Liverpool ended their five game win less streak, in the Premier League, after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1.
Here’s five things we learned from The Reds victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Liverpool back to their best?
No, but it was a massive improvement to the 3-2 loss against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
The whole team seemed to be on the same wavelength. Faster, one touch passing across the pitch helped in all of the goals.
The home side were poor, but it’s encouraging that the Reds took the chance to get the three points-especially after the poor run the team had been on.
Great individual performances by goalscorers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.
A new centre back needs to be purchased before the end of the window
Joel Matip was substituted at half time following what looks like another injury. The Cameroonian international had a strong first half despite Liverpool conceding early on in the first half.
In the 20th minute Matip stopped Son Heung-Min from being one-on-one with Alisson in the Liverpool box, Van Dijk like, and showed he’s a top centre half…when he’s fit.
The 29-year-old is great when he’s fit, but he’s far too injury prone for what Klopp needs, especially during this tough period.
Fabinho took a knock in training ahead of the game so didn’t feature tonight.
Captain Jordan Henderson was in defence again, and was then partnered by Nathaniel Phillips for the second half. The pair did good, but Spurs didn’t trouble The Reds back line much in the second half.
With Gomez and Van Dijk still sidelined for months, it’s imperative Liverpool strengthen at the back with a new signing.
Mane and Firmino end goal droughts
Roberto Firmino broke the deadlock ahead of the end of the first half and Sadio Mane scored the third. The Brazilian hadn’t scored since the 7-0 thumping over Crystal Palace. However, Mane had only gone five games without a goal.
To see both get on the score sheet will give the pair a world of confidence, and will especially give the Anfield faithful some too.
Firmino’s fluid movement between the lines was key in the victory. Senegalese winger Mane had several chances to score, but eventually found the net after a Spurs defensive error-great awareness to pounce on the mistake.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s best performance of the season
I’ve been one of Trent’s biggest critics, but tonight he was back to his best.
He was keen to bomb it down the right flank when Liverpool were on the attack, and Matt Doherty couldn’t handle him all night.
The 22-year-old fired in the second goal with a bullet of a strike, but also registered his fifth assist of the season as well.
He’s clearly had a dip in form, but fingers crossed this is the start of Alexander-Arnold finding his consistency again, because he showed tonight how important he is to the side.
Great going forward, but put in a shift at the back too.
James Milner appreciation point
He’ll be thinking about retiring soon, but boy does James Milner work hard for Liverpool. Our number seven ran tirelessly throughout and showed how key a workhorse, like himself, is in the middle of the park.
Milner never has a bad game for Liverpool. Yes he may make mistakes, but he makes up for them-whether it’s winning a key foul or pressing the opposition.
With fellow Englishman Henderson filling in at defence, the 35-year-old is proving more important than ever.