Liverpool 3:1 Newcastle – Bobby’s Happy Feet
It’s good supporting these isn’t it. What a team. What a result. What a day. The rest of the league look a bag of rags at the minute, but these Reds stand head and shoulders above looking down at their inferiors. The Champions of Europe. There’s nothing more to say about these that hasn’t been said every week since March.
There’s only so many ways to say they’re brilliant or he’s great or he’s the best we’ve ever seen. Football this good isn’t meant for words. All these words were made before these Reds and hence don’t do them justice. How do we speak to our non-Red mates now? “Last weekend? Yeah we won, we were amazing. Next weekend? We’ll probably win, we’re amazing.” God help them.
The truth is there’s levels to this game. We know we’re better than teams but the extent of it was partially shown against Newcastle on Saturday. Liverpool can play at a level of quality, energy and intensity that almost no the team on the planet can get near. Almost more impressively, the Reds can switch between levels at will, a capability very few teams possess.
We know we don’t need to be at our best to beat Newcastle, or most other teams in this division. So we’re not at our best, far from it, but we play at a level that Newcastle could never hope to match. The Magpies did everything they could have done. They defended resolutely, worked hard and were very clinical. Bruce couldn’t ask for anymore. It worked against Spurs but Liverpool are a different beast. Anfield is a different fortress.
There are levels to the players as well. They’re all very good, they’re professionals in their chosen field. But Bobby Firmino is a master. A special, special talent. He seems to have kicked on immensely this season from last when he spent large parts in the shadows of his two counterparts.
Very few players can run a game in the manner Firmino did the other night. Where he is just streets ahead of everyone and makes it abundantly clear that there are levels to this. Just watching him up close in that form as an opposition player must drain any confidence in getting a result and make the pre-match/halftime plan seem pointless.
He is a different level, a different class. He sees things others don’t and can do things others would never dream of doing. The flick is outrageous. It is a sign that he’s having a wonderful time. He’s playing with no fear and feeling no pressure. Bobby is at his best when he is happiest, and he is happiest when he is at his best.
The joy he has shown and the sheer not giving a shit has been great to see. His unselfishness and willingness to set up teammates shows he couldn’t care less about individual statistics. His reaction to the Salah and Mane thing versus Burnley portrayed a man who could not understand why you would not be the happiest man alive while playing for the best team in the world.
The stark contrast between Salah’s cold, clinical, ruthless, selfish nature and Firmino’s personality, with Mane somewhere in between, is staggering. It is what will win us everything. Between the three of them, they have got it all and no one can stop them.
Liverpool are miles ahead of the standard of quality in this division, excluding City of course. But despite our lack of transfer business, the gap between us and them looks to have increased due to the utter mess the clubs in the top 6 find themselves in. Because of this, it’s difficult to see many games where Liverpool will drop points in. And because of this, Man City’s result against Norwich seems huge, even at this early stage.
None of us imagined we’d be 5 points clear already. Judging by the fume over transfers, many would have taken 5 points behind. Nevertheless, we start our Champions League campaign in immensely high spirits and fantastic form. The game should be a cracker, the atmosphere should be special as Napoli welcome the European Champions in their first match. A win would be huge for them and they will be desperate to claim this scalp, as will everyone in this competition this season. But the Reds will be prepared, and they will relish the test.
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