Has Jürgen Klopp found the success formula, and got Liverpool out of their miserable January form? The Reds put out a great showing in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Liverpool looked like they were back to their best, with a few inspiring individual performance too. Was Sadio Mané’s brace the turning point for Liverpool?
Sadio Mané was of course in firing form on Saturday, and it is very benefical for Jürgen’s side to have the senegalese, who spent big parts of January in Gabon for the AFCON, back in the line-up. The qualities of Sadio Mané will for sure boost the Klopp system and the whole club for the rest of the season, but him being gone in January cannot be an excuse as to why Liverpool were so poor. The January performances were awful, and not what fans of Liverpool were used to. Everything at the moment speaks for a brighter finish to the season. No vital injuries, Coutinho just finding his form again, Mané back helping Firmino, Coutinho & Lallana to create fireworks going forward. Possibly most important, the Reds have ‘earned’ a 16-day-break from games and the team should now get back to the glory days.
Liverpool looked back to their best and like they were earlier this season. The energy, passion and willingness to win was there again. All the players looked up for it and performed well on the day. But is it too soon to claim that ‘Liverpool are back’? Because, we all know how great the Merseyside outlet have been against the top six sides, with an impressive 4 wins and 4 draws against these clubs. Therefore, it is probably too soon to tell. For instance, the Reds performed pretty well against Chelsea, managing a draw to Conte’s unstoppable side. We all believed that this was the return of Liverpool FC, yet just a few days later Liverpool fell to Hull who slotted home two strikes, to secure three points for the Tigers.
We all know about Klopp’s gegenpressing system, and the energy required to perform it. In January, Liverpool had 9 fixtures, which obviously tired the players, but in February, there are just 3 matches on Klopp’s schedule. A 16-day-break between Spurs and Leicester could be just what Liverpool need to save the season, and secure Champions League football for the upcoming campaign.
To conclude, it’s too soon to tell whether or not Liverpool are back, however the signs are definitely there. We’ll get a clearer picture when Liverpool travel to face the Champions, who are in terrible shape, on Monday next week. Can Liverpool break down the expected Leicester bus? We’ll have to wait and see.
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