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On the Welsh beat Wayne Pivac the former Auckland buyer who once had a & # 39; nasty left hook & # 39; owned and carried a .38 pistol in the streets of New Zealand in the 1980s, is unlikely to feel the pressure that his old job with the Principality has caused Stadium by Italy .
& # 39; Once you are at someone's home and have to tell someone that his loved one has died unexpectedly, you sit down with a rugby player and talk about the fact that they were not selected, that kind of situation I find it not as hard as other coaches, & # 39; PC Pivac, 57, offered this week on the eve of his full Welsh debut.
In his youth, Pivac, whose name is Croatian, was every inch the archetypal buyer of the 80s.
& # 39; He was in pain of the old policeman like everyone else! & # 39; laughed his good friend Paul Feeney, who now coaches the Kenyan 7s team, but has been in contact with Pivac in Takapuna, Auckland, Fiji and – interestingly – Cardiff.
& # 39; In the 1980s it was a tough police officer job. It was not as politically correct as it is today …!
& # 39; You had to think. That helped him in his coaching career. & # 39;
Between 19 and 34, Pivac would guard the streets of the North Shore in Auckland and spend the last years in the Criminal Investigations Unit.
Shorn of his Pivac uniform took names on the rugby field, as a lock or back rower for his nearest club Takapuna, then North Harbor and the Northland provincial team.
& # 39; He used to play No. 6, 7 or 8 – all three positions – but in North Harbor coach Peter Thorburn played locked it, & # 39; Feeney added.
& # 39; He was not & # 39; & # 39; the world's largest second row had a pretty good left hook to him! & # 39;
It was fun with the New Zealand service team. Pivac played with Steve Hansen – what happened to him? – and Mike Cron, who is the dreaded & # 39; scrum doctor & # 39; van All Blacks was the selector.
The & # 39; court sessions & # 39; after the game in the bar were legendary with Hansen, who then went on to coach New Zealand to two World Cup victories, a meticulous & # 39; judge & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It used to be amateur rugby, so you had to escalate the fun side of things! & # 39; Feeney explains.
& # 39; Those days were great fun! & # 39;
However, they would not last long for Pivac. The Westlake Boys High School student – where cricket referee Billy Bowden and commercial bungy-jumping inventor AJ Hackett were also present – had broken off his playing career.
On 27 Pivac suffered a serious knee injury when playing touch. A fast-growing tennis and rugby career – where he had shared the field with All Black great Sean Fitzpatrick – was over.
The first boulder on the yellow stone road to the Welsh lane was laid in Takapuna, across the Bridge Bridge north of Auckland.
Pivac grew up there thanks to his father's family. Pivac & # 39; s grandparents ran away from Podgora, on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, and were & # 39; gum diggers & # 39; in the Kauri field in Northland.
After they cleared wetlands, a piece of land was rewarded . One of their 10 children – eight boys and two girls – was George, Wayne & # 39; s father.
George was a prop and coached Takapuna who moved there from Kataia – further on the protruding finger of the North Island. He married Joan, a primary school teacher of Scottish descent, and in 1962 they welcomed Wayne.
Fast-forward 30 years and the coach was destined for success. He and Hansen took the police team in 1992, a title for Takapuna came in 1994 and then three Auckland championships followed in five years for Pivac in North Harbor.
What struck him was not only his excellent tactics or & # 39; out-of-the-square & # 39; selections, but his man management – clearly coming from serving on the thin blue line.
& # 39; You learn from the police to initially become soft, listen to people and then gradually you can do that to whatever extent you want, & Feeney explained.
& # 39; You ultimately lock people up.
& # 39; Wayne has a similar attitude in his coaching – take a fairly simple approach, and if you need to take that to the next stage, you can, but you don't start on the heights. & # 39;
Pivac writes the police for sharpening his eye.
& # 39; The possibility that illegal information from people who don't necessarily want to talk to you is a skill in itself & he said.
& # 39; Reading body language … understanding what people think. & # 39;
He didn't miss much when it came to t-spotting languages as well.
Keven Mealamu was a young flanker in Auckland and Wayne turned him into a whore – he won 132 caps for the All Blacks, & # 39; regaled Feeney.
Soon Graham Henry – what happened to him? – invited Pivac to become his assistant in Auckland in 1998.
When Pivac arrived, however, Henry had quickly taken over the job at Wales; so suddenly the younger one was in charge. It was a theme that would repeat itself later in Llanelli.
By 2003, he was & # 39; Steinlager Coach of the year & # 39; with three NPC titles in his closet.
Subsequently, with Feeney, Fiji coached for three years – including the Sevens team with the legendary Waisale Serevi – a job that took him to his future home, the Principality Stadium.
In the 125th birthday game of Wales in 2005, the Fijians missed a drop goal and lost 11-10 in the rain.
But the shorter team was World Champion. Returning to the islands – after defeating New Zealand in Hong Kong – Pivac needed all the nous of his policeman to negotiate the chaos.
& # 39; There were 10,000 people at the airport! & # 39; Feeney remembers.
& # 39; They were great scenes. The next day we went to Suva with our family – it should only be a three-hour trip but it took 16!
We went to seven leaders' villages, would go around corners and there would be 500 people standing in the way of the bus to give your kerosene, clothing and mats as a gift.
& # 39; They would pass them around their heads. Wayne would try to calm the situation! & # 39;
After Pivac & # 39; s marriage broke up a few years later, he returned home. By 2012 he had two teenage sons – Matthew and Bradley – and was back with Auckland, where Hadleigh Parkes was his center and captain.
& # 39; He was my first Auckland Sevens coach, then took me to the XVs and we had about two seasons together, & # 39; Kiwi-born Welsh midfielder explained.
& # 39; He likes certain sentences. The boys get stuck in him for things like & # 39; 100 percent, size & # 39 ;.
& # 39; You must answer to him. He is sober but a strong proponent of celebrating success.
& Work hard in the week, when you put a team on the sword and win, you have to enjoy it with your friends .
& # 39; And if it didn't go well, the next team must pay. & # 39;
In 2013, the lives of both Parkes and Pivac changed dramatically. Scarlets coach Simon Easterby flew to New Zealand for a weekend to see Pivac – he wanted him as an assistant on the other side of the world and Pivac agreed to participate.
When he did the following season, Easterby was coaching Ireland and Pivac was in charge – it had happened again.
Pivac lived barely 10 minutes from Parc y Scarlets and quickly integrated into West Walian life and soon brought Parkes to him, allowing the center to play Wales three years later.
& # 39; I had an offer to go to Bayonne as a medical prankster instead & # 39 ;, Parkes said.
& # 39; But my wife Suzy and I had the opportunity to live and work in Wales. Five years later it was the best decision of our lives. We owe so much to the people of Wales.
& # 39; With Wayne, we played an offensive brand that everyone bought. It was exciting. & # 39;
Beer-soaked Sosban Fach songs came just as regularly as the victories.
With a swash-buckling style, the Scarlets won the Pro12, made the semi-12 final of Europe and another competition final before Pivac became the chosen one to replace Warren Gatland.
Ioan Cunningham, the only Scarlets coach who has left Pivac who has stepped up his position in Wales, explains how the Kiwi connects his new people.
& # 39; He quickly understood what it meant to be a Scarlet and what the Scarlets meant to people, "Cunningham said.
" He fed that into the team daily. There are very passionate people here.
& # 39; He understood that people from Pembrokeshire to Carmarthen followed a lot of money to us and made sure the team acted for them.
& He would drink a beer with the fans and was honest about what he was trying to do with them . Same with the players. & # 39;
PC Pivac earned his badges for the international beat.
& # 39; The police helped with his emotional intelligence, & Cunningham said.
& # 39; He knows how to press player buttons. He also does not forget things. We got the mickey out of him because he always remembers a score line.
& # 39; We would talk about a game and he would say & # 39; oh yes, we won 14-13 & # 39 ;.
We spent a lot of time together in the pub, playing golf – it's not bad – and drinking coffee. He's a great guy. & # 39;
Cowbridge is now home, the Hare and Hounds are local, with new wife Mikaela – a Kiwi he met in Wales – by his side.
Much has changed in Wayne & # 39; s World – but he retains the same values that were tumbled into him when he Bobby was with the tache.
& # 39; He is old-fashioned, & # 39; Feeney noted.
& # 39; Time registration is important, attention to detail, don't wear the wrong equipment, don't be late.
& # 39; He watches even if you don't think he is watching! He notices things with the eye of his former police officer.
& # 39; You do not enter the team if you are a great talent, but you are not doing the small things.
& # 39; But you will give the shirt off his back – if you go to him with a problem, he will treat you like his sounds. & # 39;
What about the pressure of the post? Now the big fish in the Welsh goldfish bowl, Pivac, is ready for swimming – not sinking.
& # 39; Remember, I was once a supporter in New Zealand for the All Blacks & quot ;, he said recently.
& # 39; I grew up in a pretty hostile environment where winning was everything, and with the police I saw the real result of poor performance. It had a knock-on effect on the community – I had something to do with it on Sunday at 3 am. It belongs to the territory.
& # 39; That's part of the excitement of it – you can make a difference in people's lives for a certain period, albeit a few days or a week.
"It is not something that will scare us back."
Pivac has never been given a duty.
Eddie Pepperell confronted the man he was a & # 39; single-minded twit & # 39; Bryson DeChambeau mentioned at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Expect a bit of warmth today in the afternoon share these as Eddie Pepperell and Bryson DeChambeau – the man he is a & # 39; single-minded twit & # 39; called – go to the fairways together in the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
As if he's trying one of the iconic titles on the European Tour were not uncomfortable enough.
As always, Pepperell did not hold back when a horrible copy of DeChambeau's slow play came to light in August. "Just look at Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas, who are both bored," he tweeted.
& # 39; Delay players from this to their game partners, making the game less enjoyable. The problem is that the untouched, purposeful twit doesn't care about others in this case. "
DeChambeau certainly cared about Pepperell & # 39; s inhuman words. Indeed, the mad scientist, as he is known, raged positively. "Eddie should have the balls to say it in my face," he fumed.
After the predictable turmoil on social media, Pepperell apologized for making his criticism personal. He is indeed doing his best to forget some of his questionable behavior last year – on one occasion he ran out in the middle of a tournament in the middle of Turkey because he no longer had balls. And he tweeted in joke yesterday: & # 39; Fully understand if Bryson wants to keep popping at me 40 (yards) tomorrow so we don't have to chat. & # 39;
DeChambeau seems to have taken on board the perfectly honest point of Pepperell and many others that he was too slow.
He certainly accelerated the pace during his two-week stint in the Middle East and now has a golden opportunity to successfully complete this title. & # 39; After last week's fiasco in Abu Dhabi (he missed the cut comfortably), this is much more like him & # 39 ;, said DeChambeau, who set up 30 pounds of muscle mass in the winter – not sand in Pepperell & # 39; s face to kick but keep up with the big hitters.
He is only two shots away from Ashun Wu's lead from China, with Frenchman Victor Perez separating them. Pepperell is three back. Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington predicted last week: & # 39; As this course was set up this year, I would say it is no good thing for the man trying to hold the lead. & # 39;
With the gusts of wind due to return this afternoon, the last thing Wu has to see in his rear-view mirror is noted wind exponents such as Pepperell and two other Englishmen – Tom Lewis and Tommy Fleetwood.
Saracen eye showpiece game against world champions South Africa while they want to keep star names such as Owen Farrell busy after their relegation
- Saracens want to receive world champions South Africa in a showpiece-friendly
- They are talking about welcoming the Springboks after the fall internationals
- Saracens want to keep star names like Owen Farrell busy after relegation 
- England stars do not play regular championship matches and go sabbatical
Degraded Saracens made the springboks sound about playing a showpiece competition in Allianz Park.
The club has close ties with South Africa and has had initial discussions about organizing the program at the end of the internationals of the fall.
As revealed in the Mail last Sunday, the fallen giants are looking at innovative ways to manage household names such as Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje .
The English stars spe do not play regular championship matches, but instead take a p art sabbatical with occasional controversial matches.
Coach Mark McCall confirmed this week that talks have been held with Super Rugby games, but a home game against the world champions would be the biggest ticket of all.
NIK SIMON & GAINE LINE: Saracen rivals hold loan agreements after relegation to the championship
- Saracens want to send a number of borrowed players next season
A negotiating position has emerged between Saracens and Premiership rivals while the degraded club destroys the future of their players.
Saracens want to send a number of players on loan, but potential suitors drag their feet and insist on permanent deals.
Gain Line can reveal that the following players have received interest: Ben Spencer from Bath and Exeter; Alex Lozowski (Gloucester and Sale); Nick Isiekwe (Harlequins); Max Malins (Exeter); Nick Tompkins (Osprey); Matt Gallagher (Munster); Rhys Carre ( Cardiff ); George Cross ( Japan ); Jack Singleton (Leicester).
to become Saracens also faced difficult decisions about the future of Richard Wigglesworth and Brad Barritt, both of whom have no contract this summer.
Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje will remain on semi-sabbaticals. However, foreign stars such as Will Skelton and Vincent Koch more often leave the club on a permanent basis.
Head coach in England touches grim claim
Eddie Jones lost his calm at this week's Six Nations launch over suggestions that players are training camps & # 39; grim & # 39; find.
The coach of England hit a reporter and said: & I don't think they find the camps grim, mate and if they find them grim they don't have to come. Give me their names and they don't have to bother coming. & # 39;
] Moments later, Jones was asked for a theory about why the Six Nations usually end in a Grand Slam after a World Cup year. Jones: & # 39; Is that a fact or fiction? & # 39; Reporter: & # 39; Fact. & # 39; Jones: & # 39; I didn't know that, mate. & # 39; Reporter: & # 39; Well, do you have a theory? & # 39; Jones: & # 39; Why are you being so aggressive? There is something going on. What's the problem? I don't know mate. I knew nothing about that. I apologize. & # 39;
No love lost in Scotland on the hunt for opponent spies
Rumors surfaced at the World Cup in Japan that Scotland's management had a & # 39; lovehotel & # 39; had booked that their training field overlooked opposition espionage. Love hotels are usually fully booked per hour for romantic encounters. Gain Line investigated the rumors at the launch of Six Nations and discovered that the team had sent a guard to the love hotel to look for curious eyes, but no money was exchanged.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac and Captain Alun Wyn Jones traveled back from this week's First Nations Six Nations launch – but their women's side didn't get the same luxury. Pivac and Jones had a long day with the media at Tobacco Dock and returned to their Vale of Glamorgan base that afternoon. First class tickets were arranged for the pair by the Welsh Rugby Union, but female coach Chris Horsman and captain Siwan Lillicrap were among the regular gamblers.
Will Carling cashed in by organizing a stall at the launch of the Six Nations, but a media joke forbade him to talk about rugby. However, he was free to answer questions about Amazon Web Services. The former captain of England has been contracted by the RFU as a leadership mentor.
Seville 2-0 Granada: Hosts close gap to Barcelona to five points thanks to goals from Luuk De Jong and Nolito
- Luuk De Jong placed Seville after the end of a cross by Jesus Navas
- Nolito doubled the lead of the home team with a cheeky toe past the keeper
- Seville was third in the La Liga table and five points of leaders Barcelona
The good news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he skillfully investigates the mud plasters on the worn Prenton Park field on Sunday, is that Sir Alex Ferguson once survived being dumped from the FA Cup by a League One side.
Admittedly, he had 17 years of credit and a historic treble in the bank before he suffered that fate in 2010. And when he lost it was high flying Leeds, a northern powerhouse.
That was embarrassing, but it wasn't Tranmere Rovers, currently 21st in League One and demolished in the National League two years ago. To make comparisons, you would have to go back 26 years to 1984 when Harry Redknapp was a fresh-faced Bournemouth manager with a classic old-fashioned Adidas training suit that told Match of the Day how United defeated the best day of 2-0 his life. How times change.
Some old hands, United fans in the last half of life, could not remember something as horrible as the screening of United against Burnley on Wednesday night. In reality, the seventies were worse, especially the degradation of 1973-74. But that is not how it feels at Old Trafford at the moment. United just can't lose at Prenton Park.
Tranmere is a good club with a proud tradition, but they are clear about their relative status. Their games were once wonderfully marketed as & # 39; Friday Night Fever & # 39 ;, the Merseyside club that played early in the weekend, so fans could watch Liverpool and Everton on Saturday. The reality is that this United side, shaved from Marcus Rashford, could lose on Sunday.
They must have enough to win. But the screen against Burnley offered no confidence. The response either. The players of the game reported that as soon as the TV interviews were completed, the players rushed outside, many of which diverted the gaze from waiting reporters. Being able to get up and be counted in the worst times, Solskjaer noted in his playing time.
Now as a manager he defends this young group, as he should, when it becomes clear that they are hiding. & # 39; I have not seen many of my players raise their hoods, hide and try to disappear, & # 39; he insisted. & # 39; I see a lot of players who want this to be a success. We have open discussions behind the doors, but we are not going to hang people to dry. That's just common sense, because when I point your finger at you, more fingers are pointed at me. So I don't agree with you. & # 39;
The combat conversation is to be expected. Solskjaer believes in the core of this group, although he still needs six or seven players before he can say that it is the team he wants. Paul Pogba will no doubt leave in the summer and free up a budget to breathe new life into midfield. & # 39; We have to spend wisely, that's one of the keys for me & # 39 ;, Solskjaer added. & # 39; We've spent a lot of money in the last five or six seasons since Sir Alex left, and I have to make sure that the club makes sure that when we spend the money it's the right type. & # 39;
Solskjaer insists that he make a promise: that vice-president Ed Woodward looked him in the eye and agreed with his analysis that turning over a club's oil tanker will take time. It must be said that David Moyes felt that he had been told the same thing, just like Louis van Gaal. Jose Mourinho, you suspected, was always too cunning to be that familiar. But Solskjaer does believe. & # 39; When we sat down, we all agreed, the club and I, that the culture had to change & he said.
& # 39; It is not as I was told without my permission what we do because we agreed on things when we signed contracts. & # 39; I am not afraid of my position in that regard, I just keep working. Of course you need results, but I will not spend a lot of money on someone who comes in here if they are not suitable for the club. & # 39;
That is bold; even naive. If he doesn't sign a center to strengthen Anthony Martial and replace the Rashford goals, Solskjaer could eventually do what is good for the club by not wasting their money but losing his job. In the same vein, allowing Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to go last summer, was probably right if they wanted to reform the club.
& # 39; I didn't think: & # 39; Oh, I wish I had kept it. & # 39; Some that we let go did not fit the culture I was trying to build. That is why we made sure that the players we know will run through a brick wall in front of the club – not everyone did that. & # 39;
There was a hint that threatened to compromise, a short-term purchase. "There may be players of a different age who can come in to help this young group."
And Solskjaer refused to place a firewall between himself and Woodward during this difficult time. & # 39; It is a skill to sometimes look at yourself in the mirror and not just blame others, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Some of us blame others, some of us think we are better than others. I believe in the structure that was set up here in the time that I was here. & # 39;
Still, it will take time to bear fruit. And recent history suggests that failing managers are not offered a luxury in the United States.
DANNY MURPHY: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticism is exaggerated – he must be given the rest of the season to solve the problems of Manchester United
- [GunnarSolskja showed his nous in the transfer of the summer] [194590087 ]
- Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have improved United
- Injury and lack of depth have limited progress Solskjaer wanted very much
- Ed Woodward must persevere with Solskjaer and have him find a solution to problems
You cannot claim all the debt for The misery of Manchester United on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He has only had one transfer window and I think most would say that the policy of signing younger players such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire is a good long-term move .
There are questions why he has not replaced Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez – but according to him, the criticism that Solskjaer has received is exaggerated given the team he inherited and injuries he had.
The problems are clearly higher. Of course he should not be exempted from checking.
I wonder why the United players seem to be raising themselves for larger games such as Tottenham and Chelsea and not so much against the so-called smaller teams.
They have lost this season to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Burnley. It is the manager's job to find that consistency of form and attitude.
But I think there are enough mitigating circumstances to show Solskjaer the season and see if he can get into the Champions League, either through the league or the Europa League.
Solskjaer & # 39; s biggest mistake is that he lost the goals of Romelu Lukaku
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Our guest columnist provides a unique view of what makes Klopp's teams great – and just what Shrewsbury Town can expect on Sunday …
Just over two years ago, in October 2017, I went to Wembley to watch Spurs outplay Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino's team won 4-1, with counter-attacking goals tearing a sorry Liverpool to shreds.
Three weeks ago I watched the same fixture. This time Liverpool were in total control. Jose Mourinho attempted the same counter-attacking plan that Pochettino had used: understandable given Liverpool's current prowess.
Had Spurs duties their chances, they may have got a draw and Mourinho could have duties credit for simple but shrewd tactics. This time, though, they lost their side and never seemed to lose their focus and direction when in possession. What changed?
After that 4-1, the post-match media consensus was unanimous; Jurgen Klopp needed to radically improve his team's defending, to make a new signing or two in defense, especially at center back. It was hard to disagree Liverpool did not defend well that day and it turned out that a world-class center back in Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 would certainly help.
Yet I still wasn't too sure the pundits had it completely right. What I believed Liverpool needed above all else was an attacking purpose.
What a coach would call a practiced "route-to-goal": a clearly understood plan of attack which offers the player on the ball more decisive options, even if there are sometimes fewer options. They needed to avoid the temptation for slow possession in midfield with a lack of forward drive, which is what they'd produced at Wembley.
We've been told that games are won at the top level with possession. That only tells half the story. A team still needs to know how it's going to score. Patient possession in midfield is fine if it transfers into an accumulation or goal scoring opportunity.
It's hard to argue against the domination of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona and Manchester City, but they made their midfield the engine of their team, with exceptionally creative players who could turn possession into attack at will.
Beat, by contrast, has made Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah his engine, providing the team's energy and its rhythm. Liverpool’s front line and Klopp’s team is set up to fuel the engine.
A glance at Liverpool's top-flight goals this season shows a high proportion scored with a pass from deep directed at the opponents' defense for supporting players to anticipate and chase: high -quality passes to a forward line that has the requisite desire to run beyond the opponent; and which has the ability to finish with razor-sharp precision.
On closer inspection, it is the style of assist and, in particular, the impeccable timing of the long pass and cross to the front three which is crucial. It is not always the long pass that provides the final assist, but it creates the trigger for the team's forward momentum with which to capitalize on any uncertainty ensuing.
When coaching I often stress to midfielders that the trigger pass they make – the key pass that starts an attacking phase – is as much about disadvantaging the defender as it is about playing in the forward.
So it doesn't have to be the perfect pass. But it should unsettle the defender. The forward will make it a good pass if the timing is good. The outcome you want is uncertainty for the defender. The best defending is achieved by controlling the outcomes. But if you introduce an erratic element to your attack, the defender's control is gone.
Liverpool have scored 17 per cent of their top-flight goals with this mode of thinking. They unsettle defenders with repeated delivery to the front. It is constantly in their psyche. They are drilled to think this way.
They keep possession when necessary, but know when and how to deliver to the front. And that's why the star of this show is Klopp. It's not easy persuading forwards to keep moving in advance or the pass being delivered. And it's not easy encouraging midfielders and full backs to "speculate" with their pass. Liverpool play to this rhythm and whisk Must take huge credit for how well-drilled they are.
The three-man midfield offers the perfect balance for the style and function of the team. Their tenacity and defensive awareness encouraged the attacking instincts of the full-backs and when they are forced into defending deep, the midfield's physical capability allows the team the option to defend with only seven players, when most teams would require eight or even nine behind the ball to fulfill this function.
With the burden of defensive responsibility tasks by midfield, the front three can focus on the chance to counter attack. Another 28 per cent or Liverpool’s goals are scored from this. They have scored almost half of their top-flight goals from these non-possession attacks, by which I mean direct passing and counter-attacking. They are constantly creating moments when the opponent's defense can impose little control on the flow of play.
Coaching a team to be functional in possession is the hardest thing. It can easily lead to mediocrity if a decisive direction is not coached. It is often why teams fail to make the final step to become great because as soon as opponents park the bus, the temptation is to pass without purpose, creating a risk or counter-attack.
Liverpool know and understand when and where they'll lose the ball. This sounds ridiculous but is actually a great asset. If your attacking plan creates good chances but also offers little risk of turnover and counter-attack, then you have a productive formula.
Failing with a direct pass forward when you have a clearly defined pattern of play is not a disaster as long as you have good supporting positions. It's not about where you immediately lose the ball but more about how many players you have behind that point of lost possession.
Liverpool have improved their defending since the Spurs defeat. Van Dijk has been a colossus. However, the emergence of their front three working more systematically and the dynamic way of playing their lead has transformed their efficiency.
The old adage that attack is the best form of defense rings true and, more importantly, Liverpool have found their way of scoring. Little is created through midfield artistry but instead with high-quality, well-timed and sometimes speculative passes, creating a highly efficient route to goal. Add to that, some fine counter-attacking and an unusually high number of goals scored with a direct header from set pieces, then you have a team dominating its opponent.
A tough ask
You have to choose: is it best to stop their attack at source by pressing high to pressurize their passers from defense or sit deep and defend the space in front of your goal? It is virtually impossible to do both.
Many have adopted the back five, going man-man against the three forwards and allowing the wing backs to match up with the advancing Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Last weekend, United just about managed to stop Liverpool scoring from a possession phase this way, but came unstuck from a Van Dijk headed goal from a set piece and another rapid counter-attack.
From my own experience, the one area in which Liverpool seems to be relatively vulnerable is the letter moment when they clear their penalty box after defending a set piece.
There are opportunities in these instances if you can collect the clearance and immediately cross back into the danger area. They seem to be not as highly drilled in these areas as in others. Everton scored from this situation recently.
Still, it's all well and good saying you're going to set a plan to score from their clearance from a corner. The problem is winning the corner in the first place!
Danny Murphy grew up with the FA Cup, following his team Liverpool all the way to Wembley and then lifted to the trophy as a player in 2001.
Here Danny frankly answers questions about the status of the cup and what changes he would support.
IS THE FA CUP A BIG COMPETITION?
I can only say yes, although I understand why it has gone the other way for some people. The FA Cup has great personal meaning for me. The last day of the cup started at nine o'clock in the morning and after my parents parted, it was a day I always spent with my father. He had come to ours and saw the entire structure culminating in the game itself in Wembley. The competition that came up for me was the 1987 competition between Coventry and Tottenham, the drama, the diving ball by Keith Houchen, everything. I later went to Wembley with my father to watch Liverpool in the 1988 and 1989 final. I am still very proud of winning the FA Cup in 2001 when Liverpool defeated Arsenal in Cardiff.
DOES IT ONLY MEAN THESE DAYS FOR CLUBS AND FANS?
Not for the Premier League clubs themselves, because their priority ends as high as possible for financial reasons. The better your league position, the more money you collect. But I am saddened by managers who do not think of glory and go down in history. Ask fans of Portsmouth and Wigan about the day they won the FA Cup, and it doesn't hurt the winning managers. Harry Redknapp got the Spurs course after winning the FA Cup, Roberto Martinez went to Everton and then to Belgium.
Unlike the clubs, fans still believe in the FA Cup, I dealt with Arsenal-Leeds in the third round and eight thousand came out Yorkshire. The traveling support you get in cup games creates a better atmosphere than you get for regular league matches. Think of the Tranmere fans who went to Watford and saw them come back from 3-0. Their reward is to see Manchester United coming to Prenton Park. The magic is not lost as far as the fans are concerned. They still have the buzzer.
WOULD IT HELP TO OFFER A CHAMPION OF LEAGUE TO THE FA CUP WINNERS?
It would convince teams to stake out more line-ups, but I don't think it would be fair for the wider game. You can be lucky in the FA Cup draw and thus reach a final. That is part of the danger, but is it true that the cup winners then have to qualify for the Champions League instead of a team that has worked hard all season to finish fourth? I do not believe it.
WHY ABOUT STOPPING REPLAYS?
I don't see it as a problem – but only if both managers agree for the first draw they don't want a repeat. In other words, let the participants choose. If Plymouth played Carlisle, they could decide not to repeat and avoid an expensive trip. Wolves and Manchester United probably didn't want a repeat of the third round because of their accumulation of matches. But Wycombe doesn't refuse a trip to Anfield if they get a home game against Liverpool. Tranmere just defeated Watford in a replay. To have deprived them of the possibility, the romance of the competition would have killed.
WOULD YOU MOVE SEMI FINALS FROM WEMBLEY?
Absolutely. Playing at Wembley has become too easy and with the semi-final the final loses part of the Wow factor. And now we have large stadiums in this country that can be used as a neutral semi-final location; Anfield, Old Trafford, the new Spurs stadium, Emirates, just to name a few. I can see that having the semi-final at Wembley gives the FA treasure chest a boost, but I don't see how it benefits their showpiece event for the life of me. THE PRESENCE CAN STILL BE LOW. HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE THAT?
There was a time when season ticket holders could attend cup competitions. That is not the case now, so if you have already spent hundreds of pounds to watch league games, you may not want to spend more to watch an extra cup tie. There must be some sort of ticketing
where season ticket holders are entitled to watch cup matches, perhaps if they pay a small premium at the start of the season. Especially Premier League clubs may not need the extra gate vouchers, I thought they would rather not have empty seats in their ground.
SOME MANAGERS HAVE SHOT THE LEAGUE CUP. DO YOU AGREE?
Not at all. Teams are large enough nowadays to handle three domestic games. The only clubs that are really under pressure are those in Europe and they have the power of a team to rotate and still win. As for the other clubs, they should not complain about congestion, many play insufficient games, let alone too much. The Premier League team, who were knocked out of both cups early, could only play 40 games throughout the season.
The only reservation I mention reducing the Christmas program by one match. I know from experience that by the time the fourth game comes out, your legs are hanging and then there is the third round of the cup after that. Other than that, I am very sick to hear about too many games. The FA Cup must be seen as a fantastic opportunity. I know that explosive players like Marcus Rashford, who also play international football, must be aware of overtime, but in general there is too much negativity about players who do too much. I always managed myself within games. The semi-final of the League Cup can be reduced to one match at a neutral location instead of two legs, but I don't see why it should be canceled.
WHAT IS YOUR EXCELLENT FA CUP MEMORY AS A YOUNG FAN AND THEN AS A PLAYER?
Going to Wembley for the Liverpool-Everton final in 1989 was huge. I had been there twice before to see Liverpool and they had both lost, so I wondered if I would stay at home superstition. I'm glad I didn't, Liverpool won 3-2 and the emotions were overwhelming. It was in the aftermath of Hillsborough, and although I didn't fully understand the full context like an adult would, something extraordinary about the whole city came together.
As a player, winning the final in 2001 has to be my striking memory. Some Liverpool fans entered the field at the end of the game and I remember linking arms and & # 39; YOU Never Walk Alone & # 39; sang with them. For someone who had only been a supporter in the cup final 12 years earlier, it was great.
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD AND MAN CITY ALL GAME FA CUP TIES ON SUNDAY. WHAT TEAM WILL IT MEAN MOST?
Manchester United. Man City won it last year, while Liverpool has the Premier League as a comprehensive project. If United goes out in Tranmere, I can only imagine that the pressure will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST FINAL COMPETITION?
If I take off my Liverpool hat, I think the Tottenham-Man City final would be a box office, Jose Mourinho versus Pep Guardiola. Mourinho has built his reputation as the winner of the serial trophy, which is why he got the job Spurs. Imagine the fun and games ahead, as his nemesis Guardiola stood in his way in Wembley.
Manchester United will consider firing Ole Gunnar Solskajer if the results don't improve … and England boss Gareth Southgate leads contender to replace him after Euro 2020
- Man United will consider resigning consider Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if bad form continues
- England's boss Gareth Southgate is the leading candidate to take over as he goes
- Solskjaer has credit in the bank, but the sad form of United is a source of concern
- Southgate is seen as a good fit to promote United's policy to promote youth
Manchester United WILL consider looting of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the results this season do not improve at Old Trafford – with the manager of England Gareth Southgate a leading contender who takes over after Euro 2020.
United has invested heavily in the Solskjaer project and wants the popular Norwegian to turn things around, but senior sources also have the & # 39; Kenny Dalglish scenario & # 39; cited when Liverpool fired the biggest legend in the club's history in 2012 to pave the way for Brendan Rodgers and then Jurgen Klopp.
As scorer of the winner of United & # 39; s Champions League in the 1999 Treble season, Solskjaer has credit in the bank, but the 46-year-old privately acknowledges that he is not three gets years to win a trophy like Klopp was in Liv erpool.
United, whose fans protested against the owners after losing Burnley at Old Trafford last Wednesday, faced a FA Cup fourth round draw in Tranmere on Sunday, and met Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday with a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.
While Mauricio Pochettino is generally regarded as the front runner in case of a vacancy in Old Trafford, Southgate is seen as a good fit to continue United's policy of promoting youth and as a responsible act as a figurehead.
He is a regular visitor to United & # 39; s training ground as a manager of England and admire the way the club develops players.
In return, the United States Vice-President, Ed Woodward, is impressed by how the England team has evolved under the leadership of Southgate.
The pressure on Solskjaer after a series of three league-defeats in four games has been increased by loud chants. against the Glazer and Woodward family in Old Trafford.
And behind the scenes there is a disillusion of influential figures such as Sir Alex Ferguson, The Class of 92 led by Gary Neville and other former stars.