Liverpool won the Club World Cup on Saturday but they weren’t anywhere near their best at the tournament. Fans don’t need to worry, however.
The Reds had nowhere near as much control over their two games as predicted. In the final, for instance, Flamengo had more possession and created a few good chances.
Liverpool struggled to break Monterrey down in the semi-final, too. The Mexicans caught them on the counter on several occasions and the Reds looked out of ideas going forward.
Two Roberto Firmino goals sealed things in the end. He got a late winner in the semi, while he grabbed the extra-time winner against his compatriots.
Both goals came down to quality, too. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass was begging to be put into the net for the semi-final winner – a rare moment of quality in that game. As for the final, Liverpool finally created a move that completely split Flamengo open.
Jordan Henderson played a wonderful pass in behind for Sadio Mane, then the winger made a very smart decision to find Firmino in front of goal.
And this is reason number one why fans don’t need to worry about the overall performances. Liverpool quality always finds a way to shine through. There’s just too much of it not to.
But there’s one more reason – rest.
Liverpool don’t play against until Boxing Day, a stretch of five days. That’s their longest rest since the last international break between the 10th and 23rd of last month.
So there’s a very good chance we’ll see a more rejuvenated Liverpool when they play Leicester City on the 26th.
No, Liverpool weren’t at their best at the Club World Cup. They still won the trophy, though, and there’s certainly no reason to panic.