Liverpool will be a different beast in both Champions League and Premier League now
Liverpool FC may have their season objective to win one trophy at least this season as we can see through their winning-how strategy. They aren’t playing the beautiful football they embarked last season, but they have been able to pull the result to the maximum. In the starting of the season, Reds may not have thought that they’ll lead the Premier League table coming into December, and will struggle to book their place in UEFA Champions League last 16 stage. Now with 1-0 victory against Napoli at home, they’re ready to move forward. They’ll definitely be a different beast in both Champions League and Premier League going forward this season.
When things are going all right for a challenging team and they’re half way through the season, they get the extra motivation to carry it along all the way. Things are going all right for Liverpool right now. They are Premier League table topper and somehow managed to pull the strings together to book their place in UEFA Champions League last 16, despite losing all their away group games. It’s a clear sign that this is going to be their season, but they must not allow complacency to dwell into their games.
After 16 games, they’re leading Premier League table with the maximum points they’ve ever been able to accumulate after the same number of matches in their 126 years’ history. In midweek,they played their season defining game against Napoli and emerged victorious. It tells the story they’re going to write this season and it couldn’t get better.
Now, Reds can stop thinking about their European game for another two months knowing they have secured their berth in Champions League last 16. For them playing a two-leg game has never been a problem because Anfield’s European past glory always comes into the picture and mystically the venue has always produce historic moments for the Reds. They have little to worry about European games and they can concentrate fully to build their domestic campaign.
Jurgen Klopp side is already leading the table but he’d like to solidify their position at top. They have big games coming starting from Manchester United this Sunday to playing Manchester City on 4th January probably to decide table topper three games into the second-half of the season.
Liverpool’s last 16 European qualification is certainly going to give them a boost and going to play an impact on their domestic solidarity. Manchester United are their traditional rivals and many still believes that it’s biggest game in English football and Liverpool wouldn’t have got a bigger boost than snatching a close win in season’s defining game.
As Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly said as Liverpool Offside reports, “Maybe, unconsciously, we feared Liverpool because we know they’re very strong and that it’s not easy to play against them. We have a strong team that can beat everyone, and we came close to scoring. A draw was enough, but we lost.”
Jose Mourinho may also have the same fear going to the Anfield this season after thankfully earning draws in his last two visits. He knows that this time it’s different. His team might have given occasional glance of great Mourinho’s tactics this season, but Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are more consistent one.
And that victory against Napoli has brought a different beast in them. They are almost perfect despite few big names missing in their lineup. Last season people were talking about their attacking trio (Mane, Firmino, and Salah), but this season they have build up from the back.
Alisson Becker as a shot-stopper has been instrumental in earning them these great points in Premier League and helping them to secure the champions league last 16 berth as Jurgen Klopp rightly said that it must be save of the season. Virgil Van-Dijk may not be wearing the captain’s arm-band, but The Netherlands centre-back has proved that he’s the leader in this team.
Both altogether cost Liverpool, £142 million to be precise, but it’s investment worth the expenditure. As Jurgen Klopp said about Becker’s massive save against Napoli at Anfield, if he knew that he’s going to be that instrumental, he’d have paid double the amount Napoli get in the deal.
The two young full-backs have done the tremendous job. Both Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have shown the great potential to turn themselves into Europe’s best full-backs.Liverpool’s midfield dynamics are still little shaky but they’ll definitely come to their best as the season grows. And, the attacking trio has almost come near to their best as Mohamed Salah get back into the form.
Liverpool will now be a different beast in both Champions League and Premier League, and we can safely say that a history is into making this season.