Analysis Of Sergio Busquets vs. Liverpool Gives You Insight Into His Incredible Footballing Brain

"You watch the game, you don't see Busquets. You watch Busquets, you see the whole game."

It's true. When you watch Barcelona play the beautiful game, Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez are likely to grab your attention but as a centre midfielder myself, I highly recommend just focusing another genius.

Busquets' midfield masterclass against Liverpool on Wednesday night hit me harder than ever before. Everything is so easy for the Spaniard. Some say he has eyes in the back of his head

He genuinely sees things seconds before anybody else and my god does this analysis from @obsessfooty prove that.

Not only does he win the ball back so quickly in transition, but his awareness and decision making is arguably the best in the world.

His positional play and discipline in possession was also crucial in Barca's win in the Champions League semi-final.

Busquets might not grab the headlines like a certain someone, but his influence and experience is a vital cog in Valverde's plans.

Steven Gerrard said he was an "absolute nightmare" to play against because you couldn't get near him, while Rio Ferdinand claimed he could play in a pair of velvet slippers and perform.

When you watch him play, he always has a picture in his head of what he wants to do, even before that killer pass is made.

To put it simply, Busquets consistently snuffs out counter attacks while the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez grab the glory in the final third. He makes Leo's job easier. It's the Barca way and he knows it.

"I play in a position that demands hard work and generosity and little glamour, but I like it. It's my job and I like it." he said.

"I would rather intercept and steal 10 balls than shoot. That's what I'm here for, to make everyone's jobs easier."

I might just watch the full game from Wednesday night again, and focus solely on that man, Sergio.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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