IT’S the first working day after Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Leicester, and no doubt Reds everywhere will have walked into work beaming after Saturday’s performance.

It’s hard not to get excited with a lot of what we saw at Anfield. New stand, four goals, everybody joining in the songs. It’s hard to see it sticking when the likes of Hull visit L4, like. But it’s nice enough to see on our first home game.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 10, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the second goal against Leicester City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane Feeling The Love

Sadio Mane has been on fire since he arrived at Liverpool, and it’s no wonder the fans are getting right behind him. The 24-year-old scored his second league goal of the season at the weekend, despite only having three shots since the start of the campaign — all of which have been on target.

He said: “It is a great compliment to be compared to the legendary players but I am still young and learning, I need to give my best for the team and the most important thing is trying to keep going.

“I will be happy if defenders are afraid of me because it will make it easier for me.”

It’s no wonder he’s being compared to John Barnes. His contribution has already been rewarded with Standard Chartered’s Player of the Month award and Match of the Day’s Goal of the Month award, for his solo effort against Arsenal. Keep it up, lad. No pressure, there.

John Henry Message To The Team

The principal owner was in attendance as the Reds got their home league campaign off to a flyer, and he delivered a message to the team after their thrilling 4-1 victory.

He told the team: “That was some football, hey.”

That’s got to be right up there with some of the most inspiring stuff I’ve ever heard. Nice one for that, John. Seriously.

SANTA CLARA, USA - Friday, July 29, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp chats with co-owner and NESV Chairman Tom Werner, owner John W. Henry and Director Michael Gordon during a training session ahead of the International Champions Cup 2016 game against AC Milan on day nine of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Levi's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

BREAKING: Diouf Is Still A Prick

You heard that right — El Hadji Diouf is still a gobshite. He’s come out in defence of fellow Liverpool reject Mario Balotelli, and taken the opportunity to take another jealous swipe at Steven Gerrard.

He said: “I told him not to go to Liverpool. It wasn’t made for him, that things couldn’t go well with Gerrard, who has never had his talent and then said negative things about him.

“Gerrard is a jealous man who doesn’t like men of character. Mario is a good person that you should listen to. He’s not a guy who’s going to cause problems in the dressing room.”

Taking advice from that spit-happy tit is one thing, but to think that Balotelli has ever been fit to lace Stevie’s boots is another. Just trying to work out who is more of a prick. Or who’s worse at football. Blert.

Firmino Firing

We’re still buzzing after the Reds win over Leicester, and there has been much debate over who their man of the match was. Which is a good problem to have, regardless. Roberto Firmino was one of those who stood out from the rest.

He was intelligent, cute on the ball and full of running, as he caused havoc all afternoon for the Foxes defence — and Robert Huth, in particular, would have been delighted to see the back of him.

His stats, we think, speak for themselves:


Today’s Reads

Loads to get on, today. Firstly, Luke Chandley wrote a piece on how the Reds are establishing an identity and a rhythm under Jürgen Klopp, with the energy on the pitch crucial to that. Read it here.

Gibbo continues his journey, going to all 38 of the Reds league games this season. This time he was back at the newly redeveloped Anfield, to witness the Leicester thrashing, which you can read here.

Ben Johnson’s weekly column looks at the Main Stand, and how those who thought all of it’s inhabitants were cry-arses might be wrong, after their singing display at the weekend. Read that here.

Finally, Danny Austin has been, similarly, looking at the Anfield atmosphere, and how Saturday brought back memories of some of the good times — of which we hope there is more to come. Read it here.

Up the walking into work smiling Reds.

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