Martin Keown believes Sheffield United midfielder Oli Norwood could prove to be the biggest danger to Liverpool keeping their 100% record in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old is the Blades’ most prolific passer with his signature diagonal ball to the flanks likely to cause the Reds trouble this afternoon. Keown thinks that if the likes of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold push too far forward, the space will be exploited by their opponents:
“No side has produced more crosses than Liverpool’s 146, with a league-high 61 coming from Alexander-Arnold, so Wilder’s wing-backs should drop deep to help their defence.”
“Norwood will be ratting around at the back, too, but he will look to get his head up whenever he gets the chance. He will fire those diagonal balls of his into the channels for his strikers to chase instead.”
“There will be space there if Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are stationed high up the pitch, so Liverpool’s centre backs will have to beware that.”
It is a ploy that has been used by a number of teams against Liverpool this season in order to prevent the Reds fullbacks bombing on, but Sheffield United’s 3-5-2 system may make it more difficult to exploit.
The wingbacks will be pushed back into a 5-3-2 at times, but it will be interesting, nonetheless, to see who comes out on top in the battle out wide. The Merseysiders could make it seven wins out of seven if they secure victory at Bramall Lane this afternoon.