Liverpool finished the season at The Hawthorns with a point. It was a new look team with almost all the first team players rested. Jurgen Klopp clearly had his priorities set for the important Europa League final against Sevilla. The match produced a lot of talking points as the young side managed to get a point against West Brom. The manager would have been happier with three points but he was not upset with his team’s display at the Hawthorns. Here are three things we learned from the game.
1. Ibe gives the end product
Jordon Ibe showed what he is capable of with a brilliant solo effort. He has always been found guilty of not providing the end product. He makes the runs, but lacks the finishing prowess. But in yesterday’s game he gave Klopp a reminder of his capabilities. With the transfer market looming around the corner and the team requiring substantial changes, it was important for Ibe to prove his worth before the end of the season. Jordon Ibe has the talent, but so far has been unable to utilize it. With yesterday’s performance, he has given a glimpse of what he can achieve.
2. Clear focus on the Europa League
Klopp rested the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Adam Lallana which shows that his focus is only on the Europa League final and will not take any risks. The Europa League is the last chance of silverware and a trophy as big as it in Klopp’s first season in charge of Liverpool will make up for the league position. The team, which started against West Brom showed that Klopp has his sights only on the Europa League. Klopp wants a fully fit and strong team to start against Sevilla.
3. Brannagan – A good prospect
Cameron Brannagan was given the nod for this game by Jurgen Klopp and he made the most out of the opportunity and the faith shown by his manager. The young midfielder was clinical with his passing and also created a few opportunities in attack. His distribution and passing accuracy was also spot-on and he made his presence felt in the game. Brannagan looks like an interesting prospect for the future and under the mentorship of Klopp we can witness a lot of improvement in the player. He should be a good fit in the young side and will be a promising future talent.
Liverpool create history: Five talking points from emphatic 3-0 win over Southampton
Liverpool looked comfortable in their 3-0 win over Southampton as we scored all our goals in the first half.
Xherdan Shaqiri was instrumental in two of our goals as Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring by slotting into his own net.
Joel Matip made it two from a corner before Shaqiri’s free-kick was tapped in by Mohamed Salah after it came off the post.
The win made it six out of six in the Premier League and kept up our relentless pace at the top of the table.
Our next game is the Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea and here are the five talking points from the win at Anfield.
1) Back the Shaq
The Swiss star got his first start for the Reds and he was brilliant. The former Stoke City attacker was all over Southampton like a bad rash and his shot in the first half was deflected into the net by Hoedt.
The 26-year-old played an advanced role just behind the front three and his movement was key to unlocking the Saints’ defence a number of times.
Shaqiri will have more difficult games in the future but the Swiss attacker will be an important player for us this season, especially when we are up against some teams that sit back and defend deep.
2) Liverpool don’t get out of second gear
Although the first half was great from the Reds, we didn’t really rip Southampton to shreds as we have done to some of the lower-ranked sides.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had chances to score more goals and make it look like a tennis score but this Liverpool side is still not as fluid as last season’s.
The recent game against PSG certainly had a role to play in our sluggishness. Our game management was great though, as the Saints didn’t trouble us and the best of the Reds is yet to come this season.
3) History made once again
Liverpool made more history after this win as we recorded our best-ever start to a season. Seven wins in seven games is no laughing matter and we have faced some tough teams such as PSG and Tottenham.
The Reds have looked brilliant this season and we all want that one thing missing in our trophy cabinet and hopefully, we will have another historic moment to speak about at the end of the season.
4) Van Dijk and Gomez are stars
Our attack is one of the best in the world but our defence is also slowly getting there. It was a surprise seeing Joel Matip start as he could have done with the minutes in midweek against Chelsea.
Van Dijk was great though and he kept things tight at the back before being replaced by Gomez.
Changing a defensive pairing with a young player after half-time would have been a concern for us a few years ago.
However, Gomez isn’t any young player and the Englishman was rock-solid after coming on. The youngster didn’t make a single mistake in the game and has only gotten better this season.
5) Another clean sheet for Liverpool
Liverpool started the season with three clean sheets and made it a fourth of the season after conceding goals in their last three clashes.
The defence wasn’t tested and Alisson made his first save of the game only in stoppage time.
This makes it seven clean sheets in a row at Anfield, which is an incredible feat, given that we weren’t the tightest defence a couple of years ago.
“Legend”, “Never leave” – Some Liverpool fans want star to extend stay after brilliant start
James Milner is playing like a 20-year-old this season and that has helped us to an incredible start.
Liverpool are perfect and even recorded a fantastic 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The recent win against Southampton helped the Reds record 7 successive wins. But amidst it all, Milner has been a solid force.
The Englishman scored a penalty against PSG and has two goals and two assists to his name this season. The 32-year-old has been one of our best players and his form has kept out the likes of Fabinho and even Jordan Henderson at times.
The former Manchester City and Leeds United man is a thorough professional and he recently tweeted an image before the Reds’ game against the Saints.
A number of fans showed their support to the Englishman and a few even wanted Liverpool to present him a new contract.
New contract mate pic.twitter.com/O3cb4hqNJb
— Foxy🇸🇳🇧🇷🇪🇬🇬🇳 (@foxylfc974) September 21, 2018
We love you Hamez pic.twitter.com/LQgYRkSC2t
— Niraj (@Niraj_G10) September 21, 2018
— Iz 🌚 (@lfcisabelle) September 21, 2018
Best in the league
— Mack (@Virgil4i) September 21, 2018
— Jonesy (@Jonesy_1026) September 21, 2018
— Anika (@AbedinOfficial) September 21, 2018
Sign a 1 year contract extension
— Effy (@EfrainJD18) September 21, 2018
New contract @LFC !!
— Samiaji SatrioWibowo (@satrio_wibowo11) September 22, 2018
Plz .. don’t go,, new contract James!!
— Ohgnueskrap (@Psheinstein) September 22, 2018
Every team needs a milner, so reliable no messing just 110% every time. Pity we didnt sign him years ago
— Wayne Gahan (@GahanWayne) September 21, 2018
Pen to paper mr Milner! 📝
— Thomas Helgeland (@THelgelandLFC) September 21, 2018
— Klopp on (@Kopitekav) September 21, 2018
Man of the Match, every match.
— Daisy Mom (@DaisyPugMommy) September 21, 2018
“Imperious performance”, “Already a better career than Charlie Adam” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after brilliant first-half by summer signing
The former Stoke attacker was given a free role in the midfield and he got us going with a hand in two goals. The Swiss star only got 45 minutes on the pitch before he was replaced by James Milner but he looked fantastic.
Apart from pressurizing the opposition into losing the ball, the attacker’s passing was spot on as well. The 26-year-old’s shot in the first half was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt. He then came up with a wonderful free-kick that cannoned off the crossbar for Mohamed Salah to tap in.
The 26-year-old should receive more starts and some fans loved his performance, even though he didn’t get a goal.
Shaqiri has already had a better Liverpool career than Charlie Adam
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) September 22, 2018
If anyone had any doubts about what Shaqiri gives us, that first half answered all of them
— 🔴 Two Red Gringos LFC 🎙 (@TwoRedGringos) September 22, 2018
— Hippokloppamus (@Hippokloppamus) September 22, 2018
Remember Charlie Adam said Shaqiri was lazy? To be honest one look at his grid & anyone would need a fucking lie down. #LIVSOU
— Freddy krueger’s nan (@krueger_nan) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri is something else
— Alain🕊#COYKIRK (@Alan33i) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri starting against Chelsea midweek confirmed
— FF (@Fekir17_) September 22, 2018
WE,VE GOT SHAQIRI, XHERDAN SHAQIRI, I JUS DONT THINK U UNDERTSAND, HE ONLY COST 13 MIL HES BETTER THAN NABIL, WE’VE GOT XHERDAN SHAQIRIIII💉💉
— MS11 (@MoSxlah_) September 22, 2018
Just want to hug one of Shaqiri’s calves right now.
— Devesh🇷🇸 (@Naby_SZN) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri as back up to the front 3 is a big upgrade on Lallana.
— David Martinez (@DMARTINEZ_85) September 22, 2018
Don’t expect to see Fekir anytime soon, Shaqiri is the man for the job.
— Jez 🤙🏻 (@jez_the_red) September 22, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri, for £13-million, with those massive calves, that do all these magical things on a football pitch.
Our Xherdan Shaqiri.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri’s free kick .. pic.twitter.com/B8uWJdAdM9
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) September 22, 2018
Shaqiri and Salah had clearly planned that. The absolute mad bastards.
— Paul (@Kolology) September 22, 2018
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