Liverpool soar to a much-needed win, Anfield blushes yet again!
Clinical. Charismatic. Comfortable
For me, these three adjectives are the apt descriptors to define Liverpool’s complete performance at Anfield last evening to inflict a 2-0 defeat on Southampton. It was a measure of revenge after losing 1-0 in the reverse fixture to show a resurgence at home.
Anfield is certainly blushing with redness as Liverpool have won two out of their last three games at home. This comes after putting a much-needed end to the sorrow-filled six winless games on the trot.
The cherry on the cake, with this win, is that The Reds are now unbeaten in seven home games on the go against The Saints, winning 5 and drawing 2. Certainly, increasing the redness in the Anfield blush. So as my heart fills with delight, lets dissect this well-earned victory for the Merseyside Club:
Sadio Mane wrecks Southampton early
To see Fabinho back in midfield was a welcome dose of positivity for me, as Jurgen Klopp fielded two youngsters in defence in Nathaniel Philips and Rhy Williams. This complemented the experienced duo of Robertson and Alexander Arnold on the flanks.
Liverpool started brightly when just in the 10thminute, Trent Alexander-Arnold fired a direct pass to Sadio Mane, as the Senegalese’s effort went just over the crossbar.
Eight minutes later, Mohamed Salah created Liverpool’s second chance to extract a good save from Southampton keeper, Fraser Forster. The Reds were certainly looking up for this one, as they were denied yet again in the 26th minute when a Wijnaldum header hit the crossbar.
Minutes later, against the run of play, Southampton made a concerted effort on the Liverpool goal as Reds’ keeper Alisson did well to deny Adams first and then Redmond who picked up the pieces from the first strike to mount a second attempt on goal.
Normalcy would be back as Liverpool with their attacking intent would finally go one up in the 30th minute through a Sadio Mane header after the Senegalese was fed by a good cross from Mohamed Salah.
Southampton were wrecked, thanks to the back in form Liverpool No.10. Not to take the early setback lying down, The Saints created another opportunity moments before the first half ended, with a Tella header on goal that was comfortably pouched by Alisson.
As the curtains drew on the action packed first 45, The Reds were certainly the happier of the two teams, being marginally in front with both the goalkeepers have a rather tough workman like day.
Thiago finally has one for The Reds
Southampton were the more assertive side in the second half as they almost drew level in the 70th minute with a strong strike from Diallo. Luckily for Liverpool, Alisson managed to tip the ball over in the nick of time.
Six minutes later, the Brazilian almost dug his own grave, erroneously giving the ball to a Southampton player while clearing and was rather fortunate enough to spare his own blushes.
On the opposite end, in a matter of minutes, a jubilant Mane would have a brace only to realize he was adjudged offside. Jubilation quickly changed to dejection.
The home team would eventually have their second in injury time, courtesy a terrific strike from their Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who got his maiden goal from just outside the D giving Forster no chance.
Truth be told, as the 90 came to an end, an ocean of ecstasy engulfed me with tides of relief.
Yes, victory was ours to cherish.
The European dream is distant, but not over
With this win, a top 4 finish is still on the cards for Liverpool as two other encouraging results have helped our cause.
That’s right, fourth placed Leicester went down to Newcastle and sixth placed Tottenham were toppled by Leeds.
As a result, we have moved up a place to sixth in the table and only trail fourth placed Foxes by six points with an additional game in hand.
Yes, the postponed fixture against Manchester United is rescheduled in the coming week provided the boisterous Red Devils’ supporters do not take Old Trafford under siege. Again!
Well, we will just have to wait and see.
Keep the momentum going and the results flowing my beloved Liverpool as ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’
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