Why do clubs wait until transfer deadline day before conducting major business? It’s hard to say with any clarity, and realistically there is no logical explanation for it.
For anybody who witnessed it, Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening was memorable for a couple of reasons, and while qualification for the Champions League proper was the obvious highlight it has to be said that the Reds’ attacking play was as exciting as it has been in decades.
It wasn’t the most devastating of displays, but the fact that Liverpool were able to claim their first win of the Premier League campaign on Saturday, while resting players ahead of this clash with Hoffenheim, is pleasing.
In a week that started in unconvincing fashion courtesy of the worrying 3-3 draw with Watford, business rather picked up for Liverpool in midweek with an excellent midweek victory over Hoffenheim.
Well, that was disappointing. With all of the excitement, anticipation and suspense of the new football season, you can’t forgive Liverpool fans for feeling a little deflated after the 3-3 draw at Watford.
The anticipation of the new football season is usually enough to have even the most pessimistic of football fan trembling with excitement at their team’s chances. For Liverpool, the prospect of seeing the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and new man Mohamed Salah all linking up in red shirts is mouth-watering.
Well, that made us look rather silly. We had predicted a low scoring draw at the London Stadium last week when Liverpool visited West Ham, and the ensuing hammering took us and probably many other people by surprise.
If there is such a thing as an end of season malaise, then the Liverpool players must snap out of it rather quickly. After a derisory performance in the 0-0 stalemate with Southampton last time out, the Reds need to find a spark or risk the rest of the campaign turning into something of a washout.
Make no mistake, last week’s 1-0 win over Watford was a huge result for everyone associated with Liverpool FC. Forget the manner of the victory and the performance, and instead savour the three points which take the Reds ever closer to that essential top four finish.
It’s Sod’s Law, isn’t it. Christian Benteke has scored seven career goals at Anfield; four in a red shirt for Liverpool in his year-long stint at the club, and three for Aston Villa in his time there.