Liverpool Send a Champions Message

22nd Dec 2020

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There was a feeling that Liverpool were going to make someone pay for the 1-1 draws against Brighton and Fulham and the VAR decisions that have gone against them in recent weeks. We had witnessed the fury building up in Jurgen Klopp's face, post match interview by post match interview who would want to be a journalist having to ask the awkward questions just to have the usually friendly German snap back? And that is the word, something had to snap, if not Klopp's mental state then his team would have to put in a 'champions performance'. As it turned out they did and that victim would be Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace.

The final score of 7-0 felt about right. The goals had started within 180 seconds of the whistle being blown through Takumi Minamino and ended with inevitably a Mohamed Salah brace in in the final ten minutes. The Egyptian had only come on in the 57th minute of the game and with those 2 goals Salah is now top of the goalscorers chart with 13. Roberto Firmino scored a brace also, he the local hero after scoring a last minute goal to down Tottenham at Anfield just a few days prior. Even Jordan Henderson got in on the act and there was a moment of cheer for Sadio Mane who has had a quiet start to the campaign by his standards but always scores against Palace. This felt like a statement win against a usually well organised defence and a tough team to break down and Liverpool have moved 4 points clear at the top.

Two weeks ago Jose Mourinho was all smiles, this in itself is rare, but he simply couldn't stop smiling and it was as wide as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Tottenham were top of the league and they had just beaten their nemesis Arsenal in the north London derby. Before that they had gone to Chelsea and drew 0-0 and that was an acceptable result for Mourinho too. All was good, but never give football an even break, for it knows how to breaks hearts in two. First came the crucial trip to Liverpool, what would Tottenham be made of. Well they went toe to toe with the Reds even at 1-0 down and when Heung-Min Son equalised it felt like a turning point, perhaps Liverpool were going to lose their first league game at home in nearly 2 years. In truth Liverpool dominated the game but Tottenham had their chances to win it before Firminio did that breaking hearts thing Liverpool are so good at doing and Tottenham lost, just their second game of the season.

But it would get worse, at home at the weekend Tottenham faced a top 4 rival in Leicester who beat them 2-0 through a penalty and an own goal. It was a penalty that Mourinho had predicted in the All or Nothing show that went behind the scenes of Tottenham last season. Mourinho had told Serge Aurier he was the type of player who would concede a stupid penalty and here he did it. Now there is a glumness to Mourinho but the club will have to pick themselves up, they have gone from 1st to 5th.

Gary Neville still thinks something isn't right at his former club Manchester United, but for now you'd think the media would back off of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. True he has had his difficult moments with Manchester United but they are a club on terrific form and at the weekend they beat Leeds United 6-2 to go 3rd in the table and they are just 5 points from the top. It feels that every time the Norwegian comes under heavy pressure he does produce the goods. Everton made it 3 wins out of 3 with an excellent 2-1 victory over Arsenal at home. Yerry Mina rose high to get the winner, and the club look back on track. As for Arsenal they remain in 15th place and have to play Chelsea next who put West Ham to the sword and brushed the Hammers aside with an easy 3-0 win.

 

Premier League: Team of the Week:

Schmeichel, Targett, Mina, Robertson. T.Silva, Firmino, McTominay. Traore, Fernandes, Abraham, Martial



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