Liverpool’s Rainy Night Victory: The Reds Claim the Top Spot
The Reds are top of the league…oh…The Reds are top of the league. On a rainy night, delivering everything and showcasing all the good and bad points of this Liverpool 2.0 side, The Reds produced their best attacking display of the season. Eddie Howe, Gary Neville, and Anthony Taylor tried their best, but in the end, Jurgen Klopp’s men were more than worth their 4-2 victory. People will use the phrase ‘statement performance’, people will talk about the penalties, but we should all be discussing what we saw on that pitch. There were so many performances to be happy with, but ultimately, The Reds sit clear at the top and it stays in their hands.
Attacking Brilliance: Unleashing Liverpool’s Offensive Might
We’ve no doubt you’ve heard this by now, but Liverpool ended with an xG of 7.2, and the only reason Newcastle weren’t on the end of an absolute thrashing is the same old wastefulness story. However, all the attackers that played had an impact, which is what we’re looking for at any time. Salah we’ll separate from the rest as everyone else does and should. That was Luis Diaz’s best display for some time as he was unlucky to have a goal chalked off and his work on the key pass for Salah’s opener was brilliant. Darwin was sensational for the first goal and grabbed an assist, though how that’s all he grabbed is beyond belief. Gakpo scuffed one in, but they all count, and that’s a goal and assist in his last game. Jota won the penalty and produced a beautiful assist for Curtis. Ahhh… the beauty of five forwards…
Salah Stuns… Everyone… Again: The Egyptian King’s Dominance
It’s almost hard to say anything about the walking demigod that hasn’t actually been said before. Poor Dan Burn must have wished he’d spent Hogmanay at home as Salah destroyed him time and time again to claim two goals and one assist on the night. That’s now 150 Premier League goals for The Reds, and if we started a GoFundMe page to cancel AFCON, Christ knows how much we could raise. The Egyptian king is simply peerless across the Premier League, though, and the assist for Gakpo with the outside of his boot was the moment of the match. Closely followed by his celebration for the opener, it’s crazy to believe you could award him anything but a ten despite missing a penalty. I miss him already…
Curtis: The Starting Midfielder: Jones’s Rising Star
It would be easy to talk about other midfielders, injuries, and struggles. However, those who hadn’t woken up to the fact now know that Curtis Jones is the first name on the team sheet in that area. The Toxteth-born player now has five goal contributions in his last seven games and again against Newcastle gave us the balance and control that we’ve lacked at times this season. From a stats perspective, he made the most recoveries (10), won the most duels (6) in midfield, completed all his dribbles, and won all his tackles. Even an 89% passing accuracy on a sodden night shouldn’t be ignored and how many times he won back possession in their own half, my word! Liverpool don’t have their next Wijnaldum, they have their next Scouse superstar. Let’s hope Gareth doesn’t realize.