Liverpool Klopp Episode 34 - The Godfather, Part 2
"This is the business we have chosen ..."
After the heartbreaking loss to Manchester City on Sunday, LFC has to turn around and play again on Wednesday. And guess who they have to play?
Yup, Manchester City!
The team will be without the services of a few players (Lucas, Sakho, Sturridge) from the Leauge Cup Finals. With the priority likely to be shifted over to the Europa League, Klopp will do a little mix and match for this EPL game. Will be interesting to see if any of the "youth" squad from FA Cup (Smith and Teixeira for example) may be on the bench or even in the starting XI?
Mignolet remains the keeper.
On defense: Clyne, Toure, Skrtel/Lovren (depending who is furthest along in fitness from injury), Flanagan.
Midfield: Coutinho, Milner, Henderson, Lallana.
Forward: Origi, Benteke.
Likely subs: Firmino, Can, Allen.
As expected a few changes to accommodate injuries and rest amidst the busy fixture schedule. Coutinho not in the XI but available to sub in. Origi gets the call but not Benteke who is on the bench. Good to see Skrtel available as a possible sub.
Hah! The script-writers of the EPL season have tossed some love to LFC with a sweep of Man City! A wonderful 3-0 victory at Anfield to go with the 4-1 win at the Ethihad earlier in the season! Much maligned Lallana opened the scoring in the first half with a shot from distance. Milner received a pass in the box and blasted it into the goal just before halftime making it 2-0. Firmino put it away from a Lallana pass into the penalty area in the second half to finish the scoring 3-0.
With 11 matches left in the EPL season, LFC currently in 8th place could crawl their way up the table with more performances like this. Top 4 is asking a lot but maybe 6th? Of course many of the top teams can't seem to decide they want to challenge Leicester City.
Will this be the turning point for LFC to be more clinical? Liverpool go to Selhurst Park in South London for a Sunday match against Crystal Palace who beat LFC 2-1 at Anfield earlier this season. Hopefully, LFC will stay clinical and not lay an egg.
In any case, this victory is to be enjoyed after the heartbreak of the League Cup just a few days ago.