1 missed penalty, 7 goals, utter nonsensical defending, end-to-end football. That marks the return of EPL.
4 goals against a top-4 rival team, 3 points in the bag, dominating performance away from home win, sounds perfect eh? Not quite.
Had Walcott not missed the penalty (No idea why he’s chosen to take it in the first place), or rather, Mignolet not saving his penalty, we might be slamming Kloop for playing Henderson in the DM role, Wijnaldum starting, Firmino being useless etc.
It began with a pretty life-less 1st half from Liverpool, with Arsenal having most of the chances. Wenger saw a weakness in our left flank, and with a better game plan and more specific tactical instructions, the game could be over for us by half-time.
The thought of just typing his name makes my blood boil. Alberto Moreno. Barely a minute earlier, he took out Walcott’s legs in the penalty area, which Mignolet saved. Wake up call? Not quite.
Next minute, he thought he’s a left winger, left a big space in his area, and Walcott punished him(or us rather) dearly.
I just hope his performance gives Kloop some thinking to do, to get a defender, to get a left-back who, makes knows how to defend. That’s a job of a defender.
Coutinho’s unwillingness to track back playing on the left flank left gaps for Bellerin and Ramsey to exploit, and with Wijnaldum looking lost and nowhere to be found, it was sure, a damn frustrating 45 minutes to watch for me.
Then just before half-time, Coutinho, out of nowhere, delivered. I have to say that wasn’t expected. Even Gerrard would have been proud of that free-kick goal. Perfect placement.
Kloop might have given a half-time wake up call for the Reds, with them coming out of the blocks pressing further up the pitch, stringing up passes in the final third (finally), doing what we do best and what we are capable of, scoring goals.
And of course, our little magician was the main man again. A deft touch, a run to the new post for a cool finish, and making the team tick in the final third. Pity he couldn’t get his hat-trick and was forced off with an injury.
And Sadio Mane. What a player. His goal just sums up why Kloop wanted him. Done.
The heavy metal football seems to surprised Arsenal, who couldn’t cope at all, and ended up chasing shadows for a good 15-20 minutes.
And the stats showed too. 117.6km covered over 90 minutes, the most by any EPL team since camera tracking was introduced. Not too shabby for the 1st game of the season eh?
3 points is 3 points I suppose. Back to the training ground for Kloop, and maybe a few more last minute arrivals coming?
LFC line-up: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.
Subs: Manninger, Can, Origi, Matip, Stewart, Grujic, ALEXANDER-ARNOLD #LFC #YNWA
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