It came as something of a surprise when Jurgen Klopp named a starting eleven as close to his strongest available as possible against Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Monthly Archives: December 2018
Liverpool FC is on the crest of a wave at the moment, and the performance level in Friday’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers was described as ‘perfect football’ by no less a judge than Jurgen Klopp.
Well, if Carlsberg did the perfect footballing week, it would looks something like the seven or eight days that Liverpool have just enjoyed.
Let’s file away the nerve-shredding 1-0 win over Napoli as ‘job done’, shall we!? It was a tight old affair, as you’d expect with so much on the line, and it took two solitary standout moments to settle the contest.
There was no last gasp drama, no goalkeeping madness, no Jurgen Klopp celebration dash against Bournemouth….just a calm, clinical and comfortable Liverpool somewhere near their best.
We’re going about our business in fraught fashion, but Liverpool keep grinding out results; a trait we’ve been lacking for the past couple of years. When Jack Cork fired Burnley ahead on Wednesday evening it was very much a case of here we go again. But James Milner equalised and then along came the cavalry: Jurgen Klopp sending on Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino from the subs’ bench.
As Super Sundays go, that was absolutely tip top. The Merseyside derby with Everton had petered out into stalemate – a result which did us no favours as we hunt down Manchester City, but then football’s fickle finger of fate played its hand.