Liverpool passed a test against West Ham United on Monday but it wasn’t the expected one. The Reds ran out 3-2 winners at Anfield.
Everyone expected a routine win here – especially after the first goal went in. That was the test, after all, as Liverpool sought to show that they could get back to their best after the Atletico Madrid defeat.
And yet, it was anything but routine. West Ham quickly equalised and even took the lead in the second half. The Reds needed to rebound to avoid defeat – let alone win.
But win they did and while some questions remain unanswered, perhaps this was better than a comfortable win.
Liverpool quickly proved that they can come out on top against both time and adversity. Those are two things they’ll face in the Champions League next month when they try to overturn Atletico’s aggregate lead without an away goal.
They showed that even when nothing is going their way, they have the power to reverse it. They have the power to force a result their way.
Liverpool will still need to show that they can stay solid at the back but they have a few more games to prove that before the Atletico clash. They also need to prove that they can get back to that winning routine – something we can hope to see against Watford.
For now, they can take the confidence earned at Anfield on Monday. Liverpool didn’t get the expected test against West Ham but hopefully, this will prove even more valuable.