Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva admitted that part of his team’s struggles in the FA Cup third round against AFC Wimbledon last night was due to their inability to maintain the right shape, as reported by LiverpoolFC.com.
The Reds have been in better form recently after switching to a new formation, although they did also slip up against Leicester City in the Premier League last week.
However, a slip up against Premier League opposition is more understandable than struggling against a League Two side.
The Anfield club went 1-0 up in the game, but were pegged back after Adebayo Akinfenwa, famed for his size and strength, converted from a set piece.
At times, Liverpool looked as though they could go on to concede a second and lose the game, but Steven Gerrard stepped up and hit home a free kick to ensure progression.
Lucas believes part of the issue was that the team didn’t maintain the right shape in the game.
Lucas explained: “We probably didn’t keep the position of the team and the shape of the team like we normally do.
“In the second half, we adjusted that and kept the ball a lot better and we could have scored more goals on the counter-attack. There are a lot of things to learn, but we won and we are through to the next round.
“It’s not my first game like this in the FA Cup. In Brazil as well, we used to play in these kinds of games. You just have to have the right attitude and make sure you win the game. That’s what we have done tonight. We’re in the next round.”