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.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 15, 2018
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 target’s agent claims player is happy at current club
Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.
“The club is happy with Ousmane.
“Dembele doesn’t care about criticisms. Some of them are unfair. He is 20, he plays for Barcelona and he had a great start to the season.”
The agent further claimed that the player has to do better and the Frenchman was sick for a while which led to a few controversies.
Sissoko added that the national team manager and Barcelona’s Eric Abidal were happy with the attacker.
“Ousmane keeps working for a big club, the manager likes him and the same goes for Deschamps. I know Abidal is also very happy with how he is training and working for his club.”
Dembele seems to be doing better when compared to the same time frame last season. The Frenchman has scored four goals from 11 La Liga games and has one from two Champions League ties.
The former Borussia Dortmund player would be an amazing signing for the Reds, but we would have to pay a huge amount to sign him from Barcelona.
The 21-year-old would certainly improve our attack, and it will be interesting to see what our activity would be in the winter window.
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The former AS Roma star has had a brilliant start to his Premier League campaign and has conceded just five goals from 12 games.
Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay, the Independent quoted Alisson saying:
“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect – it is not easy but I’m trying.”
Alisson added he is working to be perfect in between the sticks and wants to get better with each game.
“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”
Alisson praised our defence for giving him an easy time at the back and claimed that he has to concentrate a lot in games.
“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.
“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net.”
The Brazilian has been an excellent signing for the Reds this season, but there have been a few instances where he could have done better.
The goal against Leicester City and one against Arsenal could have been avoided, and hopefully, he will get better in the coming months.
(Photo) Liverpool star pictured training with rival Evertonian for international side
Liverpool summer signing Fabinho is still getting into the groove of things at Anfield. The former Monaco midfielder was slowly integrated into the team by Jurgen Klopp, and the Brazilian has a couple of quality outings under his belt.
Fabinho is a proper defensive midfielder but the Brazilian knows how to pick a pass too. Despite not starting regularly for the Reds, the 25-year-old is a constant in the national side and recently shared a picture of him training with the team during the international break.
The 25-year-old was seen alongside Everton midfielder Richarlison and a few others as they went through the paces.
Mais um dia. Vamos! 💨🇧🇷 📸 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/8Q0IUN1Jag
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 13, 2018
Fabinho’s introduction has seen Klopp devise a 4-2-3-1 formation where the 25-year-old plays as one of our two midfielders.
The Brazilian has looked comfortable in that position but has to work on his reactions in the Premier League.
The former Monaco man was excellent in our 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade a few weeks ago but wasn’t great in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
He was much better in the 2-0 win over Fulham but we are yet to see the best of the midfielder. With just a third of the campaign done, Fabinho has time on his side to get even better this season.
It will be interesting to see how we deal with the packed festive schedule, but there is no doubt Fabinho will play a crucial role for Liverpool in the rest of the season.
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