Liverpool wrapped up the season at Anfield in style, beating Chelsea 5-3 in a fantastic match. What better way to kick off the celebrations?
Naby Keita is capable of so much
What a goal from Keita. An absolute worldie of a hit – and no fluke, either. This wasn’t a hit-and-hope, this wasn’t one where he ‘might as well have a pop’. This was a measured strike that thundered into the goal.
Because that’s what Keita is capable of – we just haven’t seen it. How often has the Guinean even tried that? Not very often at all. Per Whoscored, Keita averages well under one shot per game (0.6). It’s madness when he can hit them like that.
Keita is a wonderfully talented player who just doesn’t show it often enough. Arguably, getting that potential out of him should be Jurgen Klopp’s chief mission next season. It could be better than any signing.
There’s one of the greats at right-back
Trent Alexander-Arnold is going to be one of the club’s all-time greats. Not just a legendary figure, not just a memorable player – he’s got everything he needs to be up there with the best of the best.
And this game showed why. The Liverpool full-back broke his own assists record in the Premier League against Chelsea, taking his total to 13 for the season. Then he showed his ability to score goals with a beautiful free-kick.
He can do it all. Alexander-Arnold can create goals better than any defender we’ve seen, he can score great goals, and he’s part of the league’s meanest defence. We’re watching a very special player develop into something truly remarkable.
Defence, Midfield, Attack
Liverpool couldn’t score against Arsenal, despite having chance after chance and dominating the ball. But here was Liverpool at their best.
They got a goal from a defender, two from midfield, one from the forward line, and one off the bench. It’s absolute perfection – total football.
The fact that they were all brilliant goals, too, is just the icing on the cake. Any fears that this team is struggling in front of goal are put well and truly to bed.
Switched off defensively
It wasn’t all positive, though. Defensively, Liverpool just haven’t looked the same since wrapping up the title. They followed the title with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City, of course, and haven’t quite been right since.
Just look at the Arsenal game for proof of that. They should have won that one comfortably but handed the Gunners two goals.
And against Chelsea, Liverpool were weak once again. It all points to intensity and concentration dropping – something that’s understandable with little to play for.
So let’s hope that’s all it is and that things are back to normal once football is truly competitive again. Because there’s a real problem if that isn’t the reason.
Liverpool are champions of England for the first time in 30 years. Today we finally got the image we’ll remember for years to come and the trophy is officially at Anfield.
And it’s one this team won’t give up easily.