An absolute thriller of a game witnessed Liverpool end Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League run in a fixture which saw a total of seven goals scored.
There was pressure on Liverpool as they were playing their first game after the £142m departure of Philippe Coutinho but that didn’t seem to be the case soon after the first whistle. It only took Liverpool nine minutes to take the lead and it was summer acquisition Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who slotted home Liverpool’s first from just outside City’s penalty area.
As the game headed into the final five minutes of the first half, Manchester City winger Leroy Sane brought his side on level terms with a brilliant left-footed effort. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Larius, on his part, could have done better though as he was beaten at his near post. Just 12 minutes after the restart, Liverpool retained their lead and it was that man again, Roberto Firmino, who did the magic.
A perfectly weighted through ball set Firmino through but he had to outpower John Stones in the process. What followed next was an absolute beauty. Seeing Ederson off his line, Firmino attempted an exquisite chip over his compatriot and bang, Liverpool had restored their lead. Minutes after the second, Sadio Mane came close to adding another but his venom, unfortunately, struck the frame of the post.
The Senegalese, just two minutes after the second, added Liverpool’s third with what can be described as an absolute rocket. All this was followed by Mohamed Salah scoring a peach of a goal from after a rare clearance from Ederson was caught by the Egyptian. With twenty minutes to play, Liverpool found themselves leading the Premier League leaders by three goals and this is where they stumbled.
Liverpool have time and again been criticised for bumpy defending and it was a similar story this time around. Despite sitting firm, the Liverpool defence went on to concede two goals in the final six minutes and almost conceded an equaliser, only to be given an upper hand by Sergio Aguero’s miss. All goals aside, it was again the defence which led Liverpool down and this is how the fans reacted to it:
We just beat City who ain’t lost a league game all season & our fans talking about Gomes error prone & Karius is shit, Fuck sake cheer the Fuck up & enjoy the win
— ✨Mo Sohail YNWA✨ (@1980Sohail) January 14, 2018
— elvis oparaji (@ElvisOparaji) January 14, 2018
Karius spoilt the fun not moving for the ball. Really nice result 🙂 #plfanzone
— Jahangir Khatri (@iamJahangirK) January 14, 2018
Only @LFC can beat city with karius and lovren
— Haider (@KopKhanLFC) January 14, 2018
— Zack Hurricane (@zack_hurricane) January 14, 2018
When you have two bad goalkeepers like Karius & Mignolet… You’re always stuck with the permutation of who’s a lesser culprit.
— Tɧa Hҽɾɖىmaŋ™ ︻╦╤─ (@nazariine) January 14, 2018
Not a single bad performance except for Karius. He should have saved Sané’s goal. We need a new goalie, until then give Ward the chance!! Gini and Ox were outstanding bossing the midfield. Give Can whatever the fuck he wants, he was god today!! #YNWA
— Mezz’aLallana (@baddachampen) January 14, 2018
Lor karius, liverpool pic.twitter.com/UdIo4HJEJ4
— apiepkddr (@apiepkddr213) January 14, 2018
Loris Karius has got to be thinking about switching up careers now. You should be a shampoo model ye anti-dandruff pantene pro plus c##t!
— RedMist88 (@RedMist808) January 14, 2018
I think this Karius is more useless than Migs tho
— Aridunnu (@Maester_Tobi) January 14, 2018
Liverpool almost bottled a 3 goal league. Hence they don’t have Ibrahimovic(the lion) in their squad, it’s safe to call their defence, BOTTLED Leopards
— #LetTheSwayBeWithYou (@Kris_Sway) January 14, 2018
Liverpool’s attack can win you the league.
Liverpool’s defence can make you relegate.
— N’golo Eden FC (@Ackergbogzie) January 14, 2018
“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.
The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.
Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.
Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:
“It’s a normal period of adaptation.
“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”
The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.
“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.
“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”
Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.
“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”
The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.
“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.
The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.
However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.
Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.
A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.
Gomez was the pick of our lads today, he’s in superb form, reliable and consistent, not many Defenders around performing better than him in the league IMO #LFC
— Chris Burn (@redbhoyburn) October 20, 2018
I thought joe Gomez was finished after wolves in the fa cup but he’s fucking boss
— Callum (@robo_lfc7) October 20, 2018
Don’t care if Lovren played in a World Cup final, he’s a big step down from Gomez in the central defensive role. #LFC
— Dan Copeland (@ETFootball) October 20, 2018
Joe Gomez reminds me of the fella from AWOL. Its the sideys. 😆 pic.twitter.com/HGoAhT3zFR
— smtm_lfc (@smtm_LFC) October 20, 2018
— Anfield Dugout Tickets (@DugoutTickets) October 20, 2018
Not the best again today but Gomez head and shoulders our best player again. Up the unbeaten reds
— Tom Bedson (@TomBedson_LFC) October 20, 2018
Joe Gomez is an unleashed beast now
— Rollins (@BassamLFC) October 20, 2018
Playing Joe Gomez Right back and Lovern CB makes me nervous. Grinding out results makes champions ❤️ #LFC
— OxDa🐐 (@OxDaGoat) October 20, 2018
Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield
Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.
Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.
Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.
The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.
There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.
Alisson – 6.5/10
Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.
Joe Gomez – 7.5/10
Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.
Dejan Lovren – 7/10
The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.
Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10
Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.
Andy Robertson – 7/10
The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.
James Milner – 7/10
Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.
Jordan Henderson – 6/10
The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.
Adam Lallana – 6.5/10
This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10
The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.
Mohamed Salah – 7/10
Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.
Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10
Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10
The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.
Fabinho – 5/10
The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.
Roberto Firmino – NA
The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.
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