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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!’

Majestic Mane scores as a jubilant Anfield roars. Liverpool claim their territory amongst Europe’s elite.

What’s a journey without obstacles?

Well, definitely not a thrilling one. Ask Jurgen Klopp and he will vehemently agree.

Injuries, loss of form, Super League distractions, Liverpool were all but challenged with obstacles galore this season.

Yet despite being faced with adversity that every obstacle orchestrated, The Reds came out stronger each time and never lost sight of the eventual goal, the light at the end of the tunnel, a spot in the 2021-22 Champions League.

Its no surprise, some detractors would have felt there was a time not too long back, Liverpool were in shambles and stood at a point of not even making it to Europa, let alone The Champions League.

In truth I was one among them, but guess what, The Merseyside Club have overcome criticism, lack of form and injuries to rightfully be where they belong, playing amongst the European elite.

This after securing a whopping 26 points from the available 30 in the last ten games, winning eight and drawing two.

Yes, let that sink in!

The latest and last conquest of the season being Crystal Palace, who were beaten 2-0 in front of 10,000 Kopites who flocked Anfield to support Liverpool’s march into Europe.

A brace from Sadio Mane was the key ingredient for the perfect recipe that saw The Reds in their new crimson red jersey get the better of The Eagles on an eighth successive occasion.

So, as Europe is now our calling, lets dive into this historical evening that saw a rampaging performance from The Reds:

An attacking first 45 sees both teams go at it

Liverpool started the game knowing nothing less than a win would see them play European top-flight football next season. They had to be ready.

Well, against expectation the readiness came from the opposite end as Crystal Palace made the first move of the game. Yes, in the 6th minute Andros Townsend curled a free kick over the far top corner as Alisson had to backtrack to tip it over the crossbar.

Liverpool were saved early.

Moments later, Townsend seized on another opportunity, asserting towards the Liverpool goal with his shot going inches wide.

The Reds had to score to stay relevant for Europe, though as things stood, The Eagles looked the more likely side to draw first blood.

I was flabbergasted!

After the initial scare, normalcy would return as The Reds started mounting attacks with Salah hitting his first shot wide.

In the 19th minute, Liverpool almost opened the scoring as Rhys Williams’s header went just inches above the post after the Englishman made no mistake in latching onto Andrew Robertson’s corner.

The Reds would continue to attack as Salah and Robertson created more chances albeit the goal was still not to be found.

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As they say hard work has to pay-off and so it did when The Merseyside Club finally got their first in the 36th minute courtesy Sadio Mane who scrambled a Robertson cross in the back of the Crystal Palace net.

Wasn’t pretty but who cared, till the time Liverpool were well on their way to Europe.

With no further drama, the first half drew to a close.

Liverpool dominate the second half

When other matches also have a consequence on your team’s fortunes, its not the best space to be in.

Yes, was more than keeping a track on what Leicester and Chelsea were up to, and in truth was hoping we could get a second to keep all external forces at bay!

Well, thousand of miles away, The Reds would pay heed to my call.

Liverpool would dominate the second half and the second goal to seal the deal would come in the 74th minute as Salah made the run to the Palace D and fed a mouth-watering pass to an open Mane who made no mistake in slotting it in.

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The brace from the Senegalese had all but confirmed Liverpool’s chances to play European top-flight football.

Jurgen Klopp was ecstatic, so was a jubilant Anfield and most importantly so was I.

The seemingly impossible had just been done!

Liverpool had secured the number three position in the league table as a place in the Champions League 2021-22 was more than assured.

So long Gini!

Yes, one of Liverpool’s most reliable, versatile and resourceful midfielders has decided to make the long walk into the setting sun.

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No, Georginio Wijnaldum is not retiring from club football, but leaving Anfield after spending five magical years with Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League.

Respect to the complete team man who selflessly and untiringly always put the team first in every endeavor he undertook with captaining his side to victory in yesterday’s game, his last outing for The Reds.

Once the European debate was all but settled in the 90, it was so heartwarming to see this dedicated Dutchman get a rising ovation from the Anfield crowd and a guard of honour from his team mates. Emotions soared and rightfully so!

A well-deserved tribute paid to the hardworking and loyal servant for Liverpool.

So long Gini, you truly will be missed!

As I end this article, the last for the season, in this journey filled with obstacles, a team extraordinaire has overcome them all to inspire millions as we bask in the glory amid expectations galore for times to come.

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

Jota fires Liverpool to sixth as Wolves are tamed in their own backyard!

Whilst Anfield continues to haunt the Reds in one of their most uncertain seasons, there is a statistic I would like to share with you. Liverpool might have lost six games on the trot at home, but when it comes to playing away, they have won four out of the last five in the league.

An encouraging stat, isn’t it?

The latest casualty is Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were conquered 1-0 at Molinuex last night, courtesy a solitary strike from Diogo Jota.

A much-needed boost for the Merseyside Club, as they climbed from eighth to sixth in the table.

With this win, Liverpool also stretched their unbeaten run against Wolves to nine games, the joint highest with Brighton who achieved this commendable feat between 1979 – 1989.

So, as the Reds showed some semblance of resurgence in the league, lets dig into how this win came about:

Diogo Jota, the difference maker in the first 45

Wolves started the game aggressively, creating their first opportunity in just the 5th minute. Nelson Semedo drilled an effort at Alisson, who did well to keep the ball out.

Liverpool had one of their own in the 13th minute, as Sadio Mane adeptly beat the Wolves keeper Rui Patricio. However, the Senegalese’s touch forced him wide, giving Wolves’ defence ample time to clear, as the forward’s rebounded effort also didn’t hit the mark.

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The Senegalese had another opportunity to put Reds in front in the 38th minute. His header went just wide of the post after he was fed by a beautiful cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Just before halftime, Wolves squandered two more chances to go one to the good. A free kick was comfortably stopped by Alisson and another effort went wide of goal.

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Liverpool’s time would finally come in the second minute of the additional two. The Portuguese perfectionist, Diogo Jota, slotted one in after it took a deflection off his countryman, Rui Patricio. This after a good interplay between Salah and Mane allowed the Portuguese to get one over his previous club.

As the curtains drew on the first 45, Liverpool were certainly the happier side despite Wolves trying their best to draw first blood.

A second half of chances galore amid no goals

Wolves as in the first 45, started aggressively yet gain as Conor Coady’s header went just above the goal in the 49th minute.

About 15 minutes later, Wolves had another opportunity to draw level, as Traore tested Alisson with a powerful effort, but the Brazilian wall stood firm.

The Reds almost sealed the game in the 80th minute, as Mohamed Salah extracted a good save from the Wolves keeper, who just managed to deflect the Egyptian’s effort wide of goal.

Six minutes later, Salah was sure he made amends for the previous effort, as he slotted the ball in the back of the net only to be adjudged offside.

Liverpool were rather unlucky on this occasion, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lead up effort to feed Salah was worthy of every praise.

A minute later, Wolves were faced with more adversity as their keeper was stretched off the field after a sickening collision with defender Coady in his effort to save Salah’s strike.

As the whistle blew on the final 90, Wolves were dejected on not only losing the game but their keeper too, who unfortunately suffered a head injury courtesy the collision.

A confidence booster for the Reds

As I had mentioned previously, the Reds might not make it to the top four in the league this season, though the Champions League is still very much a possibility to conquer this year and as a result, play next season too.

This win will certainly add to their confidence as Liverpool should now focus on overcoming the next opponent in the Champions League quarterfinal.

So as the draw takes shape on 19th March, its imperative for Klopp and his men to beat all odds to be the numero uno team in Europe.

The Kopite in me just knows the Miracle of Istanbul will happen in 2021. Again!

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