Where are Tottenham vulnerable?
As alluded to already, the wide areas could be a real cause for concern for Spurs. The 3-4-2-1 structure should allow them to drop into a 5-4-1 with relative ease, but if they go with the diamond then Liverpool will have easier access to the flanks.
Essentially, the outside players in the diamond – Moussa Sissoko and one of Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli – would have to screen Liverpool’s outer central midfielders but also try to affect Alexander-Arnold and Robertson. The alternative is that Trippier and Rose, who were tasked with following Sadio Mane and Mo Salah at Anfield, would have to leave Liverpool’s two major goal threats in order to press the full-backs.
Neither solution provides significant security, while Spurs will also need to be wary of the speed at which Liverpool can break. The ripple effect of this is that Salah and Mane may be able to exploit the areas behind the Tottenham full-backs, which would force the centre-backs to move out wide to defend. The result here? Greater gaps inside for the runs not just of Roberto Firmino and the far-side wide attacker, but also midfield runners like Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.