1st game at Anfield, 1st home win.
What a good way to start a season with the first home game, against reigning champions, Leicester City, with 3 points on board.
- Lallana’s playing like it’s his last game
Definitely first player on the starting eleven for Kloop. Opened his England goal account with a last minute winner just a few days back, he scored a stunner yesterday, while being involved with other goals as well.
Kloop and his coaching team has improved his game tremendously, with him playing now as more of a No.8 or a No.10 role centrally, his relentless pressing (he clocked 13km during the game) and ability to sense that the opponent is nervous with the ball, is a joy to watch.
And now, adding the final product, being involved in goals in the final third as well. Looks like he’s finally realising his full potential.
2. Firmino proving his worth
Anywhere in the front four, he can play. Created the most chances this season in EPL. He’s starting to show some consistency to add to his double digit goal tally last term.
One thing that we always forget is that he tackles well, and knows how to win the ball back high up the pitch, while his selfless runs without the ball to create space for teammates around him is key to why Kloop is playing him so often.
I expect big things from this lad.
3. Sturridge getting the message sent by Kloop?
He has improved, although I do expect much more with regards to his pressing. There were times during the match where I thought he should have started the press from the front, but fair play to him, he drop back deep a couple of times to intercept and win the ball back.
One thing to note is that there were a couple of runs he made without the ball in the final third to wide areas which drag centre-backs out of position, creating space for Firmino and Mane in central areas.
Maybe Kloop indeed can change him, but I expect much more from him. Good attitude though.
It may just be a few games into the season, but I think we are improving, and hopefully will keep improving as well – defence will still need to be worked on at Melwood. Time to kickstart our season proper.