Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Who Was Man of the Match?
What a win that is. Absolutely delightful to get another one over the cardigan-clad crybaby and put us a monstrous 9 points clear of City and 8 points clear at the top of the table. We were extraordinarily clinical when the chances and half-chances fell our way, while the Sky Blues couldn’t do enough to break us down more than once. All the talk will be about VAR as usual but pay no heed to that rubbish – every major decision was spot on.
Alisson was immense in goal; he caught everything and was so assured on the ball. The Brazilian was eventually beaten by a sublime Bernardo Silva finish, but it would be harsh to lay any blame at his door. He could use a tidy up, though. His hair and beard are starting to look overly unkempt.
In defence, the fullbacks were at it again in an attacking sense. The second goal typified what Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold bring to the team. A sensational switch of play from Trent picks out Robertson in acres of space, allowing the Scotsman to run onto the pass and deliver an inch-perfect cross to find the head of Mo Salah. The centre backs did pretty well defensively, especially Virgil van Dijk. He seemed to always be in the right place at the right time, getting his head to dangerous high balls and his foot to the low ones.
In midfield, the real Gini Wijnaldum finally showed up for what feels like the first time in months. The Dutchman was doing it all – winning the ball back, taking it past players and linking play between midfield and attack. Fabinho was brilliant once again, not only defensively, but he also managed to unleash a rocket into the back of Claudio Bravo’s net after 6 minutes. The man does whatever he likes. Even Jordan Henderson got in on the act, whipping in a quite brilliant cross to find Sadio Mane at the back post to put us 3-0 in the lead.
As I’ve mentioned, 2 of our undefendable front 3 got themselves on the scoresheet, with only Roberto Firmino failing to grab a goal. Mo Salah terrorised poor Angelino for the entirety of the match and left him in the dust when scoring his goal. Sadio Mane was similarly difficult for the City defence to handle and got in front of the opposite fullback, Kyle Walker, before dispatching a header of his own. While Bobby didn’t get a goal or an assist, he still performed well, allowing the 2 flying wide men to do what they do best.
As for the Man of the Match, I’m going to give it to Gini Wijnaldum. There were a few players who could have won it but seeing the best Gini for the first time in so long has convinced me to go with him. If the Oranje midfielder could put in performances similar to this one almost every week, he would be up there as one of the best midfielders in the league.