Saturday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace is Riposte which is perfect for those who do not believe Jurgen Klopp has a lot of quality in reserves as its main rival
There was no Trent Alexander-Arnold, not Andy Robertson, no Joel Matip.
No problem, as far as Liverpool concerning.
Jurgen Klopp’s man returned to the familiar area. At the top Premier League, the winning game and remind the world that those who have written them from the title competition this season are better than thinking again.
While Manchester City stammered on Saturday, drawing at home to Southampton, the Reds can take full advantage. Their 3-0 victory over the Crystal Palace sent them to the top, other complicated equipment negotiated with a minimum commotion.
Those who doubt the strength and depth of the Liverpool squad might need to revise their opinions. It was three wins in seven days for the Klopp team, with managers can turn and return.
He changed the whole defense for this match.
Virgil van Dijk returned after being rested for the Champions League victory over AC Milan in the middle of the week, and the Netherlands has a new rear defender partner at Ibrahima Konate, the signing of the summer of Leipzig made his competitive debut for the Reds.
None of the backs of the Liverpool world class played. Trent Alexander-Arnold woke up feeling unhealthy – not Covid-19, the club confirmed – While Andy Robertson was left on the bench after a heavy workload for the club and country.
This is the first time since December 2018 that Liverpool have started a Premier League match without both, and the first time at Anfield since November 2017, but Klopp will be happy to see how his replacement has fate.
Kostas Tsimikas has hands in two goals, while James Milner, who is reluctant to return and a veteran, indeed amazingly against Zaha Wilfried which is dangerous when the Dangerman Palace is stored with a short rope.
The 35-year-old player remains an important figure on Klopp’s side, bringing experience, versatility, and starvation whenever they are called.
How Anfield enjoys this, even if the palace makes the home team honest for most of the afternoon. Only in the 78th minute that Liverpool got an important second goal, and the celebration of Mo was wrong – removing his clothes in pleasure – many words.
Move to 99 Premier League goals for Liverpool, and before Sadio Mane has recorded his 100th in all competitions for the club.
Senegal star has been criticized for losing opportunities lately, but he completed the important thing here. Mane now scored in nine consecutive appearances against the Palace, a Premier League record.
Klopp will be happy to see the main man who shoots, and Diogo Jota should join them in Scoresheet too, but he will be happy to see his other squad players, Naby Keita, close the victory in a good style.
Keita has replaced Thiago Alcantara, who had suffered an injury after a sign of hours, and won his first goal in almost 14 months with a beautiful-controlled left foot volleyer a few minutes from time.
All in all, good day work for the Reds, which is able to provide Matip and Alexander-Arnold Day off and who still brag people like Robertson, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino backup.
Like a weak team away, it’s quite strong.
It might only be September, but look like this is like a big week at the top of the table. With the city after falling five points already, pressure already in the defending champion. Pep Guardiola side of Chelsea’s visit next weekend, before a delicious trip to Anfield on October 3.
As for Liverpool, they will be happy to keep trying. Klopp will spin on Norwich in the Carao Cup, where people like Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino and Curtis Jones will all hope to play, and know the victory in Brentford next Saturday will arrange them well for city visits.
The opportunity for them to make a big step in the next two weeks.
It might not have summer eye-catching, but it must have been the beginning of the eye-catching for the campaign. Four wins from five, 12 goals and only one conceded.
Competitor’s title? You bet.
They don’t even need their full artillery for this one. What tells you about the strength of the Reds’ this season?