The period between Christmas and the new year is notorious for the feelings of lethargy and malaise it can produce in sofa-bound families watching an Indiana Jones film for the 247th time. You wouldn’t expect similar listlessness amongst elite-level athletes, mind you, however Liverpool’s performance in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday suggested that a few of the players were still, spiritually at least, tucking into a box of Heroes on the sofa themselves.
Monthly Archives: December 2020
When you win 7-0 and the manager still isn’t happy then you know you have high expectations to meet.
Even in the midst of watching his Liverpool team lay waste to Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp concluded afterwards that he was ‘not over the moon’ with how things went and how they are going.
It looked ever more likely that Jose Mourinho’s masterplan was going to prove fruitful at Anfield on Wednesday. Tottenham almost did as their manager wanted: getting themselves into an advantageous position and then attempting to hold out for a positive result.
The problem with being champions is that you are there to be shot at – and everybody wants a piece. The American writer R W Emerson wrote that ‘if you take a shot at the king, you’d better not miss’, and unfortunately for Fulham a profligacy in front of goal cost them a famous victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
It was a game that was expected to be something of a celebration of Liverpool’s fringe players and stars of tomorrow. But in the end, the 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland was notable after a slice of history was created by one of the club’s most well-established stars.
A small, but very fortunate, band of Liverpool fans were allowed back into Anfield for the first time since March. And they were treated to a glorious performance from their heroes as the Reds ran rampage against an always-tough Wolves side.
The bottom line is that Liverpool marched into the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Ajax on Tuesday evening. But, once more, an evening of celebration was marred by more injury woe for Jurgen Klopp.