Heading into the 1988/89 season, Liverpool were seen as invincible.
They played a standard and brand of possession football everyone admired.
That was over 30 years ago – a different game, and a different era – but we’re still talking about those different styles with relevance to the game today.
Everyone saw George Graham (below) as a defensive coach, but he was everything but. We defended from the front, and pushed up to the halfway line – that’s why, at Highbury, everyone was always caught offside.
We played with a full press. We played on the front foot, and closed down from the front. George talked about previous Liverpool teams – those of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, then Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush, and how they were those teams’ best defenders.
“Look at those great players, working hard defensively.” They were a great team.