So that’s what it feels like. A win in the league. The first three points since New Year’s Eve when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City got the full Jurgen Klopp treatment.
Truth be told it’s the first time we’ve looked like a Klopp side since the turn of the year. The performance against Spurs had everything we’d become accustomed to as Liverpool fans earlier on in the season; hunger, desire, passion, confidence and a bit of swagger thrown in for good measure.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men rocked up to Anfield as the form side. They departed having been dismantled. It finished 2-0 but it could have been easily been four, five or even six, and this against the best defensive side in the league. The Liverpool midfield and attack really but Spurs to the sword.
The win means the Reds are now just a point behind Spurs and Arsenal. The hunt for Champions League football is still very much on even after the dry January.
Suffocating and smothering Spurs
Over recent weeks Liverpool have looked lethargic and lacklustre. Slow on the ball and slow without it. Pundits and fans thought the team was burnt out but it appears their batteries have been recharged.
Liverpool dictated the space. They dominated Spurs with the ball and without it and the away side just couldn’t cope. If Klopp’s men didn’t win the first ball they made sure they won the second one. They hunted in packs effectively. So much so it was like they had more players on the pitch.
The first goal epitomised it. The ball was won back and Liverpool had a number of players in positions to ensure the turnover of possession lead to a chance. Mane finished cleverly and the rest was history.
He looked electric didn’t he? He scored twice but he’s going to be disappointed to have walked away without the match ball. His pace caused absolute chaos. In his wake was nothing but destruction and Ben Davies won’t forget his visit to Anfield anytime soon. It was everything Liverpool had missed in recent weeks and it was as though the blockage has been removed.
Roberto Fimino looked like a bobby dazzler. Philippe Coutinho looked like the magician and Adam Lallana was back to his mesmerising best. Mane’s return lit the fuse.
Liverpool are still in the mix and if they’re once again firing on all cylinders. Mane could be the difference between Champions League and Europa League football. Luckily for us he looks like he can handle that pressure.
How good was Gini? He’s a big game player. He’s scored against Manchester City, Chelsea and now puts in a Man of the Match performance against Spurs. He bossed a midfield containing Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, a partnership many feel is just behind N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic. He made it look effortless. He’s earned praised throughout the season but I can’t recall him putting in such a overall all-round performance.