Last week was certainly not one to remember.
First, Liverpool dropped points on the road at last place Swansea City on Jan. 22, falling 1-0 to the Swans just 8 days after beating top-of-the table Manchester City.
Liverpool correspondent for Goal, Melissa Reddy, said it best:
Bad decisions x no composure = complete shit sandwich
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) January 22, 2018
Side note: Melissa is great. Highly recommend you drop her a follow if you’re Liverpool fan.
But if that wasn’t bad enough, the Reds went out again and blundered in the FA Cup fixture against West Bromwich Albion on Jan. 27, giving up 3 goals on 3 shots on target.
So looking for a pick-me-up, the Reds, bruised and bloodied, crawled their into the Kirklees Stadium (or The John Smith’s Stadium. Does anyone really know for sure?) to take on 14th-placed Huddersfield Town.
Liverpool didn’t make most of their opportunities early on, and were fortunate to get away with one when Huddersfield striker Laurent Depoitre found himself in the middle of the box, but hit his shot to close to Loris Karius.
Yet, the Reds did find a way in front early on as Emre Can hit a shot outside the eighteen that took a deflection into the lower left corner, giving the Reds a lead that maybe shouldn’t have been their’s at that point. 1-0 Reds.
It was then a game of possession for awhile as Liverpool struggled to make the most of their time on the ball, that is, of course, until Roberto Firmino (We love ya, Bobby!) came through before the stroke of halftime with an insane goal from an insane angle. Go look it up. I have no clue how he tucked it home. 2-0 Reds at the half.
The second half was much more of the same, even having a lot of ping pong moments around the park at the ball seemed like no team could hold for the first 5-10 minutes of the half.
The Reds secured their win in the 78th minute after Can earned a penalty that Mohamed Salah scored to give the Reds a 3-0 win, restoring confidence to a squad that desperately needed it.
Only three this week.
- Can always looks impressive to me. Great on the ball, good pace and is very physical. Obviously, he can have games where he’s an offensive threat as well. Rumors that he may sign a Liverpool contract give me hope that the German international will stay at Anfield.
- Reds showed some resilience in this game. They could have easily dropped their third straight match. But they hunkered down, weathered the storm of their issues and put together a performance that was just (barely) good enough.
- Salah again! That never fails to get in on the action when the Reds score multiple goals. In his last ten Premier League matches, Salah has 7 goals and 4 assists. Real Madrid should focus on a stadium sponsor before even thinking about making a bid for Mo. #Mo4Prez.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Emre Can. Goal and an earned penalty. Can has been an integral part of a Liverpool midfield that has struggled when without a confident and strong presence in the center of the park.
Three points and we’re back on track.
This team is good enough to get to second place. It’s going to take a lot of effort. and Liverpool need to get momentum back now, but this game could help them. Three of the next five are at home, including a Feb. 4 matchup against 5th-place Spurs, before the Derby against Manchester United at Old Trash-ford. Yes, I spelled that the correct way.