TAW contributors with 10 talking points from Liverpool’s comeback victory at Swansea City in the Premier League.
1: When The Reds Win When They Come From Behind…
That’s the win I’ve been waiting for. A goal behind against relegation fodder away from home, just kept playing knowing that it would come. Very few shots from distance and won despite a few below par performances (most notably the keeper), and with a couple of strokes of luck. A few more of them and the mentality of our crowd will shift from losing our heads to being like United fans under Ferguson – always knowing the goals are likely to come. Origi and Can need some minutes for the greatest ever under 23 side if they’re going to be useful this season though…
2: Run Of The Mil
Milner’s penalty was fantastic. Loved his celebration too. After an indifferent few months when he first arrived he’s became one of our most consistent and best players. His numbers in terms of goals and assists are right up there with any midfielder/left back! But above all he’s got the mentality of an elite footballer, which masks his shortcomings.
3. Oh Mane, Mane
Mane’s feet in their box in the first half. Imagine defending against that. @
You can see what Mane gives us just by being on the pitch. Wasn’t at his best today but whenever he got on the ball Swansea rightly shit themselves. @
4: Nobody Wants To Play Liverpool Now
Twelve months on from Brendan Rodgers losing his job. If you’d told me a year ago we’d be second favourites to win the league after a negative spend window and Manchester United and Manchester City both spending over £150m and getting Pep and Jose in I’d have laughed my head off at you.
Thirty one games to go, 93 more points up for grabs. No one wants to play us. No one. @
5: Keeper’s Jeepers
Just to reassure everyone, Karius isn’t shit. He’s just having a bit of a ‘De Gea’ start to life in England. Watched plenty of him at Mainz and if he can get to those levels we’ll be laughing. Keep Calm and Karius. @
6: Danny, The Champion Of The Team
On the sly I thought Sturridge was very good the last 10 minutes in terms of realising we’re winning. Origi having that daft shot on 93 did my head in. Brainless.
Sturridge held the ball up well. Used it intelligently when he had it and played the right pass. Wasn’t caught up in trying to score which logically the ‘self-centred cunt’ would normally be (apparently). More of a team player than most will acknowledge. @
7: You’ve Got That Lovren Feeling
First half thought Degsy was poor. Stuck under the ball a few times. Then he whacked it over their ground and got man of the match. @
Forget abar that Dortmund goal this is the greatest thing Dejan Lovren has ever done in a Liverpool shirt pic.twitter.com/MbzHemtkot
— Neil (@Neil_LFC_) October 1, 2016
8: Pressing Matters
Interesting to see how we coped with a team who wanted to press us high up the pitch, as that was something we struggled with last season. Was a bit worried that we seemed unprepared for Swansea’s aggressive start (particularly as they caused City the same problems last week) and it took us a while to figure it out. But once the ball was moved up the pitch quicker, and we had players running beyond their midfield, it improved massively.
It’s a sign of a) how we’ve developed as a team and b) how I’m casting off my longstanding Negative Nancy instincts, that I never felt we wouldn’t win. Sometimes you just have to trust a good team to work it out. It’s exciting that we’ve already got to that stage this early in the season. Win the United game, and win it well, the aura builds, we become a team to fear. Teams that are feared win football matches. That’ll do me. @
9: Clyne’s No Patsy
Thought Clyne was superb, and set the tone for a Liverpool side that just wouldn’t be beaten. He was incessant getting up and down that wing, doing his work, and doing it well, at both ends of the pitch. I think he’s a little bit taken for granted to be honest — he’s consistently among the best performers for Liverpool yet is rarely singled out for praise. @
10: And Now You’re Gunner Believe Us…
The best thing about that goal was Mane supporting Bobby’s machine gun aimed at the crowd. I’m pretty sure I saw him doing the noise of the machine gun with his mouth. @