Martin Keown issues warning to Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Sheffield United clash

first_img Sheff Utd v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 16:04FullscreenSheff Utd v Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘They aren’t afraid to test centre backs like that, so Virgil van Dijk will have his hands full. Only one centre back in the Premier League has won more aerial duels than the Dutchman and he will be wearing red and white on Saturday – Jack O’Connell.‘Keep an eye on him from set-pieces. Wilder will relish pitting his wits against Jurgen Klopp on Saturday.‘Like Norwood, he worked hard to get to where he is now. He was named the LMA’s League Two manager of the year in 2016, then League One manager of the year in 2017, then Championship manager of the year in 2019.‘Now in the Premier League, he is trusting in his system. It took down Everton last week. Now he has his eyes on the other half of Merseyside.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Sheffield United star Olivier Norwood (Picture: Getty)‘No side has produced more crosses than Liverpool’s 146, with a league-high 61 coming from Alexander-Arnold, so Wilder’s wing-backs should drop deep to help their defence.’Arsenal legend Keown added: ‘Norwood will be ratting around at the back, too, but he will look to get his head up whenever he gets the chance. He will fire those diagonal balls of his into the channels for his strikers to chase instead.‘There will be space there if Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are stationed high up the pitch, so Liverpool’s centre backs will have to beware that. They should prepare themselves for a few long ball battles at Bramall Lane, too.‘I mentioned how Norwood has produced the second-most passes into the final third in the Premier League. The player who has produced the third most? United goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Sep 2019 6:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link978Sharescenter_img Advertisement Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has received a warning from Martin Keown (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has warned Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk about the threat of Olivier Norwood ahead of the Premier League clash against Sheffield United.League leaders Liverpool travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon hoping to maintain their five-point cushion at the top of the Premier League.Jurgen Klopp’s side may not have it all their own way, however, with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United enjoying a bright start to life in the top-flight.Norwood has been particularly impressive for the Blades and Keown has identified the Northern Ireland international as the key to unlocking Liverpool’s defence.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If Sheffield United are to upset Liverpool in Saturday’s lunchtime encounter, a week after securing a 2-0 win over Everton, then Oliver Norwood will be key,’ Keown told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Liverpool will be aware of what he can bring. Norwood is so crisp in possession. In all of the Premier League, only Jorginho has hit more passes into the final third than him.‘The 28-year-old drops deep, gets the ball then hits it into the channels. Normally, those passes are meant for his wing-backs, but George Baldock and Enda Stevens could be a bit preoccupied at Bramall Lane on Saturday.‘The hosts will play a back three but as Liverpool’s full backs – two machines in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson – push up, that could become a back five. Martin Keown issues warning to Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Sheffield United clashlast_img

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