Fab Night at Anfield (Again)
Wow. Mentality monsters is right. What a team. What a way to win. They have done it again. Breathe.
Fortune. That’s the theme of the day. In every way bar the way you may think. The Reds are not lucky. But.
Post-match, Harry Kane gave an interview saying that his side did well but “obviously”, Liverpool are getting all the little breaks that are going their way at the moment. This, coming from a man who scored from a deflected shot that bounced off the post and into his path for the opener. But Harry isn’t simply plucking this theory from thin air.
Fortune has been a common reason for Liverpool winning among fans and the media for this season and much of last, with many punters at the outset predicting Liverpool to fall back into the 80 point mark this season. Regardless of the truth in it, (or lack of) to see that this over-simplified excuse is now seeping into the mentality of opposition players should be music to our ears.
The Reds are good, better than most, if not all. But for them to be lucky as well, well what’s the point? If players of the quality of Kane are buying into this then surely many players and managers throughout the league are poised to play the “Lucky Liverpool” card and are therefore half-beaten before they step foot on the pitch.
We should not underestimate the lengths certain players and managers would go (and have gone) to save face and deflect blame away from themselves. It can work as a tactic after the fact, but mixed with the quality of this team, it doesn’t half make the challenge of facing Liverpool seem like a mountain to climb. The more fearful our opponents are of facing the Mighty Boys in Red, the better.
A man they very much should fear, is our boy from Brazil, Fabinho. Arguably the best in the world in his position, Fabinho has come on leaps and bounds since he first joined the club and was struggling to make the bench a year ago. He truly has it all and showed it versus Spurs. He played more passes in the opposition half than any other player on the pitch. He was key for us in maintaining consistent pressure and forcing Spurs back until we got the goals we came for – and deserved.
Fabinho made 2 key passes, one being the assist for Henderson’s goal, he other a delightful chip into Salah’s path who almost converted. Fabinho is immaculate in possession, timing perfectly when to keep the ball and when to take risks with his passing. This quality is extremely rare and vital to how we successfully wear teams down. He also made 11 ball recoveries, which is astonishing, given how little possession Tottenham had, a mere 31%.
This shows that almost every time Tottenham tried to break from our period of controlled dominance, Fabinho was there to kill the move and recycle possession. It was the perfect midfield performance from him that should not be overlooked despite the stars that shine elsewhere in this incredibly lucky team. May the rest of the division heed Harry’s words of wisdom. The fortunate Reds are on the march.
And they’re never going to stop.