Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino missed a golden opportunity in a goalless draw against Arsenal, and Jurgen Klopp could be tempted by a different approach in the league match against Brentford.
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It will never take many questions about Liverpool’s offensive capabilities while waiting for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to return from duty in the African Cup of Nations.
However, when Takumi Minamino he wasted a golden late opportunity to bring the Reds a win in the first game Carabao Cup semifinals against Arsenal, concerns about the absence of the duo have intensified.
Jurgen Klopp spoke after the match of his team’s frustrations against opponents with ten players, with the London side using a low block that reduced Liverpool’s chances to a minimum, despite the match being more than an hour 11 to 10.
Brentford are next for the Reds, and their boss may want to mix things up with the team that secured a 3-3 draw in the return match in September.
Klopp’s chances, however, will be limited, as Salah and Mane are not available, and Divock Origi has doubts after he missed the last month due to injury, and extreme circumstances may require desperate action.
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“I’d rather score a goal than get a red card, and from that moment on it looked like we were kind of under pressure,” Klopp said after the match.
Granit Xhaka was ruled out in less than half an hour and Arsenal responded by going for five behind and defending deeply against their hosts.
Minamino scored against the London team at the beginning of this season and thus entered from the bench and rounded out the result in the league victory with 4: 0, but this match was much more open than in the difficult first match.
Klopp may decide to give the Japanese international another chance this weekend as he realizes how his move offers something different to opponents Robert Firmin and Diogo Jota.
However, there is another option for the manager and we saw a glimpse of his alternative in the moments before and after Minamin’s late miss.
Liverpool made three changes in the last 20 minutes of Thursday’s game, one of which saw Neco Williams replace starting right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Welsh youngster may have seemingly placed in the Reds ’back line, but as Arsenal fell deeper and deeper, he almost became an auxiliary winger and played a role in the move that brought Minamin a chance at death.
Williams also executed a late low interception that caused panic in the Arsenal penalty area, only the visitors obstructed the corpses and avoided the ball danger.
It wasn’t the first time this season that the 20-year-old has continued to impress as his performance in the final stages of his Carabao Cup victory over Preston North End in October brought him a start in the same position in the quarter. finally against Leicester place.
He also occasionally got a more offensive assignment for the Welsh national team, and Sunday’s opponents could be perfect if Williams were given the opportunity to do the same at club level.
“Neco is a young player and plays for Liverpool, which is a pretty good football team. It’s not so easy to get on the first team – in his perhaps natural position, ” November, Klopp said.
“I’m not sure if the right side is really [his] natural position, then [if it is] there is Trent Alexander-Arnold. “
Williams and Alexander-Arnold shared the pitch for Liverpool only once, playing together for 45 minutes against Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2019-20 season, when the Welshman played on the left-back in the first half.
That opportunity could come against Brentford, who were without first-back left-back Rico Henry and have been forced by substitute Sergi Canos due to injury in Tuesday’s defeat against Southampton.
Henry could be welcomed back after a month on the sidelines with a knee tendon injury, and Liverpool are already aware of the threat posed by the Bees in the future, so a leaning front trio – with Williams on one side and Diogo Joto on the other – could be one . solutions planned by the manager.
Klopp knows he won’t have the luxury to make the most of the natural chemistry of Salah and Mane no later than February, and the German will certainly have some ideas in his pocket.
Williams may not be an obvious choice, but a good performance against Brentford could leave the coach with one less complicated decision before his second game against Arsenal this week.
He won’t get too many chances to start in the league, but it could be an opportunity for Williams to show he deserves more.