Liverpool walked past Leicester on Sunday night. How impressive was that performance given the injuries of the “reds” and the good form in which Leicester is?
Undoubtedly, our best performance of the season. Before the start, I had a lot of worries and understandably.
Without Virgil van Dyke, Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, I was expecting a nervous night behind me.
But Jamie Vardy hardly had a sniff. Aside from the significant chance for Harvey Barnes, I can not remember Leicester threatening at all.
Nabi Keita’s injury was perhaps the only thing that prevented the evening from being perfect. How well did he play until he had to be replaced?
It looked great. He made a passing pass that set the Curtis Oneans a chance and ran rings around Leicester’s midfield.
Keeping up the pressure and running away from the ball was a constant reminder of Nabi Keita’s talent.
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But, as we have seen before, the wheels came off. A tendon injury ended his night early in the second half.
Thiago Alcantara is closer to returning to the side. How important will it be to get it back?
Is to be massive. Last season, Fabinho or Jordan Jordan Henderson operated in role number six. But Thiago Alcantara is not a traditional midfielder.
Its strength lies in the retention of possession. Therefore, I expect Liverpool to keep the ball longer and suffocate the teams.
Tiago also brings a bonus for releasing Fabinho to cover the midfield and ease defense problems.
Jurgen Klopp was furious with the TV schedule again, and we know how he feels about the lack of five bribes. Is he right that he is so upset about those two questions?
Klopp is not the only one talking. Add Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the list.
If we want to see the best in the Premier League, then the players will need adequate recovery time.
Given that the big clubs are expected to balance European competition, their frustrations are all too understandable.
The list of injuries to Liverpool and Manchester City could not show that anymore.
If Liverpool win the Champions League against Atalanta on Wednesday, they are in the knockout stage with two reserve matches. How important could that be?
As injuries continue to rise, it will give Klopp the luxury of resting his key players.
In addition, both Costas Cimikas and Takumi Minamino can get much needed playing time.
Speculation continues that Liverpool will sign someone – especially a center-back – in January. Do they need to win the Premier League this season?
Liverpool have already shown, they are not in a hurry on the transfer market unless they find the right player.
It is an act of balancing. To go all season without their main back can be a high order.
Signing a ready-made replacement, however, would be counterproductive if they drop out when Van Dijk and Gomez return.
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If Liverpool dived into the January window, they would expect to find someone who could challenge Gomez for the initial birth alongside Van Dijk.
With the release clause of Dej Upamecano allegedly set at 42 million euros, this may be one to look at.
Any other work?
Liverpool’s victory over Leicester City increased the unbeaten home record to 64 games.
Only the Chelsea team from 2004-2008 has a longer record, which is 86 defeats without defeat. The way the “reds” play, I support them to break this record.
The record continues to highlight the consistency shown by Klopp’s men. With Anfield becoming a fortress once again, the guests know that an almost perfect performance may not be enough.
With that in mind, Liverpool at Anfield is a daunting prospect for either side.