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Leeds United succumb to dominant Liverpool as Salah strikes his 100th league goal!

The mark of any great team is to rise from the depths of ordinary to reach the peaks of sublime.

Well, Liverpool are certainly in the league of the greatest Premier League teams ever, as they rose from a rather ordinary display against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw to a sublime 3-0 whitewash of Leeds United at Elland Road last evening.

A small number of Kopites who made the trip from Liverpool and millions more watching around the world were certainly more than satisfied as the three Reds’ stalwarts in Salah, Fabinho and Mane registered their names on the score sheet.

With this triumph, Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 11 encounters against Leeds having won 8 and drawn 3 with their last loss coming more than two decades back in April 2001 as the Merseyside Maulers were conquered 2-1 at Anfield on that occasion.

Leeds United with this fourth successive loss since the inception of the season have piled up their most miserable campaign in any top-flight competition since 1958-59. Certainly not a good space to be in if you are a Peacocks’ fan.

So, without further ado lets dissect this rather pleasing performance The Reds showed in a game that also saw a red card:

Centurion Mohamed Salah, the difference maker in the first 45

Marcelo Bielsa’s team started this contest as the more assertive side creating their first opportunity on target in just the 4th minute as Rodrigo blasted a straight attempt at Reds’ keeper Alisson who was equal to the shot.

The visitors came back strong after the initial scare as Jota mounted a chance in the 14th minute when the Portuguese took down a Salah pass with his chest and hooked it on the volley to Leeds’ keeper Meslier who did well to take the sting out of the shot.

The momentum for The Reds would finally result in a hurrah in the 20th minute as the enigmatic Egyptian, Mohamed Salah put the visitors in front with a super strike to reach 100 goals in The Premier League after he was fed with a brilliant pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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Liverpool were up by a goal to nil early as the team gathered around the Egyptian to congratulate him on becoming the fifth fastest to reach the century landmark in this competition.

Minutes later Mane had a chance to put the visitors two to the good as his shot went above the post. Liverpool were certainly looking up for this one.

The Reds would continue to dominate the remainder of the first half albeit the second was not to be found much akin to a treasure hunter looking for the elusive treasure only to be disappointed in his excursion at least for the moment.

Fab Fabinho and Majestic Mane seal the deal

As the second 45 began, Liverpool continued their dominance as Mane and Salah both fired their shots wide.

Leeds were lucky not to concede and one could just feel the second goal was around the corner.

Well the goal came in a matter of moments as Fabinho did well to capitalize on a corner from Alexander-Arnold scoring on his second attempt as VAR did check on Sadio Mane being offside albeit the goal was given.

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The Brazilian midfielder had his first for The Reds in 15 months.

Seven minutes later Liverpool were dealt with a destructive blow as their teenage sensation Harvey Elliot was tackled rather roughly by Pascal Struijk who saw a red as the Liverpool midfielder was carried off the field on a stretcher.

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Jurgen Klopp was furious with this tackle and rightfully so!

In time we should know the magnitude of Elliot’s injury and wish him all the best on a speedy recovery.

In the 75th minute, Leeds had a chance to get one back as Bamford’s attempt was saved with much confidence by Alisson.

At the other end, Liverpool would continue their offensive onslaught as Sadio Mane came close to giving The Merseyside Maulers their third, only to be denied by the Leeds keeper.

Alisson again was up to the task in the 83rd minute, keeping a long-range effort out by Bamford jumping high to thwart the ball away.

Liverpool would finally have their third in injury time as Sadio Mane after numerous unsuccessful attempts on goal finally found fulfilment with a super strike on goal after he was fed with a fine pass by Thiago who did well to latch onto a long cross from captain Henderson.

As the referee called time, Liverpool were rightfully anointed as the 3-0 winners.

The winning momentum needs to continue for The Reds

With three wins and one draw so far in the season, The Reds are looking good and need to build on this momentum as the contests will most certainly get tougher in time.

Liverpool should continue to mount those offensive onslaughts and goals will surely become a regular feature in their play as we have seen this far.

The Champions League opener against AC Milan is upon The Reds next in a matter of a few days and nothing short of a win in the opener of Europe’s most prestigious club competition will suffice.

Having said this, make no mistake any Italian opposition is never a cake walk and The Merseyside Maulers will definitely have to bring their A game to the fore amid a 50,000 strong Anfield.

After all, when Kopites roar, Liverpool soar.

 ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Spirited 10-man Chelsea hold Liverpool to a draw at Anfield amid flaring tempers!

Pitted as a must watch clash of the titans, Anfield was rather disappointed with the final outcome as 10-man Chelsea did well to keep Liverpool at bay in a 1-1 draw despite the relentless attacking intent shown by The Reds.

Surely, Thomas Tuchel’s side would have been the happier of the two teams despite losing their right back, Reece James to a red at the stroke of half-time and still holding their own in the second to see out a draw which in-truth seemed almost an away win for them.

Testament to their coming of age under the German!

Truth be told, this clash wasn’t only about on-field performance albeit also of raging tempers on either side when Reece James received the red having controversially kept the ball out with his hand which was headed into the back of the net and Salah scored as a result with the spot-kick.

Chelsea were surely unhappy with the decision and it showed as keeper Mendy kicked the ball away when Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson went to collect it after Salah’s penalty thereby resulting in a heated exchange between the two as their respective team members came in to diffuse the situation.

Having said this, on a more positive note for all Liverpool fans, despite this 1-1 draw, The Merseyside Maulers still continued their unabated run of not losing a single game in their last 13 league encounters having won 10 and drawn 3.

So, without further ado lets dissect this fixture that saw the small section of Blues supporters certainly being the happier bunch amid the sea of Red at Anfield:

Spoils are shared in the first 45 amid drama galore

Liverpool started the game as the more dominant of the two teams with their first chance coming in just the 4th minute as a sloppy display from Kai Havertz saw Salah get the ball and he in turn passed it to young Harvey Elliot whose strike went just inches off-target.

The Reds would continue to build attacks with a second chance coming in the 10th minute as Henderson volleyed the ball off-target with his first touch from a sumptuous Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.

Liverpool certainly looked up for this contest albeit much to their dismay, the opposition drew first blood when Kai Havertz loopy header found the back of the Liverpool net from a James corner in the 22nd minute. Truth be told, The Reds defence was in sixes and sevens as The German was given ample space to conveniently head the ball that beat keeper Alisson.

Chelsea led Liverpool by a goal to nil as the Kop and more importantly all of Anfield was in shock!

A comeback was more than the need of the hour.

Well, the comeback came in injury time as Mane’s strike was blocked by Reece James as the ball bounced of his leg inevitably onto his hand as it was going in.

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The result, a penalty as VAR asked the referee to decide by looking at the pitch side monitor and Chelsea’s misery soared further after James was also shown the Red as a deliberate attempt to keep the ball out with his hand.

The Blues were furious amid the rather controversial decision and Mohamed Salah made no mistake in drawing The Reds level with his 99th Premier League goal.

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As the first half ended there were ill-fated temper tussles between both the teams which also saw Blues’ defender Rudiger and keeper Mendy get a yellow.

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Mendy keeps Liverpool’s attacking threats at bay in the second half

Having been reduced to 10-men and also scarred with two yellow cards, Chelsea as the second half began were all but emotionally drained. One would have expected Liverpool to capitalize on this situation and mount further misery on The Blues.

Well, The Reds certainly tried with mounting 24 shots with 7 of them being on target albeit Chelsea stood strong to keep the Merseyside Maulers at bay.

Liverpool had their first chance of the second half in the 51st minute with Jota’s header going just inches above the goal.

Minutes later keeper Mendy did well to keep a long Virgil Van Dijk shot out along with also standing tall to thwart Fabinho and Robertson’s efforts.

Truth be told, Liverpool were getting frustrated having not mounted a second despite having one additional player on the field.

As time went on so did Liverpool’s desperation to score with missing two more chances in the last 10 minutes as Jota and Salah were also denied by Mendy.

The Chelsea keeper had done fantastically well to deny Liverpool who had chances aplenty as the referee called time.

For a neutral and the small group of Chelsea fans at Anfield, this was almost a win for The Blues as they took an important point from this away fixture.

Not a dent but a learning for The Reds

For Jurgen Klopp and his team this draw which could easily have been a win as Chelsea were demoralized, being down to 10-men should not be seen as a dent but a learning.

Learning to capitalize better on opportunities when you have the opposition down and deflated.

Having said this Liverpool did try and had it not been for the stupendous efforts of Blues’ keeper Mendy, The Reds surely would have had a second.

Despite the draw, The Reds still sit pretty on third in the league table with seven important points and surely would hope for nothing less than a win when they lock horns with Leeds United next in the league before opening their European campaign against the Italian force A.C. Milan.

The season is still very open and all for Liverpool to make their own.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

In a game where offside decisions rule out goals, Liverpool still reign supreme!

As a new season entered the red walls of Anfield, more than 50,000 Kopites made the Mecca of Reds football their own after 528 days of gloom to witness Liverpool record their second successive hurrah.

The team at the receiving end was a spirited Burnley who more than put up a fight to give The Merseyside Maulers a run for their money in a score line which finally skewed towards The Reds by a margin of two goals.

Make no mistake, such was the determination, The Clarets demonstrated when they almost had one back had the referee not adjudged Ashley Barnes offside in the beginning of the second half.

Speaking about offside decisions, Liverpool themselves were at the receiving end of one when Salah thought he had got Liverpool a second in the first-half albeit VAR ruled otherwise.

Surely a game that would have seen a score line of 3-1 in Liverpool’s favour had offside decisions not ruled out two goals. Well such is football and rules are rules!

On a brighter side this was the seventh consecutive victory for Liverpool in the Premier League including the last season. To put things into perspective before these seven successive wins, in their 20 previous games, The Reds only managed to win 7, draw 5 and lose 8.

These seven successive hurrahs also served as their longest winning run since February 2020, when they won 18 in a row.

Certainly, The Reds are on the rise. Again!

So, without further ado lets dissect this intriguing fixture that saw Liverpool come on top though not as convincingly as their first outing:

Diogo Jota shows his value on a second successive occasion

Burnley started the contest as the more assertive of the two teams with almost going into the lead in the 4th minute courtesy McNeil whose effort was barely kept out by Trent Alexander Arnold on the goal line as keeper Alisson had already committed himself to keep striker Wood at bay.

Post the move, the referee raised the flag to adjudge Wood offside, the first in the game that would see two more goals denied courtesy the flag.

Liverpool were lucky to survive the initial scare!

As they say it’s the survival of the fittest and The Reds more than showed why with a fitting header by Diogo Jota that put the home side in front in the 18th minute after the Portuguese did well to latch on to a Tsimikas cross much to the delight of a lively Kop and an energetic Anfield.

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Minutes later Burnley managed another strike on goal only to be denied by Alisson. The Clarets were certainly up for the contest despite Liverpool drawing first blood.

Well, the home team in a matter of moments had a second albeit this would be the first goal to be denied by the flag. The perpetrator was Mohamed Salah by just barely having a foot over the line after he was brilliantly served by young Reds midfielder, Harvey Elliot.

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With no further drama the first half came to a finish as the score read Liverpool 1 – 0 Burnley.

Sadio Mane comes to the party

The second half much like the first saw Burnley assert their dominance as Ashley Barnes scored in the first minute to put the visitors’ level or at least he thought he did before the flag went up again. The second insistence where the flag was raised and the goal was denied.

The Clarets surely felt unlucky and Liverpool relieved!

A second was the need of the hour for the home team to put the game beyond the visitors as the eleven players in Red and the 50,000 + supporters all but seemed to tilt towards a certain sense of edginess.

The person to calm the nerves had to be one from Liverpool’s Big 3 and thankfully this time it was the Senegalese superstar, Sadio Mane who got his first of the season to join his compatriots Salah and Firmino on the goal scoring list.

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The Senegalese after being kept out by the Pope of Burnley on two previous attempts finally beat the keeper with a hammer of a shot as he capitalized on an opportunity created through a brilliant interplay between Elliot and Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool had sealed the deal with this strike.

The final score read Liverpool 2 – 0 Burnley as the home team recorded a perfect 6 points from their first two outings much to the delight of an ecstatic Anfield.

An enthralling contest with Chelsea awaits

While wins over Norwich City and Burnley are as important as they come to open the season on a high, truth be told the game of gigantic proportions which surely will test the metal of the team in red is the one next.

Chelsea, the champions of Europe under Thomas Tuchel seem a much-rejuvenated side and will be more than eager to bring the mother of all fights to Anfield.

Having said this, make no mistake, Liverpool will be ready as The Blues will not only face the eleven men on the field but also the 50,000 strong army cheering from the stands. And yes the millions supporting from all corners of the globe too.

A clash of two German geniuses in the offering. I surely hope the one with The Reds prevails!

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Focused Liverpool begin their campaign with much belief as they take Norwich City to the cleaners!

On a day when the Red Devils played like the Manchester United of old thumping Leeds United 5-1 courtesy a Bruno Fernandes’ hattrick and a clinical Chelsea put Crystal Palace to rest with relative ease in a 3-0 score line, Liverpool had much pressure to live up to the magic created by their compatriots, the members of the Big 6 in the league.

Well, when you talk pressure to Liverpool, one must understand that it serves not as a taboo albeit a motivation to The Merseyside Maulers as they too started their campaign much like their peers with a focused and purposeful annihilation of Norwich City in a 3-0 score line amid a group of Kopites vehemently cheering for their side at Carrow Road, the home stadium of The Canaries.

With this win, The Reds also recorded their eighth successive away win over Norwich City, equaling a record set by a Reds team of the bygone era against West Brom from 1983 to 2009.

The cherry on the cake for me though was Liverpool’s envious record of winning eight of the last nine fixtures on matchday 1 with five out of six coming under the able guidance of our German GOD, Jurgen Klopp.

So, as my heart fills with pride galore to see my team start with such belief and set records second to none, lets dissect this astute annihilation of Norwich City last evening:

Jota scores the season opener for The Reds

The evening began with a series of things being back.

The League was back, so were the fans and most importantly so was Norwich City from relegation as the contest started amid a Carrow Road packed to the rafters.

Liverpool asserted their dominance from the word go as Trent Alexander Arnold in just the 11th minute curled a great cross from a corner, which was passed by Naby Kieta to Diogo Jota whose header was barely kept out by the Norwich keeper, Tim Krul.

Norwich were lucky to not be down this early in the game!

The Canaries minutes later created a chance of their own through a Pukki shot on goal which was ably kept out by keeper Alisson.

The Reds with their relentless assault would finally go one to the good as their Portuguese sensation, Diogo Jota skittled in the strike after he was ably fed by none other than the Egyptian magician, Mohamed Salah through an adept touch.

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Twenty-Six minutes in and the away team had put the home team and their fans in a state of sorrow.

With no further twists, the referee called time on the half as Liverpool led the home side by a goal to nil.

Firmino and Salah sink The Canaries further

The second half began much to the same tune as the first, with a Liverpool assault all but denting Norwich as a second goal came courtesy the brave Brazilian, Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool’s no. 9 came on as a substitute for Jota and in just his fourth minute fired The Reds two to the good thanks to a brilliant interplay between the famed trio of Liverpool in Salah, Mane and Firmino with the Egyptian giving the final pass to the Brazilian as he put the ball in the back of the Norwich net.

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The move was simply stunning!

The Canaries would be dented even further, this time at the hands of Mohamed Salah in the 74th minute as he made no mistake slotting the ball in the back of the net from the edge of the box after a false Gibson clearance came straight to him from a Liverpool corner.

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The match by now was all but out of Norwich City’s grasp as the handful of Kopites in the stadium cheered their team on.

As the referee called time on the 90, contrasting emotions engulfed Carrow Road with everyone in Red rosily celebrating and the overwhelming majority in green and yellow feeling rather overwhelmed.

The final score read Norwich City 0 – 3 Liverpool.

A bright start should serve as much fodder for a fruitful season ahead

A bright start, a steady build in and a great finish go a long way to make a team bask in the success of winning consistently.

Well, Liverpool have certainly started the season on a high and I surely hope they continue the momentum as they now lock horns with Burnley next weekend, followed by the big one against The Blues.

A match of epic proportions if you’re a Kopite or a supporter of Chelsea.

Make no mistake, consistency in performance will be the mantra to success.

To conclude this article, which showcases a performance that has filled my soul with solace, I would just say in every journey that you undertake my Dear Reds, millions of Kopites around the world much like me continue to support you unconditionally with piles of passion.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Premier League 2021-22: Are Liverpool ready to cement their status among the elites of England Again?

Welcome to that time of the year, when the pilgrims of English football will march to their holy places of worship to offer prayers to their favourite Gods as another season of the Premier League beckons.

The 2021-22 season commences this weekend with not only supporters in England flocking to stadiums, but billions more around the world will once again enthusiastically sit in front of their TV sets to vehemently support their teams.

The banter will also be back, which I hope is only healthy and nothing else!

Amid these exciting times, is a team which was languishing in the bottom half of the top 10 mid-season in the last Premier League campaign. Having suffered a massive blow of not having its best defenders available, Liverpool still did the impossible of winning 26 out of the final available 30 points to cement a place among the European elite by finishing third.

With youngsters, the likes of Phillips and Williams giving it their all and keeper Alisson scoring an important goal in injury time to keep Liverpool relevant in the hunt for the Champions League, could one have expected anything less?

Certainly not! Kudos to Liverpool for this fantastic showing to end the last season on a high!

Having already cemented their place among the elites of Europe for the upcoming Champions League, are the resolute Reds ready to be among the best in England at the onset of the new domestic season?

Well, as a die-hard Kopite my answer is an overwhelming yes!

Virgil, the vigilante of our defence is back!

Its been almost 10 months since we have seen the prize of Liverpool’s defence, Virgil Van Dijk, take the field for a competitive game. Having suffered a knee ligament injury against Merseyside rivals, Everton on October 17th last year, the Red wall has since been out of commission.

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Well, that’s in the past, as the Dutch vigilante is back and fit as ever to patrol our defence and negate the best of attacking threats come the start of this season. Giving him support will also be a fit again Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

The Reds have also signed the young French sensation, Ibrahima Konate for a whopping 66 million USD from RB Leipzig, the only acquisition of the pre-season to further spruce up the defence.

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The wingers in Trent Alexander-Arnold and the recently injured Andrew Robertson, who is expected to be fit soon, will also add the much-needed sheen to make our defence well-rounded.

With an assured midfield in captain Henderson, the Spanish sensation Thiago and the barbaric Brazilian, Fabianho to match a forward line boasting one of the best trios in English football in Salah, Mane and Firmino and the ever-improving Diogo Jotta, the Reds certainly look to have all bases covered.

And last but not the least, the cherry on the cake is our keeper, the ever-reliable Alisson Becker.

So, with a team as strong as this, Liverpool certainly appears to be one of the favorites’ heading into the new season with the nucleus remaining largely the same and most importantly personnel consistency being maintained.

The master tactician, Jurgen Klopp will be the backbone of this team

They say a team is as good as its Manager.

For me, if you have a manager like Jurgen Klopp, the astute German tactician who will now be in his seventh season at Anfield, it surely doesn’t get better.

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Be it winning the Champions League in 2018-19 season or the Premier League in the 2019-20 season after an astounding gap of 30 years or getting an under-par Reds to number three in the last season when few expected, is testament to his commitment to make this team soar in the face of adversity.

His humility matched with the ability to get the best out of this team is the perfect mantra for success as the daunting task of keeping Liverpool consistent in performances over the entirety of the next season will be all for him to conquer.

Add to this, the expectations of the effervescent Kopites and Jurgen certainly would have a lot on his plate!

When Anfield in unison roars, Liverpool soars!

The biggest arsenal in Liverpool’s armory will be their fans.

Amid a long gap of having to see their blooming stars perform only on television, the tides have finally turned and the fans will be back in the stadium.

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A packed Anfield and more importantly a noisy Kop most certainly will serve as a reliable and motivational 12th man for The Reds to play their best football.

Add to that millions more cheering from every corner of the globe, me included, The Merseyside Club will have all the support they need to make this season their own.

Surely nothing less than a numero uno finish will suffice my Dear Liverpool, starting with beating Norwich City this Saturday.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Awesome Alisson rescues Liverpool with a historic header. European dream lives on!

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Liverpool have certainly been faced with desperate times, needing an all-important winner against West Brom yesterday, to stay relevant for European top-flight football next season.

Salah, Firmino, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold and Thiago all tried, albeit as was the will of God, an unlikely hero surfaced to keep The Reds’ European dream alive. That’s right, the desperate measure was our Brazilian Dark Knight, Alisson Becker.

When the going got tough, Alisson got going and reached the opposition D to head in a historic winner seconds before the close. The first goal ever scored by a Liverpool keeper in the club’s 129-year history.

So momentous is this feat as the Brazilian joined a rare and rather esteemed club of only five keepers in the history of the Premier League who have inflicted a goal on their opposition.

Truly, awe-inspiring as The Reds in the most unique fashion scripted a much-needed win with the final score line – West Brom 1 – 2 Liverpool.

So, as my heart beats with excitement let’s dissect the game that had the most thrilling climax seen in the recent past:

Spoils shared in the first 45

Before this game began, The Baggies were already in the relegation zone, but the intensity they showed suggested otherwise.

Fifteen minutes in and Robson-Kanu put the home side in front. The Welshman burst down the right channel and reached Pereira’s pass to calmly slot the ball past Alisson in the far bottom corner.

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Make no mistake, West Brom were more than up for this contest as Liverpool were rocked early.

Post the goal, Albion beefed up their defence to put more pressure on The Reds’ offensive play with six players guarding their territory. The challenge to break West Brom’s stringent defence was tough.

Well, when tough is the scenario, who other than Liverpool’s magician can make the play? Mohamed Salah slotted one in when Liverpool took a free-kick quickly, as Sadio Mane laid off a pass to the Egyptian just outside the D.

Salah’s curl in the top far left of the net was more than clinical as 33 minutes in, the score was level at one apiece.

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The Egyptian stood level with Tottenham star, Harry Kane at 22 goals each in the race for the golden boot.

The spoils were shared as the curtains drew on the first 45.

Alisson Becker, Liverpool’s unlikely hero

The second 45 was about Liverpool’s offensive threats and West Brom’s counter set pieces. Practically every Reds player tried to get the all-important winner albeit as destiny would have it they were all kept at bay.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago came closest to putting The Reds in front with Albion’s keeper Johnstone more than being up to the task. As time moved on and the finish was fast approaching, my heart rate went up by leaps and bounds to not see the much-needed winner. Yet!

The situation was tense as Liverpool’s hope of the European dream were fast fading. The final 90 drew to a close and the referee signaled for five added minutes. The Reds still hadn’t found the answer.

As the clock struck the fifth minute of injury time, The Merseyside Club won their last corner of the match. A do or die situation as the Gods of Europe looked down on The Midlands. Such was the desperation that keeper Alisson Becker also came in the West Brom D to try his luck.

Trent Alexander-Arnold fired the cross and a person in a black shirt rose amid a sea of players to fire a header that went in the back of the Albion net.

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For a moment, I was spell-bound and didn’t know what had happened till I realised, the players in red had gathered around this person in black and were celebrating in unison. Alisson Becker had scored to win it for Liverpool, momentous as it was, tears of joy poured down my eyes.

The feeling was simply wow!

The European dream gets ever closer

Thanks to the injury time win yesterday, our European dream is now just two games away.

It is important we keep our focus on winning against Burnley and Crystal Palace and hope one of Chelsea or Leicester will falter as they play each other next.

My Dear Reds, just keep the next wins more certain than dragging it to the last minute. Sensitive hearts can’t take too much pounding.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

First the fans, now Liverpool – Old Trafford’s storm of misery continues!

It’s been almost two weeks to this day that a group of United loyalists had taken Old Trafford under siege, wrecking a storm of misery on the spiritual home of football in Manchester.

The result, the game against their fiercest rivals, Liverpool was postponed.

Well, the fixture that epitomizes English football finally got underway yesterday as Old Trafford’s storm of misery soared further, this time by a splendid, determined and clinical performance by The Reds.

A performance akin to a sage finding salvation!

Yes, that’s right, Liverpool not only beat United yesterday but created the perfect emotional storm of inflicting mayhem in the hearts of every Manchester United supporter with a whopping 4-2 score line.

You read that right, 4-2!

A more gratifying statistic though for me was with this unfavourable result, The Red Devils’ enviable record of losing just one game in the last fifteen against Liverpool at home suffered a massive dent.

Possibly one to their mammoth ego too!

So, as The Merseyside Club further cemented their claim on a top 4 finish, lets dissect this rather calamitous night if you’re a United fan:

Roberto Firmino, the difference maker in the first 45

Manchester United were the brighter of the two teams as the contest began with Edinson Cavani pouncing on a poor pass out of the box by keeper Alisson albeit hitting it wide.

Moments later, The Red Devils would go one to the good when their Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes fired a shot which took a deflection off Liverpool’s Nat Philips to go right in.

Liverpool’s moment of misfortune resulted in United’s moment of magic.

Twenty-Seven minutes in, Phillips almost made amends for his earlier debacle when he was brought down by Bailly inside the United D with the referee pointing to the spot. After checking on the pitch side monitor through VAR consultation, he reversed his decision.

This was the motivation Liverpool needed as they started an offensive onslaught with Diogo Jota coming extremely close to equalize minutes later.

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The goal would finally come for The Reds when in the 34th minute, Jota backheeled the ball that beat keeper Henderson to go straight into the United goal. This after Phillips was the architect beating two defenders and going for goal, though the ball went towards the Portuguese forward who pounced on the opportunity to draw Liverpool level.

The Merseyside Club would score another as their Brazilian man, Bobby Firmino finally registered his name on the scoring sheet in injury time showing no mercy on the Red Devils after he headed a fine cross from Trent Alexander Arnold in the United net.

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The score at half-time read Manchester United 1 – 2 Liverpool

Polar opposite emotions, one red with anger, the other red with joy!

Mohamed Salah seals the deal for The Reds

As the second half began, Bobby would have his brace as he capitalized on a rebound off Dean Henderson after the United keeper saved Alexander Arnold’s first effort.

Liverpool were over the moon with a two-goal cushion.

Moments later The Reds almost went three to the good, as Diogo Jota’s effort hit the post. United were spared the blushes.

The tale of twists would continue as Marcus Rashford, the star of English football reduced the deficit in the 68th minute after he made no mistake, slotting in a majestic pass from Cavani.

The margin had reduced to 3-2. The United supporters thought they had a chance.

Well, just before the final whistle, my moment of true delight would come as the dream, the chance, the opportunity that every United supporter felt they had was ruthlessly shattered by the best Liverpool has to offer, a man called Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian made a magnificent run from midfield after United lost the ball to truly seal the deal for the Reds with the fourth and final nail in the coffin.

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A God sent gift if you are a Liverpool supporter as Salah slotted his 21st goal of the season to share the golden boot with Harry Kane as things stand.

Jurgen Klopp was emotionally charged, so were the players and most of all so was I.

My team had beaten their fiercest rivals on their own turf after an astounding gap of seven years dating back to March, 2014.

The European Equation is as simple as it gets

Liverpool need to win the final three fixtures and hope either of Leicester or Chelsea falter.

The Foxes and The Blues play each other next, with one of them bound to fade which strengthens our claim.

An equation as simple as that and we are in The Champions League next season.

Truth be told, what gives me hope is the resurgence in form we have shown at the right time, which should put us in a good space to beat the lesser teams in West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace.

That shall definitely happen in time, as for now, let’s just bask in the glory of beating our biggest enemy!

Be proud my Dear Reds, be very proud for what you’ve done will make us savour this special moment till the end of time.

‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Uninspiring Liverpool squander yet another lead

Uninspiring, a word that would get me crucified had I used it for the current champions enroute to them marching towards the title at this time last season. The title by now in 2019-20 was pretty much in our grasp!

Well, as things stand in the 2020-21 campaign, our fortunes have taken a 180 degree turn, as we continue to loiter in sixth, with a chance at Europe’s premier tournament next season looking all but over.

This thanks to a disappointing 1-1 excursion against yet another lower ranked team in Newcastle.

This also after squandering the lead like we did in the previous game against Leeds United.

So, amid games that should be conquests but result in despair, I would have to call our performance all but uninspiring.

What further fuels my wrath is the fact that Liverpool have squandered 13 points from winning positions this season, two more than they had done in their last two campaigns combined.

Yes, you read this right!

So amid sinking hearts, lets dive into another Liverpool performance that was anything but inspiring at Anfield:

Amid chances aplenty, The Reds only manage a solitary goal

In just the 3rd minute, Liverpool drew first blood courtesy a brilliant strike by Mohamed Salah who took his tally to 20 goals in the Premier League this season. He adeptly controlled a cross from Sadio Mane that deflected off a Newcastle defender and made no mistake in slotting it in.

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I was thrilled with the opening hurrah and felt this was just the start in a game in which the Reds would inflict misery galore on their opponents. Well, little did I know then, that misery would eventually beset itself upon me!

The signs started immediately after as Liverpool managed four clear chances on goal amid not converting even one. It seemed the finishing just wasn’t there by the fabulous four in Salah, Mane, Firmino and Jota, as Jurgen Klopp started with this offensive quartet in the need to mount goals.

As the referee called time on the first 45, the score should have been much more in Liverpool’s favour than just 1-nil.

VAR or not, The Magpies salvage a point

Newcastle almost got the equaliser in no time in the second half. Joelinton was played though on goal and tried to flick the ball past Alisson, but the Brazilian made a great save to keep Liverpool afloat.

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The Reds on the opposite end had two great chances to go two the good, but Firmino and Salah weren’t able to convert. Much like the first 45, the story of Liverpool’s failure to not capitalise on great opportunities continued.

Well, this wasn’t the case with the Magpies as they got the equalizer in injury time courtesy Wilson’s effort albeit VAR ruling it differently when the striker had hand-balled attempting to convert the rebound off Alisson.

A profound sense of deflation engulfed Newcastle though they immediately made amends through Willock who slotted the ball into the back of the net after he was ably supported by a Gayle cross.

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Newcastle had turned their deflation into ecstasy by grabbing the all-important point at Anfield.

Liverpool on the other hand were robbed of the much-needed win yet again.

With no Super League, Liverpool still look determined to miss next year’s European showpiece

John W Henry, the owner of Liverpool might still have his wish albeit not in a happy way.

Why do I say this?

Well, almost a week to date, when he gave his nod to the demonic Super League, he knew as a result his team would have to let go on their participation in the Champions League next season.

Money over football and fans!

Well, Thank God, that didn’t happen albeit what’s happening right now isn’t any better. Currently, as things stand, Liverpool still look determined to be all but out of the European showpiece, not basis his decision but their deteriorating form.

That’s right, with performances against lower ranked teams in Leeds and Newcastle, that were anything but triumphs who would expect them to be in the Top 4?

I certainly don’t. And I say this with a sinking heart that’s filled with wrath and tears.

Though, this season looks all but over, I would still urge you Liverpool to show some metal in what remains as ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

A late Leeds strike keeps Liverpool’s top 4 ambitions at bay!

Before we get into dissecting Liverpool’s performance against Leeds United, let me make my stand very clear on the proposed European Super League.

For me, this tournament is nothing more than a financial evil that’s plaguing Europe. It’s sole purpose is to quench the monetary thirst of the owners of the 12 clubs that are working towards its inception.

Unfortunately, Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool, are also party to this evil.

If this tournament does see the light of day, the UEFA Champions League, an initiative which showcases Europe’s best slugging it out, with a part of the monies earned, ploughed towards the development of the game, will just be a shadow of itself.

Believe me, it will be a sad day for European football!

Anyway, coming back to the game last night, I was rather hopeful the Reds would surely extract a win albeit to my dismay which If I may add has been happening far too often, we witnessed a 1-1 draw.

Yes, had Liverpool won this bout, they would be right up there on number 4 in the League table, as West Ham had lost their last game and Chelsea are yet to play.

Well, this was just hope and something far from reality!

So, with yet another disappointing result for millions of Kopites, me included, lets dive into how The Whites salvaged a point at Elland Road!

Sadio Mane finally gets it right

Yes, the Senegalese ended his goal drought of not scoring in nine top flight games, his longest ever for the Reds when he slotted one home in the 31st minute.

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This after receiving a terrific cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made a fantastic run to get to Diogo Jota’s long through ball.

Liverpool were one-nil up, and rather lucky to survive an early scare from Leeds midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, who pounced on an error from Fabinho, but couldn’t find the right finish.

With no further drama, the first 45 came to an end.

Diego Llorente rescues Leeds United

As the second half began, Liverpool had opportunities to double their lead. Leeds’ keeper though, Illan Meslier being more than up to the task to keep Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and substitute Mohamed Salah at bay.

The drama would happen at the other end, though, with persistent offensive threats from the Whites.

Leeds threw the kitchen sink at Liverpool, with a shot from Patrick Bamford striking the cross bar and Alisson somehow managing to keep a close-range effort from Tyler Roberts out.

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The hosts would finally have their chance three minutes to time as Harrison bent in a beautiful cross to Diego Llorente who strategically got himself between defender Ozan Kabak and Firmino to head the ball home six yards out.

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This was the centre back’s first goal for his team and in truth couldn’t have come at a better time.

Leeds United had equalised, much to Liverpool’s disappointment, as the 90 ended.

Don’t have much to say to you Reds going forward

Well, there is a reason I write this.

If the Reds can’t capitalise in games against opponents ranked lower than them, I seriously don’t have much to say.

These are wins that can see us in the top 4, provided we want to be there.

Next up, Newcastle at Anfield, and it’s anyone’s guess what can we expect.

If that’s a victory, I would be pleasantly surprised.

Until then, my Dear Reds, in times when you have soared or unpleasantly with performances going south made us bored, as a loyal Kopite, I will always say ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

Jota and Salah boost Liverpool’s top four ambitions in win over Arsenal

Liverpool, a team of champions showcasing performances not worthy enough to be spoken in the same breath.

Yes, such has been their run this season in the Premier League, with rapidly changing colours of form that would put a chameleon to shame.

Six consecutive defeats at home, unheard of. Last six wins, all away from home. First time since August 1955. Again unheard of.

Not the records the Liverpool faithful would have imagined during the inception of this season.

Well, football, as life is surprising to say the least and the performance we witnessed last night was rather pleasant as Liverpool annihilated the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates.

This courtesy the heroic efforts of a rising sensation, Diogo Jota and the experience of the effervescent magician, Mohamed Salah.

With this defeat, Arsenal’s misery soared further as they succumbed to their seventh loss against the Reds in the last twelve games, with four draws and just a solitary win.

So, as the Merseyside Club challenges yet again for a top four finish, let’s dig into how this win came about:

Liverpool begin the first 45 with much positivity

Just fifteen minutes into the game, Liverpool created their first opportunity with a Fabinho attempt on goal that just went inches wide of the post as the Brazilian went for glory 30 yards out.

Minutes later, Sadio Mane attempted a header on target which was comfortably grasped by Bernd Leno, Arsenal’s man in goal.

Roberto Firmino created Liverpool’s third opportunity in the 30th minute as he curled one on goal, albeit the ball going a tad wide of the post.

James Milner had a beautiful chance to put the Reds in front in the 35th minute after he was fed with a mouth-watering cross from Trent Alexander Arnold.

But, his attempt went wide of target. In truth, Liverpool’s captain was a bit unlucky as this should have been the opener.

As the referee called time on the first 45, the Reds were all over the Gunners whose arsenal ran all but barren.

Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah, the difference makers in the second 45

Such was Liverpool’s dominance in play that Arsenal had their first attempt on goal after almost an hour into the game. Cedric induced a rather comfortable save from Alisson.

Jurgen Klopp was impressed with his side’s attacking flair and went for more offence as he brought Diogo Jota in place of defender Andrew Robertson in the 61st minute. The move immediately payed dividends, as the Portuguese headed the ball in from a Trent Alexander Arnold cross.

The substitution was a master stroke as Liverpool led 1 nil.

In a matter of moments, the Reds soared two to the good as Liverpool’s Egyptian magician, Mohamed Salah, cut in from the right, beat defender Gabriel and slid the ball under Leno from six yards out.

The Egyptian artist almost got his second in the 74th minute as he was fed with a perfect ball through from Firmino albeit Leno doing well to charge out and save the attempt.

Liverpool finally had their third as Jota struck a brace in the 82nd minute when he pounced on the loose ball in the D and fired straight in the Arsenal net.

As the clock struck the final 90, Arsenal were rather lucky to only be inflicted with three and thanked the heavens to finally be put out of their misery.

The Reds were simply fantastic on this night.

A top four finish looks realistic again

With two consecutive triumphs against Wolves and Arsenal and trailing Chelsea who are fourth on the table only by two points, it’s with more than just hope. I say Liverpool do have a realistic chance of aspiring for next year’s Champions League.

What further fuels my expectation for the Reds is the fact that in the eight games left for them this season, they only have one against a higher rank side in Manchester United.

The rest are possible victories and with the form shown yesterday, Old Trafford could also end up shedding a tear or two.

So, with this exhilarating performance that certainly has their confidence soaring, the Reds now march to Santiago Bernabeu. The fortress of Real Madrid, in the business end of the Champions League.

One question that beckons, would the Red arrow be enough to destroy Madrid?

Well, why not? As Klopp and his men could certainly paint this town red!

Until then, with success in every endeavor and confidence by our side, we say with much pride: ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’

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