Thierry Henry: This is the beef I have with Liverpool
By Alex Stevens
Thierry Henry has revealed that his “only beef” with Liverpool is their game management.
The Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit explained that he is a massive fan of Jurgen Klopp’s side and their thrilling brand of football.
Henry also believes Klopp is the “perfect fit” for the club, who are the leading scorers in this season’s Premier League.
But two-times Premier League winner Henry believes there is one major flaw in the Liverpool side, who drew 1-1 at bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
“My only beef with Liverpool is their management of games,” Henry told the Sun. “It is their Achilles heel.
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“Their work ethic is undeniable and they high press superbly. That pressure is hard to play against — but you do not have to go 200 per cent flat out. You can manage a game.
“They were 4-1 up at Arsenal this season but rather than see it out they were running all over the place. They ended up squeaking over the line 4-3.
“That should not happen. They were in total control — and then suddenly, bang. They’re struggling.
“December’s Bournemouth match was another example. They should never have lost that from 3-1 up with 20 minutes left. They have that ability to implode.”
Liverpool were ahead against United for two-thirds of the game but were unable to hold on to the advantage given to them by James Milner’s coolly-taken 27th minute penalty.
In a closely fought encounter, Zlatan Ibrahimovic maintained his excellent scoring run with the equaliser with six minutes remaining after Marouane Fellaini’s header had rebounded off the crossbar.
Liverpool’s point at the home of their rivals took them back into third position in the table, where they are level on goal difference with Tottenham, who have won six matches in a row.
But Klopp’s side are seven points adrift of Chelsea, who beat Leicester 3-0 on Saturday night.
In other Liverpool news, the club have agreed the terms of a deal for a brilliant young defender.