Reds will rise against big ri­vals, says Hyypia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Sami Hyypia be­lieves Liver­pool have the per­fect fix­ture to strike back in and re­turn to form when they host top-four ri­vals Arse­nal at An­field today.

Liver­pool have been left reel­ing from a 3-1 de­feat by Le­ices­ter on Mon­day that re­sulted in man­ager Jur­gen Klopp warn­ing his play­ers that some of them are fight­ing for their fu­tures at the club.

But Liver­pool have a strong record against their top-six ri­vals and be­gan their sea­son with a 4-3 win at Arse­nal in Au­gust.

For­mer Reds de­fender Hyypia thinks the Gun­ners are the right op­po­nents for Liver­pool to hit back against.

“The so-called ‘smaller’ teams play a dif­fer­ent way as an op­po­nent to the ‘big­ger’ teams,” Hyypia said to Liver­pool’s web­site.

“The big­ger teams trust their skill and their qual­ity to go for­ward and they are not sit­ting back al­ways, try­ing to hit on the counter, and I think when a team are de­fend­ing with nine men around their own box it’s very dif­fi­cult to break (down).

“Then, when you are not on top of your game, you can have a frus­trat­ing game. You have to put your chances away and then the other team has to open up.

“If you don’t do it then a counter-attack or a set-piece or some­thing can hap­pen and you con­cede a goal, then you are trail­ing 1-0 which makes it even more dif­fi­cult.

“But the likes of Arse­nal, Chelsea, (Manch­ester) United, they play their own game against all teams — it doesn’t mat­ter if it’s a big team or a lit­tle bit of a smaller team against them. I think that helps us to play bet­ter against the big­ger teams.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.