LIVERPOOL HAVE A TOP 4 FINISH FIRMLY IN SIGHT as The League becomes Premier again
‘Down but definitely not out’ could be an apt expression to describe Liverpool’s four game losing streak in the Premier League.
In truth, with these four successive defeats, for Liverpool, the Premier League had a new name, ‘League of Misery’.
Having said this, with last night’s triumphant performance, a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, the Merseyside Club managed to arrest their slump. They truly showed that they can be down but never out as a top 4 finish looks more realistic now with a gap of only two points.
Well, just at the right time!
At the opposite spectrum though, unfortunately for The Blades, their woeful run continued with losing 21 out the 26 games contested, sitting at the very bottom with relegation looking all but certain.
So, without further ado, lets dive into the spirted resurgence the Reds showed in coming out tops last night:
A first half of opportunities galore for Liverpool
The Reds started the game with much enthusiasm, creating their first opportunity in just the 10th minute. Roberto Firmino had a clear chance on goal only to be brilliantly denied by outstretched arm of The Blades’ keeper Ramsdale.
A minute later, the keeper again stretched himself, this time making a leap upwards to keep an Andrew Robertson cross out.
Thirty minutes in, Mohamed Salah got a sniff at goal, albeit with his week right foot, though Ramsdale was again more than up to the task keeping the shot out.
Two minutes later, The Blades keeper made another fantastic save, this time to keep Trent Alexander-Arnold at bay.
In the 36th minute, at the opposite end, Sheffield United almost drew first blood when Reds defender Ozan Kabak inadvertently turned the ball beyond keeper Adrian trying to cut out a long pass and as a result inflicted a own-goal.
Thankfully for Liverpool, VAR overturned the decision as The Blades striker, McBurnie made his run a fraction too late to be adjudged off-side.
The Merseyside Club would yet again be denied in the 39th minute, when Wijnaldum’s attempt at goal was also successfully averted by Ramsdale.
As the first 45 ended, Sheffield United were lucky to still be in the contest courtesy a blockathon performance by their keeper who thwarted every Liverpool opportunity.
Opportunities become goals in the second half
Three minutes into the second half, Liverpool made the first kill thanks to a super strike by midfielder, Curtis Jones, who hit the ball neatly into the far corner as he was fed with a delightful cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold who did well to keep the ball in play.
Post-game, Jones dedicated this goal to Liverpool’s main keeper, Alisson who unfortunately couldn’t take the field owing to his father’s tragic demise.
Sadio Mane almost put the Reds two to the good in the 54th minute, albeit the linesman ruling his attempt off-side.
In the 64th minute, Liverpool would make it two, courtesy a brilliant effort by their Brazilian superstar, Roberto Firmino who embarked on a jinking run as his shot was deflected off Blades’ defender Bryan to go straight in beyond the helpless Ramsdale.
Seventy-nine minutes in, Mohamed Salah almost made it three for the Reds as his effort went just wide of goal.
As the curtains drew on the full 90, Liverpool had earned a much-needed victory to keep their next season Champions League hopes alive.
Can the resurgence to salvage a top 4 finish continue?
As a loyal Kopite, I would surely hope so.
With 12 games left in the Premier League, Liverpool need to make each one count as the top 4 finish has to see light of day.
Truth be told, I believe the Reds are too good a team to not be in the Champions League, come the next season.
Also, despite the Premier League title all but lost, may be this year’s Champions League glory still awaits.
And with our injury woes slowly subsiding as James Milner and Naby Kieta were back for this game albeit in reserves and striker, Diogo Jotta also almost fit, my belief certainly soars in this team.
With Chelsea up next at home, its crucial we dethrone them from the number five position in our imminent march to claim our stake in the top 4.
Until then, Dear Reds, with resurgence in your game and belief in my heart, in every step you take ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’
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