The friendly match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace is part of the preparation for the 2022/23 season of both clubs. This competition took place at the Singapore National Stadium.
After Thailand, Singapore became Liverpool’s next destination. The Reds left Thailand after a defeat with a four-goal gap against MU under the guidance of coach Erik ten Hag.
There are 4 main reasons leading to Liverpool’s ‘white belly’ loss to MU. Firstly: The Reds have many players making personal mistakes, typically the case of Nathaniel Phillips. Second: Coach Jurgen Klopp did not use the best players in the first place.
A series of stars like Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Ibrahima Konate… only came on in the second half. These players only played for about 30 minutes and that was not enough for Liverpool to turn the situation around.
Third: Liverpool’s finishing is not good and unlucky. The Luis Diaz or the ‘rookie’ Darwin Nunez… all had the opportunity but missed it. In addition, the ball 3 times found the column along the goal of MU.
Fourth: MU makes good use of the opportunities it has. Statistics show that the players led by coach Erik ten Hag only made 9 finishing touches, when 5 directions of the ball were directed towards Liverpool’s goal and converted into 4 goals.
Despite losing 0-4, Liverpool is still the team that controls the ball more and finishes twice as much as MU. That shows that The Reds’ gameplay still operates smoothly despite the lack of the best ‘links’.
This also means that just playing more ‘seriously’, Liverpool will beat Crystal Palace. It all depends on Klopp’s attitude and choice of personnel.