For Liverpool’s second home game of the season manager Jürgen Klopp made three changes to the Liverpool side that dispensed of Chelsea last weekend at Stamford Bridge. In came Ragner Klavan for Dejan Lovren ( virus) Roberto Firmino for Daniel Sturridge up front and the big change was Loris Karius getting his chance to stake a claim between the posts.
A first half that started with the home team exploding out of the blocks as a totally dominate Liverpool went in search of goals. Liverpool had all the chances and produced some top class attacking interplay in the first half which saw three goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner (pen) and Sadio Mané.
The first goal from Lallana being the most impressive virtually walked into the net after a 1-2 between Milner and Phillipe Couthino which saw Coutinho drive across the edge of the box and slide a neat pass to Lallana inside him who received it on his right foot and stroked the ball home with his left all at once. Lovely goal.
The second goal was a penalty from Milner, stroked home well after a Hull player handled the ball on the line to deny Couthino a certain goal after good work by Mané who set him up from the right side.
The third goal came on thirty five minutes after Lallana drills a ball straight to the feet of Sadio Mané sixteen yards out in the centre of the box who turned and shot low and hard to the right of a diving David Marshall. Boom Liverpool three nil up and cruising.
The score line at at half time doesn’t tell the whole story. A totally dominant performance from Liverpool. Liverpool’s midfield controlled the game and Klavan and Joël Matip were pushing forward to win back the slim possession Hull did get at times.
James Milner was getting into great areas behind the Hull City full back with ease and causing havoc. While Jürgen Klopp was conducting the orchestra of the support from the main stand, on the pitch Jordan Henderson, Lallana and Couthino were conducting the game with ruthess efficiency and imagination ably supported by the rest of the team.
No changes to the Liverpool team at the beginning of the second half and having missed the first few minutes of the half thanks to stalled streams? All I can say is that Hull did pull a goal back through Myler on 51 mins. Hull put the ball into the box from a corner out on the right. Liverpool didn’t clear the first header enough and as it dropped to a stumbling Myler in the box he drilled it home hard and low past the sprawled Karius from only a few yards out. The first real chance that fell to the visitors and it was somewhat of an opportunistic goal having come in a crowded box.
In the past we would have been forgiven for thinking now we will have to absorb pressure and try to close out a game we had won at half time. Not today.
As from the restart we were attacking again and the ball was taken up by Couthino outside the box where he rolled his foot over the top of the. All to push it fowards just enough for him to unleash a mighty right foot strike that rockets all the way it the top corner restoring Liverpool’s three goal lead. Again Liverpool had this game under control and kept pushing forward for more goals. All the leading cast not content with just the gour goals, penned Hull into their own box and prodded away for the openings.
On sixty eight minutes Daniel Sturridge came on to replace Adam Lallana, who rightly so, received a standing ovation from every corner of the ground for his display today. And on sixty nine minutes Sturridge took a ball into the box and his quick feet were too much for the Hull defender who rashly took him down to give away yet another penalty.
James Milner again steps up and punishes the mistake with a strike to same side of the goal as his first penalty.
Now 5-1 up Klopp took off Henderson and Couthino again to a huge ovation and on came Emer Can and Marko Grujic for the final stages of this game. A game that now started to run its course but encouragingly Liverpool were still attacking and dominating the ball. James Miler still pushing up into the box on the end of a ball in the 90th min.
Milner was hugely impressive all day being my man of the match. But alongside a cast of players that were relentless in pursuit of goals and the ball. Top marks for everyone involved and a game that alot of fans feared beforehand ended up showing us just what we can expect this season, and how it all looks so good when it’s all put together. Another fine performance and a bag full of goals to boot.
Written by @StephenKing75