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
“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star
Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison
The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.
Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.
Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):
“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”
Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:
“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”
An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?
The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.
The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.
Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.
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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.
“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start
Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.
However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.
The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):
“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.
“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”
Ox needs more time on the field
The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.
Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.
Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.
The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.
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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.
Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer
Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed
Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.
The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.
Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.
Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.
The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:
“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”
The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.
A good move for Liverpool?
Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.
It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.
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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.