So finally it looks like we’ve found that second gear; against Red Star- it just clicked together. We might not be the same free-flowing, entertaining and dynamic team from last season yet, but with a little fine tuning by Jürgen, we could get back to our best.
There were some stand out performances last night.
Fabinho was one who springs to mind, he stood up to the test and impressed in front of the Anfield faithful. It wasn’t top-notch opposition, but you still have to put in a performance, especially when there’s pressure on you to play well.
Klopp was happy with his performance, saying:
“The present for his birthday was not that he was in the line-up, it was that we played his favourite system with a double-six! He played really well and it was good to see. He was very aggressive and everything was there. For his first game for a while, his second start from the beginning, it was good, really good.”
“Its quite impressive what people saw tonight. It always helps a player if you play a good game, it helped us tonight and helped him, that was the start, so let’s carry on.”
Another player who needs a special mention is Joe Gomez, what a season he’s having!
I have to admit at the start of the season I would have been a critic of Joe (That was until i watched him play this campaign). Since his first game he’s just grown and grown, and I must say I do prefer him playing along side Virgil in the centre rather than on the right. He has everything you’d want in a CB – good in the air, pacey , clever, and great at tackling. Last night’s game showed all that, and if he can keep up this form then he has an exciting future ahead of him.
Last but not least, it’s Shaqiri.
He seems to have found his feet at Liverpool now and we’re reaping the benefits. He links play brilliantly and he’s great at finding space between the lines. In the last two matches, he’s linked up amazingly with Salah. Klopp’s problem now is to find the perfect formation to play that suits his stars. I think 4-2-3-1 seems to be the way forward, but we all know Jürgen likes to change it game by game to suit each opponent. But the problems we have this season are good problems to have. When one player gets injured we’re able to bring in another with equal ability and that strength in dept is what wins titles.