We’ve seen it all now.
The first-half of Liverpool’s clash with Man City won’t live long in the memory.
The two sides played out a rather tame 45 minutes as both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola waited to see who flinched first.
There was however one utterly bizarre moment that did occur in the first 45 at Anfield.
We can’t quite get our heads around it.
It seemed, at first, as though Liverpool accidentally forced Man City into going long with what would usually be a routine short free-kick for City.
Or, was it just Guardiola’s men willing turning a set-piece in a non-threatening area into a goal-scoring opportunity?
Let us explain.
As soon as the free-kick was award, Virgil van Dijk and co immediately began to take their shape and form a line that you would usually see when defending a wide free-kick.
City bizarrely obliged when 9/10 times they would go short.
We got our answer in the second-half.
City lined up to pull-off the same routine once more just ten minutes after the break.
Again, Laporte drifted out to a wide area and awaited the ball from Mahrez.
The added height of Laporte is clearly going to become a weapon that City might utilise more in the future.
Premier League defences, beware.
The set-piece was something you associate more with Sam Allardyce.
Putting all dead-jokes to one side, it was refreshing to see Guardiola trying something different.
He’s just proved what few doubters he had, that he’s by no means a one-trick pony.
Pep going route one? Madness.
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