What a wonderful game, and how important it was to see off a woeful January in a fitting manner. Liverpool have completly picked themselves up after a horrible post-Christmas run of results and are now 3rd in the Premier League, 4 points being City who have a game in hand. It was another good day at the English capital and here are 5 talking points from the match.
Origi’s time at Liverpool is up
As much as Origi’s time at the club would be celebrated in the future, he simply isn’t good enough for a club like Liverpool, atleast not anymore. Since 2019/20, he has been spectacularly…… unspectacular. Origi had another sub-par performances today, missing a couple of good chances. As a fan, it is quite sad to see his downfall. Should leave either on loan or on a permanent basis this transfer window itself.
Trent is coming back to form
Our young RB had a very shaky start to 2020/21. Having contracted COVID-19 in pre-season, Trent has been very underwhelming this season. However, he dropped a masterclass last game and has been solid this game, slowly gaining momentum. Gave an absolutely filthy pass for Shaq’s assist for the second goal. Our scouser is back.
Nat is a very solid defender but only for backup
Seems a bit harsh, after Nat’s brilliant game, but it’s the truth. On his day, Nathaniel Phillip’s is truly a very good defender, but he can only be a very reliable back up for us, or a starting centre-back for a mid table club. Was extremely unlucky to not get the cleansheet today after being an immovable rock in our defence. Plus, his link-up play with Thiago was quite a sight for sore eyes.
Shaqiri gaining Klopp’s trust bit by bit
For more than a year, Klopp’s treatment of Shaqiri had left Liverpool fans scratching their heads. True, injuries have been hampering his progress in the club, but even when fit, he was struggling for game time. It was truly baffling how less we saw of him. However, injury to Jota have perhaps made Klopp rethink his decisions and we have been seen a lot of Shaq this month, a rare positive! His assist for Salah’s stunning second goal was absolutely world class to say the least.
Liverpool change game plan
For the past month, we were close to pulling our hair out after seeing Liverpool make pointless crosses each and every game, despite how evident it was that it wasn’t working anymore. Crossing is a trademark move of Klopp’s Liverpool, but it was crystal clear that the game plan had to change .The frustrating crosses, however (and thankfully) didn’t last forever and ever since the United game at Anfield, there is a decrease in the number of crosses, noticeably from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has also stepped up his game. Less crosses, better play, it’s as simple as that for now.
The last couple of wins were beyond important to kick start our season again. An important fixture at Anfield against Brighton awaits.