Jamie Carragher was on co-commentary for Liverpool’s 2-0 home defeat to Everton on Saturday evening.
And he had the chance to run the rule over the game again for Monday Night Football on Sky Sports last night.
He forgot to name a man of the match during the live broadcast of the game but last night said it was Carlo Ancelotti.
Carragher praised the Italian for his starting 11, the way he managed the emotion of the game, his man-marking approach to stopping Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane and his instructions to Jordan Pickford.
“I never gave a man of the match in the game for whatever reason,” said Carragher. “There were probably three or four Everton players you could have given it to.
“But I watched the game again yesterday morning and Everton’s man of the match was the manager – Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti said ‘this is three points for our European ambitions. Forget Liverpool.’
“Then the team he picked. Carlo is that type of manager, who will do different things in different games – he had a man-marking system on the left here.
“Ancelotti likes to play out from the back but he told Pickford – don’t do it against Liverpool. That, for me, is top management.”
For years, Everton have either gone to Anfield too negative and scared or too open and easy to play through.
Ancelotti got the balance spot on with a team which was perfectly set up to stop Liverpool but also spring forward in attack.
That’s the benefit of having an absolutely elite manager like he is and Everton are reaping the benefits now.
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