The Reds expert delivered a significant spare in Saturday’s 4-1 prevail upon West Ham that demonstrated precisely why Jurgen Klopp had finished his quest for the Brazilian
Just a week ago, Goal uncovered Liverpool had hauled out of a proposed £62 million arrangement for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, with supervisor Jurgen Klopp having chosen that Loris Karius would be his No.1 for the rest of the season – and past.
There were those that scrutinised the German’s judgment again in midweek when Alisson delivered yet another exciting presentation of shot halting in the Giallorossi’s 2-1 misfortune to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. So great was he that a disappointed Paulo Fonseca asserted subsequently that his side would have won the last-16 first-leg conflict by far greater edge had it not been for the splendid Brazilian.
In any case, Karius created the ideal riposte at Anfield on Saturday, assuming a vital part in a 4-1 triumph over West Ham that impelled Liverpool into second place in the Premier League standings in front of Manchester United’s gathering with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Apparently, the Reds’ marvellous attacking triumvirate will command the features again, and which is all well and good. They were all on target once more.
Pleasingly, Sadio Mane underlined that he had recovered his magic in the nick of time for the business end of the season, Mohamed Salah’s left foot thought of itself into the history books with a twentieth goal of the season, while Roberto Firmino handed over another exhibit of how to play as an advanced No.9.
Nonetheless, for all Liverpool’s usual hostile brilliance, they stay helpless in defence and that is the place Karius came in.
He delivered two fabulous be that as it may, all the more significant, crucial recoveries when the game was still carefully balanced amid the first half.
To be sure, his first stop was as high as it was pivotal, with Karius getting his fingertips to a brilliantly fragile chip from Marko Arnautovic that looked bound to open the scoring at Merseyside.
The former Mainz goalkeeper denied the Austrian aggressor after Liverpool had led the pack through Emre Can’s header, this time keeping a 25-yard exertion out of the best corner.
Karius was in the end beaten in the second half by Michail Antonio, who stowed his now apparently compulsory goal against the Reds – it is currently four out of five appearances against the Reds for the winger.
In any case, there was little that the 24-year-old could have done about that, having been left fiercely uncovered by his barrier.
Those backline issues still must be tended to, apparently, however, if Karius can keep on influencing games in such a positive way amongst now and the finish of the season, Liverpool fans’ enthusiasm for Alisson’s exhibitions will rapidly blur.
After Klopp had settled on the choice to supplant Simon Mignolet with Karius as his first-decision goalkeeper, he cautioned his comrade: “obviously, Loris now needs to convey.”
He did only that on Saturday.
Klopp, Pep sing each other’s praises ahead of English ‘El Clasico’
Just before Sunday’s all crucial fixture, Jurgen Klopp has showered his rival Pep Guardiola in high praises. The German has called his Spanish compatriot Pep Guardiola the best manager in the world.
Not sure many Reds fans would agree with that one, though. The Gaffer’s comments came after Pep Guardiola jokingly admitted to overthinking allegations in the Champions League.
Klopp defends Pep Guardiola in the press
Guardiola commented that the solution to his overthinking might be to just ‘play with 12 players.’ This comes as City have blown away their huge lead in the league over Liverpool from the start of the year.
Jurgen Klopp when asked about Guardiola’s comments, he went onto explain what Pep actually meant. Read what the German said below.
“It was ironic! I saw there was a story in Ecuador this week which claimed I didn’t understand Luis Diaz. You[journalists] have a responsibility on this planet.
If you want to talk to us then please do us a favour and help us. Pep said ironically, ‘I overthink, and I like overthinking’.”
Not only this, the German then went onto claim Guardiola is the best manager in the world.
“Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”
The Bromance goes both ways, as well. Pep has several times termed Klopp’s Liverpool as the toughest team he’s ever encountered.
Guardiola says Klopp makes world football a ‘better place’
When asked about he thinks of Klopp’s comments, Pep denied that he thinks he’s the best. He further said he’d love to have a drink with the German if City won the game, jokingly.
“Jurgen makes world football a better place to live. His message, he is a huge competitor.”
Over the likes of SAF’s Man United, Jose’s Madrid and Inter, and even Simeone’s Atleti. Needless to say, Klopp rightly deserves that praise. Out of all those managers, Klopp has the best record against Guardiola.
Many have termed this game as the biggest in recent English history and dubbed the English ‘El Clasico’.
The duo are evenly tied at 9 wins each and 4 draws out of their 22 encounters throughout the years. The game is setting up to be a potential title decider with Liverpool in red hot form currently.
Liverpool scrap a close 2 goals win over Watford as intl. break ends
Liverpool hosted Watford at Anfield as they beat the visitors by 2 goals to nil. Check out all the tweets, opinions as the Reds keep the pressure up on Man City as club football finally returned.
The game kicked off a bit nervously for the Reds as Watford saw themselves get chances early on. This is excluding the corner chance Salah had in the starting minutes of the game, which went to waste.
Soon afterwards, Watford got the ball as they ran against Liverpool’s defense. However, the chance went begging as the forward shot it far and wide from much outside the box.
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A few chances here and there, however the moment of reckoning came on the 21st minute mark. Liverpool scored their first goal of the game through Diogo Jota, once again!
Play started off with skipper Jordan Henderson laying off a ball for makeshift right back Joe Gomez. The English defender ran with the ball and put in a pinpoint cross onto the Portuguese’s head.
Many of us, myself included, often do Gomez a disservice at right back. No denying he doesn’t have Trent’s unique skill set but we’ve seen today and against Forest he’s got enough going forward against lesser opposition and defensively I don’t think we could sign anyone better.
— Dan (@Dan23_92) April 2, 2022
The striker headed it onto the left side of the keeper and put Reds ahead. Liverpool had another chance before the half time whistle, although the scoreline remained 1-0 at the restart.
Many chances came Klopp’s team’s way but none could be turned in to make the lead secure. That was, until a howler of a foul from the Hornets No. 33 from a set-piece.
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Reds won a penalty and Fabinho took it. The Brazilian slotted it right into the top left corner of the net and out of the keeper’s reach. Just one minute off the 90th minute mark, Liverpool doubled their lead.
This win saw Liverpool temporarily snatch the top spot from Guardiola’s City, before Man City retook the top spot by beating Burnley away.
Reds have done an amazing job catching up with City of late. This is all we have from this week’s Liverpool victory over Watford at Anfield. Next up is Benfica in the UCL quarterfinals midweek!
MATCHDAY: Liverpool go to the Emirates in crucial title fixture
Read up the matchday preview as Liverpool visit the Emirates in one of their most crucial games in the league. Liverpool’s trip to Emirates is set up to be increasingly important in the upcoming title race.
Matchday Preview: Liverpool travel away to the Emirates to face Arsenal
Liverpool will be going away to the Emirates to keep up their push for the Premier League this season. If they snatch a win here, they can in touching distance of the league leaders.
The Reds currently sit at second place in the league, a point less than leaders Man City. However, since Pep’s team played a goalless draw against Crystal Palace earlier this week, Reds have their best chance to close the distance.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will be looking to cement their top four spot ahead of Man United. Arteta’s men are impressing on all fronts recently, as proven by their 5 consecutive win streak in the league.
Fans are gearing up for the game to be a cracker, with immense attacking talent on display on both sides.
Venue: The Emirates
Time: 8:15 pm local time
Referee: Michael Oliver
Reds supporters will be delighted to hear that Moh Salah is back in contention for the game, possibly. All this comes after the Egyptian suffered a foot injury in Liverpool’s weekend game against Brighton.
However, It still remains to be seen whether he can make the starting XI or not. If not, Klopp will have to choose between Jota or Firmino.
📺 Jurgen Klopp on Mo Salah's injury record:
"He’s worked on his body, it’s his body but obviously you cannot, there’s no miracles. Players are more vulnerable than others and Mo has obviously the right mindset, the right attitude and the right body for it as well.” 🔴 pic.twitter.com/8MkFinxd2m
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 15, 2022
Possible Starting XIs
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli
Result Prediction: Liverpool to edge it out at the Emirates
Arsenal 2 – 3 Liverpool
While Arsenal have been on an impressive run as of late, Liverpool are on an even better streak. With the Reds clicking at the right time of the season, we expect them to exploit Arsenal’s defensive woes.
The Gunners have been left exposed at times at the back due to their high press up the pitch. Opponents haven’t fully cashed in on that weakness, but Jurgen Klopp and his men are a different caliber altogether.