Liverpool had quite a successful weekend, gaining another three points at Anfield. Cherry on the cake was watching City lose to Norwich, which allowed us to go five points clear at the top. It’s still early days yet so we can’t get too ahead of ourselves.
Now we must turn our attention to tonight’s game against Napoli.
Liverpool continued their unbeaten run in the Premier League after our front three retained their consistent form. However, with the Reds trailing behind after we conceded a goal, it shows that we still have work to do. There is three things that Newcastle’s game taught us.
1. Klopp should start with a full squad
There is no doubt about it- we need to have Henderson back in the midfield and Firmino starting again. Oxlade-Chamberlain is good, but he cannot hold the midfield like Henderson can. We will need to have Henderson there to help support the front three.
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We also need to start with Firmino. If the Newcastle game has taught us anything, Salah, Mane and Firmino are the key goal scorers. No one compares to them at the moment- they’re on fire.
Liverpool need to take advantage of this against Napoli. If we get the goals early and maintain the lead, then Klopp should consider to use substitutes after the 60th minute- maybe Gomez or Shaqiri.
2. Liverpool need to watch the defence
Considering we were trailing behind Newcastle for the first 30 minutes, its obvious that our defence needs a little bit of work. In the first half, the Reds were playing too deep; our back four were way to close to the halfway line, which allowed Newcastle’s players to slip through the cracks. They were a little disorganised at times as the back was not as tight as we are used to.
Klopp will have to fix this if we are going up against Insigne or Mertens.
3. Never underestimate the opponent
Probably the most obvious reason, but we cannot underestimate our opponents. Just because we played well on Saturday doesn’t mean we’ll be in the same form. Napoli are also in another ballpark to Newcastle and have optimised on our weaknesses beforehand.
However, this can also work vice versa.
Klopp needs to target their weaknesses like he did against Newcastle. Then we will get the breakthrough we want and hopefully the win too.
How do you feel about Liverpool tonight?