Back On Track?

After what seemed like an eternity, Liverpool are back to winning ways. Actually 42 days to be exact since we last won in the Premier League. 

And this was no nail bitting backs to the wall, scrape a win, it was as complete a win as we witnessed since the turn of the year.

Energy, tempo, aggression, vision all were there again today in spades.

Lucas Leiva again deputised at the back in place of Dejan Lovren and Georginio Wijnaldum was restored to his midfield slot at the expense of Emre Can.

From the off Liverpool were right at it. Pressing high up on a slow Spurs defence in numbers and not allowing them them settle on the ball at all.

On a day when we could have easily scored half a dozen goals against a static Spurs team just the two goals were enough to ease to the win.

Both goals scored by the again impressive Sadio Mané. Both within 90 seconds ofeach other  also. Even the official Liverpool account has having trouble keeping with with Mané’s goals today

The first a deft chip over Hugo Lloris who came out after Mané was put in the clear with a clever straight ball through the middle from Winjaldum.

Liverpool broke the ball up in midfield and it fell to Winjaldum who first time forced the ball through for Mané wo used his pace to do the rest.

The second goal came very soon after, again scored by Mané and he was also the origin of it, as he closed down the Spurs defence and stole it away from them to make it 2-0.

Lloris made two excellenr saves to keep out first Lallana and then Firmino before the third attempt fell to Mané and he lashed it into the roof of the net.

By the time both teams left the pitch at half time Sadio Mané had wrapped up the points and could and should have had three goals himself. Lloris made another fine save to deny him.

Jordan Henderson and Winjaldum were basically running the whole midfield by half time such was their dominance in there.

Winjaldum in particular showing the type of energy and guile that Emre Can lacks just now.

Up front Firmino and Couthino were roaming and causing all sorts of problems for a formidable Spurs defence usually marshalled well by Alderweild but not today. 

The second half brought a slight lowering of the hurt being put into Spurs as the home team could now manage the game and create the space and time they needed all too easily.

Spurs did not have a decent effort on goal all day apart from when Harry Kane cracked all ball against the post with Simon Mignolet rooted to the spot only for it to be judged offside anyways. 

Lucas was very good again at the back as was Joël Matip, both marshalled Kane and Dele Ali all day long to the point that Kane was left looking frustrated and forlorn long before the final whistle.

James Milner also seemed to have his boots on today while taking the set pieces. A big improvement on recent week for sure as each corner we looked like creating a chance at least.

We were more aggressive in the tackle and in general around the pitch. Not looking like the soft touch some have accused us of being recently.

Sadio Mané was the man of the match. His influence was there for all touch see and was able to run free all day long on the wings and scare the daylights out of the young Spurs defender Davies at will.

Jürgen Klopp spoke after the last game about how angry he was and disappointed with recent results.

Today not only did we see the swagger return but we again went up against one of the top six and came away with points. 

We also kept a clean sheet and in doing so we showed some signs also in the second half of looking like we might just be learning to manage a lead and see out a win from a promising position too.

This is crucial and as we are out of the cups now we will have plenty of rest time to recover between games and hopefully push on again now with a fully fit squad to pick from each week.

We slipped back into the top for only just for now but the signs looked good today not just in individual cases but as a team again again nd bringing that heavy metal football back to the fore again.

Does the ride start again now? Are we all onboard again? Only time will tell.

Written by @StephenKing75 

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