Liverpool had to do things the hard way, but still emerged victorious as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Molineux. The Midlands outfit gave the Reds a stern test of their title credentials and Jurgen Klopp’s men proved equal to the task.
Young Japanese star Takumi Minamino made his maiden Premier League appearance as a first half substitute for the injured Sadio Mane.
Here is how the Echo rated Liverpool’s players following their efforts in this midweek clash. They thought Minamino “struggled with the pace of the game” on occasion and gave him a 6/10 rating.
The game also saw Alisson’s run of clean sheets broken- Raul Jimenez’s goal was the first one that the Brazilian has let past him in 2020. Liverpool’s winner came in the 84th minute, a Salah nutmeg setting up Roberto Firmino just before Klopp threw super sub Divock Origi on to the field.
Liverpool continued their fine run of form against newly promoted opposition but were made to work hard for their narrow win by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. The result took them to seven straight wins in the 2019/20 season, keeping their five point lead intact at the top of the table.
The Reds had won their previous 12 against promoted sides, but had to wait until the 70th minute for their winner, and weren’t able to muster even a single shot on target in the first half. Jurgen Klopp chose to keep faith with the same XI that had done the business the previous week against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool’s two best chances of the first half both fell to Sadio Mane, but the usually prolific Senegalese international failed to convert both- one shot over the bar and the other hitting the woodwork. Continue reading
Liverpool began the defence of their UEFA Champions League crown with defeat in Naples. It’s not the first time Jurgen Klopp’s crew have come unstuck in the Stadio San Paolo either.
The Reds have lost twice in the group stage to Napoli away in the space of a year. While the 1-0 reverse of October 2018 proved no barrier to European success last season, a repeat defeat in their pool opener begs the question does Carlo Ancelotti have Liverpool’s number?
History between the Napoli boss and Merseyside outfit goes back to 2005 and a city on the frontier between Europe and Asia. A little place on that cultural crossroads called Istanbul. Continue reading
It was a fine evening for defending champions Liverpool at UEFA headquarters in Lyon. Not only did they get an easy Champions League draw, but goalkeeper Alisson and defender Virgil van Dijk were both honoured with awards, with the former getting “Best Goalkeeper” and the latter “Best player”- a reflection of the role the duo played in the Reds’ Champions League triumph.
While Jurgen Klopp’s men again drew Napoli in the Champions League, their group is certainly an easier one compared to last year’s. The Reds had PSG and Red Star last year; this time they have Salzburg (Austria) and Genk (Belgium). They lost all three of their away group games last season, and will definitely be aiming for a more refined performance this time around.
Liverpool have drawn League One opposition in the form of Milton Keynes Dons in the third round draw for the Carabao Cup that took place earlier this evening.
The Reds have never met MK Dons (in their current avatar, club was formed in 2004) in a competitive fixture previously- this marks the first meeting between the two sides.
The exact date of the game hasn’t been announced, but it will take place in the week commencing September 23, which means it comes right on the heels of the Chelsea away game for Jurgen Klopp’s men.