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
“Ended his career”- Some Liverpool fans react to this star dominating Man Utd ace
Twitter reacts to Roberto Firmino turning Wan Bissaka inside out
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is no stranger to the highlight reels. The Brazilian has had conjured numerous moments of magic in a Red shirt that have been part of countless highlight reels.
Early in the second half of the match against Manchester United, the Liverpool striker turned United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissake inside out ending with the defender landing flat on the Anfield turf.
Picking up the ball on the left, Firmino ran at Wan-Bissaka and cut across the defender numerous times completely flatfooted him.
Wan Bissaka is considered by some to be the best defensive right-back in the league and has also been compared by United fans to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Reds faithful would have enjoyed Firmino showing the world that the United defender still has some ways to go before being compared to Liverpool’s wonderkid.
The move coincided with a sustained period of dominance where Liverpool had 7 chances in the opening 9 minutes of the second half.
Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool the lead in the first half with a towering header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner. Firmino looked to have doubled the Red’s lead only for the goal to be controversially ruled out for a Van Dijk foul on David de Gea.
Giorginio Wijnaldum had the ball in the back of the net after a fine passing move,but the goal was once again ruled out for offside.
Twitter reacts to Firmino’s skill against Wan-Bissaka
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Loan watch: Find out how the young Liverpool starlets are faring
Loan Watch: Find out how the Liverpool loanees fared this week
With the first-team squad setting higher standards with every match, some of Liverpool ‘s promising talents have had to go out on loan to get more playtime to further their development.
We take a look at how these players fared this week
Rhian Brewster (Swansea City)
It was a home debut to remember for Rhian Brewster as the youngster scored his first senior goal in Swansea City’s 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic. (h/t Sky Sports)
Nathan Byrne had given Wigan lead, only for Brewster to bring the Swans level with a clinical finish at the 19th-minute mark.
Swansea ended up winning the game 2-1 courtesy of an Andrew Ayew goal in the second half. It has been a promising start for Brewster at the Liberty Stadium and is hopefully just the start of bigger things to come.
The Swans are currently 6th in the Championship table and look set to at least make the playoffs for Premier League promotion.
Sheyi Ojo (Rangers)
The 22-year-old winger came on as a second-half substitute as Rangers defeated Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox. The youngster played the last quarter of the game as Steven Gerrard’s side go through to the 5th round where they will face Hamilton Academical.
Ojo has made 22 appearances for Rangers this season and has scored 2 goals. (h/t Whoscored)
Harry Wilson ( Bournemouth)
It was a frustrating night for the Welsh winger as he was sacrificed for Simon Wallis in the 34th minute. The substitution was the consequence of a tactical reshuffle effected by the sending off of Steve Cook.
The night got worse for The Cherries as they lost 1-0 and now find themselves in very real danger of being relegated. Wilson has played 22 times for Bournemouth this season and has scored 6 goals.
Herbie Kane (Hull City)
It was a bad day at the office for Herbie Kane as the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the Tigers’ 1-0 loss to Derby County.
The defeat leaves Hull 6 points off a playoff berth.
Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town)
Grabara played the full 90 minutes as he kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Brentford. Huddersfield could have really done with a win and are looking at the prospect of back to back relegations if their form does not pick up soon.
Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin)
Grujic played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 mauling against Bayern Munich at home. Hertha Berlin were outplayed as the German champions ran riot at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
Grujic has impressed at his loan spell and is likely to be recalled in the summer. Hertha are currently 14th in the Bundesliga table, just 2 points away from the relegation playoffs.
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Loris Karius (Besiktas)
Loris Karius also faced defeat as Besiktas were beaten 2-1 by League leaders Sivasspor in the Turkish Sper Lig. The defeat leaves Besiktas in 7th,10 points off their opponents at the top.
The goalkeeper looked certain to sign for Besiktas in the summer. With Besiktas unable to secure funds for his signature. It is likely that he will now return to Liverpool at the end of the season. (h/t Mirror)
Liverpool star aiming for quick return from injury
Injured winger Xherdan Shaqiri hopes to return to action soon
Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri is aiming for a quick return to action after missing the victory over Manchester United due to injury. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Injuries have severely limited the Swiss winger to just 9 appearances this season. The latest being a knock that kept him out of the clash against Manchester United. Shaqiri has fine memories of the fixture, having come off the bench to score a brace in the corresponding fixture last season.
The player refused to explicitly state a return date but hopes to be back as quickly as possible.
Shaqiri has expressed his frustration at his persistent injuries. He hopes to put his troubles behind him as the Reds compete for the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.
Preparing for an Audition?
Shaqiri has found himself reduced to a marginal role even when fit, making some sections question his future at the club.
The player had been linked with a move to Italian giants Roma and AC Milan in the January transfer window. The move seems unlikely after Klopp stated that no first-team players will leave the club in January.
With games coming thick and fast, Klopp needs all the players at his disposal as Liverpool chase domestic and European glory. Shaqiri will hope to play a key role in the club’s success further increasing his stock in the transfer market.
If the Swiss international is to move on next season, he will find no shortage of suitors if he makes a name for himself this season.
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Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke City in 2018. He went on to score a number of important goals as the Reds set a club record points total in the League and also won the UEFA Champions League.