Perfect December for Liverpool

What a month we’ve just witnessed.

It’s not very often a team goes through the whole month of December without defeat. But this Liverpool team isn’t your average team. There’s a resilience to us, we’re relentless! Jürgen Klopp has instilled a winning mentality into his players.

 

Everton at Anfield,  2nd December: 1-0

Everton arrived to Anfield with confidence, and made things difficult for Liverpool. But we kept going until virtually the last kick of the game. As Divock Origi scored the only goal of the game in the 96th minute to send Liverpool into hysterics. With Jürgen Klopp controversially running onto the pitch to celebrate with Alisson. It was the perfect start to December.

Liverpool FC v Everton FC - Premier League : News Photo

The late late winner from Divock Origi. Merry Christmas Everton. 

Burnley away,  5th December:  1-3

Liverpool were slow starters in this match, having to come back from a goal down, but they did so in style. Going on to win the match 3-1, with goals from Milner, Firmino and Shaqiri. This was Liverpool’s fourth League win in a row. The momentum was starting to build.

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What a counter-attack from Liverpool to finish off Burnley 

Bournemouth away, 8th December:  0-4

We went to Bournemouth with a spring in our step, dominating possession and going onto win the game 4-0, Salah was the standout player, with a Man-of-the-Match performance to be proud of, and a hat-trick too. It was the first glimpse of Salah hitting last season’s form.

 

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool FC - Premier League : News Photo

Liverpool looked sensational on the night, speaking after the game Jamie Redknapp said,

“Liverpool are purring right now, and if they can get through on Tuesday ( in the Champions League against Napoli ), keep going in the Premier League, they can hang onto Man City’s coat-tails.

“Virgil Van Dijk can wear his kit on Tuesday night, it was that clean. Liverpool never got out of second gear, it was so comfortable in possession. When you’ve got a player like Salah, he can take a game away from any team.”

Here’s Salah’s brilliant hat-trick:

Napoli at Anfield, 11th December: 1-0

Liverpool went into this game knowing a 1-0 win would be enough to take us through to the last 16. On the night we outplayed Napoli, and should’ve won by more than one goal. In the end a sensational save from Alisson from close range, sent us through. Mo Salah was the goal scorer on the night with a sublime finish. But the hero of the night was Alisson.

Jurgen Klopp had special praise for Alisson, he said,

“The goal Mo scored – what a goal, unbelievable – but the save Ali (Alisson) made I have no words for that. That was the livesaver tonight.

“It was not only the one save. He had a lot of things to do tonight. How cool and calm he was with the ball helps us a lot in our build-up situations. When he comes out for crosses he is outstanding.

“And, yes, that save was just incredible, but if we don’t defend the whole pitch like we defended, Ali cannot make 20 saves like the last one.

“He did it…incredible, unbelievable. I never saw something similar.”

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Salah shows a touch of class after the Napoli game

Manchester United at Anfield, 16th December: 3-1

With confidence at an all time high, this game couldn’t come quick enough. Liverpool didn’t give United an inch, pressing them from the off. The break-through came in the 24th minute, when Fabinho put Sadio Mane in with a sublime pass, Mane controlled the ball with his chest and put it past DeGea. It was a well deserved lead for the reds! United got one back against the run of play after an Alisson error.  The game-changer came, when Man-of-the-Match Xherdan Shaqiri came onto the pitch. His two deflected goals, sealed the win for the reds, and sent the Anfield faithful into hysterics, no more than Liverpool deserved, after accumulating 36 shots in the match (11 on target) .With  Man United only having  2 on target in 90 minutes.

Liverpool FC v Manchester United - Premier League : News Photo

Fabinho’s a brilliant signing, here’s his Fabulous display against United

Here’s Man-of-the-Match Shaqiri’s two goals 

Wolves away, 21st December: 0-2

Not the easiest of places to go and get a result (as Man City and Spurs have recently found out), but Liverpool went to Molineux and put on a performance of a side who has confidence all over the pitch. They nullified the pacey Adama Traore, with Virgil Van Dijk’s brilliance. He put in a Man-of-the-Match performance and earned rave reviews from the panel on the night. He was also a goal scorer on the night, with a finish a striker would be proud of. Mo Salah got the opening goal. The win guaranteed top spot to Liverpool for Christmas.

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Virgil Van Dijk with an absolute masterclass performance against Wolves

Newcastle at Anfield, 26th December: 4-0

The Christmas fixtures have been kind to Liverpool this season, as we got two home ties. Our record against Newcastle over the years has been brilliant. They came to Anfield and made seven changes. Jurgen put out a strong side to the surprise of everyone. But it paid off as we comfortably won 4-0, with goals from Lovren (a belter of a shot into the top corner), a penalty from Mo Salah, Shaqiri and Fabinho with the fourth. The win put Liverpool 6 points clear on Boxing Day.

Liverpool FC v Newcastle United - Premier League : News Photo

Alisson does all he can to keep another clean sheet, his 12th of the season.

Here’s all the goals from the game

Arsenal at Anfield, 29th December:  5-1

This fixture always produces goals, especially for Liverpool.  The home side started the brightest, but to the shock of everyone, Arsenal took the lead. But it wouldn’t last too long as a couple of defensive errors led to a tap-in for Bobby Firmino, who scored with his trademark no look goal from close range. Then in less than 2 minutes, Bobby would make it 2-1. It was the goal of the game as he beat two players and slotted past the keeper. Liverpool were relentless now, and it wasn’t long after it became three. It came from Robertson’s diagonal ball to Salah, and he slotted in for Mane to tap home.  The fourth came from a sublime ball from Alisson, it sent Salah through on goal and he was tripped up, Salah scored from the spot. The fifth goal was also penalty, Lovren was fouled, and what Jurgen Klopp called, an amazing gesture from Mo Salah gave Man-of-the-match Roberto Firmino his Hat-trick.

The match ended 5-1 to Liverpool, and capped off  Liverpool’s best ever December.

Liverpool FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League : News Photo

Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to Bobby Firmino after the game, he said,

“Bobby Firmino played an outstanding season so far.

“If I talk to people, it’s like: ‘Bobby, eh, if it would click for him…’ (But) the different system we play is possible because he plays how he plays, because he is everywhere. He is a link-up player.

“If you find a throw-in we had in the last half a year where he is not involved to get the ball or at least open up a gap, it would be a surprise for me.

“Now obviously he scores three goals and everybody sees again: ‘Ah, yes, and he scores on top.’

“His attitude as a team worker gives us so much. If he scores, outstanding and I’m really happy; if he’s not scoring, no problem, he still plays really well in nine out of 10 games.”

Liverpool won all eight games in December scoring a resounding 23 goals and only conceding 3,  next up is an away game to City at the Etihad, if Liverpool can get a positive result it will leave us in an incredible position at the top of the table.  Man City are now in second place but remain seven points behind. Tottenham drop down to third after their  3-1 home defeat to Wolves.

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