August - New Beginnings
TOTTENHAM 2-2 LIVERPOOL
CSKA MOSCOW 1-2 LIVERPOOL
LIVERPOOL 2-2 BOURNEMOUTH
LIVERPOOL 4-2 CSKA MOSCOW
HENDERSON, MANE, CUTRONE, ARNOLD
STOKE 0-2 LIVERPOOL
A mixed bag eh? Yeah I thought so too. It's been a pretty poor start to the Premier League but as you can see we made it through with ease to the CL Group Stages so for that I am happy. It's not all doom and gloom though. Here's the low down.
We started very poorly against tottenham. Within 6 minutes we were 2-0 down. Kane and Alli scoring twice within the space of two minutes. Not a good start, not how I imagined my first game in charge. They came out all guns blazing but dropped off after that and for the remaining 84 minutes we were the much better team.
Emre Can smashed the scoreline wide open in the 18th minute with a thunderous strike from outside the box. It was then left to Mane latching onto a far post cross from Salah. Open wide net, he really didn't have to do too much. 2-2.
But that was it, and we earned a point at Wembley. Not bad going. Onto CSKA.
We started emphatically. 2 minutes it took for Salah to race on past his marker and hammer one into the far bottom corner. CSKA came into the game actually playing their defensive midfielder wernbloom as a partner to their usual striker...Because...You know...Football Manager.
He scored. Because...You know...Football Manager. 1-1 and the game went dead. that was literally it. Quite boring to watch actually. If only Salah could've scored his 94th minute winner a little earlier. Anyway, 2 away goals and a victory. Can't ask for much more!
Yes, another poor performance. No but this one really was poor. We smashed Tottenham in all aspects but goals. Our efforts here just took the cake. Jermaine Defoe completely rinsed our defense in the 20th minute. Things were looking up with ourselves being the more dominant side. We scored through Salah just before half time and Mane took us ahead in the second half.
It wasn't to be though. Lovren takes down Defoe in the box and a penalty is slotted home by Charlie Daniels with 15 minutes to go.
A much needed romping in this one. We were on fire all game. Cutrone bagged his first goal for the club on his debut converting a low cross from Mane.
Arnold produced one of the most fantastic efforts from a free kick. He curled one right around the wall and as far into the top right as it could get.
And then our Captain scored again from a dead ball. Terrific from ole' Hendo.
We were pretty much through at that point so the poor defending for out two conceded goals wasn't to bother us but it will still have to be looked into. Sadio got his rewards for a fine performance in the 92nd minute with our fourth.
Lastly, Stoke away. On a Saturday though. So I wasn't too worried. We put in a brilliant performance to round of the month. Solid at the back formidable up top. Cutrone bagging his second in two games and Salah putting the tie to bed in the 55th. 3 points, that's all I wanted.
Player Of The Month
This was tough too call. We had many good players put in great performances but purely based on goals lets go with Mane. Sublime efforts from him seals his Player Of The Month award for August.
Unfortunately his stroke of good form will come with a price as his injury against Stoke sets him back for roughly three weeks. Heading into the national break though...It really couldn't have been better timing.
Thoughts On The Report
Like I said before, a mixed bag in general but we played very well and our performances have been very promising. Our main tactical approach seems to have done us wonders for shots and possession, and even limiting shots. Although I can't seem to get enough goals out of it.
We seem to be suspect to a few mistakes too. I don't think in any of these games there was an opponent that got into double figures on the shot clock.
Not to worry, we will continue to work hard and improve on these results. Manchester City next. Bring 'em on!