ANFIELD WRAP contributors react to Liverpool’s 4-2 Premier League victory at Crystal Palace.
1. Mor, Mor, Mor – How Do You Like it? How Do You Like It?
2. I’m Doing Clyne Now…
3. Don’t Worry Be Happy
Palace my arse. Pardew my arse. Benteke my arse. Said it before and will say it again, fuck worrying about what ‘they’ can do and might do and roar these Reds on because they are as good as anyone. They’re working their plums off, they can battle, they’re aggressive but they’re quality above all else. How do you stop them? There’s quality all over. Go the match, sing, shout and scream and throw the worries in the bin. We haven’t even reached top gear yet. Imagine when we do.
Imagine when we do. @
4. Phil’s A Ten Of The Best
Think Coutinho has this season has not only improved again but also begun to find that consistency that we all wanted from him. He was unplayable at times. @
Coutinho’s nickname is the magician but it should be the maestro. Everything going through him. A genuine superstar. @
5. Window Gains?
Any transfer business depends on injuries though. Particularly at the back. If we lose any of the first choice back four for an extended period, especially the full backs, it would be a massive risk to assume we could cope. Even without injuries, we look light, if Sakho is not going to be involved. @
6. A Glove Is All We Need
Starting to think Karius just needs a big moment. A key save or something. He doesn’t really seem part of the team at the moment. Just some mad gorgeous fella in goal who no one is sure about. Think he needs to prove to everyone, including probably himself, that he deserves to play for Liverpool and can contribute. @
Keeper showed signs of settling a bit, still a couple of dodgy kicks, but actually had a few saves to make and dealt with them well. Not sure if I’m being harsh or not thinking he could do better for their first goal. @
7. Stuck In The Middle With Who?
As well as his goal I thought Can had another good game. Dispossesed them loads, made marauding runs, looked handsome and avoided the second yellow. Comparitively, Cabaye spent the game kicking and stamping on Coutinho, the little shithouse. @
The Can/Wijnaldum thing is pretty interesting, I reckon. Almost feels like there’s gonna be a definite horses for courses type thing. Maybe Wijnaldum at home and Can away, or against sides you need a more physical presence. @
8. Sad All Over
Mane was unbelievable btw. I’m not getting that he’s not had the love. Should have scored twice, but every thing else he did was perfect. @
Mane going to the Africa Cup of Nations will be a blow because of the opposition’s fear of his pace. Be interesting to see if Klopp dips into the market in January for one more attacker. Or if he feels Ojo might be an option. @
9. May The Fourth Be With You
I keep watching the fourth goal back and I love every part of it. Mane drops deep to link play and brings his man with him. Lallana runs across into the space he has vacated. This pulls Tompkins, creates the space, Firmino skips to the right and the ball is beautifully weighted. First time finish and the top is off. I love all of this. It’s brilliant football, reminds you how hard we must be to play against and the top off tells you what we’re about. It was a massive goal in a statement of intent win. The Reds have come up the hill. We’ve planted our flag. Red and Toxic Thunder. We’re not going anywhere. The others have to live with us, not the other way around. @
10. Bob’s A Good Un
When Suarez was here he used to make me laugh about four times a game with some of the mental stuff he used to do with the ball.
The biggest compliment I can pay Firmino is that he’s started making me laugh loads. @