“Gabriel Jesus has beaten Dejan Lovren to the ball and is clean through on goal, this could give Manchester City all three points against Liverpool.
“The Brazilian only has to beat Loris Karius, he lines up the shot and…….
“It’s a thundering tackle from Fabinho who dispossess the Brazilian and launches the ball up midfield straight to Naby Keita.
“The pair combines brilliantly and now it is Keita who is through on goal and………
“He smashes it in! Liverpool lead 1-0! Just a few seconds remain and Liverpool surely have the three points and have beaten Pep Guardiola’s men again!”
That could be the reality at Anfield next season, thanks to a couple of amazing pieces of business we have done.
The pair seems ideal for us in the heart of the midfield and we could actually dominate the opposition in the midfield next season.
Keita is the box-to-box man while Fabinho can cover our defenders and spread the ball around from the heart of the midfield.
While we haven’t seen them together yet, Klopp certainly knows what he is doing at the club.
A pair that oozes quality and dominance
There are a few players that seem to be built to play for Jurgen Klopp. Roberto Firmino has turned out to be the ideal striker for us, not only because he scores goals but he runs, creates chances and always chases the opposition defenders.
Life is hell for a defender when Firmino and Sadio Mane are on song.
The same goes for Keita, who seems to be the niggling kind of midfielder in the heart of midfield, who makes life difficult for any midfielder that keeps the ball for too long.
Think of Keita as the kind of player that can get under the skin of the opposition due to his tenacity and the 22-year-old also has the ability to run upfield, link up with our midfield and bang in a few goals too.
Fabinho, for his part, is the guy who keeps things calm at the back, something that we have lacked for a number of years, or ever since Lucas Leiva picked up that horrible ligament injury that more or less cut down his time at Anfield.
We don’t always play with a tough tackling defensive midfielder under Klopp and this is where Fabinho would be a little different as he can shift the ball upfield for us to attack the opposition.
He isn’t a typical Brazilian; someone who has a lot of skills, flicks and tricks – oh no, he tackles, wins the ball, breaks up the play and sets us for a counter-attack, something that we seem to be pretty good at under Klopp.
Fabinho was also a right-back during his initial years as a professional footballer, so that would come to his help too should he ever decide to maraud into the opposition penalty box.
I find it difficult to recall when we had such a strong midfield, even without considering the third peg in the midfield – Jordan Henderson or Georginio Wijnaldum.
Even if we don’t bring Hendo or Wijnaldum into the discussion, this could be a midfield pairing like we had under Rafa Benitez but with a twist.
We now have someone who can break up the play and set us off, while we have another player who can run with the ball, battle past the opposition and even score.
Yes, yes, the third person in the Alonso-Masch relationship was Steven Gerrard but we will never be able to get another Stevie G in the team, he was that rare and that bloody good.
What we have now is an exciting base that can dominate the opposition for the next five years at the least. A couple of players that have lungs of steel and who can run, cover, tackle and become a tag-team in the midfield.
Liverpool don’t win games in the midfield under Klopp but that will change in the coming season.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.
The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.
Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.
The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.
Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.
The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.
Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.
Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.
Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.
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