Liverpool broke their Riverside Stadium bogey with a win over Middlesbrough, inspired by the impressive Adam Lallana.
Adam Lallana has shown in his last two games just how much Liverpool missed him. Although the Reds drew against West Ham, Lallana opened the scoring at Anfield and was the instigator once again at the Riverside Stadium. The English midfielder scored two goals to help Liverpool on their way to a comfortable victory, despite a slow start to the game.
Liverpool have now scored 50 goals in 20 games and although Jurgen Klopp’s side scored three goals again, what is most pleasing to supporters of the Merseyside club is that with the return of Simon Mignolet, Liverpool were able to preserve a clean sheet.
Klopp showed his authority and correctly took Loris Karius out of the firing line and left the younger German goalkeeper on the bench for Liverpool’s trip to Teesside.
Since Coutinho injured his ankle against Sunderland a few weeks ago, Liverpool haven’t had any difficulty finding the back of the net and you could say it’s largely down to the goalscoring form of Divock Origi and the return of Adam Lallana to the side.
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Joel Matip missed the game after complaining about discomfort in his foot and ankle. The Cameroonian has a recurring ankle issue which plagued his days at Schalke. Ragnar Klavan started in his place and performed quite well. Mignolet was also good when he was actually called upon.
With three points and a clean sheet, Liverpool move up to second on the league table as neighbours Everton did the Reds a favour on Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Arsenal. Liverpool are only second thanks to goals scored as the Gunners share the same number of points and have an identical goal difference.
Chelsea lead the league and are in the clear with a six-point lead. After winning 1-0 in successive matches, the Blues will be looking to restore the brilliant form which has made them look so convincing since switching to a three at the back formation.
Liverpool’s next game is a Monday night special. Klopp and his players will make the short trip across Stanley Park to tackle eternal rivals Everton in the Merseyside Derby. Despite the Toffees’ confidence after beating Arsenal, Liverpool should have enough about them to make it two successive wins in the Premier League.