The mud has settled after Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Burnley, and one other robust Harvey Elliott cameo is being lauded.
The Reds had been by no means at their greatest on Saturday, however they nonetheless returned to the highest of the Premier League after being dethroned by Man Metropolis earlier in day.
Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez obtained the objectives for Liverpool, who bounced again in much-needed style after shedding at Arsenal final weekend.
It might not have been the prettiest, however how did you assess Liverpool’s win?
JOANNA: It’s not one I’d return to sooner or later and watch, that’s for certain.
What did stand out was the job the squad’s been doing all season. I imply, Curtis Jones ended up at right-back, Jarell Quansah is greater than holding his personal and the bench was full of youngsters.
With so many gamers out with varied points, all that was wanted was a win, it didn’t matter the way it got here to be – even when we did make Burnley look much better than they’re!
Hopefully Trent shall be alright for the approaching weekend and that there have been no different casualties!
HENRY: I agree with Joanna – it actually wasn’t a traditional, was it?
However these are the video games you simply must win in a title race if you wish to go all the way in which.
I believed Liverpool made such a sluggish begin to the match, with the opener nearly feeling undeserved, but it surely does seem as if the squad was affected by sickness, in equity.
We couldn’t grumble about Burnley being stage at half-time, however the Reds did discover one other gear after the break – to have all three attackers on the scoresheet can solely be factor.
It nonetheless felt bushy at 2-1, with Nunez’s objective actually easing the nerves, and as Jo says, this isn’t a recreation that may stay lengthy within the reminiscence.
I agree about Klopp’s use of Jones, too, which raised eyebrows on the time however labored properly.
Harvey Elliott was once more glorious off the bench – how impressed have you ever been this season?
JOANNA: He’s had an attention-grabbing season. He’s been nice off the bench and has turned the sport in our favour brilliantly, and but Klopp’s been a bit immune to placing him within the XI.
He’s began solely three league video games to this point, possibly that tremendous sub tag is sticking a bit of too properly!
However Elliott was sensible right here, he injected the power and route that we would have liked and finally received the sport for us. It’s the perspective you want and wish within the facet, so lengthy might it proceed.
HENRY: Elliott has been unbelievable from the bench this season, making a distinction in so many various matches.
Like Jo says, from the beginning, he has struggled to stamp his authority on video games, however when issues open up within the second half, he has the technical potential to create magic.
Elliott was a real difference-maker on Saturday, and it’s generally simple to overlook that he’s nonetheless solely 20 years of age. Each assists had been inch-perfect and he supplied extra high quality than lots of his teammates.
Discovering a spot for him within the crew isn’t simple, particularly as he’s not fairly a central midfielder or a large attacker, however his potential is scary.
He’s going to be an enormous participant between now and the top of the season.
As for the title race, how assured are you amid Man Metropolis’s ominous type?
HENRY: I might be mendacity if I mentioned that Metropolis’s type wasn’t inflicting me stress – they do that each season and there’s nothing you are able to do!
Kevin De Bruyne has appeared scary since his return, and Erling Haaland is a freak, and in fact, I make particular favourites for the title.
Liverpool have a unbelievable likelihood, although – I personally wouldn’t rule out Arsenal, despite the fact that others are – and it does really feel as if the go to of Metropolis subsequent month feels defining.
The Reds merely should win each recreation between every now and then – Brentford (A), Luton (H), Nottingham Forest (A) – with Metropolis’s fixtures in March wanting powerful.
Buckle up – that is going to be some experience!
JOANNA: You’re proper Henry, it’s going to be a wild experience!
I feel in some methods my mind is shielding me attributable to previous experiences with Man Metropolis as I’m actually simply taking all of it because it comes – I feel it is likely to be the one option to keep sane.
We all know Metropolis can simply win one recreation after the opposite and I’m anxious we’ve got a predisposition to an odd draw right here or there, so it actually simply comes all the way down to consistency and the looming recreation at Anfield.
We’re proper within the hunt and I’d have taken this place if requested initially of the season. I’m simply so determined to see Klopp win the league in entrance of followers earlier than he goes – soccer gods, I’m you!