avoid’ a recession, the chief financial strategist stresses Read more »

German police investigate possible terrorism in knife attack

VIENNA — Police have arrested an Iraqi-born man and are investigating a possible Islamic extremist motive after five passengers received knife wounds on a regional train in western Germany, authorities ... Read more »

German police investigate possible Islamic extremist motive after 5 wounded in knife attack on train

BERLIN — German police investigate possible Islamic extremist motive after 5 wounded in knife attack on train. Read more »

Doctor Strange 2 Star Benedict Wong Recalls His Longtime Friendship With Benedict Cumberbatch - Exclusive

Noam Galai/Getty Images Thanks to the sprawling narrative of the MCU, many of the film saga’s actors have had the opportunity to work together again. That’s a good thing when ... Read more »

Queen attends horse show in first public appearance in weeks

The Associated PressBritain’s Queen Elizabeth II is joined by Prince Edward and Sophie, right, the Earl and Countess of Wessex as they sit in the Royal Box at the Royal ... Read more »

UN humanitarian official urges attention to drought in Kenya

The Associated PressVillagers gather during a visit by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths, in the village of Lomoputh in northern Kenya Thursday, May 12, 2022. Griffiths visited ... Read more »

Film Review: ‘Firestarter' remake fails to ignite

The Associated PressThis image released by Universal Pictures shows Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Charlie in a scene from “Firestarter.” (Ken Woroner/Universal Pictures via AP) For a movie about a girl ... Read more »

Report: Austria sees record number of antisemitic incidents

VIENNA — Antisemitic incidents reached a record high in Austria last year, according to a report published Friday. The statistics, compiled by the Jewish Community of Vienna, recorded 965 incidents ... Read more »

Germany: Over 300 far-right extremists at security agencies

VIENNA — The German government said Friday that it has identified more than 300 employees of national and state military, police and security agencies with links to far-right extremists or ... Read more »

38 rescued, 11 dead as US searches waters near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — At least 38 people have been rescued and 11 bodies found as the U.S. Coast Guard scoured the open waters northwest of Puerto Rico on ... Read more »

Becki Newton On The Joy Of Working With Neve Campbell On The Lincoln Lawyer And Her Dream Co-Star - Exclusive

Lara Solanki/Netflix Throughout her career, Becki Newton has worked with a string of talented actors, including Judith Light and Vanessa Williams on “Ugly Betty,” Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders ... Read more »

As the United States grapples with abortion law, what is the situation here in Norway?

The recent leaking of a draft decision, by the United States Supreme Court, to overturn more than 5 decades of the legal protection of a woman’s right to seek an ... Read more »

Nasdaq's nosedive nears pandemic crash of 2020

The 10-year yield hit 3.203% Monday – a 3.5 year high Read more »

Croatia passes law paving way for euro currency introduction

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatian lawmakers on Friday approved a law that paves the way for the introduction of the euro currency next year. Croatia is due to replace the Croatian ... Read more »

Report: Missile attack kills 10 Syrian soldiers in the north

BEIRUT — A missile struck a Syrian military bus in the country’s north early on Friday, killing 10 soldiers, Syria’s state-run media and an opposition monitor said. It wasn’t immediately ... Read more »