You don’t associate the word “boring” with Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. While the Reds don’t quite play the same brand of “heavy metal football” as they did a couple of years ago, there’s an intensity that’s pervasive throughout the squad that was lacking on Sunday. Their march to a Premier League title has been every so slightly slowed down.
The Reds welcome Crystal Palace to an empty Anfield on Wednesday. Can the boys pick up their intensity level and deliver 3 points?
Intensity level is WAY up early. Gengenpressing af. Liverpool is dominating the match early–more so when Wilfried Zaha goes out for Palace. They finally get on the board with a brilliant Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick. Mo Salah brings down an inch-perfect pass from Fabinho before HT to put the Reds up 2-0.
Fabinho’s strike to go up 3-0 was simply disgusting. Later, Salah finds Sadio Mane on another gorgeous goal.
Liverpool has 74% possession. They outshot Palace 21 (7) to 3 (0). That was a paddling.
Liverpool Starting XI vs Crystal Palace
Here’s the full squad and bench. Liverpool goes with their preferred squad.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (8) –
While it’s hard to pick faults in Klopp’s starting XI vs Everton, his subs were poorly managed. Heavy rotation is expected throughout the restart. It’s really about the in-game management.
Having said that, Klopp isn’t fucking around. He basically goes with his preferred XI. Thank you, boss. Never takes his foot off the gas.
Alisson (6) –
The juxtaposition of Liverpool’s last match before the shutdown against Atletico Madrid and first game back against Everton highlight exactly how valuable Alisson is to this team. Literally did nothing. Liverpool dominated.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5) –
Gets Liverpool on the board with an absurd free-kick.
Virgil van Dijk (7) –
Calm, composed. Out-stepping Ayew to the ball often. Leads team in possession. A boss performance.
Joe Gomez (7.5) –
Gets the nod over an injured Matip and ineffective (but lovable) Lovren. Been so good today. Deft interception of a long ball in the 68th. Wins 6 aerials and has 10%+ possession.
Andy Robertson (7) –
His energy, intensity, and crosses were missed vs Everton. Watching him boom up the flanks…just feels like home. Sends a perfect cross in after a penetrating run to start the second half that Salah doesn’t get a foot on. Still gets an assist though on Fabinho’s mad strike. Comes off late for Harvey Elliott.
Jordan Henderson (7) –
Playing with purpose again. Skies a volley into the stratosphere though in the 10th minute that should’ve been a shot on target. However, drills a volley in the 28th that hits the crossbar–much better effort! Comes off in the 65th for Ox.
Gini Wijnaldum (5) –
Thankfully back in for He Looks Great in Training Naby KeitaTM. Hard work but pedestrian showing. However, awesome pic here:
Fabinho (9) –
Strong performance. His ball into Salah for the assist on goal #2 was Trent-esque. Perfect. Winning tackles and controlling the field. Hits a ridiculous bomb reminiscent of his City goal earlier this season to put the Reds up 3-0.
Mo Salah (8) –
The Egyptian King is back. Well, sort of. Uneven in the first half and misses a long range blast on an open goal in the 41st minute. He makes up for it a few minutes later though, bringing down a perfect long ball from Fabinho with his chest and slotting one home to put Liverpool up 2-0.
His assist on the Mane’s goal was as perfectly weighted a through-ball as you’ll see.
Sadio Mane (7) –
Holyshithelookssofasttoday. There are matches where Mane has a gear nobody else can hit, and today is one of those times. Again, looking like the best of the front three. His hard work pays off with a clinical finish on the 4th goal–his positive touch towards the goal on Salah’s pass equally as impressive. Comes off in the 85th for Naby Keita.
Roberto Firmino (6) –
Still hasn’t found his footing in this restart. A couple of decent moments but not clicking yet.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (NR) – Comes on for Hendo in the 65th. Quiet.
Neco Williams (NR) – The youngster is increasingly earning Klopp’s trust. Comes in for TAA in he 74th. Welcome to the Premier League, kid! Looks good, slide tackling and pressing. Almost gets one in stoppage. Kid is legit.
Takumi Minamino (NR) – In for Bobby in the 74th. Interesting that Klopp is trusting him as the #9. That’s where he was brought in to play.
Harvey Elliott (NR) – Klopp rolling with the younguns. No time to make impact.
Naby Keita (NR) – Gets on the pitch amid accusations of unseemly behavior.
MAN OF THE MATCH