Daniel Taylor discusses who he thinks were Liverpool’s best performers against Hull City yesterday.
Liverpool claimed a third straight Premier League win courtesy of an emphatic victory over Hull City. A constant downfall of ours has been dropping points against opposition where a win is expected; it was refreshing to see us dominate and pick up the three points.
Beating Hull this weekend has kept our confidence high. I hope we can keep composed and bring that confidence into next week’s tie against Swansea. Liverpool is currently unbeaten in their last four and we sit fourth in the league just below Arsenal. Considering the fixture list we were given, our position is more than satisfactory.
Top Three Performers
Liverpool’s new signing Sadio Mane played a significant role in yesterday’s game. Mane stretched the game, pulling Hull out of their comfort zone as it was clear they wanted to play a tight and narrow game through the middle. The pace of Mane has been unbearable for the opposition all season and yesterday’s game proved to be no different.
Mane got on the score sheet yet again with a composed finish to make the game 3-0. The Senegal international has displayed just how clinical and dangerous he is when he is confident – it’s great to see along with his fluent link up play.
Coutinho grabbed another goal and assist today. He demonstrated his desire and hunger for the ball. Hull gave him heaps of space and Coutinho abused this while controlling the attack.
Coutinho can be quiet for periods throughout the game, however, he is always capable of scoring from 25 yards and putting in a masterclass. Philippe Coutinho has now scored eight goals from outside the box in the Premier League since the start of 2015; two more than any other player.
The magician has been supplying ammunition for the likes of Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane to great effect; these partnerships are proving to be very effective. The start to the season has been a huge improvement overall.
Liverpool was more energetic and more aggressive throughout the match and this had a lot to do with Adam Lallana who picked up the man of the match award.
Lallana picked up a goal and two assists today and has now scored four goals in his past eight league appearances – as many as in his previous 42 in the Premier League – he is clearly developing massively under Jurgen Klopp.
Lallana was not only the best performer against Hull, he has been the performer of the season for Liverpool so far.
Jordan Henderson controlled the midfield yesterday and has stepped up since last season. His work goes unnoticed as he breaks up any danger as well as sweeping up loose passes.
James Milner has been playing completely out of position this season and despite this he has performed brilliantly, doing the basics well on a consistent basis. He also converted two penalties showing great composure.
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