Riding The Waves
LIVERPOOL 3-2 MANCHESTER CITY |
WOODBURN X2, SALAH
LIVERPOOL 4-0 BENFICA |
FIRMINO X2, OXLADE CHAMBERLAIN, DIAS (OG)
HUDDERSFIELD 0-1 LIVERPOOL |
LIVERPOOL 4-1 BOURNEMOUTH |
SALAH X2, HENDERSON, STEVE COOK (OG)
LIVERPOOL 3-0 WEST BROM |
RBL 5-1 LIVERPOOL |
LIVERPOOL 6-0 CRYSTAL PALACE |
MANE X2, SOLANKE X2, CAN, SOUARE (OG)
We are absolutely cruising so far this season. We're already in our second month and I just want to keep going and going. As you can probably tell September has been a month to remember going by that absolutely sublime result against Manchester City.
Woodburn provided the goods in this crunch match coming in for Mane who is currently suffering from injury. I decided to call upon the young welshman instead of the Ox, you don't get experience from sitting on the bench after all.
2 goals from our boy and the Egyptian king struck a few minutes after Woodburn's second to make it a whopping 3-0 on the day. It took only a few minutes for the ball to drop in at the other end off Can, but even a Raheem Sterling wonder strike couldn't bring enough fight back from the Citizens as we stole the 3 points here.
Our first Champions League match ended in celebration with a 4-0 win over SL Benfica who are probably one of the contenders for qualification here. A fantastic ending led to an even better night for the Red men.
Firmino in recent games has been very poor hence my dropping of him for Cutrone last month but today he cropped up with two! Ox scored once in between, and Benfica scored an own goal. Arnold's performance left a sour taste after he fouled for his second yellow. Unhappy...But these things do happen in football. He'll be unavailable for RBL.
Huddersfield was a very routine away win. Salah scored yet again this season proving the doubters wrong about his finishing once more. Another 3 points in the league...Still unbeaten. Good effort lads!
Then we would welcome Bournemouth to Anfield again already this season but this time in our first venture to the Carabao cup. I'm sure you've already seen that Bournemouth were no issue for us second time round and the boys did fantastically to get a massive result.
Even more own goals coming up in this one, Salah struck twice early on and our skipper Jordan Henderson bagged his second of the season. He's played brilliantly lately. I'm ecstatic over progressing so easily. You know the cups are my priority this season and this has given us all a lot of promise.
West Brom were on the receiving end now at Anfield and yes...You're not reading that wrong. James Milner has bagged himself a hattrick. James. Milner.
The two penalties of course made things a lot easier for the former Premier League winner but his in play qualities still shone through playing a quick 1-2 with Mane netting 1 on 1 after splitting open the back four.
I'm just gunna come out and say it now. No, I do not have the faintest idea how this happened. Looking at the stats board without knowing the score you'd probably have said this was the other way round. A whopping 16 shots from us to their 10.
Unbelievable that we could only net one in all honesty. I can't tell whether we were just poor in defense or if they were better in attack on the day. In fact, I think it's obvious they were. If I recall, Firmino had 2 sitters from 3 yards out both SAVED. Mane had another and somehow squandered it wide, and Chamberlain hit the post from a clear cut chance.
Again, I don't know. Extremely disappointing but we're not disheartened. We move on from a poor game and get better from it.
And didn't we just do that? 6-0 against Crystal Palace. FIVE goals in front of the Kop. This was an unreal match. I decided to switch up the tactics to our 4-2-3-1 for the first time in a hope that it would counter their preparations and my did it work a treat.
Solanke scored twice in the first 20 minutes of his debut. Two emphatic headers from the 19 year old. That is certainly how you prove your worth. Mane scored twice in between would you believe, and Papa Souare also...AGAIN...Scored an own goal.
That makes it four own goals this month. But who's complaining? We only scored one of them. Emre Can finished off the route with a thunder strike from 30 yards in the 77th minute. A truly incredible response to our last match.
Player Of The Month
Another tough call this month. We had some brilliant performances. But I think this ones a shared prize.
Salah has been on top of his game with many goals scored this month. The fans vote would be him. From a managers point of view though it's going to Woodburn and Solanke.
Now Solanke played one game this month while Woodburn chipped in with a few starts. The Winger scored twice against City and was brilliant. He then sustained great performances in place of Mane.
We've been having teething problems with Firmino up top lately, he's on an AVG rating of 6.3. So for our young Englishman to come in and net two in a time of uncertainty in the strikers position has really made us feel a lot better. He's already staking a claim for first team football.
Thoughts On The Report
A heavily important 100% record in the league to make our push for consistent Champions League football. Especially coming up against city and some other tricky away games. As you can see we are second in the league only too Arsenal. I think after our performances we're unlucky to be there, we should be top. Though we did have a rough beginning in August.
The Champions League was mix and match, but I'm still massively confident. I couldn't be happier about our cup progression. A fantastic effort from all the lads.