Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley but the scoreline did not speak about the true nature of the game.
The Reds were the better side throughout the 90 minutes and a late goal from Erik Lamela provided a nervy end to the match.
Liverpool should have scored half a dozen or so but poor finishing and decision-making almost cost us the three points.
The Reds ran Tottenham out of the park and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the first goal for us. The Dutch midfielder hasn’t scored enough for us but this was his first goal away from home in the Premier League.
Roberto Firmino got the other goal but Wijnaldum was one of our best players on the pitch. The former Newcastle man doesn’t often get praised for his performances but some Liverpool fans were ecstatic with the midfielder’s efforts at Wembley.
Gini Wijnaldum is our best holding midfielder. What a brilliant performance from him.
Fabinho & Hendo have their work cut out to displace him.
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) September 15, 2018
Wait. Is it his first time scoring away goal?
— Edward GoodK! (@NanaBek2) September 15, 2018
The #6 is suiting you.Not easy to snatch the ball from you. Keep going lad.
— Thompson Chopera (@tamcel) September 15, 2018
We love ya Gini!🙌 great game today man and congrats on your first ever away goal in the Prem. YNWA. #RedOrDead
— Conor H 1997 🇮🇪 (@conorYNWA1) September 15, 2018
“Pogba is better than Wijnaldum” pic.twitter.com/RpvdL8oJIa
— Joe ⁵ (@GiniRole) September 15, 2018
WIJNALDUM SCORED A PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY GOAL‼️‼️😱 pic.twitter.com/2dAkPWM0LE
— M🙌 (@ManeMagic_) September 15, 2018
The Gini Wijnaldum evolution under klopp is amazing
Signed as a 10
Played as an 8
Excelling as a 6
Hands up who saw that coming? #lfc
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) September 15, 2018
Gini Wijnaldum now has 9 goals vs top 6 opposition since the start of the 2015/16 season.
A fantastic feat considering no other central midfielder has scored more than 4 and De Bruyne, Özil & Lukaku all play further forward and have just 7, 6 and 6 respectively. pic.twitter.com/sDs5yzLTXz
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) September 15, 2018
Ok, think it’s official now: Gini Wijnaldum has all the qualities of a top class (maybe eventually world class) holding midfielder. That may not be the best news for Henderson or Fabinho, but sure is for #LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) September 15, 2018
Liverpool have bought nearly £100m of midfielders and yet we are talking about Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner. That Jurgen Klopp is not too shabby.
— Football365 (@F365) September 15, 2018
I mean it’s great news that we’ve signed a £40 million defensive midfielder, have the captain on the bench and Gini Wijnaldum is now decided he fancied being the best at that position in the world. Yes Gini.
— Craig Hannan (@C_Hannan7) September 15, 2018
Liverpool plotting January move to sign 25-year-old Belgian with £26m release clause
The Belgian has been in great form for Borussia Monchengladbach this season with 11 goals and six assists.
Hazard is contracted with the Bundesliga giants till 2020, and the report adds that Manchester United and Everton are also interested in the Belgian winger.
Liverpool could do with some additional firepower in the second half of the season, and Hazard seems to be a quality option if we can sign him based on his release clause.
It would be tough for the attacker to start games from the go at Liverpool but having someone to cover Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah would be great.
The Liverpool duo has been incredible since joining the Reds and Klopp splashed a lot in the summer to sign the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson.
Xherdan Shaqiri was the only attack-minded player we got in the summer, and it will be interesting to see our activity in the winter window.
The Reds lead the Premier League by just one point, and strengthening our side in January could make our Premier League dreams come true.
Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender
The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.
Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.
The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.
The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.
The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.
The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
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