Last night Liverpool did what they do: they won despite any obstacles. The Reds went 1-0 up, 2-1 down and 3-2 up. It was a classic, determined Jürgen Klopp performance. One takeaway from the match was that Liverpool can drop Gini Wijnaldum for some home games. Hear us out.
Gini opened the scoring for The Reds last night with a sublime stooping header from an Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.
The Dutchman was in the right place at the right time to tuck away Trent’s superlative ball in.
Thereafter we saw Liverpool struggle in possession. The Reds were too stagnant going forward and sloppy errors at the back left the side 2-1 down.
With the hosts dominating the ball we didn’t see a change in pace until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on and time began running out. There can be no denying that we got lucky with our second half goals.
In home ties where Liverpool are expected to dominate the ball, playing Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum feels like a belt and braces approach.
Fabby demonstrated again last night that we can always rely on him when we lose the ball. Whilst Gini bagged a goal, he doesn’t provide the attacking impetus on the ball that The Ox brings.
When we face a low block at home we can afford to play The Ox and Naby Keita. The pair are always looking to drive at the defence and quicken the pace with one-twos and drilled passes.
If the duo are afforded more game time together we can see them striking up an understanding that could see them running through opposition midfields with ease.
Nabs has already shown that he has the defensive capabilities to be the more disciplined of the pair, The Ox has the work rate to press when needed.
As the season drags on our visitors are growing less adventurous, we need to combat their caution with more flair in midfield.