Analysing Anfield: Thiago Merseyside derby masterclass | Ajax and Sheffield United previewed

Josh Williams and David Hughes are back with a second Analysing Anfield podcast in as many days as they review Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Everton and preview the Champions League opener at Ajax and Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United to Anfield. Monday’s special edition focused on how Liverpool are going to cope without Virgil van Dijk after the world’s best centre-back suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby. One of the cases put forward here regards new midfielder Thiago Alcantara, whose magnificent display against Everton is analysed in depth, as are the performances of stand-in goalkeeper Adrian and Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who will now have to shoulder the burden in van Dijk’s absence. However, Josh explains why it may make more sense to put Fabinho back there. Talk then turns to Wednesday’s trip to Ajax, and why it could be another thrilling match in a season packed full of them, and this weekend’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United, which will see the swift return of Rhian Brewster to Liverpool. But with van Dijk sidelined, out hosts believe it’s another Blades forward that could pose a bigger problem. Enjoy.

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