Matthew Sinton takes a look at a few talking points from Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Spurs in the English Football Cup.
Tuesday night saw us see off Tottenham in what was quite a comfortable victory and, I must say, a flattering scoreline for them. I wouldn’t take it too seriously as there were two very-weakened starting teams, but it was an impressive performance from our young lads.
Spurs didn’t really pose any threat throughout the game, with their goal coming from a penalty (and it wasn’t even a penalty). So pretty much keeping a clean sheet, albeit against a weak Spurs team, is pleasing from a second-choice back four who had never played together before.
Daniel Sturridge went into the game with a point to prove, and he certainly did it. He scored the opener, a real poacher’s goal following a deflected shot from Grujic. He also scored his and Liverpool’s second, a calm finish through the legs of Michel Vorm after a nice ball from Wijnaldum to put him one on one with the Dutch keeper. You could argue that he should have had more, but it says a lot about the fans’ attitude towards Daniel at the moment that scoring two goals wasn’t enough for them.
It was Divock Origi’s name that the fans were singing, though. The young Belgian looked very bright all game and was unlucky to come away without a goal or an assist. He showed his pace, quick feet and sharp shooting (an excellent effort was saved by Vorm), all promising signs. I’m confident that he’ll step up when Klopp brings him into the first team.
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Danny Ings also looked sharp when he came on and another save from Vorm stopped him from getting his first competitive goal for the Reds since his injury last October. Perhaps he could have been calmer and slotted it into the corner but I think he was just desperate to impress. I hope he gets more chances, but if one thing is certain, it’s that we’re not short on quality strikers.
I was impressed with our youngsters, too. Trent Alexander-Arnold got carried away quite early on with a reckless tackle, but he stayed calm and had a good game. He looks to have excellent pace and he may well be faster than Clyne!
Ejaria looked as calm and composed as ever, showing no signs of feeling any pressure. Kevin Stewart, as usual, put in a shift. I really like him. He’s such a reliable player and more than capable of playing in the first team whenever he’s needed. I’m liking the look of some of our academy stars at the moment. Don’t forget we also have Sheyi Ojo to return from injury soon – I’m desperate to see him play again.
So, overall it was a good showing from our young/second choice players. I’m looking forward to the next game like this one and, since we drew Leeds, then maybe (no disrespect to Leeds, just saying) we can afford to start a similar team. We’ll see. That’s it from me, I’ll see you on November 29th.
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