Testing Autumn For Liverpool
A hard fought 2-1 victory against Leicester City meant that the Reds headed into the international break with their 100% record intact. Not since 1990/91 did Liverpool won their opening 4 league fixtures. Though fans will rightly be happy at their club’s successful start to the season, most of us will already be anticipating the month of September.
And boy, what a huge month it’ll be.
The immediate fixture after the break will see us take on Tottenham at Wembley, a place where not many fans will have fond memories of. After all, we were demolished 4-1 by the same opponents just under a year ago. While Gomez is likely to keep his place ahead of Lovren, who played villain in last season’s fixture, Spurs will still be a tough test. This particularly so given their need to rebound after their 2-1 defeat to Watford before the break.
No respite will be given to the Reds, with Liverpool kicking off their Champions League campaign against PSG just 3 days later. Though confidence will be high following last season’s European odyssey, PSG aren’t opponents to be taken lightly. With a front 3 of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani to rival our own, this is the one fixture that will truly test Liverpool’s defence. Coming out tops would be of crucial importance given the need to start our European journey on a positive note.
Southampton next would seem like perfect recovery match after a night in Europe. The truth is anything but another easy victory. Fans will remember well from last season, where the team look particular jaded following their exertions in Europe. Games that should’ve been won ended with points being dropped. That’s why this game should be treated with equal importance like the rest. To be challenging for the league, we have to be gaining maximum points against the lesser teams. That was last season’s biggest flaw, and we need to rectify that this season.
Rounding off September would be a double dosage of Chelsea, with meetings in the Carabao Cup and the league. Sarri’s Blues have themselves maintain a 100% record, and will certainly be no pushovers. Klopp and co will have to deal with Sarriball, a departure from Chelsea’s usual defensive game plan. With the 2 games back-to-back, it’ll be a bruising week for the Reds. Denting their fellow top 6 rival will certainly be every fans’ wish, which is why both fixtures carry an important weight.
With the games coming in thick and fast, rotation would be key in ensuring September is a success. Liverpool’s squad depth will face it’s first test, with every player having to perform at their utmost best to bring in the results. Every Liverpool player knows that as they approach the crunch period. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Gini had this to say: “It’s going to be a really important period for us – not only because they’re big games, but also because we play a lot of games. I think in these kinds of periods you need your whole squad.”
September will definitely be a testing period, but fans and players alike shouldn’t be afraid of it. As Klopp put it, “the players are not at their top level yet”, and we can only improve our performance coming out of the international break.
So fear not Reds, we’re more than ready for anyone. Bring on September!