There’s no more of this joint top of the league shit. After the emphatic win against Watford at Anfield the Reds are now a point clear at the top as we head into yet another unnecessary International break.
It’s the first time we’ve been able to say we’re top of the league since May 2014. Hopefully it’s a better outcome this time around. It was a joy to watch Liverpool dismantle a Watford side, who before their trip to Anfield hadn’t conceded for three Premier League matches.
What could’ve been a tricky match for Klopp’s men turned out to be relatively easy. It finished 6-1 but I doubt many would’ve been shocked if it was 10-1. Liverpool were that dominant.
Goals, Goals, Goals!
Thirty (30) goals in just the eleven Premier League games this season. Liverpool scored sixty three (63) in the league last season. The Reds are on course to break the 100 goal barrier in the league this season if they continue to score at this current rate. What’s even more impressive is the fact the goals are coming from everywhere. Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are all not only scoring but creating for others this season. It’s ridiculous how far removed we are from a one man team these days. There’s no more over reliance on Daniel Sturridge, who is still without a league goal this season, to score the goals.
Bagged another didn’t he? Since returning from injury he’s been finding himself in the opposition’s penalty on a regular basis and continues to be a goal threat. His runs from deep are hard for the opposition to pick up and he appears to find space at will. I wouldn’t put it past him to score a few more over the Christmas period.
Philippe Coutinho was in danger of falling into the consistently inconsistent category last season. Magic in one match and non-existent in the next. But since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp the Brazilian has taken his game to new heights. He’s been arguably the best player in the Premier League this season. He’s added goals to his game and there is an output there now. He seems to have matured as a player and he’s cut out the 30 yard shots when the games aren’t going his way. However, perhaps that’s down to Klopp building a team that gets the best out of him. He doesn’t need to shoot from silly distances because he has Mane and Firmino terrorising defenders and creating havoc. Liverpool fans are finally witnessing Coutinho realise his full potential.
The German ‘keeper has been put under the microscope lately. People were questioning whether or not he was suitable for the physicality of the Premier League. He wasn’t convincing when coming for crosses and he wasn’t being tested in open play so wasn’t able to really impose himself. Against Watford he was impressive when called upon. Two smart saves down low to his left kept the away side out and he would’ve earned a well deserved clean sheet had the defence not let him down to allow Janmaat to curl home. He should take confidence from his performance though, as should the fans.