One play is not enough to prove anything. A good play depends on many aspects, special on the opposite team. Last night, Manu gave too much space, their players were out of position frequently, counter-attack is not good. They were nervous and lack of fighting spirit.
One of the most difference between Liv and Lev is we are playing safety first. After winning the ball, Liv never use medium passes with high risk. Last night, Lev outnumbered in midfield, accept risk in counter-attack. Not and Lucio are very strong in one-to-one and chasing the strikers, similiar to Campell or Rio Ferdinand's style. H & H are strong in face-to-ball circumstances. It's not suitable for us to do the same with Lev in last night.
Liv's style is straigh, fast and simple. We like counter-attack because of not only the speed of Owen, but also the advantages of the circumstance. Players are too fast now, they make the pitch looks narrow and crowd, but in counter-attack, a half of pitch is used by a few of players. Defenders are stronger but slower in sprinting than strikers. In counter-attack, defenders need to retreat quickly, so that they are easily out of position.
Last night, Lev played slowly outside, suddenly change their gear to forward the ball to Manu's box. I think it's not new. If center defenders mark the strikers closely (as Italian) and defensive midfielders cover for long range shooting, this tactic lost power. But Lev did it well, maybe because they have two stricky players to use the space between defending and midfield. Comparing Riise with Roberto is not suitable. Riise is fast and skillful but his style is push-and-run and he uses his right-foot not good enough. Roberto is a typical Brazilian. He has a confidence about himself, stands and keeps the ball, invites the opposite players come in. Bisturd is different, he uses his two foot well, run in the space and consistence. Smicer can dribble but he is lack of consistence.
The problems of Liv are they play the same style for any team and their ability to change their tactics in the match. When Fulham went to Liv, they used ten men after the ball. I've got angry because we were too careful. When we play weaker teams, I have not enought confidence that we will win easily. Sometimes, I think Liv want to keep the match in balance and safety, and then win it by the quality of our players or some explodes of talented players.
Obviously, Liv can not apply our style on the match. We just get out the dark section, we still have some average players. That's the reason, Hou lets some player gone and is going around on the market.