The international break didn’t make much of a difference to Liverpool as the Reds continued their winning ways in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 2-1 winners over Tottenham at Wembley. The win should surely place us amongst the early favourites for the title.
To be honest, the scoreline flatters Spurs since we should have been far ahead in terms of goals and Tottenham only scored in stoppage time.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino got the goals for us but there was a lot more to the game than just the scoreline.
Georginio Wijnaldum is getting better with each game
The Dutch midfielder has gone front strength to strength this season and even in a new No. 6 role, Wijnaldum is doing better than expected.
The former Newcastle midfielder could have been the player to get the axe after we signed Fabinho but the Dutch midfielder is keeping not only the Brazilian out but also Jordan Henderson.
Wijnaldum scored his first Premier League away goal against Tottenham and he is only getting better with more minutes on the pitch.
Alisson has learned from his mistake
There were fears that Alisson would be a target for Tottenham and the rest of the Premier League after his error against Leicester City.
What we saw, however, was a different game from Alisson. The keeper didn’t waste time with the ball at his feet and ensured he passed to a Liverpool player.
Alisson didn’t take any risks against Tottenham and that certainly helped us keep Spurs at bay.
The goals will come for Salah
Before the goal from Erik Lamela, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane had gilt-edged chances to wrap up the game.
The pair either shot straight at Michel Vorm or missed the target and we were lucky that it did not come back to bite us (Mane was extremely fortunate not to give a penalty away in the last minute).
Salah got into a number of quality positions but his finishing seemed off. Klopp too seemed a little peeved that the Egyptian was not passing the ball to an open teammate.
The Egyptian’s dry run might be a worry but Salah is still getting into the right places and the goals will come eventually. Salah started last season slowly as well and missed a number of opportunities before going on a tear and he could do the same in the coming weeks.
Liverpool know how to grind out results
This Liverpool is far from the nervy side that lost games towards the end. The victories against Crystal Palace, Leicester City and now Tottenham prove that we can grind out wins even if we are playing poorly.
It is a testament that the team has 15 points from the opening five games, doing so for the first time since 1990-91. Of course, I would prefer 4-0s and 5-0s but three points are three points and if we keep winning in this fashion, we should win some trophies.
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Klopp ready to switch things against Paris
The Champions League starts with us facing Paris Saint-Germain and the Ligue 1 side will have Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
PSG won’t be an easy side and we must freshen things up either in the attack or the midfield. Our playing style needs some fresh faces midweek and we could see the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge and even Fabinho getting a start.
Klopp did a really good job in Europe last season but we had a comparatively easy group than this time.
We do have a better team this season though and hopefully, another fantastic Champions League run will be on the cards.
Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested
Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet
The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.
The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.
Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer
The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.
Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.
It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.
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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.
Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star
Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt
The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).
De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.
Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt
The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.
There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.
The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.
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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.
“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record
Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.
The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.
Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.
“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”
The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.
Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.
Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid
Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:
“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”
The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.
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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.