Opinion

Marching on

As the full-time whistle descended, exhales and relief were the order of the day after a nerve-wrecking final few minutes of stoppage time.

For the second successive away game, Liverpool defeated the opposition 2-1, with the opponents being Tottenham.

There were no drubbings by the home team this time round, eleven months after the humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Lily Whites.

Liverpool graced the home of English football and bossed proceedings, outplayed and outsmarted the error-prone Spurs team, if, were it not for profligacy and poor decision making in the final third, would have ensured that a cricket score appeared on the display monitors.

Five games, five wins and joint-top, while not operating at their effective and fluid best, Liverpool have seven more points at this stage compared to last season.

Klopp got his first-ever win at Wembley, Gini Wijnaldum registered his first-ever away goal in the league-breaking the unwanted duck- and the win strengthened the gap between Liverpool and Tottenham to six points after five games; early yes, but a massive boost.

As the away end beltered out ‘ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ’ and rejoiced at the location where their greatest ignominy of last season occurred, thoughts quickly turned to the mammoth fixture on Tuesday: Paris Saint-Germain.

They will provide a stern test, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani aiming to avoid the fate of those who vowed to dismiss the impact that Anfield possesses.

Thomas Tuchel returns for the first time since his Dortmund team felt the wrath of Anfield on a European night, and will be hoping as the boss of one of Europe’s fearsome forward lines that his previous fate does not appear again.

Come what may, this team that Klopp has constructed is looking like the real deal as each team and its carcasses are dealt with every week, and with Europe to conquer, anything is possible.

 

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